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Fantasy Fix: Why Jason Dufner is excited about being at Firestone even if he doesn't look like it

By Alex Myers

We've arrived at the PGA Tour's annual stop at Firestone CC, meaning we've officially reached crunch time for golf's biggest stars. This week sets off a busy stretch that includes this WGC, the PGA Championship and four FedEx Cup Playoff events -- well, if you qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, needs to get his game in gear quick if he's to even play in the tour's postseason. While we'd love to see him do it, we're not banking on it happening in Akron. Here's who we're looking to instead in our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Tiger and DJ give their significant others golf lessons

Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. The World No. 1 has played better than his one-win campaign indicates. In 11 events, Scott has finished outside the top 25 once and has seven top 10s. He also won at Firestone in 2011, although you might remember it as the WGC that caddie Steve Williams won.

(B-List): Jason Dufner. Dufner's disappointing season has gotten worse with two missed cuts and a T-51 since the start of June. But we like him to bounce back at the Bridgestone where he's finished seventh (2012) and T-4 (2013) in his only two starts.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Jim Furyk. Another week, another runner-up for Furyk as this time Tim Clark caught him in Canada with a Sunday back-nine 30. But despite not having a win in nearly four years, the 44-year-old Furyk continues to rack up big paychecks. He's never won in Akron either, but he has nine top 10s in 14 starts.

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(C-List): Jimmy Walker. Still leading the FedEx Cup thanks in large part to three early wins, Walker will make his first start in this WGC event. He quietly has played very well in the season's biggest tournaments, and we think his length will serve him well at this 7,400-yard, par-70 layout.

Bench/Backups: Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia.

Related: Jim Furyk is really, REALLY good at finishing runner-up

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Jason Dufner. It was at Firestone last year when Dufner turned around what also had been a lackluster season to that point. Dufner finished T-4 and then won the PGA Championship at Oak Hills the following week. Smile, Jason, you're back in Akron!

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Do the golf gods owe Hunter Mahan in Canada?

By Alex Myers

The last time Royal Montreal held the RBC Canadian Open it was the Bell Canadian Open. The year was 2001, and Scott Verplank was the winner (Royal Montreal also hosted the 2007 Presidents Cup). In other words, looking back isn't going to help much. Instead, we'll focus more on current form. Oh, and you're welcome for those Rory and Sergio picks for the British Open. We'll try to keep the momentum going with this week's fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Jagermeister in the claret jug and DJ/Paulina on the beach

Starters -- (A-List): Matt Kuchar. We pick him almost every other week (although we're running dangerously close to using up all his starts). Why not here?

(B-List): Jim Furyk. Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the British Open, Furyk missed the cut the last time he teed it up at Royal Montreal. However, that was 17 years ago. We'll weigh his two other wins in this tournament more heavily.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Hunter Mahan. You probably remember Mahan hastily leaving this tournament last year despite holding the 36-hole lead to be with his wife, Kandi, who was having the couple's first child. The golf gods owe him this week, don't they?

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(C-List): Graeme McDowell. G-Mac's last three tournaments? T-6 at the Irish Open, a win at the French Open and a T-9 at the British Open. This is another OPEN.

Bench/Backups: Brandt Snedeker, Graham DeLaet, Jerry Kelly, Charl Schwartzel.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Hunter Mahan. Two words: golf gods.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why Steve Stricker is fired up for the John Deere Classic

By Alex Myers

How surprising have winners on the PGA Tour become? Even when a two-time major champion is victorious now, it's a shock. Angel Cabrera came out of nowhere at the Greenbrier, but hopefully, we won't be caught off guard at this week's John Deere Classic. Here's our weekly fantasy lineup:

The Grind: The Dufners get tropical and Rory's potential new girlfriend

Starters -- (A-List): Daniel Summerhays. Last year's 54-hole leader just missed out on a playoff with eventual winner Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and David Hearn. Summerhays' missed cut at the Greenbrier was his first in three months and he seems a likely candidate to be the tour's next first-time winner with runner-ups in each of the past two seasons.

(B-List): Zach Johnson It's been a quiet few months for ZJ, but he always seems to play well in an event that means a lot to him. Johnson has 20 straight rounds in the 60s at TPC Deere Run and has four top-three finishes in the past five years.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Steve Stricker. Like ZJ, Stricker loves this event. Unlike ZJ, Stricker won't be playing in next week's Open Championship. He'll be going all out at a tournament he shot 68 under par (!) during three straight wins from 2009-11.

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(C-List): Scott Langley. In the Summerhays category of guys who are very close to breaking through with a win. Langley will have extra motivation and support as a former NCAA individual champion during his days at the University of Illinois.

Bench/Backups: Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth, Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Na.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Steve Stricker. 68 under here! In three years! Also, when else are you going to use him? The guy plays less golf than a typical weekend hacker.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why you should think "USA! USA!" at the Greenbrier

By Alex Myers

The U.S. soccer team has been eliminated from the World Cup, but hey, we've still got golf! This Fourth of July weekend the PGA Tour will be in West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic, and the numbers say we should expect a lot of red, white and blue on the leader board. Here are our patriotic picks with our weekly Yahoo! fantasy golf lineup:

The Grind: Rose wins, Tiger struggles, and kissing selfies at the White House

Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. The Masters champ seems to play well at courses he likes. Considering he is a Greenbrier resident, we assume he likes TPC Old White.

(B-List): Bill Haas. Doesn't it just feel like he's due for a win? Haas has shot in the 60s in nine of his previous 11 rounds at the Greenbrier and lost the 2011 event in a playoff.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Webb Simpson. The good news? Simpson has five rounds of 66 or better in his last 12 attempts at TPC Old White. The bad? He's never broken 70 in the final round. We're banking on that changing this year.

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We're thinking a lot of red, white and blue this weekend.

(C-List): Brendon Todd. A sleeper no more after playing his way into the Saturday's final group at the U.S. Open, Todd has been arguably the PGA Tour's hottest player the past two months. His T-5 last week at Congressional was the latest in a five-tournament stretch that began with his first win at the Byron Nelson.

Bench/Backups: Gary Woodland, Steve Stricker, Chris Kirk and Kevin Na.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Bill Haas. Only one top 10 in his last 10 starts, but he finally seems to be over a wrist injury that caused him to withdraw at Hilton Head. We'll be over our recent rough stretch -- and that loss to Belgium -- if Haas can come through in West Virginia. 

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Will Jason Day steal the show in Tiger Woods' return?

By Alex Myers

Let's start by taking a moment to recognize what Kevin Streelman did last week at the Travelers Championship. Seven straight birdies. To end a tournament. And win by one shot. We've never seen that on the PGA Tour and we may never see it again. Congrats, Kevin. Next time, though, can you just give us a heads up?

Anyway, the tour moves on to the Quicken Loans National, where Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated return. Here's what we expect the field at Congressional to do with our weekly Yahoo! fantasy golf lineup:

The Grind: Streelman's streak, Paulina sings and Paula visits Fort Bragg

Starters -- (A-List): Brandt Snedeker. We don't want to miss out when this guy finally gets going again, and there's a good chance it comes at Congressional. Snedeker has finished in top 10 in three of his last four trips there.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Jason Day. The Aussie didn't come through for us as well as we had hoped last week (T-18), but he's returning to a site of his U.S. Open runner-up in 2011. OK, so he finished eight shots behind Rory McIlroy that year, but still.

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(B-List): Jordan Spieth. Is there ever a good time not to put this guy in your lineup? He finished solo sixth here last year in his second trip to Congressional.

(C-List): K.J. Choi. The South Korean looked on his way to picking up his first PGA Tour win since the 2011 Players until Kevin Streelman happened. But he's still played well in three straight tournaments and was the inaugural winner of this tournament in 2007.

Bench/Backups: Tiger Woods (just in case!), Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas, and Brendon Todd.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Jason Day. Day's terrific play in majors has earned him a lot of attention, but if he wants to earn that top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking he covets, he needs to start winning more stroke-play events on the PGA Tour. And as if he needed more motivation, he'll be playing Thursday and Friday with the tournament host, and Jordan Spieth. This might not be a major, but it should feel like one in that pairing.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why this guy is our "sleeper" pick to win at the Travelers

By Alex Myers

How about that Martin Kaymer, huh? Maybe we should start picking him in some of these tournaments. . . But after claiming the U.S. Open, the German is not in the field this week at the Travelers Championship. In other words, we can confidently predict Martin Kaymer won't win at TPC River Highlands. Here's who we're going with instead in our weekly Yahoo! fantasy golf lineup:

The Grind: Kaymer cruises and Paulina gets extra protection at Pinehurst

Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. The reigning Masters champ made it clear he wasn't a huge fan of Pinehurst and then went out and missed the cut. The good news this week is that Watson does seem to be a big fan of TPC River Highlands. He's finished in the top 15 in five of his last six trips there, including picking up his first PGA Tour title in 2010. Not surprisingly, Watson and Matt Kuchar are listed as co-favorites this week.

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Wake up, Charley! Martin Kaymer isn't playing this week!

(B-List): Jason Day. The Aussie said his left thumb injury is "out of his mind" following his T-4 at the U.S. Open. Day is known more for playing well in golf's majors, but before he got hurt, he was starting to win regular events (WGC-Match Play, World Cup) as well.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Keegan Bradley. Like Day, Bradley also finished T-4 at Pinehurst leading us to believe he's getting closer to ending a winless drought that is approaching two years.

(C-List): Charley Hoffman. It's somewhat remarkable that Hoffman hasn't won here the past two years. In 2012, he finished double bogey-bogey to lose by a stroke and last year, he opened with a 61, before running out of steam and finishing T-7.

Bench/Backups: Ryan Moore, Hunter Mahan, Graham DeLaet, and Louis Oosthuizen.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Charley Hoffman. Hoffman didn't qualify for the year's second major, but he's in the midst of a solid season with four top 10s and just one missed cut in 17 starts. And again, he's been a major threat at the Travelers in recent years, having shot 67 or better in 10 of his last 15 rounds there. He should be alert and ready for his Thursday tee time.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Who we think will be walking (and winning) in Memphis

By Alex Myers

After a wild week at the Memorial, the PGA Tour heads to the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which gives us our annual opportunity to play Marc Cohn's classic song, "Walking in Memphis." Go ahead and crank it up. We'll wait. OK, moving on . . . there will be a pretty good field at TPC Southwind ahead of next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Who do we like to take home the seersucker jacket on Sunday evening? Our weekly picks:

The Grind: FBI probes and a possible 'Wozilroy' curse

Starters -- (A-List): Lee Westwood. Surprisingly, Westwood has only won twice on the PGA Tour during his great career. One of those wins came at this event in 2010, though, and he backed that up with a T-11 in his only other trip to Memphis. His last PGA Tour start came at the Players, where he finished T-6.

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(B-List): Dustin Johnson. The 2012 champ finished T-10 here last year. This will be his fifth straight week playing, but we're not too concerned. In case you didn't know, DJ is a GREAT athlete.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Robert Garrigus. Famous for his, um, messy finish here in 2010, Garrigus will be focused on scripting a redemption story this week after failing to qualify for next week's U.S. Open.

(C-List): Ryan Palmer. A solo fourth last year. A T-3 the year before. It's safe to assume Palmer is excited to return to TPC Southwind this week.

Bench/Backups: Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Robert Garrigus, and Paul Casey.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Ryan Palmer. Aside from his recent success in Memphis, Palmer has two runner-ups this year and is coming off a T-5 at the Memorial. What should he do to get over the hump and win this event? Get off to a better start. He's averaged shooting three over on Day 1 the past two years before going 11 under the next three days. So it's an easy fix. Just play better on Thursday. You're welcome, Ryan.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why we're picking this guy in a tuxedo to win the Memorial

By Alex Myers

The power structure in professional golf seemed to find some stability last week as new No. 1 Adam Scott won the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Are we about to see a wave of big names start winning again on the PGA Tour? We'll have to wait and see, but there's certainly a good chance of that this week with a star-studded field teeing it up at Muirfield Village for the Memorial. Which marquee names have the best chance of being at Sunday evening's trophy ceremony with tournament host Jack Nicklaus? Our weekly fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Scott's stylish win and the sad end of 'Wozilroy'

Starters -- (A-List): Matt Kuchar. The most shocking piece of golf news last week wasn't Rory McIlroy ending his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki, but Kuchar finally having a bad week on the course. Kuchar missed the cut at Colonial, but we're not worried about whether he'll be able to turn it around at a tournament where he's finished in the top 10 five years in a row, including a win last year.

(B-List): Justin Rose. The reigning U.S. Open champ has a win, a runner-up and two other top 10s at Muirfield Village the past six years. He also has finished in the top five in both of his other May starts (Wells Fargo and the Players) on the PGA Tour. He only finished 25th at last week's BMW PGA, but he did look sharp in his tuxedo.

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(B-List): Rory McIlroy. The breakup aside, McIlroy had looked close to breaking through all year and he finally did last week at the BMW PGA. This is not good news for the rest of the PGA Tour. McIlroy has struggled at the Memorial the past two years, but he was fifth in 2012 and T-10 in 2011.

(C-List): Pat Perez. Perez has cooled off after a hot start to 2014, but he's finished in the top 30 at Muirfield Village five straight years, including a T-8 in 2013.

Bench/Backups: Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, J.B. Holmes.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Justin Rose. We are burning a big name here, but hey, this is a big tournament. The Memorial will always be a special place for Rose, who won his first PGA Tour title here in 2010. Now he returns to Muirfield Village for the first time as a major champion. Not that the tournament host will be that impressed.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Zach Johnson HAS to play well at Colonial. Right?

By Alex Myers

Brendon Todd won the HP Byron Nelson Championship and no, we didn't pick him. Then again, did Brendon Todd even pick Brendon Todd? Anyway, now that we've established some guidelines for predicting surprise winners, maybe we won't be so caught off guard in the future. Up next, the PGA Tour stays in the Dallas area for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial -- a rare week when distance takes a back seat to accuracy. It also seems to be a rare week in terms of predictability. So forget about the Brendon Todds of the world. We're going with a lot of big names who have fared well at this event and we feel confident. Very confident. At least, for now. . .

The Grind: Jimenez thrills and the Dufners meet Kevin Durant

Starters -- (A-List): Matt Kuchar. Is he ever going to have a bad week again? Last week at the Byron Nelson, I swear I never heard the guy's name once, but there he was on a final leader board once again at T-7. Amazing. He nearly finished atop the final leader board here last year, coming up one shot short of winner Boo Weekley.

(B-List): Zach Johnson. ZJ's last four finishes at Colonial? WIN, fourth (what happened?!), WIN, and third last year. There's not much else to say.

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(B-List): Jason Dufner. A runner-up here in 2012, the Hogan lover would love nothing more than a win at the venue with which his idol is perhaps most identified. Dufner has had a disappointing season thus far, but perhaps hanging out with the NBA's MVP, Kevin Durant, will motivate him.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(C-List): Kevin Na. Na is still searching for win No. 2 on the PGA Tour, but he's had a fantastic 2013-14 season with three top-5 finishes and more than $1.7 million in earnings. He's never missed a cut at Colonial and has five top 25s in his past seven starts.

Bench/Backups: Brian Davis, Jim Furyk, Graham DeLaet, Boo Weekley.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Zach Johnson. See above. The dude owns this place. In a PGA Tour season marked by unpredictability, we can count on Zach. Right?

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Will Jordan Spieth bounce back in Texas?

By Alex Myers

After a wild finish at the Players, the PGA Tour heads to Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Who do we like to begin the season's second Texas Swing? Our weekly fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Wait, Jim Furyk won $1 million for losing?!

Starters -- (A-List): Gary Woodland. Kuchar is obviously the safer choice (when is he not?), but we've almost used up all his starts already so he stays on the bench. Woodland hasn't finished worse than a T-26 in the past two months and he's coming off a T-11 at the Players.

(B-List): Martin Kaymer. So this is where Martin was flying when that photo of him in the Jacksonville airport the day after he won the Players was taken! The German doesn't play many non-major-Players-WGC events in the U.S., so you might as well ride him while he's hot. He also finished T-5 at last year's Nelson in his first time playing TPC Four Seasons-Las Colinas.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Jordan Spieth. It would be hard to imagine most players throwing themselves back into contention after coming up short in a big event, but Spieth isn't most players. He followed up his close call at the Masters with a T-12 at Hilton Head and after failing to close at TPC Sawgrass he returns to his hometown event where he contended as a 16-year-old. You know, way back in 2010.

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(C-List): Ryan Palmer. Again, Walker is the safer pick, but we'll conserve and put him on the bench. Instead, we'll start Palmer, a Texas native, who lost in a playoff here in 2011 to Keegan Bradley. Palmer hasn't won since 2010, but he has two runner-ups in 2014.

Bench/Backups: Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Martin Flores, Jimmy Walker.

Related: 11 sleepers to watch in 2014

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Gary Woodland. The long hitter has been close to a breakthrough all year, including last week at TPC Sawgrass. It's a bit of a gamble considering his best finish here was a T-24 in 2012, but he has final rounds of 81 and 79 bringing him down two of the past three years. We're more focused on the four consecutive rounds in the 60s Woodland shot in this event until a disastrous Sunday last year. Gary, let's see more of that, please.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Bill Haas (Farmers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!).

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