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

June 18, 2014

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:

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.


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.

(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.

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).