Fantasy GolfJuly 29, 2015

Fantasy Fix: Why Justin Rose is a must-start at the Quicken Loans National

It's been a year for the top-tier of talent on the PGA Tour in 2015. Look no further than the guys who have won multiple times this season: Jordan Spieth (4), Jason Day (2), Rory McIlroy (2), Bubba Watson (2), Jimmy Walker (2). It has been good to be on top. There's one name that's surprisingly not on this list, despite playing some of the best golf on the planet this year.

That's Justin Rose. Rose won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April and nearly won the Memorial. Rose also has top-10 finishes in two of the year's first three majors (T-2 Masters, T-6 Open Championship). The world's seventh-ranked golfer is playing as well as anyone in the world, and so he should be a safe bet to play this week in all fantasy formats.

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Tough to call someone who won three months ago "due" for a win, but that's what I'm calling it. How has J-Rose won only one time in 2015? That might change this week.

The Quicken Loans National -- Tiger's event -- has moved around a bunch the last few years. Rose won it last year at Congressional and when it was at Aronimink in 2010. This year it moves to the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2005. It's a big track. We like Justin Rose's world-class ball-striking with the driver and his irons. You gotta figure he'll be a factor on the weekend.

Some other guys I'm plugging into my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup this week:

Bill Haas

Taking over the column for the week as our fantasy guru Alex Myers celebrates his recent marriage (congrats, dude!), it's only right I include his fellow Wake Forest alum, Bill Haas, here. Haas, like Rose, is a former winner of this event (2013 at Congressional). You could say that Haas might be the next player after Rose who you'd expect to join the elite group of players who have won twice on tour this year.

Haas won the Humana Challenge back in the California swing and has been relatively quiet since. But when he won in 2013 at Congressional, Haas wasn't playing particularly well. As a guy who has played a ton of golf in the region, you gotta like another solid ball-striker like Haas to play well at RTJ GC.

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Shawn Stefani

This is a little off the beaten path. But Stefani plays well at tough golf courses. He had a T-9 a couple months back at the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow. And I feel like these courses have a similar look. Especially in a DraftKings format, you could get Stefani at a huge value and expect a top 25 from him here. Another quality ball-striker who finds a lot of fairways.

Justin Thomas

How many times have you heard fantasy-golf insiders say this year: "It's only a matter of time until Justin Thomas breaks out!"? If you nodded yes to that question, you're a huge fantasy-golf nerd (guilty). But it means you're paying attention. Thomas, another 22-year-old just like Jordan Spieth, has played great golf in 2015. A win is the only thing missing from his resume. He ranks 20th in scoring average on tour this year and finished in the top 5 his last time out (T-5 at John Deere). Just like Stefani, Thomas finished in the top 10 at the Wells Fargo. So we're gonna roll with JT to get into contention again this week.

And if you play other fantasy golf formats:

Yahoo! lineup: Bill Haas, Justin Rose, Shawn Stefani and Justin Thomas. Bench/backups: Tiger (!?), Kevin Chappell, Gary Woodland and Ricky Barnes.

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