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DFS Fantasy Golf: Zurich Classic expert picks

Justin Rose is one of the favorites for the Zurich Classic this weekend. David Cannon/Getty Images

As part of ESPN Fantasy's efforts to give daily gamers intel on whom to target in DFS, our fantasy golf experts are here to share which players they view as building blocks for this weekend's event. The panel for the Zurich Classic features ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, Bob Harig and Kevin Maguire, and FantasyGolfInsider's Roger Casey, Jeff Bergerson and Zach Turcotte, as well as Dailyfantasybootcamp.com's David Jayne.

Note: Golfer salaries listed are for DraftKings.


Bob Harig -- Justin Rose ($11,800)

The Englishman is a brand ambassador for Zurich and he has a victory in the tournament to show for it. He's also due for another win, as he's seen many of the top players while he has had to wait.

Jason Sobel -- Billy Horschel ($10,300)

The 2013 Zurich Classic champion has been trending in the right direction recently. It might have taken Horschel a little while to get accustomed to his new PXG arsenal, but a T-4 at last week's Valero Texas Open should have him oozing confidence as he heads to New Orleans this week.

Joe Kaiser -- Smylie Kaufman ($9,500)

Kaufman played collegiately right down the road at LSU, and he makes his Zurich Classic debut this week while flying under the radar compared to some of the bigger names like Jason Day and Justin Rose. He also comes quite a bit cheaper in DFS than those others. The TPC of Louisiana course rewards players who can bomb it off the tee, and Kaufman fits that profile well, ranking 39th in driving distance on the season. This is also one of the easier courses on tour, with winning scores of -22 and -19 in 2015 and 2014, respectively, so you want players who can score. Kaufman's 4.12 birdies per round ranks 13th on tour, so it's safe to say he matches that description. Coming off a solid T29 effort in his debut at the Masters two weeks ago, which would have been even better had it not been for a final round 81, there is a lot to like about the 24-year-old in his return to the bayou this week.

David Jayne -- Chris Kirk ($9,800)

Kirk has certainly rounded into form as evidenced by averaging 1.5 strokes under par over his last 13 stroke play rounds (outside of Augusta). This does not include the streak of close to 40 holes without a bogey he rolled off at the WGC Match Play, which advanced him to the quarterfinals. He is a historically solid putter that has struggled early in the year, but these greens at TPC Louisiana shouldn't give him much trouble. I'm expecting a strong performance out of him this week and think he makes a solid play in all daily formats.

Jeff Bergerson -- Jason Day ($12,500)

This isn't exactly an out on a limb pick this week from me, but he is going to anchor a large share of my tournament rosters this. It looked as though he was going to run away with the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago, but then hit a wall, put up a 79 on Saturday, and finished disappointingly. Before that he had a T-10 at Augusta, win at Dell Match Play, and win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His only appearance in the past five years in the Zurich Classic was a fourth-place finish last year. I believe a week off is going to do Day well and he will be contending for the win on Sunday.

Zachary Turcotte -- Justin Rose ($11,800)

There is always a temptation to get fancy when playing PGA DFS, but this is not the week to do so. With only nine players priced above $9,000 and most of those jumping up to a much higher salary than normal, there is not a lot of quality to choose from at the top that you can count on for a high finish. Justin Rose should be one of those players that you can count on to do well. He has missed just one cut in eight starts this season with four top-10 finishes and the rest in the top 20. He won here a year ago and has placed in the top 15 in his last four starts. Rose ranks well in all major statistical categories that are relevant this week and I will be locking him in for many of my GPP and cash lineups this week.

Roger Casey -- Charles Howell III ($8,700)

In my humble opinion, there is simply no such thing as a safe pick at the Zurich as any event where the cut line can reach -5 and is bound to have outrageous variance and hard-luck misses on Friday. Nevertheless, there is absolutely no strong value for the money this week than Charles Howell III, who comes into this event having missed exactly one cut (by one shot) this entire year while carding 11 (yes, 11) top-25 or better finishes in his 15 starts. A substantial piece of his success has been his new-found ability to hit a lot more fairways and greens - Howell is strong from tee to green and ranks 33rd in greens in regulation percentage. Couple that with the fact that he has been an absolute stud at this event (6-for-8 in made cuts here since the course changed to TPC of Louisiana with a runner-up finish a few years back) and you've got the safest play not named Day or Rose this week.