Paulie's Picks: Valero Texas Open

With this week’s Valero Texas Open featuring not one of the world’s top 10 players, it makes for an interesting week for fantasy golf fans. The lack of star power leads to an abundance of players with a legitimate shot at winning the tournament, and that can make it very difficult to choose the best players for your DraftKings lineup. The fried egg’s fantasy savant is here to help.

First, let me preface this by saying that I don't make bold or outlandish predictions often, but I would strongly encourage you to roster these four players this week: Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chappell, Daniel Summerhays and Fredric Jacobson. The last time I felt this strongly about a group of players it turned into a 4-figure payday. 

The decision is yours. Here’s a breakdown:

Charley Hoffman $9,600
In his last 6 appearances at this event, his worst finish was 13th (that’s pretty good). Hoffman has been playing some really good golf as of late, including being in contention at Houston and Hilton Head. Expect it to continue this week at one of his favorite tour stops. 

Kevin Chappell $9,100
Chappell is known as one of the best tee-to-green players on tour and has contended in two of his last three events (9th at Hilton Head and 2nd at Bay Hill). In his rookie season in 2011, he had a career best 2nd-place finish at this event, and lately, he has finished in the top 30 over 50% of the time in his last 25 events. Expect all of these trends to converge this week.

Daniel Summerhays $8,300
The casual observer may look at Summerhays’ salary and quickly pass, but look further and you will see that this is a classic horse for the course. Summerhays has placed 4th, 2nd and 7th in his last three appearances in San Antonio. While his 2016 season has been a bit rocky, he is on the cusp of breaking out. Last week, he played 3 solid rounds of golf but was ultimately derailed by a 3rd-round 80 in the difficult conditions at Hilton Head. His average finish last week should keep his ownership percentage a little lower than it should be based on his course resume, making him all the more valuable! 

Fredric Jacobson $8,100
Freddie has put together a sneaky good 2016 season, compiling 3 top-5 finishes thus far. Couple that with his track record in San Antonio, where he placed 18th or better 5 of his past 6 appearances, and you have yourself a smart pick for your lineup.