Top DFS Picks for the 2022 PLAYERS Championship

| March 8, 2022 6:12 am PDT

Last week might have been my best yet for DFS. Tyrrell Hatton and Chris Kirk finished top-five, with Sam Burns in ninth. Tommy Fleetwood and Jason Kokrak scored top 30 finishes, and Keith Mitchell made the cut.

It was a great bounce back after a few down weeks. This week, we’re heading to TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS Championship. The unofficial fifth major should bring plenty of excitement.

Will last week’s success carry over to TPC Sawgrass? Here is my DFS lineup for the 2022 PLAYERS Championship.

Jon Rahm ($11,100)

Jon Rahm is a regular fixture in my top golf picks. However, we haven’t seen him in contention to win lately. That’s why I’m pivoting to putting Rahm in my DFS lineup. I say Rahm hasn’t been in contention, but he has three straight finishes of 21st or better.

Those are solid finishes, but Rahm would love to take it one step further in THE PLAYERS Championship. He struggled in his first two starts at TPC Sawgrass but was in contention in 2019.

  • First Round: 69 (-3)
  • Second Round: 68 (-4)
  • Third Round: 64 (-8)
  • Fourth Round: 76 (+4)

It looked like he was heading to a victory, but an ugly final round left him in a tie for 12th. A one-under final round would’ve moved him into a playoff. Last year, Rahm finished ninth in the tournament.

Scottie Scheffler ($9,200)

This spot initially belonged to Bryson DeChambeau, but he withdrew with injuries. Nonetheless, I have no problem pivoting to Scottie Scheffler. Scheffler missed the cut in his only start at TPC Sawgrass, but this pick isn’t about that.

Instead, I’m focusing on Scheffler’s 2021-22 season. He had a great start, finishing fourth or better in three of his first six starts. That was a great stretch, but check out his last three tournaments.

  • WM Phoenix Open: -16 (1st)
  • The Genesis Invitational: -12 (7th)
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational: -5 (1st)

Right now, I can’t say there’s a better golfer than Scheffler. That’s why I’m discarding his last year’s performance at TPC Sawgrass and putting him in my DFS lineup. I’m taking a similar approach with Viktor Hovland in my top picks for THE PLAYERS Championship.

Webb Simpson ($7,600) 

It has been nearly two months since we’ve seen Webb Simpson. The 36-year-old has been dealing with a neck injury, but he will make his return for THE PLAYERS Championship.

Simpson has a few decent finishes in this tournament, finishing 15th and 16th in 2013, 2017, and 2019. It’s his 2018 performance that earns him a spot in my DFS lineup.

  • First Round: 66 (-6)
  • Second Round: 63 (-9)
  • Third Round: 68 (-4)
  • Fourth Round: 73 (+1)

The tournament was effectively over after the second round. Despite shooting over par in the final round, Simpson earned a four-shot victory. I’m sure Simpson would love to replicate that dominant performance.

Before his injury, he had three top 20 finishes this season. It’d be great to see him return with a great performance.

Jason Day ($7,500)

Jason Day hasn’t played on the PGA Tour in a month, and it’ll be an emotional return. Day was going to play last week, but he withdrew after the death of his mother. I think we’re all rooting for a great performance from Day.

I wouldn’t rule out a victory at TPC Sawgrass. The course has treated him well throughout his career, with his best performance coming in 2016.

  • First Round: 63 (-9)
  • Second Round: 66 (-6)
  • Third Round: 73 (+1)
  • Fourth Round: 71 (-1)

It wasn’t a great performance on the weekend, but his 15-under earned him a four-shot victory. Overall, Day has four top 10 finishes in THE PLAYERS Championship.

Win or lose, everyone will be proud of Day’s performance.

Tommy Fleetwood ($7,400)

Tommy Fleetwood appeared in my DFS lineup last week. He paid off with a solid 20th-place finish, but we’d like to see him perform a little better at TPC Sawgrass. Fleetwood’s history in THE PLAYERS Championship should give everyone confidence.

  • 2018: -12 (7th)
  • 2019: -13 (5th)

No one was catching Webb Simpson in the 2018 PLAYERS Championship, but it was a battle for second. Fleetwood came up short, but it was a solid seventh-place finish. He improved upon that with a fifth-place finish in the 2019 tournament.

Fleetwood was in a good position, entering the final round as the co-leader. He failed to build momentum, accumulating four bogeys in the final round.

It’s only a matter of time before Fleetwood captures his first career PGA Tour victory. Will it come in the 2022 PLAYERS Championship?

Brian Harman ($6,900)

The 2021-22 season has been a struggle for Brian Harman, but he has a pair of good finishes in the 2022 calendar year. He finished third in The American Express and 14th at the WM Phoenix Open.

Now, Harman will head to a course that has brought him much success.

  • 2015: -8 (8th)
  • 2019: -12 (8th)
  • 2021: -12 (3rd)

There was no tournament in 2020, so Harman is riding a streak of back-to-back top 10 finishes in THE PLAYERS Championship. He had four solid rounds in the 2021 tournament, but his lowest was a 67. Harman came up two shots short of Justin Thomas.

It’s great to find a player with that much success at this price. Hopefully, Harman can score his third straight top 10 at TPC Sawgrass.

My DFS Lineup for THE PLAYERS Championship

  • Jon Rahm ($11,100)
  • Scottie Scheffler ($9,200)
  • Webb Simpson ($7,600)
  • Jason Day ($7,500)
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($7,400)
  • Brian Harman ($6,900)

I feel good about our chances to have another good week in DFS. Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler should be among the top contenders, with Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood in that second tier.

I’ll be happy if we can get three or four players in the top 20. If you’d like to bet on the 2022 PLAYERS Championship, check out the top golf betting tips.

Nicholas Sterling

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