Expert picks for the Wells Fargo Championship

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The PGA Tour heads to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a stacked field this week for what figures to be a competitive and exciting Wells Fargo Championship.

Our ESPN and FantasyGolfInsider experts have laid out the players they believe have the skills to succeed and provide big fantasy point totals.


Pick to win

Rickie Fowler

Coming off his runner-up finish at the Masters, Fowler is back at the site of his first PGA Tour victory, which came in 2012. Quail Hollow seems to suit Fowler, as he has two other top-10 finishes and has never missed the cut in six appearances. — Bob Harig

Fowler

Remember that in 2017 this tournament was not played at Quail Hollow. Guess who didn’t play in that event but did finish T-5 at the PGA Championship that was played at the “new” Quail Hollow that fall?! Fowler comes in well rested, having had the past three weeks away from tournament golf to recover from his runner-up finish at the Masters. Fresh and hungry, I’d say that’s a very dangerous place for a player like Fowler to be at a tournament he has won before. — Michael Collins

DraftKings value picks

Xander Schauffele

I have a feeling people will shy away from X this week as he MDF’d at Valero where he was chalky and set up really well for the course. This week is no different from that week, but since he burned many expecting a win, I’m anticipating him to be in around 5 percent fewer lineups than normal, which is plenty for us to go overweight on this week and not have to commit too many lineups to. Taras Pitra

Gary Woodland

I am doing something that I normally do not do this week with my pick, and that is ignoring current form completely. Since winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open nearly three months ago, Gary Woodland has been an absolute disaster. Statistically, however, Woodland sets up so nicely for Quail Hollow and his results here in the past speak to that (T-22, T-24, T-4, T-18 the past four appearances). I assume people will be discouraged by his recent play and his ownership will be low despite his incredibly low $7,400 price tag. I would not trust him for cash games, but for GPPs I think he is worth a shot. — Jeff Bergerson

Grayson Murray

Not only does Murray have the North Carolina connection — born in Raleigh and attended UNC, Wake Forest and East Carolina because he loved school (don’t quote me on that) — but he’s very well-suited for Quail Hollow of years past with his big-hitting ways. Whether or not the renovations have a big effect on the course this year remains to be seen, but Murray has picked up finishes of T-14, T-14 and T-16 to go with two missed cuts in his five events and has shown up very well this season. He finished T-22 here last year on the longer PGA Championship course, but hadn’t played it at any point prior to last year’s event. — Adam Daly

FanDuel value picks

Lucas Glover

In a week where a stars and scrubs strategy seems totally obvious, we are going to need to start our teams off with a few value plays in order to fit the big names in at the top. Glover is one of the most dependable names in the field this week in terms of making the cut (12 of 13 this season), and he has been solid at Quail Hollow over the years, even recording a win back in 2011. His game has been backward from what we’re used to of late, with just average numbers from tee-to-green and much improved numbers on the greens, but he’s finding a way to get through the weekend. At $8,300, he does not need a lot of upside for cash game to help us out, and he has demonstrated on multiple occasions that a top-10 on this course is not unrealistic if his iron play heats up. — Zach Turcotte

Chesson Hadley

Hadley has responded nicely after a couple of bad missed cuts during the Florida swing and once again finds himself in a position to be in the mix on Sunday afternoon. His recent finishes of T-18 in the Houston Open, T-7 in the RBC Heritage and T-20 in the Valero Texas Open show that his game is close. Hadley also has had previous success in the Wells Fargo Championship when played at the Quail Hollow Club, with top-20 finishes in 2016 and 2015. A solid tee-to-green game with the ability to land the ball close to the pin should set him up for plenty of scoring chances this week. That should translate into a quality fantasy performance with the upside for finishing points as well. — Erik Dantoft

Emiliano Grillo

Throwing course history out the window (MC in 2017, 61st in 2016), Grillo is my favorite value play of the week. He’s an excellent ball striker who was improved his putting this season. Grillo ranks second in my statistical model this week — behind only Justin Thomas — and his short-term form has matched those metrics. Grillo is one of six players in this field who rank inside the top 20 in both strokes gained off-the-tee and strokes gained approach over the past three months. He has made all 12 cuts on tour this season and has three top-10 finishes in his past six starts. — Ryan Baroff

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