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Most-Picked Players: FedEx St. Jude Classic

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PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO If PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO forced binary decisions, a coin flip would break out at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The difference between Brooks Koepka (at No. 1 in ownership percentage) and Phil Mickelson (No. 2) is only 10 gamers. That itself would be a wash against your competition if not for the fact they populate just shy of 55 percent of the rosters submitted (or just under 11 out of every 20). (Data is not maintained to express how many lineups include any combination of golfers.) The rest of the top 10 falls in line accordingly to expectations, although Francesco Molinari's appearance was a welcome and well-timed surprise. He's the only other golfer on more than half of the lineups. Peter Uihlein (No. 10) is a non-member, so he presents a good reminder that if he makes the cut, his equivalent of FedExCup points will be added by no later than Tuesday after the conclusion of the tournament. Notables not grouped below include Daniel Summerhays (12th, 14.9 percent), Ryan Palmer (17th, 8.2 percent), Charl Schwartzel (19th, 6.4 percent) and Jim Furyk (24th, 5.1 percent). NOTE: Rob’s Rating refers to where our Fantasy Insider slotted a golfer in his Power Rankings. Golfers in the Power Rankings and outside the top 10 in most owned PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO The surprise isn't that Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari and Phil Mickelson are the top-three picks at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, it's that they rank in that order. Since you play fantasy golf, you know that one of the most important variables outside of our control is a golfer's schedule. So, even when you think and expect that Mickelson will commit to the tournament at TPC Southwind, there's only one alternative: that he won't. (Dustin Johnson qualifies for that very example this week, in fact.) So, it's not outside the realm of possibility that gamers who like to plan ahead may have balked at saving him for this week and instead burned him earlier in the season. I'm among them. I exhausted Mickelson at Pebble Beach. Quite simply, one strategy is to strike when the iron is hot, or at least when you know you can. Notables outside the top 10 include Ian Poulter (12th, 1.3 percent), Peter Uihlein (13th, 1.2 percent), Russell Knox (15th, 1.0 percent) and Seung-Yul Noh (T20, 0.6 percent).

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