The cream of the crop is back at Augusta National Golf Club for the 2021 Masters, and Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlory are among those with something to prove. Johnson wants to defend his title and show that his record-setting performance had little to do with the conditions in November. DeChambeau is the reigning U.S. Open champion and wants to demonstrate that his power game can succeed anywhere. McIlroy, meanwhile, is seeking the final piece to a career Grand Slam. Johnson is listed as the 9-1 favorite in the latest 2021 Masters odds from William Hill Sportsbook, but who should be high up in your 2021 Masters Fantasy golf rankings?
Has Johnson proven enough to be among your top Masters Fantasy golf picks 2021? Is DeChambeau's power too special to pass up when entering your Fantasy golf lineups, or are there better options to help you win this week? Before you make any 2021 Masters fantasy golf picks, you need to check out the latest fantasy golf rankings from data scientist Rick Gehman.
With his expansive database of golf statistics, course data and betting odds, Gehman creates advanced models and back-tests them constantly. These models have produced 12 outright winners in the past year, including 30-1 Webb Simpson at the 2020 RBC Heritage.
In the PGA's last full-field event, the Honda Classic, the field was limited by its placement between The Players and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but Gehman still picked five golfers in his top 10 who tied for 13th or better. That included Sungjae Im and Russell Henley, who tied for third at six-under par as Matt Jones ran away with the event.
At The Players, three of Gehman's top seven picks made the top 10, including winner Justin Thomas, who came in at 22-1 odds. "He feels close to breaking through again, and TPC Sawgrass just might be the place," Gehman said before the event.
Gehman has been on fire all season. At Pebble Beach, three of his top four picks finished in the top five. The Farmers leaderboard looked like a who's who of Gehman's fantasy golf rankings, with five of his top nine picks finishing tied for seventh or better. Anyone who has followed his advice has cashed in huge.
Now, Gehman, co-host of "The First Cut" podcast on CBS Sports, has revealed his top 30 players for the 2021 Masters over at SportsLine so you can crush your fantasy golf picks.
2021 Masters fantasy golf picks
DeChambeau has boasted that he should regularly shoot 68 at Augusta, and while Gehman isn't sure about that, he does expect big things this week. The 27-year-old is the biggest hitter on tour, driving the ball an average of 320.8 yards, and he gains more than 2.5 shots on the field overall. He ranks first in scoring average (69.4), while his tour-best 4.39 average on the par-fives will be a massive advantage at Augusta, where birdies are at a premium. The big man also has a strong approach game and is above-average on the greens, so Gehman expects him to grind hard to keep the ball in play.
On the other hand, McIlroy's erratic game has Gehman fading him. The 31-year-old has slipped to 11th in the world, but he is still showing flashes of brilliance. He also is showing bouts of struggle and has two top-10s and two missed the cuts in the past six weeks. His accuracy has been off, and he isn't hitting fairways (57.2 percent, 148th on tour) or greens (66.05, 113th). He also ranks 105th in strokes gained putting and 164th in total putting.
How to set 2021 Masters fantasy golf rankings
Instead, Gehman is expecting a big week from a monster long-shot. This talented veteran had a strong finish here last year even though the November atmosphere wasn't a strong fit for his game. Gehman is only sharing who it is, and his top 30 golfers in order, right here.
Who wins the 2021 Masters? What are the optimal Fantasy golf rankings? And which overlooked player can help you win your league? Visit SportsLine now to get Rick Gehman's Fantasy golf rankings for the 2021 Masters, all from the data scientist who's called 12 outright winners in the past year.