The PGA Tour's FedExCup title is on the line as the three-week playoff run starts Thursday at the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings, led by Masters champ and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, qualified for this week's tournament. A handful have withdrawn for personal or injury reasons, but the rest aim to finish this week in the top 70 to advance to next week's BMW Championship. The top 30 after next week advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake. There are 2,000 points available to the winners of the first two events, so Scheffler's 1,220-point lead isn't safe. The rest of the top five – Cameron Smith, Sam Burns, Xander Schauffele and reigning FedEx Cup champ Patrick Cantlay – have the best shot. But players like sixth-place Rory McIlroy, red-hot Tony Finau (seventh) and Justin Thomas (eighth) are among many still in the mix and part of the FedEx St. Jude 2022 field.
McIlroy is the 10-1 favorite in the latest 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Scheffler (14-1), Smith (16-1) and Cantlay (18-1) all are among the top contenders in the St. Jude 2022 field. Thomas (18-1), Schauffele (18-1) and Jon Rahm (18-1) also are favorites, along with Finau (20-1) and Burns (25-1).
Can McIlroy rebound from his disappointing tie for third at the Open Championship and be a solid foundation for your 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship Fantasy golf picks? Will Burns or Hideki Matsuyama, who both lost in a playoff last year to now-banned Abraham Ancer, contend again and give you more roster flexibility? Before you make any Fantasy golf rankings or place any bets on the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship, you need to see the Fantasy golf projections from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.
Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly six years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.
Gates has been on a roll this season with his picks. At the Rocket Mortgage, he touted Cameron Champ as one of his bargain Fantasy golfers. Champ was priced at just $7,600 at DraftKings and came away with a top-20 finish.
Gates also nailed the Open Championship, going with Smith among his outright winners despite many experts writing off the Australian. For the John Deere Classic, Gates pegged 40-1 longshot J.T. Poston as a potential winner before his second tour win.
At the Travelers, he was all over Sahith Theegala, who was priced at just $7,300 at DraftKings and finished as a runner-up. Anyone who followed Gates' advice has cashed in on their Fantasy golf picks.
Now, Gates has ranked his top golfers for the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship, and you'll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and FedEx St. Jude Championship picks at SportsLine.
2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship Fantasy golf expert picks
Gates is stunned at the low price on the sizzling Finau and is all over him this week at $9,700 at DraftKings. "Pricing Finau at under $10,000?" Gates marvels. "Are we serious with this one?" All Finau has done is win two straight tournaments, and he also won the playoff opener last year. The 32-year-old went a combined 43 under in winning the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage, and he finished 20 under at last year's Northern Trust. Finau is 11th on tour in scoring average.
At the same time, the expert is fading Matt Fitzpatrick despite his U.S. Open victory less than two months ago. The Englishman is 22-1 at Caesars and tied for sixth at the Scottish Open before finishing T-21 in The Open at St. Andrews. But his inability to score on this course last year has Gates staying away. Fitzpatrick was 3 over at Southwind in 2021 (T-57) and has shot 70 or higher in five of his past eight rounds. He averages just 3.8 birdies per round (70th). You can see who else to back and fade here.
How to set your 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship Fantasy golf rankings
For the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship, Gates is touting a player for fantasy rosters who is priced at less than $8,000 at DraftKings. This golfer appears to be breaking out of his funk, so many players will steer clear, but Gates is banking on him for his FedEx St. Jude Fantasy golf picks. You can find out who it is and see the rest of Gates' FedEx St. Jude Championship fantasy golf picks at SportsLine.
Who wins the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship, and who are the top players to target for your Fantasy picks? Which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates' Fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship, all from the fantasy expert who has been on fire with his picks, and find out.