The PGA Tour's "fifth major" tees off Thursday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and it will be a stacked field for the 2022 Players Championship. The event at TPC Sawgrass includes eight previous winners and eight former FedEx Cup champions, and 48 of the top 50 players in the world are scheduled to compete. Justin Thomas won last year at 14 under par, going 12 under on the weekend, and he is among the favorites in the latest 2022 Players Championship golf odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Thomas is listed at 14-1, along with world No. 1 Jon Rahm and second-ranked Collin Morikawa. Rory McIlroy (18-1) and Viktor Hovland (20-1) are among the other top choices from the Players Championship field.
Can Morikawa, who has two runner-ups in four events, break through this week and make your 2022 Players Championship Fantasy golf picks pay off? Or would the consistent McIlory, who has finished 14th or higher in nine straight events, be a safer pick? Before locking in your Fantasy golf lineups or making any bets on the Players Championship 2022, be sure to check out the Fantasy golf projections and betting advice from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.
Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five 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, and he has been on fire this season.
In last week's picks for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, nine of Gates' top 10 picks finished in the top 20, including Scheffler and runners-up Viktor Hovland and Tyrrell Hatton.
"It is really hard to not blindly pick Scheffler right now," Gates said before the event, pointing to his "red-hot" run. "Do not expect that to change this weekend." Scheffler stayed steady while everyone around him faltered, and the 25-year-old ended up at 5-under for his second victory and fifth top-10 of the season.
Of the expert's picks for the Honda Classic, eight finished in the top 16, and he was on the money at the WM Phoenix Open, where his five best selections all ended the weekend in the top 10. Gates also nailed his picks at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with four of his top seven picks posting top-five finishes. And at the Hero World Challenge, again four of his top seven finished in the top five. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.
Now, Gates has ranked his top 20 golfers for the 2022 Players Championship, and you'll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and Players Championship picks at SportsLine.
2022 Players Championship Fantasy golf expert picks
One player Gates is strongly backing this week is Morikawa, who has been on an amazing run and could break through again at any time. The 25-year-old has finished in the top 10 in all five events he has played this season (including the Hero World Challenge), and he leads the tour in scoring average (69.181). He is shooting an average of 64.5 in the final round. Morikawa is breaking par on 32.2 percent of his holes, also best on tour, and is in the top eight in every strokes gained category. The two-time major champion is fourth in strokes gained putting.
The expert went against Rahm last week, and the world's top-ranked player showed no reason he shouldn't do it again, so Gates is fading the Spaniard. The 27-year-old has six tour wins, but his U.S. Open victory last June is his only one since early fall of 2020. He has not been dominant this season, and his top ranking was built on consistent top-10 finishes. He has just three of those in seven tournaments this year. He tied for 19th last week at 2 over par and was T-21 at the Genesis. Rahm is 135th in strokes gained putting and 177th around the green.
How to set your 2022 Players Championship Fantasy golf rankings
For this week at TPC Sawgrass, the fantasy expert is backing a long shot ahead of Rahm who is listed at higher than 30-1. Gates says this player is "playing some of the best golf out there right now" and could pull off a surprise. He sees this golfer as a must-play in your fantasy golf picks for the Players Championship 2022. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Gates' top Players Championship fantasy golf picks at SportsLine.
Who wins the 2022 Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass? Who are the top PGA Tour players to target for your Fantasy picks? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates' Fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 Players Championship, all from the fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.