The PGA Championship is just past the horizon, and many of the PGA Tour's top players will be making final preparations this week at the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson. The event tees off Thursday at TPC Craig Ranch, and a strong field featuring seven of the world's top 15 players could have a relatively easy time on the McKinney, Texas course, which made its debut on tour last year. K.H. Lee was a surprise winner in 2021, but the top contenders this year are expected to be players like world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Scheffler is the 9-1 favorite in the latest 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson golf odds at Caesars Sportsbook. Justin Thomas is the 10-1 second choice in the Byron Nelson field, with Xander Schauffle (16-1), Johnson (18-1) and Spieth (18-1) also expected to be near the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson 2022 leaderboard.

Can Thomas (10-1) return to form and give you a reason to have him among your 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson Fantasy golf picks? Or would a young star like Sam Burns (20-1) or Will Zalatoris (22-1) provide better value and give you a chance to win? Before making any Fantasy golf rankings or bets on the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson, be sure you check out the Fantasy golf projections and lineup 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.

At last week's Wells Fargo Championship, Gates was on fire, with four of his top six players finishing in the top five. That included winner Max Homa, a 40-1 long shot, and runners-up Keegan Bradley (35-1) and Matt Fitzpatrick (22-1).   

The previous week at the Mexico Open, he nailed the winner, backing Jon Rahm as his top choice despite the Spaniard's recent slump. And at the Masters, eight of his 20 picks finished in the top eight, including winner Scheffler and runner-up Rory McIlroy. In fact, the top four players on the final leaderboard were among his picks.

He has been on a roll all season. He nailed his predictions at the Sentry, with four of his top seven picks posting top-five finishes, and he duplicated that at the Hero World Challenge. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.

Now, Gates has ranked his top golfers for the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson, and you'll really want to see what he has to say. You can only see his Fantasy golf rankings and AT&T Byron Nelson picks at SportsLine.

2022 AT&T Byron Nelson golf expert picks

One player Gates isn't hesitating to back this week is Scheffler, who has been nearly unbeatable since his win in Phoenix in February. He has three more wins since then, including the Masters, and the 25-year-old has been locked in. He is hitting a ton of greens and making most of his putts, a clear winning formula. He is fourth in greens in regulation (71.26 percent) and 20th in strokes gained putting and averages almost five birdies per round. That puts him fifth on tour in scoring average (69.68). He was 47th here last year, but that was a lifetime ago given his surge.   

On the other hand, Spieth's formula hasn't quite been working. His win at the RBC in his last outing can't be discounted, but he missed the cut the previous week. Spieth has two top-10 finishes in 11 events while missing three cuts. The Dallas native and three-time major winner had a resurgence last season, but he has been mostly struggling so far in this campaign. Spieth is 111th in scoring average (71.18), largely because of his putting. He is 186th in strokes gained on the green. He was ninth last season at Craig Ranch, but Gates isn't expecting that this year.

How to set your 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson Fantasy golf rankings

For this week's event at TPC Craig Ranch, Gates is backing a long shot who comes in at around 50-1. This player has been gaining strokes off the tee and has lurked near the top of the leaderboard his past two outings. He really should be a strong piece for your Fantasy lineup. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Gates' top AT&T Byron Nelson Fantasy golf picks, at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch? 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 AT&T Byron Nelson, all from the fantasy expert who has been on fire with his picks, and find out.