2022 Players Championship fantasy picks, rankings, sleepers: Golf expert says back Morikawa, fade Rahm

The field is bursting with PGA Tour stars at the 2022 Players Championship, which tees off Thursday, March 10 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The PGA Tour’s so-called fifth major is scheduled to have 48 of the world’s top 50 players and 123 of the golfers who qualified for last season’s FedEx Cup playoffs. Bryson DeChambeau and Harris English are absent with injuries, but top stars like world No. 1 Jon Rahm, 2019 Players champ Rory McIlroy and Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Scottie Scheffler are scheduled to be in action. Justin Thomas, who won by one stroke over Lee Westwood last year at 14-under par, is a 14-1 co-favorite in the latest 2022 Players Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook, along with Rahm and world No. 2 Collin Morikawa. McIlroy (18-1) and Scheffler (25-1) also are among the top contenders in the Players Championship field.

Can Scheffler keep up his impressive run and be a valuable piece in your 2022 Players Championship Fantasy golf picks? Or would a Sawgrass veteran like Dustin Johnson (30-1) or Brooks Koepka (35-1) put you in a better position to win? Before you lock in your Fantasy golf rankings or make any bets on the 2022 Players Championship, 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 of him 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 really high on this week is Morikawa, and the expert is expecting him to contend for another victory. The 25-year-old already has five tour wins, including two majors, which has propelled him to the second spot in the world ranking. Morikawa has finished in the top 10 in each of his five tournaments this year (including the Hero World Challenge). He tied for a second at the Genesis, shooting no worse than 68, and is 85-under par over his five Tour events so far. He ranks no worse than eighth in any strokes gained category, and he is fourth in putting.

Shockingly, the expert is fading Rahm again after it paid off for him last week. The Spaniard shot over par to finish in a tie for 17th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he has just three top-10 finishes in seven outings this season. He has finished in the top-25 twice, with just one top-10, in four tries at the Players. He also is having some difficulty with his putter this season, though his missed 10-inch putt in the opening round last week was more of an accident. He is 179th in putts per round (29.54) this season and 135th in strokes gained, losing nearly a full stroke.

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.

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