Our fantasy golf power rankings for the 2022 Fortinet Championship feature the golfers at the top of the odds lists and highlight who to target in your pools this week.
The 2022-23 PGA season begins with the Fortinet Championship at the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. While it's far from a star-studded field with the Presidents Cup taking place next week, there are still three players inside the top 25 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
This will be the eighth trip around Silverado for the event, and defending champion Max Homa is in the field after finishing fifth in the FedEx Cup Standings last season.
Additionally, Hideki Matsuyama and Corey Conners are both top-25 players in the OWGR and could be using this tournament as a tune-up ahead of the Presidents Cup as key members of the International squad. Taylor Pendrith and Cam Davis will also represent the International team next week, while Homa is the lone American in attendance on the United States team.
Silverado demands strong ball-striking because of the narrow, tree-lined fairways, and strokes gained: off-the-tee, SG: tee-to-green, and SG: approach are key statistics to hone in on. Homa finished sixth, second, and second, respectively, in the field last year to win the event.
Par-3 scoring is also an important metric considering all four of them had a scoring average above par during last year’s tournament.
Here’s a peek at the top of the odds list from DraftKings Sportsbook.
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10. Emiliano Grillo
The Argentine took down the 2015 Fortinet for his lone PGA Tour victory, but he hasn’t posted a top-20 finish at Silverado since and has missed the cut in two of the past three years.
Still, Grillo ranked 18th in SG: off-the-tee last season and had two T-2 results through his past five events. Additionally, after finishing 12th in SG: approach (0.669) during the 2020-21 season, Grillo dipped to 106th (0.043) last year. Statistical correction in that department would set him up for a solid week.
9. Brendan Steele
This will be Steele’s ninth trip to Silverado. He won the Safeway Open back-to-back years in 2106 and 2017 at the track and has never missed a cut at the venue. He finished sixth on tour last season in SG: off-the-tee and also wrapped up the year with just two missed cuts through his final 12 events.
Just note, the highlighted 2017 Safeway win was also his last on tour.
8. Gary Woodland
View Woodland as a high-risk, high-reward target after he missed the cut in 11 of 23 tournaments last year. He’s also never pegged it professionally at Silverado and hasn’t won since the 2019 U.S. Open.
This could be a course fit for the 38-year-old American, though. Woodland finished last year ranked 43rd in SG: off-the-tee, 34th in SG: tee-to-green, and 48th in scoring average.
7. Sahith Theegala
Statistically, there isn’t much standing out for Theegala. However, making 16 of 18 cuts with five top-15 finishes to conclude his rookie season warrants attention.
Additionally, aside from a fourth-round 75, he had a respectable showing at Silverado last year with three consecutive rounds under par to start. Driving accuracy (54.04%) has been a considerable weakness, so tidying up his game off the tee will be paramount to a successful week in Napa.
6. Taylor Pendrith
Pendrith made nine consecutive cuts to finish last season, including six top-15 results, and he also finished 36th in his first trip to Silverado last year.
His excellent form also aligns with a potential course fit, as he finished the 2021-22 campaign ranked 12th in SG: off-the-tee, 36th in SG: tee-to-green, and tied for 11th in par-3 performance.
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5. Thomas Detry
Detry comes off a T-5 showing at the BMW PGA Championship last week, and he finished 26th in SG: off-the-tee and 39th in SG: total on the DP World Tour last season. He also made 13 of 16 cuts.
The 29-year-old Belgian earned his PGA Tour card through the Korn Ferry Tour and also finished inside the top 25 in four of his five PGA Tour events. Note that his T-10 finish at the Genesis Scottish Open and T-38 at The Open Championship are included in his results on both the PGA and DP Tours.
4. Maverick McNealy
Last year’s runner-up is a native of Stanford, CA, and played collegiately for the Cardinal, so this is home turf for McNealy. Ranking 19th in both birdie average and SG: putting, in addition to 47th in SG: off-the-tee last season positions McNealy to contend again this week.
It’s not surprising to see him trading in the second tier of favorites at our top rated sportsbooks.
3. Corey Conners
The ball-striking wiz has finished inside the top 20 in both SG: tee-to-green and greens-in-regulation percentage in each of the past four seasons. He also finished 20th in scoring average last year.
Conners just consistently loses strokes with his short game year in, year out. He finished 13th at Silverado in the 2019 Safeway Open, and the Canadian projects to be in contention this week as long as he’s not looking ahead to the Presidents Cup.
2. Max Homa
Developing into one of the most consistent players on tour, Homa missed only three cuts last season while carding top-25 finishes in 15 of 24 events. Both the defending champion at Silverado and the betting favorite, there are no flaws in Homa’s game, and the 31-year-old American is just entering his prime as a pro.
1. Hideki Matsuyama
The most accomplished player in the field, Matsuyama proved his health at the Tour Championship and finished T-6 at the Fortinet last year. He finished sixth in SG: approach and 19th in SG: tee-to-green last season, despite ranking 110th in driving-accuracy percentage and 75th in SG: off-the-tee.
Chalk some of the trouble off the tee to battling back, wrist, and neck injuries throughout the second half of the year. Matsuyama has also been incredibly reliable with only five missed cuts through 48 tournaments the past two seasons.
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