2021 Houston Open Fantasy golf rankings, picks, lineups: Back Matthew Wolff, fade Cameron Smith


With just two events left in the calendar year, the PGA Tour players will try to pile up FedEx Cup points when the 2021 Houston Open tees off Thursday at Memorial Park Golf Course. FedEx Cup leader Sam Burns leads a young contingent of golfers, while four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is one of 13 major champions in the 2021 Houston Open field. Caesars Sportsbook lists Burns as the 16-1 favorite in its latest 2021 Houston Open golf odds. Scottie Scheffler (20-1), Cameron Smith (25-1) and Sungjae Im (25-1) also are expected to contend. Carlos Ortiz is the defending champion and comes off a runner-up finish last week in Mexico but is listed at 33-1.

Can Ortiz follow up his stellar play last week and win his second Houston Open — and second PGA Tour title? Or will a veteran like Koepka (30-1) make a strong run and put your 2021 Houston Open Fantasy golf picks in great position to win? Before locking in any 2021 Houston Open Fantasy golf lineups, be sure to see the projections and analysis from proven 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 World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, five of Gates’ top six golfers finished in the top 15, including winner Viktor Hovland.

“The defending champion not only has to be on the list,” Gates said before the event, “but he has to be considered to be one of the favorites in the field.”The result? The 24-year-old Norwegian went out and set the 72-hole scoring record at El Camaleon, going 23 under to win by four strokes.

Gates has been on a roll. At the Bermuda Championship, six of his golfers finished in the top 20 as the unknown players took center stage. At the previous week’s Zozo Championship, five of his top 13 finished in the top 10.

Now, Gates has locked in his top 20 golfers for the Houston Open 2021. You can only see his Fantasy golf picks and rankings at SportsLine

2021 Houston Open Fantasy golf picks

This week, Gates is looking for Matthew Wolff to keep rolling following a mostly stellar showing in Mexico. The 22-year-old came out blazing with a 61 in the opening round and had the lead after 36 holes. He hit a snag on Saturday with a 74 but rallied with 65 to close it out and finish T-14. That followed his runner-up finish at the Shriners, and the former NCAA champion finished T-17 in his other event this season. He is 11th on tour in greens in regulation (76.4 percent) and 18th in strokes gained putting, helping him to a second-place ranking in scoring average (69.079).

On the other hand, Gates is fading Smith, even though Caesars lists him among the favorites. The 28-year-old finished in the top 10 at the CJ Cup, hitting more than 80 percent of his greens and shooting 20-under par. But that was almost a month ago, and he ranked 103th on tour in greens hit last season. He also was 122nd in fairways hit, so he could have trouble on a course with difficult rough that requires precision. The Australian was on fire at the Summit, but the time off could sap his momentum, and Gates barely ranks Smith in his top 15 golfers.  

How to set 2021 Houston Open Fantasy golf rankings

Instead, the Fantasy expert is touting an overlooked player who comes in at well over 40-1 in the golf odds. This veteran has been lurking near the top of the leader board regularly so far this season. He also has been keeping it in the fairway and hitting the greens consistently, which will play well on the difficult course in Houston. Head to SportsLine to see his Fantasy golf picks

Who wins the Houston Open 2021? Who are the top players to target? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ Fantasy golf rankings, all from the Fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.


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