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Monday, January 15, 2007
Updated: January 17, 5:32 PM ET
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Fantasy Preview


By John Diver
ESPN.com

Here are this week's rankings for ESPN's Best Ball Challenge. Look for new rankings every Tuesday!


Note: The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is a five-round tournament played over four courses. The cut takes place after Saturday's fourth round and the final round is pros only at the Classic Club, the only course the players will see twice. While different player selection strategies have proven successful in this format, it is recommended that you space out your picks so not all your players play the same course each day. I'm trying a 2-1-1-0 approach this year as last year my 3-1-0-0 team didn't fare very well.
$13.0+ Players to Consider

1. Phil Mickelson, USA ($16.2) - La Quinta (Wednesday)
Mickelson has not played a competitive round since the Ryder Cup debacle last September. But he has dominated this tournament the last five years, including two wins - 5th ('06), 12th ('05), 1st ('04), 6th ('03), 1st ('02). While being the most expensive player in the field this week makes him somewhat of a risk, expect Lefty to post a lot of sub-par holes and play on Sunday.

2. Jesper Parnevik, SWE ($13.4) - Bermuda Dunes
The 2000 Hope champion tied for second in the event last year (with a course record 62 at Classic Club on Saturday). Parnevik seems to relish in pro-am part of the event being one of a dozen or so players paired with celebrities the first four rounds. He also recorded the second most birdies last week at the Sony Open and at this value he's a recommended play.

3. Scott Verplank, USA ($13.0) - PGA West
Last year over the same layout Verplank led the field in putting average (1.582) and posted the second-most birdies (29) en route to a tied-for-second finish.


$10.0-12.9 Players to Consider

1. Justin Rose, ENG ($12.8) - Bermuda Dunes
Rose ranked second in birdies in last year's event (with 29) and looks to carry his season-ending momentum into 2007.

2. John Senden, AUS ($11.0) - PGA West
The steady Aussie played solid in both Hawaii events and finished tied for fifth at the Hope last year, recording three eagles.


$7.0-9.9 Players to Consider

1. Bill Hass, USA ($9.3) - La Quinta
Haas posted 25 birdies at last year's event, finishing tied for 19th.

2. Bernhard Langer, GER ($9.9) - PGA West
Playing on a sponsor's exemption, Langer has a solid track record at the Hope.

3. David Duval, USA ($8.1) - Classic Club
Playing this season on a one-time career earnings exemption, it's make it or break it time for Duval. Carded a final-round 59 and won the Hope in 1999.


$6.9 or less Players to Consider

1. George McNeill, USA ($5.9) - Classic Club
The Q-School medalist started his rookie season with a solid T13 finish at the Sony in Hawaii (carding an eagle on the 72nd hole). His 18 holes-under-par ranked fifth most in the tournament.

2. Anthony Kim, USA ($5.4) - Bermuda Dunes
While Kim missed a lot of putts as well as the cut last week, I'm looking for a rebound in the desert. The La Quinta High School star has local course knowledge which should show up on your scorecard.

3. Lee Janzen, USA ($6.0) - La Quinta
Playing on a sponsor's exemption the two-time U.S. Open champ seems like a bargain at this value. Two top 10s in his last five 2006 events showed the 42-year-old still has some game left in him.

John Diver covers fantasy golf for ESPN.com