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Daily Fantasy Golf: Hyundai Tournament of Champions expert picks

Jimmy Walker lost in a playoff at this event last year, but that just gives him extra motivation for this year's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

As part of ESPN Fantasy's efforts to give daily gamers intel on whom to target in DFS, our fantasy golf experts are here to share the players they view as building blocks for this weekend's event. The panel for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions features ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, Michael Collins, Bob Harig and Kevin Maguire, as well as FantasyGolfInsider's Jeff Bergerson, Roger Casey and Zach Turcotte.

Note: Golfer salaries listed are for DraftKings.

Jason Sobel -- Jimmy Walker ($8,000)

One year ago, Walker led by 4 strokes with four holes to play at this tournament, only to eventually lose to Patrick Reed in a playoff. With fishing, surfing, snorkeling and so many other non-golf activities nearby, it's difficult for players to stay motivated in this island paradise, but motivation should come easy for Walker this week. While many will use this event as half-vacation, half-tuneup to a long year, expect the sneaky-long Walker to be in midseason form while trying to avenge last year's loss.

Michael Collins -- Jimmy Walker ($8,000)

Is it the beginning of the calendar year? Then you already know the guy who's going to hit the ground at 100 mph. Only one of Walker's five wins came outside the first quarter of the calendar year (the 2013 Frys.com Open). He still has unfinished business at this course after last year's playoff loss to Reed.

Bob Harig -- Patrick Reed ($9,900)

The defending champion's lone victory in 2015 came at Kapalua, and he's hungry to get back in the winner's circle. Ranked 10th in the world, Reed had top-10 finishes in each of his past six events, including two runner-up finishes and a tie for third.

Kevin Maguire -- Jason Day ($11,800)

The second-ranked Australian finished a shot out of a playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2015 -- after a final-round 62 -- so he's got the game to win at Kapalua. Don't be surprised if the reigning PGA Championship winner plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder in 2016 even after his five victories last year. He didn't get that first major early in his career (like Jordan Spieth) and isn't recognized as the most talented of the 20-somethings he's battling (like Rory McIlroy). That certainly doesn't mean Day won't win his fair share this year, which could easily begin this week in Hawaii.

Jeff Bergerson -- Patrick Reed ($9,900)

I closed out 2015 by recommending Reed for the Hero World Challenge, and he did not disappoint by finishing runner-up. Over the past several months, Reed has been on a torrid run, finishing tied for third at the UBS Hong Kong Open, tied for 10th at CIMB Classic, tied for seventh at WGC HSBC, second at BMW Masters, and tied for 10th at DP World Tour Championship. The most critical stat to analyze this week is putting. Reed is an excellent putter, ranking third in overall putting average this wraparound season, in addition to ranking 19th on Tour last year in strokes gained tee-to-green. He won this event last year, so he will be one of the more popular players in DFS this week, but he is just too hot for me to pass on.

Roger Casey -- Justin Thomas ($8,700)

On a par-73 course with no cut and the winner likely 20-under or better, I see no better value this week than Justin Thomas at $8,700. He's 13th in birdie or better percentage, 26th in par-5 scoring, and 21st in total strokes gained. Oh, and he already won the comparable no-cut CIMB Classic this year by shooting a ridiculous 26-under. No cash lineup should be without him this week.

Zach Turcotte -- Bubba Watson ($10,300)

The weather is looking good this week in Hawaii and if the winds are lower than normal, Bubba Watson makes for a great play. While Bubba has always had the ability to hit the ball a mile off the tee, it was his short game that improved immensely last season, propelling him to much more consistent results throughout the year. These improvements in his game should help him on a course where strong putting is essential. With two top-10 finishes here in the last three years, Bubba should have a shot to win this event outright. Coming off of a fantastic win at the Hero World Challenge, Bubba should be able to keep the momentum going into 2016.