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Daily Fantasy Golf: CareerBuilder Challenge expert picks

Patrick Reed sits atop the salary rankings this week, but our experts still view him as a player to target at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Tom Pennington/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 CareerBuilder Challenge features ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, Michael Collins, Bob Harig and Kevin Maguire, as well as FantasyGolfInsider's Roger Casey, Jeff Bergerson and Zach Turcotte.

Note: Golfer salaries listed are for DraftKings.

Jason Sobel -- Phil Mickelson ($10,400)

He's possibly rusty after a lengthy offseason. He's probably feeling old after celebrating the 25-year anniversary of his first PGA Tour win. There aren't too many signs that point to Lefty as the man to beat this week -- which is exactly why I like him. He has built an empire based on succeeding when others thought he wouldn't. I'm still not sure this will be another banner year for him, but during a week when he clearly has something to prove, I like his chances.

Michael Collins -- Matt Kuchar ($12,100)

Since 2009, he has never missed the cut and never finished outside the top 25. Last year, he earned his second runner-up finish at this event.

Bob Harig -- Patrick Reed ($12,400)

The 2014 winner of the event, Reed is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 10, and he's still on a roll that extends into last year. He has not been out of the top 10 in his past seven starts, including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Kevin Maguire -- Charley Hoffman ($9,200)

It helps to hit long this week in Palm Springs, and Hoffman was inside the top 30 on tour last year at nearly 300 yards off the tee. The past three years, he has finished T-10, T-9, then T-2 at this event. I like the way that's trending.

Roger Casey -- Charles Howell III ($9,100)

Rarely do I ever find myself expecting huge things out of Charles Howell III, but for the high-scoring, variance-heavy CareerBuilder Challenge, I'll accept a made cut and the distinct possibility of a top-15 finish. Known for his remarkable consistency (despite winning only twice in a 16-year pro career), Howell has been on-point so far this season, going six-for-six in made cuts with five of them being T-17 or better, including a solid T-13 last week at the Sony. What's more, at $9,200, he has made eight of ten cuts at this event, including two top-10s. He's one of the closest things you'll find to a "sure thing" at this event, and that's good enough for me.

Jeff Bergerson -- Russell Henley ($8,300)

We talk a lot about recency bias at Fantasy Golf Insider. In daily fantasy, recency bias is often seen when the masses overreact to results from the previous week, whether good or bad. This week, a perfect example is Russell Henley, who missed the cut last week at the Sony Open. People will naturally have recency bias and avoid him this week. In addition, his price has dropped from $10,300 last week to $8,300 this week on DraftKings. This is far too dramatic of a drop for a quality player such as Henley. He has only one appearance in this tournament, in which he had a 56th-place finish in 2013, but in the fall season, he had finishes of T-41, 10 and T-6. Last season, he was a consistent performer with 20 of 24 cuts made, making him a solid cash-game player this week as well. Take advantage of the good value and go against the grain by ignoring last week's result and sticking with Henley.

Zach Turcotte -- Patrick Reed ($12,400)

It may be the obvious play of the week, but obvious tends to get overlooked when it comes to the highest-priced player. When Jordan Spieth won the Tournament of Champions just a couple of weeks ago, only 10 percent of owners backed him at $12,500 in a 32-player field. Sometimes the best contrarian play is to pay up for the highest-priced players, and this week, that means Reed. Although the courses are not exactly the same as previous years, the scoring should be similar. Reed won this event when it was the Humana two years ago, and his form over the past few months has been about as good as it gets. Reed has seven straight top-10 finishes, including three second-place finishes in his past four starts.