Daily Fantasy Golf: Waste Management Phoenix Open expert picks

Scott Piercy a strong DFS play for Phoenix Open (0:53)

Michael Collins explains why Scott Piercy is a good fantasy play in Scottsdale this week. (0:53)

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 Waste Management Phoenix Open features ESPN.com's Bob Harig, Jonathan Coachman, Kevin Maguire, Matt Barrie, Michael Collins, Jason Sobel and FantasyGolfInsider's Roger Casey, Jeff Bergerson and Zach Turcotte.

Note: Golfer salaries listed are for DraftKings.

Bob Harig -- Bubba Watson ($12,100)

Although he has never won the tournament, Watson certainly has fared well at TPC Scottsdale. He has been second each of the past two years and shot a final-round 65 a year ago to miss a playoff with winner Brooks Koepka by a stroke. He has never shot a round over par in 34 trips around the course.

Jonathan Coachman -- Bubba Watson ($12,100)

This week I am going with Bubba. He should be fresh and fired up. This course and these people are perfect for him. I really believe this year, more than years before, that the top players feel like they need to win before the Masters. And that can make for some great golf over the next couple of months.

Kevin Maguire -- Kevin Kisner ($10,400)

Forget his history at TPC Scottsdale (a missed cut in 2015 and a T-55 in 2012). This is a different Kevin Kisner. All he has done is post top-10 finishes his past four events (two in 2015 and two in 2016) including his first victory at the RSM Classic in November. If it wasn't for Jordan Spieth, the 16th-ranked Kisner might be the best golfer in the world of late.

Matt Barrie -- Hideki Matsuyama ($11,000)

There are a number of premier players who will find their names on the leaderboard at the Waste Management Phoenix Open: Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler. But for me, this is the week and the course where Hideki Matsuyama gets his winning started in 2016. After a disappointing 76 in the second round at Torrey Pines that resulted in a missed cut, Matsuyama heads to TPC Scottsdale, where he finished T-4 in his debut in '14 and T-2 a year ago. Being born and raised in Scottsdale, I have an appreciation for the debauchery of the "Phoenix Open." And Matsuyama has the game and temperament to win.

Michael Collins -- J.B. Holmes ($10,800)

When he gets in one of those "good golf streaks," you have to consider him a threat, especially now that he's coming to a course where only Phil Mickelson has made more money. Coming off of a sixth-place finish last week at Torrey Pines, how easy will this course seem to him?!

Jason Sobel -- Ryan Palmer ($9,900)

The golf gods have a mysterious way of rewarding golfers. Karma can come in many forms -- but it would be appropriate for Palmer to win this event after making a habit of throwing $20 bills into the bleachers at the 16th hole as "beer money" for the fans. Or maybe I just like him based on his T-2 finish here last year.

Jeff Bergerson -- Ryan Palmer ($9,900)

Last year was a rough year for Palmer, but this year he seems to be back on track. A T-16 at Shriners in the fall season and then back to back top 20s with a T-13 at Sony Open in Hawaii and T-17 at CareerBuilder Challenge in January. Length off the tee is important at TPC Scottsdale and Palmer is one of the biggest hitters on tour (seventh in driving distance). He also ranks well in other key statistical categories this week, including 29th in strokes gained tee-to-green, 11th in birdie-or-better percentage and 11th in scoring average. Palmer has three top 10 finishes in nine career appearances in this tournament including a fifth in 2013 and runner-up finish last year. Palmer gives us a little salary relief from the top tier guys this week, but still offers a tremendous amount of upside.

Zach Turcotte -- Brendan Steele ($8,800)

This week we are looking for ball strikers (driving distance plus driving accuracy plus greens in regulation) with a little extra emphasis on players that can hit it 300 yards-plus off the tee. Steele fits the profile well. Last season he ranked 15th in strokes gained tee-to-green and although his putting is a little below average, TPC Scottsdale does not tend to be as tough on those that normally struggle on the greens. Steele has had a lot of success with this event making the cut in all five starts with three top 10 finishes. He makes for a great play to start cash game lineups and has the upside to fit onto GPP rosters as well.

Roger Casey -- Brooks Koepka ($11,300)

He faltered a bit toward the end of last season, but with his strong showings at the Hero World Challenge and Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Koepka is back in the circle of trust. When his game is on point, there is almost no safer source of DraftKings points than Brooks at any given event, much less one that he won last year. Statistically speaking, he checks just about every box you could want at a course like this, and when his putter heats up to where it was last year (he was top 10 in strokes gained: putting), the Brooks show will be on full display. He's a set-and-forget birdie machine for all DFS formats.