Kevin Kisner (100/1 +T10)We have seen some longshot winners at The Players over the past few seasons, and it shouldn’t be surprising given that Sawgrass is a layout that really negates the advantage that long hitters have over the rest of the field. Kisner fits the mold of a shorter hitter whose game really fits Sawgrass. Kisner has a nice track record at Pete Dye courses, and his game is starting to round into some form following four straight top-30 finishes.Punts to consider: Martin Kaymer 175/1, Brandt Snedeker 200/1, Talor Gooch T10 +5500, Sung Kang 250/1 + T10, Kyle Stanley 350/1 MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Sleepers, fades for TPCAdditionally, expect the move back to March to feature different course conditions than we have seen in the past. While the greens will likely be slightly softer than previous years and the rough shouldn’t be too penal, the winds should be up during this time of the year and could cause havoc tee-to-green.TPC Sawgrass is a Pete Dye design, so it won’t hurt to take an extra look at players that have a history of playing well on Pete Dye tracks such as Harbour Town, TPC River Highlands, TPC West, Austin CC, and TPC Louisiana.The greens at TPC Sawgrass as some of the most difficult on tour, which actually tends to help players who struggle with the putter. That isn’t to say that elite putters get a downgrade, as guys like Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Tiger Woods are all elite putters and former winners, but we see bad putters like Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Si-Woo Kim, Henrik Stenson, and Martin Kaymer not only contend but win here year in and year out.The green complexes at TPC Sawgrass are some of the smaller greens on tour, which will inevitably lead to players leaning on their short games at different points of the tournament. Webb Simpson last season comes to mind, as he was able to call on his short game in the third and fourth rounds to hold his lead en route to the win.I typically like to target Par-5 scoring on Par-72 tracks, but this week is a little different. All four of the Par 5s are excellent scoring opportunities, and the vast majority of the field will be tearing up these holes. However, the Par 4s rank as some of the most difficult on tour and how golfers score on these holes will likely be the determining factor in their overall success for the week. Holes 5, 14, and 18 especially come to mind as extremely difficult Par 4s where double bogey or worse are in play.Before we get into this week’s picks, we have to point out that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS toolsand the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsBall StrikingStrokes Gained: Approach < 175 yardsPar 4 ScoringStrokes Gained: Around the GreensBermuda PuttingThe Players Championship picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider: Top Tier: Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day (GPP) Middle Tier: Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar (Cash), Paul Casey, Gary Woodland, Rafa Cabrera-BelloValue Plays: Charles Howell, Lucas Glover, Kevin Kisner, Jason Kokrak, Jhonattan VegasThe Players Championship betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookTiger Woods (20/1 +T5)I’ve had this event circled on the calendar for Woods since the schedule came out, and he provides some great value at 20/1 in the outright betting markets. Woods decided to skip Bay Hill last week because of a sore neck, but all reports out of Sawgrass say that he is 100 percent for this week. Woods is a two-time winner of this event, and TPC Sawgrass is a course that is really a great fit for his game at this stage of his career given the importance it places on iron play and short game. Brooks Koepka (25/1 + T10)With such a stacked field we can find a few guys who provide value in the 20/1-30/1 range, and I love going to Koepka at his 25/1 number coming off a missed cut at Bay Hill. Kopeka has a nice track record at Sawgrass and fired the round of the tournament here last season with a final-round 63 to backdoor a T11 finish. Koepka is a near auto-bet at big events given his track record at The Players and major championships, and he's a much better bet than overvalued players in this range, such as Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, and Patrick Cantlay.Matt Kuchar (60/1 + T10)I always want to target Kuchar at courses like Sawgrass that place an emphasis on accuracy off the tee and strong iron play. Kuchar is another former winner of this event, and he snagged wins at Mayakoba CC and Waialae CC this season, two other courses that have some similar characteristics as TPC Sawgrass. Last time we saw Kuchar he was gagging it away on the weekend at WGC-Mexico with a weekend 79-74 finish, but two weeks off should do him well and 60/1 is nice value for a player that tends to play well in strong field events. The Players Championship is back in March and features the strongest and deepest field in all of golf. All 50 of the top-50 players in the World Golf Rankings will tee it up this week, including Tiger Woods, so you know the DFS PGA and betting markets will oversaturated with options -- and action.The Players Championship is played each year at TPC Sawgrass and is best known for its legendary 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass is a moderate length, 7,200-yard, Par-72 track, that is known as a second-shot golf course. The fairways are fairly narrow, and there is water in play on 16 of 18 holes, making accuracy off the tee is crucial. Thus, clubbing down off the tee will be the preferred angle of attack for the majority of the field, especially the bombers. The design of the course will, however, allow for the majority of approach shots falling under 175 yards, with the longer hitters left with just a wedge in their hand on plenty of approach shots.
The 2019 Winter Meetings are here.If the early goings of this offseason are any indication, then the Winter Meetings in San Diego are going to be pretty explosive. We’ve already seen the signings of Zack Wheeler, Yasmani Grandal and Will Smith, three of the hottest free agents on the market. Dec. 8: The Yankees may or may not have tendered a contract offer to Gerrit Cole. Dec. 3: The Yankees are all in on Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, per reports. That’s a good thing for New York and its fans.Top 2020 MLB free agents1.Anthony Rendon3B2.Madison BumgarnerSP3.Josh Donaldson3B4.Hyun-Jin RyuSP5.Nicholas CastellanosOF6.Marcell OzunaOF7.Dallas KeuchelSP8.Daniel HudsonRP9.Yasiel PuigOF10.Avisail GarciaOFFor a more comprehensive ranking, visit Sporting News’ definitive free agent ranking for 2020. Entering this year’s event, we’ve got some massive names still available: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg are three of the most valuable players searching for new homes. Madison Bumgarner is another name to watch over the coming days. There are no shortage of suitors for any player, either, with all 30 squads looking to upgrade in some way, with the Winter Meetings the first big opportunity to make that happen.MORE: Everything you need to know about the 2019 MLB Winter MeetingsThe last few years of the meetings haven’t really been conducive to hot-stove action, with Andrew McCutchen the centerpiece signing of a dead four days in Vegas in 2018. This year has been a stark difference.Sporting News will be tracking all completed deals, trades and more, and offering quick analysis and thoughts where appropriate while the 2019 Winter Meetings are underway.MLB Winter Meetings tracker 2019: List of signings, tradesDec. 11: Anthony Rendon is about to change coasts. The third baseman agrees to a seven-year, $245 million contract Wednesday night, per multiple reports. The Dodgers, after missing out on Gerrit Cole, add to their bullpen with former A’s closer Blake Treinen (one year, $10 million), per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Blue Jays add to their rotation with free-agent right-hander Tanner Roark, who gets a reported $24 million over two years, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi. Right-hander Josh Lindblom parlays his success in South Korea into a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Brewers that could grow to $18 million with incentives, Passan reports. Right-hander Michael Wacha joins the Mets on a one-year deal worth a reported $3 million guaranteed and up to $7 million in incentives, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.Dec. 10: The Phillies sign shortstop Didi Gregorius on a one-year deal. Here’s what that could mean for Philly’s future infield. Kevin Gausman signs with the Giants on a one-year deal for $9 million according to Henry Schulman. Carlos Correa is rumored to be on the trading block. Gerrit Cole signs with the Yankees for nine years and $324 million, according to multiple reports. That shatters the Strasburg deal. Outfielder Nomar Mazara is traded to the White Sox in exchange for a prospect.Dec. 9: Stephen Strasburg got his money. The righty starter and World Series MVP re-signed with the Nationals on a seven-year, $245 million deal, which is a record for a pitcher in value and AAV.MLB trade rumorsDec. 12: The Yankees want to keep adding to their bullpen, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. New York is the most aggressive pursuor of Brewers reliever Josh Hader, Rosenthal reports, but a deal is unlikely.Dec. 12: The Angels and Indians are discussing a deal involving right-hander Corey Kluber, reports Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. Kluber, 33, made just seven starts last season because of a broken arm suffered when he was hit by a comebacker, but he still has an ace reputation after winning two Cy Young awards. Kluber has one guaranteed year and an option remaining on his contract. Dec. 11: The A’s have discussed reacquiring infielder Jed Lowrie, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lowrie left Oakland last offseason to sign a two-year contract with the Mets, but he missed almost all of the 2019 season with injuries and reportedly will make $9.5 million (salary and signing bonus) in 2020. Slusser reports New York would need to eat most of that money to make a trade work.Dec. 11: Teams have asked the Twins about left fielder Eddie Rosario, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweets. Rosario, 28, put up a career-best 32 home runs and 109 RBIs in 2019, but his OBP fell to .300. He has two years of control remaining.Dec. 11: The Dodgers are hot after Francisco Lindor, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Nightengale reports that the Indians want a package of prospects in return, including Gavin Lux and Dustin May.Dec. 11: It sounds like a new third baseman is entering the market, with Nolan Arenado reportedly on the block.Dec. 3: The Mets could look to shop two veterans to alleviate some payroll: Jeurys Familia and Jed Lowrie are on the block, according to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.Dec. 1: Miguel Andújar missed most of 2019 with a shoulder injury, and could find himself in a new uniform come 2020, a report says.Dec. 1: Could Josh Hader be on the move? The Brewers could look to trade him this offseason, reports say. Here are five teams who could make sense for the relief ace.MLB free agency rumorsDec. 12: Sounds like the Mets signed up Rick Porcello to a one-year deal, per the Athletic’s Eno Saris. Dec. 11: Anthony Rendon and the Angels are deep into contract negotiations, and a deal could be completed Wednesday night, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman report. Dec. 10: A Mystery Team has entered the Gerrit Cole chase, according to Jon Heyman. Actually, two, according to Scott Boras.Dec. 10: Madison Bumgarner, Atlanta Brave? It sounds like the NL East team is pushing for him, along with a bevy of others, per Jon Heyman.Dec. 9: It sounds as though Josh Donaldson’s market is materializing, with the Phillies, Rangers, Nats and Braves in on the third baseman, according to Jon Heyman.Dec. 9: The White Sox are in on both Marcell Ozuna and Nicholas Castellanos, and have a “great chance” at landing one of them, per Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi.