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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Hideki Matsuyama
In a riveting duel in Shanghai, McIlroy defeated Xander Schauffele on the first playoff hole, adding to remarkable run this year, which moved him to within shouting distance of world No. 1.
Hideki Matsuyama should be a popular option at the WGC-HSBC Champions after earning runner-up honors in Japan, and his price is tough to fade in Yahoo contests this week.
Paul Casey has been a top-25 machine both at this course and over the last several months, so he will be a golfer to target in this week's contests on FanDuel.
Greg Vara analyzes the final event of the Asian swing this week in China where Rory McIlroy is the favorite in a limited field.
It's been a few months since Justin Rose's last victory, but his chances of getting back in the win column this week are as good as any, and that makes him an enticing option in contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Matsuyama ranked 173rd in strokes-gained on the greens last season and he still made more than $8 million. Let that sink in, he was one of the worst putters on the PGA Tour and he still managed to earn more than all but three golfers last season. It gives you an idea of how well Matsuyama strikes the ball that he can score without the aid of a putter most weeks. Now, here's the tricky part, it would be easy to assume he's going to improve his putting, but curing putting woes is never a given. If he does fix his putting, he has enough firepower to significantly improve on his enormous number from last season. If he doesn't fix the putter, he simply can't perform any better than he did last season. As such, it's probably wise to pass on Matsuyama in salary cap leagues this season.
Matsuyama made the cut in 13 of 16 starts, recorded seven top-10s, scored one victory and earned over $4 million, all the while ranking 125th in stokes gained from putting. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he'd putted with any kind of competence last season? With that in mind, Matsuyama makes for an interesting salary cap option this year because his ceiling should be in the range of someone like Adam Scott, who happened to make nearly $6.5 million last year. In draft leagues, Matsuyama is a first-round selection.
Matsuyama entered the 2014 season with a lot of expectations, and for the most part, he didn't disappoint. Matsuyama is actually one of only a few players over the past decade that have lived-up to early expectations, which can only mean that great things lie ahead. The only problem with Matsuyama is his high number from last season. He's probably worth the risk in salary cap leagues, but at nearly $3 million he can't be considered a "must-have". In draft leagues he should go late in the 2nd or early in the 3rd round.
Matsuyama shocked the golf world by winning FedEx Cup playoff event a few years back, but it's been all down hill since. Upside appears limited.
More Fantasy News
Runner-up on home turf
Matsuyama finished in solo second at the Zozo Championship after closing with a round of three-under 67.
Shoots 65 on Sunday to move to T3
Matsuyama fired a seven-under 65 in the final round of the CJ Cup to surge into a tie for third place.
Moves into T16 on Sunday
Matsuyama charged late with a six-under 65 on Sunday to put him in a tie for 16th place at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Misses cut in Napa
Matsuyama missed the cut by two strokes at the Safeway Open with a two-day total of even-par.
T9 at TOUR Championship
Matsuyama shot a one-over 71 on Sunday at the TOUR Championship, leaving himself in a tie for ninth place.