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Top 150 Golfers for 2019

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


It's that time of the year when many season-long gamers are prepping for their drafts. 

Season-long golf leagues are almost a lost art form, given the rise of DFS.

However, those who stay committed to the season-long format are usually the diehards. The faithful. The gamers that don't tweet at their golfers when they miss a cut. They don't yell Baba Booey when following them in-person. These rankings are for you. I am diving deep into these golfers to see whether they are on the rise or ready to fall off a cliff in 2019.

Before we get into the list, here is a brief primer: 

2018 SG Rank = Performance per Round during the 2018 calendar year, adjusted to the strength of field. Also, the rank is limited to only the golfers that cracked the final Top 150 list. 

5-Year SG Rank =
Performance per Round since 2014, adjusted to the strength of field. This is generally the best metric for determining a golfer's true talent but the 2018 number is a great way to see where that golfer is trending. 

Projected 2019 Earnings = A rough estimate of expected earnings in PGA TOUR events, during the 2019 calendar year, but not including next year's fall schedule. Anything a golfer has earned so far this season is not included here. 



#150 Matt Jones


2018 SG Rank: 142
5-Year SG Rank: 115
Projected 2019 Earnings: $773,000

Notes: The 38-year-old Aussie is on the decline but he seems to always find a way to flirt with the Top 125 bubble. He's won a PGA TOUR event within the last five years which is more than you can say for most in this range. 

#149 Rory Sabbatini

2018 SG Rank: 72
5-Year SG Rank: 111
Projected 2019 Earnings: $787,000

Notes: A bit of a comeback season for the South African last year but his M.O. at this point in his career is cut-making. Just three times did he find himself inside the top 10 at the midpoint of events last season. You are signing up for a lot of top 30s when you draft Rory, but not a lot of flirting with the winner's circle. 

#148 Vaughn Taylor

2018 SG Rank: 112
5-Year SG Rank: 96
Projected 2019 Earnings: $821,995

Notes: Had his share of pre-tourney WDs last year which is not what you like to see from an aging talent like VT. Still managed to find 10 finishes inside the top 30 last season, so his results are decent enough when he's healthy. 

#147 Hunter Mahan

2018 SG Rank: 123
5-Year SG Rank: 137
Projected 2019 Earnings: $869,000

Notes: It was a dark few years for Mahan as he fell off the map, going from Ryder Cup talent to the Web.com Finals in the blink of an eye. There is light at the end of the tunnel as his form is starting to return. The key area is iron play. In 2017 he gained on approach in just 22% of his ShotLink starts. During the 2018 calendar year, that rocketed up to gaining on approach in 41% of his starts. Still a drop from his early career but we should see Mahan flirt with contention a few times this year. 

#146 Shawn Stefani

2018 SG Rank: 134
5-Year SG Rank: 119
Projected 2019 Earnings: $918,000

Notes: The Houston resident posted six top 25s last season but needed the Web.com Tour Finals to retain his card. He's now finished in the 123rd to 165th range in four of his six seasons on TOUR. He's a two-time champ on the Web circuit but unless he has one of those standout weeks then we should expect him to be right on the Top 125 bubble again. 

#145 Michael Thompson

2018 SG Rank: 121
5-Year SG Rank: 135
Projected 2019 Earnings: $928,000

Notes: Similar to Shawn Stefani above, Thompson is pretty consistent in terms of making it through the cut line but he struggles to find top-heavy finishes. His last four finishes on the FedExCup standings are 142nd, 148th, 145th, and 146th. His short-term and long-term stats suggest he can't hang in the iron-play department. His around-the-green and putting play makes him a standout option on shorter courses or events where the winds pick up. He has eclipsed 4 SG Putting for the week in 27 events since the start of 2012. That's top tier. 

#144 Grayson Murray

2018 SG Rank: 139
5-Year SG Rank: 136
Projected 2019 Earnings: $973,000

Notes: Has elite off-the-tee skills but he's struggling to find the rest of his game since returning from a shoulder injury. He's gained strokes off-the-tee in 77 percent of his career ShotLink starts. Has one WEB win and one PGA TOUR win, so the pedigree is there for this 25-year-old. The injury makes him a question mark but there is enough upside to warrant a draft pick.  

#143 Scott Brown

2018 SG Rank: 148
5-Year SG Rank: 125
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,003,000

Notes: He's actually improved his putting over the last 20 starts, compared to his career baseline. However, he's lost ground in all other aspects of his game. The biggest dip has been his performance off the tee. He's never been the longest of hitters but now he's also hitting fewer fairways. Over his last 20 starts, he's hit fewer fairways than the field in 13 of those starts. Most of his damage has been done on shorter tracks with grainy greens so keep him reserved for events that meet that criteria if you must. 

#142 Fabian Gomez

2018 SG Rank: 130
5-Year SG Rank: 139
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,086,000

Notes: The 40-year-old continues to earn paychecks (26-of-49 over the last two seasons) but the top-heavy finishes aren't there. He's finished outside the top 160 in both of the last two years. His numbers suggest he should improve upon that number, but even if he played right to his SG numbers, then he'd fall outside of the Top 125 bubble. 

#141 Sean O'Hair

2018 SG Rank: 135
5-Year SG Rank: 103
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,102,000

Notes: The 4-time PGA TOUR champ has a runner-up finish in each of the last four seasons. Those big finishes help him keep his TOUR card but most of his finishes are not providing much fantasy value. He's lost strokes tee-to-green in 12 of his last 19 ShotLink starts and until he turns that around, it's hard to trust him in fantasy lineups. 

#140 Scott Langley

2018 SG Rank: 112
5-Year SG Rank: 141
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,103,000

Notes: Still in his 20s for a few more months, this lefty from Illinois may still be on the rise. Langley has led after SEVEN rounds in his PGA TOUR which is a stellar rate for someone without much fanfare. Where have those leads come? TPC River Highlands, Sedgefield, The Old White TPC, Waialae, and Harbour Town. He can take it low, as long as you give him shorter courses that put wedge into his hand. 

#139 Chase Wright

2018 SG Rank: 100
5-Year SG Rank: 142
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,119,000

Notes: Has fired out of the gate with a pair of top 10s this fall. The PGA TOUR rookie is also making headlines with his engagement to Fuzzy Zoeller's daughter. The Indiana native has a cuts-made ratio of just 50 percent on the Web.com Tour (47-for-94) but he did win during his rookie season on the Mackenzie Tour and also won last year on the Web. As we've seen already this fall, his good weeks are REALLY good. I wouldn't expect much consistency out of him but I would expect to see a few more top-heavy finishes to help him crack the Top 125 by year's end. 

#138 Seth Reeves

2018 SG Rank: 128
5-Year SG Rank: 150
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,131,000

Notes: The big hitter from Ga. Tech is a perfect 5-for-5 this fall. A bit funny since he was just 6-for-12 on the Mackenzie Tour in 2016 and also hovered around 50% on the WEB (25-for-49). Are PGA TOUR setups more suited for this bomber or did he happen to just have a month of overperformance? 

#137 Jonas Blixt

2018 SG Rank: 144
5-Year SG Rank: 144
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,133,000

Notes: He's a three-time TOUR winner, 2.5 if you count the team win as a half. His ability to string together GREAT weeks has helped him finish Top 125 in six of his last seven seasons. IF you remove his team events then he's led or co-led after just five rounds on the PGA TOUR. A remarkably low ratio for someone that has won twice. Enough bashing on the Red Wings fan.... he actually has one of the best short games on TOUR which always puts him on the radar on short courses and/or birdiefests. 

#136 Tyler Duncan

2018 SG Rank: 146
5-Year SG Rank: 148
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,149,000

Notes:  Had a decent rookie season. There was a time where he looked to be trending toward the winner's circle. He gained strokes off-the-tee in 12-of-13 starts during that stretch. However, he lost strokes putting in 26-of-30 ShotLink starts. Ouch! I love that kind of ball-striking, which makes him a high upside pick if you want to take him anytime after the 100th pick. 

#135 Brian Gay

2018 SG Rank: 68
5-Year SG Rank: 92
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,163,000

Notes: Had a revival year in 2018 but I'm not naive enough to think it's sustainable. He turns 47 in just over a week and had finished outside the top 110 in the FedExCup race in each of the three seasons prior. Factoring natural attrition, it's more likely that we see him decline in 2019. He's an okay draft pick at 90th or later but personally I like a bit more youth and upside with my golfers. 

#134 Mackenzie Hughes

2018 SG Rank: 136
5-Year SG Rank: 125
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,176,000

Notes: Earned 22 paychecks during his rookie campaign, including a win. Then he changed his name to MAC and it all went downhill. That also coincided with him becoming a father in October of 2017. He lost strokes to the field in each of his first 14 starts last season. After a return to MACKENZIE, his play started to come back in the Spring, finishing with strokes gained over the field in 9 of his last 15 starts, a much better ratio. Went from finishing 36th in the FedExCup to 160th. I think we see somewhere in between in 2019. 

#133 Brandon Harkins

2018 SG Rank: 103
5-Year SG Rank: 89
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,186,000

Notes: The Cali native stormed out of the gates last fall and winter to post top 25s in six of his first eight starts. He's posted just two since then. He ended 2018 with strokes lost to the field in seven of his last eight starts. The 32-year-old from Cal State Chico was a late bloomer to begin with. There isn't any history to lean on with him, so I am weighting his recent form more heavily which suggests he'll be flirting with the Top 125 bubble or well below that line come August.

#132 Brian Stuard

2018 SG Rank: 140
5-Year SG Rank: 137
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,191,000

Notes: He has led after five total rounds in his PGA TOUR. None of them have come after 72 holes, yet he has a win (weather-shortened Zurich Classic in 2016). He has a distinct profile when it comes to course fit. He has 14 career top 10s and eight of them have come at the Sony Open, Mayakoba, or CareerBuilder. He also has notable finishes at the Puerto Rico, Sanderson Farms, Heritage, and Greenbrier. It's safe to say he likes shorter courses with grainy greens. He also seems to like coastal layouts. That makes him a decent DFS option when those type of courses roll around but overall he struggles to keep up in the distance department. Since 2012, he's averaged 6 fewer yards per drive versus the fields he's faced. That number has only climbed recently, losing 7 yards to the field over his last 20 starts. Unless you have a deep bench then it's hard to get excited about this draft pick. 

#131 Kelly Kraft

2018 SG Rank: 137
5-Year SG Rank: 145
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,192,000

Notes: He's never going to grade out well but he can really shine brightly if you give him a wedge-heavy course where distance isn't all that important. His career top 5s have come at Pebble Beach, Greenbrier (x2), Corales, and John Deere Classic. He was also the first-round co-leader after R1 at Colonial in 2017. Like many in this range, he's a specialist reserved for particular course types. Hard to trust just blindly putting him into your weekly lineups. 

#130 Ted Potter, Jr. 

2018 SG Rank: 116
5-Year SG Rank: 119
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,198,000

Notes: The Wizard finished 132nd in SG Off-the-Tee and 153rd in SG Approach last year. It's hard to trot that out into weekly lineups. Looking at more generic stats he ranked 23rd in Driving Accuracy but 178th in Driving Distance. That says it all about his style of play. TPJ has just two career top 5s and both turned into wins. Both came on short, wedge-heavy courses (Pebble Beach, The Old White TPC). He finished 154th in the FedExCup standings in 2014 and 228th in 2017. Improved to 65th last year, thanks to the win at Pebble Beach. If we don't see one of those outlier win weeks then it's likely he finishes outside the Top 100 again. 

#129 Seamus Power

2018 SG Rank: 132
5-Year SG Rank: 107
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,202,000

Notes: Really thought we had something special after he went 19-for-25 during his rookie season. Backpedaled last year to post a 15-for-27 record and sneak into the Playoffs at 125th in the FEC standings. There is a bit of upside here, though. He has the luxury of full status this year and he's also seeing some courses for the third time. Power could be a nice breakout option that provides value for anyone that drafts him after the 100th pick. 

#128 Ryan Armour

2018 SG Rank: 96
5-Year SG Rank: 96
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,207,220

Notes: If you look up late bloomer in the dictionary then you might see a photo of Armour. He waited until he was in his 40s to post his first podium finish (also his first win) on the PGA TOUR. He didn't rest after that big fall win. He added a runner-up finish at TPC Potomac and a T8 at Sedgefield. His game is all about elite iron play. He's gained 3.6 or more strokes on approach in 10 different events over the last two years. Given his age and late rise, he's fallen down my board a bit but that doesn't means he's not a solid pick around the 105th pick or later. 

#127 Sung Kang

2018 SG Rank: 149
5-Year SG Rank: 123
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,209,000

Notes: The Texan had just three top 25s in 29 starts last season. One of those was the controversial solo third at the Quicken Loans National. If you remove those 190 FEC points then he finishes around 140th in the standings and loses his full status. Has nine career rounds of 64 or better, but overall he flirts with a lot of cut lines. 

#126 Adam Schenk

2018 SG Rank: 126
5-Year SG Rank: 130
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,211,520

Notes: The Purdue product leans a bit too much on the flat stick for my taste but he's a proven contend with two runner-ups and a WIN on the Web circuit in 53 starts. Has gained more than 2.4 strokes on approach in just one (of 27) ShotLink starts. That is a big area that need improvement before I get on board. 

#125 Troy Merritt

2018 SG Rank: 82
5-Year SG Rank: 125
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,216,000

Notes: Last season yielded the highest number of cuts made of any single season in his career (17). He also returned to the winner's circle for the second time since 2015. The problem? He is still just 50 percent in terms of making the cut in 186 career TOUR events. Unless you have a deep roster, he profiles as the type of golfer you get mad about always playing on the wrong weeks and benching him during his podium finishes. 

#124 Jhonattan Vegas

2018 SG Rank: 97
5-Year SG Rank: 92
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,218,000

Notes: Based on the SG stats, this ranking is a bit low. However, if we take away his Canadian Open wins then he falls in the $750K to $1.25 Million range of earnings most years. With Glen Abbey off the schedule, Vegas will need to find a new honeypot. 

#123 Patton Kizzire

2018 SG Rank: 122
5-Year SG Rank: 117
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1219600

Notes: I had General Patton listed at 131 last year which looked like a huge mistake after he won the Sony Open. Then it looked like I ranked him too highly if you look at the rest of his 2018 results. Kizzire has lost strokes off-the-tee in 11 of his last 12 starts. He's all over the map, literally, in the accuracy department. That makes him a wildcard for the time being. 

#122 Andrew Landry

2018 SG Rank: 126
5-Year SG Rank: 128
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,220,000

Notes: The Texan won twice on the Web circuit and also picked up a win at the Valero last year. In fact, his good weeks are really good as we saw him post five top 25s last season with all of them doubling as top 10s. That could definitely be valuable if you have a deep roster that allows you to fight through the mediocre weeks in order to reap the rewards of his big finishes. 

#121 Stephan Jaeger

2018 SG Rank: 143
5-Year SG Rank: 149
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,224,200

Notes: Playing out of the reshuffle he doesn't have the luxury of setting his schedule. Still, we should see a slight improvement as he sees courses for the second time. The German is a four-time winner on the WEB TOUR so there is plenty of winning upside here. 

#120 Anders Albertson

2018 SG Rank: 53
5-Year SG Rank: 128
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1225000

Notes: The Ga Tech man ranked 4th in SG per RD on the Web.com Tour last year. Only Sungjae, Castro, and Champ finished ahead of him in my adjusted numbers. The 25-year-old carried that wave of momentum into the fall with a T5 at the Sanderson and a T15 at The RSM. Could be a steal if he falls this fall but he may get overvalued based on that strong play in the fall. I would wait until 75 or so just to start considering him but I'd like to see him fall past 100 before I got really excited about drafting the rookie. 

#119 Harris English

2018 SG Rank: 119
5-Year SG Rank: 87
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1225100

Notes: Fell off a cliff in 2017 as he completely lost it with the driver. It seemed that every time I checked on his ShotTracker, he was reloading after an errant tee ball. Showing some slight improvements lately in that regard so we could see him climb back up the boards in 2019. He earned $1.9 to $2.9 Million for four straight years before his nosedive and he's still just 29-years-old. 

#118 Scott Stallings

2018 SG Rank: 108
5-Year SG Rank: 122
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1228000

Notes: The 33-year-old has finished 129th or better for eight straight seasons now. He's racked up seven podium finishes in that time including three wins. The downside? He's finished outside the Top 100 in each of the last four seasons and he's never eclipsed $2 million in earnings for a single season. His career cuts-made ratio also sits just under 50 percent (107-for-217). The cost of getting his top-heavy finishes is also sitting through the cut sweats. 

#117 Peter Malnati

2018 SG Rank: 108
5-Year SG Rank: 143
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1236555

Notes: The Mizzou product went 11-for-32 during the 2015-16 season but he won to help him finish 104th in the FEC ranks. Since then, he has improved the consistency (32-for-57 over the last two seasons) but that has resulted in FEC finishes of 167th and 161st. He's never going to impress in the ball-striking department but he remains one of the elite putters on TOUR. He's gained 4+ strokes putting in 14 different events. That includes eight starts where he lapped the field with 6+ in the SG Putting department. For most those would be outlier performances that lead to wins. For him, they are just "good" putting weeks. Put him on some wedge-heavy courses and he will inevitably pop into contention once or twice this year. 

#116 Brendan Steele

2018 SG Rank: 112
5-Year SG Rank: 59
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1239000

Notes: Silverado has come and gone and Steele is still searching for his lost form. A top 15 at THE CJ CUP was promising but his approach game is still in the slumps. Banking on pedigree, though, Steeley has earned $1 MM+ in seven of eight seasons on TOUR. Only once has he finished outside the Top 125. I would expect him to snap out of the slump soon and the WM Phoenix Open is the obvious starting point (four finishes of T6 or better). 

#115 Roberto Castro

2018 SG Rank: 70
5-Year SG Rank: 119
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,240,000

Notes: Seemingly been around forever but he's still just 33-years-old. The Ga Tech product has made it to East Lake in two of his six seasons played but he's also missed the Top 125 mark in half of those seasons. He struggles in big situations (zero wins through 157 career starts plus zero Web wins in 69 starts). He's also 0-for-9 in major championships. That being said, he can take it low with the best of them. He has FIVE career first-round leads/co-leads and four times he's led thru 36 holes. 

#114 Stewart Cink

2018 SG Rank: 70
5-Year SG Rank: 64
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,241,000

Notes: The 45-year-old is still keeping up with the young guns. He outdrove the field distance-wise in all but six of his starts last season. Iron play is still his bread and butter. He had five starts where he gained 4+ strokes on approach. The decline will come eventually at some point in the next few years but there are no signs suggesting that will come in 2019. The age is factored into this ranking, though, as you can't rule out a nagging injury or two as you reach your mid-40s. Based on his Strokes Gained stats alone, he deserves to be drafted in the 60s or 70s. 

#113 Ryan Blaum

2018 SG Rank: 117
5-Year SG Rank: 111
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1242000

Notes: Playing his second full season on TOUR we saw his FedExCup rank decline (107th to 121st) but he did flash his potential. Starting with a T6 at the Byron Nelson he kicked off a run of five events where he finished T23 or better in four of them. He was inside the top 10 thru 54 holes in three of those starts. The Duke Blue Devil doesn't impress in the ball-striking deparment but he should pop anytime a course rewards stellar short game. 

#112 Sam Saunders

2018 SG Rank: 106
5-Year SG Rank: 133
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1242500

Notes: Arnie's grandson stopped worrying about making cuts last year and focused on trying to win tournaments. That helped him post the best season of his career, finishing 120th in the FedExCup race. He lived in Colorado for a while but now calls Florida home again. His cross-country experience combined with improved ball flight should only lead to better and better results. Could this finally be the year he hits the winner's circle? With Puerto Rico back on the schedule, there is a decent chance (the two best finishes of his career have come there). 

#111 James Hahn

2018 SG Rank: 91
5-Year SG Rank: 88
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,245,000

Notes: Famously known for being a shoe salesman and also known for missing eight straight cuts before winning the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship. He flipped that consistency script last year as he went 13 straight starts without missing a cut. There were a few no-cut events in that stretch but it was still impressive. He's held the lead after 10 rounds over the course of his career and 6 of those have come in California or Arizona. 

#110 Denny McCarthy

2018 SG Rank: 85
5-Year SG Rank: 96
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1246000

Notes: Went 13-for-22 during his rookie campaign but tore through the Web.com Tour Finals to secure the top spot in the Finals money list. That earns him a priority rank above the reshuffle which means plenty of opportunity in 2019. The 25-year-old still hasn't been better than T3 after any round on the big stage but he has plenty of reps inside the top 30. After losing strokes tee-to-green in 11 of his first 13 PGA TOUR starts, he's now gained in the T2G department in 6 of his last 9. Combine that with lights-out putting and we could see him post a top 5 or two this season. 

#109 John Huh

2018 SG Rank: 102
5-Year SG Rank: 108
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1247000

Notes: He doesn't knock your socks off on the stat sheet but he's managed to make the FedExCup Playoffs and keep his TOUR card in each of the seven seasons he's played. He's made more cuts than he's missed in every season along the way. He'll have an uphill battle in 2019 as the fall schedule saw him go 0-for-5. Some golfers rely on courses they love to make their dough but that's not the way Huh rolls. He has 15 career top 10s and one of them has come at the same venue (Torrey Pines x2). When you have a 28-year-old golfer that has made the Playoffs every year he's been on TOUR, you can generally expect him to find a way to get the job done. It may come when you least expect it, but Huh should flirt with contention a few times and finish in the 97th to 119th range for the sixth year in a row. 

#108 Jason Dufner

2018 SG Rank: 115
5-Year SG Rank: 65
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1248000

Notes: It was a rough summer for Dufner who lost strokes to the field in eight straight starts before ending 2018 with a T21 at Mayakoba. That may not seem like much but that should provide him enough of a taste to kick him into gear over the holiday break. Duff Daddy has rattled off 6 or more top 25s for 10 straight seasons now. 

#107 Kevin Streelman

2018 SG Rank: 81
5-Year SG Rank: 77
Projected 2019 Earnings: 1248700

Notes: The Duke Blue Devil has made the FedExCup Playoffs in all 11 seasons he's played on TOUR. He's finished top 90 in 10 of those seasons which suggests this ranking of 107 is probably a little on the low side. The 40-year-old finished last season ranked 12 in Driving Accuracy, 5th in GIR Percentage, but just 117th in Birdies per Round. A balky putter continues to be the only thing holding him back from contending on a weekly basis. If you don't want to factor age into the equation at all, then Streelman should be targeted in the 70s or 80s on your draft board. Personally, I like to skew my teams toward youth and only take the elder statesmen if they fall too far in the draft.  

#106 Jimmy Walker

2018 SG Rank: 76
5-Year SG Rank: 58
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,250,000

Notes: Rebounded nicely from a disappointing 2016-17 season but there is still improvements to be made before he gets back to his 2014-thru-2016 form. Now at 90th in the OWGR, he's no longer benefitting from some FEC Point Grab events like the WGCs. He ended 2018 by losing strokes to the field in six of his last nine starts. We should know very quickly how his season will go because he's been lights out at the Sony Open and the Cali Swing over the course of his career. If your league allows trades then you may want to draft him and then try to trade him in the middle of February. Given his decline since battling Lyme Disease, I'm still a bit bearish on Walker in 2019. 

#105 Robert Streb

2018 SG Rank: 147
5-Year SG Rank: 110
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,251,000

Notes: It was not a good year for Streb who was inside the top 40 in the world just three years ago. At one point he missed nine straight cuts in 2018. That included one at the alternate-field Corales. Things were not going well for the K-State product. Since then he's posted three finishes of T11 or better and also won down on the Web.com Tour to recharge his confidence tank. There was a four-season stretch where Streb posted a 79-for-108 record, one of the steadiest cut-makers on TOUR at the time. There is a decent shot that we see that consistency return in 2019. Still a bit of risk involved after last year's 10-for-29 season. 

#104 Cameron Davis

2018 SG Rank: 100
5-Year SG Rank: 79
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,253,000

Notes: The young Aussie posted eight top 25s in 15 starts on the Web.com Tour in 2018. He also has six top 25s in 15 career starts on the PGA TOUR of Australasia. That includes a win on both tours. He never reached the 15-start mark on the Mackenzie Tour (11 starts). Currently, he is 6-for-9 on the main stage. Do we see him continue his trend of winning quickly? We'll have six starts to find out. Even if he doesn't win right away, he is a young talent worth investing in, early and often. 

#103 Richy Werenski

2018 SG Rank: 104
5-Year SG Rank: 116
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,260,000

Notes: Ended 2018 in style with three straight top 25s to cap things off. Currently sits at 21st in the FedExCup standings. he's finished 106th and 110th in his first two seasons on TOUR. The Ga Tech Yellowjacket posted podium finishes at roughlya  10% clip down on the Web Tour. He currently sits at 4.7% on the PGA TOUR. Seeing courses for the third time, could this be the year that he makes a leap? If so, this ranking of 103rd might look way too low by season's end. 

#102 Ryan Palmer

2018 SG Rank: 95
5-Year SG Rank: 69
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,260,500

Notes: Had a big dip in 2017 but we saw a return to life in 2018. In fact he was T22 or better thru 36 holes in five of his last seven starts. He's in his 40s now so I think we've seen the best from Palmer in terms of his career arc but if he continues with his late-2018 form, then he may be a steal in drafts. He's made $1.4 Million or more in 8 of the last 9 seasons. 

#101 Nick Taylor

2018 SG Rank: 137
5-Year SG Rank: 117
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,261,000

Notes: The Canadian won during his 2015 rookie campaign. Sometimes that is the kiss of death because it allows you too much flexibility in terms of job security. Still, Taylor has managed a record of 53-for-85 over the last three seasons so his consistency hasn't shown a decline at all. Early in his career he's proving to be a streaky player. He went through a 9-start stretch in 2015 where he lost strokes tee-to-green in seven of them. Then in 2016 he gained T2G in six-of-seven starts during the winter. He went 10 straight in 2017 but lost strokes T2G in seven-of-eight during the spring of 2018. That streaky play doesn't always grade out well in the stats but it has helped him make the Playoffs in 3-of-4 seasons on TOUR. 

#100 Anirban Lahiri

2018 SG Rank: 107
5-Year SG Rank: 91
Projected 2019 Earnings: $1,262,000

Notes: The Indian star was a 7-time winner international before he took up full PGA TOUR status in 2016. He's found just three podium finishes in 87 starts on the big stage but his play remains consistent (cuts made in 60 of those starts). He struggled with some of the grass types when he first came over to the States but he now has a home base in Florida and he's seeing many courses for the third or fourth time now. When he's on his game, he becomes an elite fantasy scorer. If you league values birdies and eagles more than it punishes bogeys and doubles then Lahiri should be given a boost. He had 10 events last year where he posted at least one birdie streak of 3 or more. 


That does it for PART ONE of this Top 150 Ranking Series. Check back in a few days for the rest of the list. 



Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.
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