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Welcome back to another week of Yahoo! Fantasy Golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Group A is thin again thsi week with third studs, the two-time defending champ and a bunch of question marks. It's probably not the place to take chances. In Group B is where the money will be made as there are a number of options who all make sense. We'll need to navigate this group well. The sheer number of golfers in Group C means no golfer will likely be heavily owned and I'm going to go with one "safe" play and one deeper play.

Our final Florida stop until mid-May and the PLAYERS Championship comes this week. Bay Hill Club & Lodge has hosted the Arnold Palmer Invitational (API) presented by MasterCard since 1979. Bay Hill, located in Orlando, Florida, is a par 72 course that plays at 7,349 yards for the pros. The greens continue to be seeded with bermudagrass as we see throughout Florida and the southeast.

Bay Hill was redesigned in 2009 and the greens were reseeded after last year's event with a new "flavor" of bermudagrass. The greens at least year's event were "not up to typical Tour standards" so hopefully we'll see some improvement. They also removed five acres of rough and converted it to fairway prior to last year's event which likely was part of the reason we saw better scores than we had in prior editions. Finally, they installed new sand (I'm not making this up) to help eliminate buried lies in the traps.

The field is also smaller than normal as only 120 golfers will tee it up on Thursday. But, the top 70 golfers and ties still make it to the weekend so the event is a bit more similar to no-cut events where you can take more risks with your DFS lineup.

Where should we focus our statistical microscope this week? We will look at some different stats this week as this is a different type of course than the golfers have played recently. I may focus a bit more on last year's results based on the changes to the fairways and bunkers.

Birdie or Better Percentage (BOB%): With the changes last year, we saw scoring go way up and I imagine it continues this week especially with the improvements on the greens. We need golfers who can score as the chances will be there around every corner.

Efficiency from >200 yards – Fairway (Eff200): The PGA Tour defines this stat as "the average number of strokes to the hole starting from the fairway or par 3 tee box at a distance greater than or equal to 200 yards. When we look at this category from last year it nearly mirrors the leaderboard.

We're still looking at both last season's and this seasons' stats. And of course, we examine Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green each week.

This weekend it looks like weather could be an issue as thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. So, we could have some delays and we will likely see softer greens that can be attacked.

One last note - Sung Kang snuck into the field late and is in Group C. He'll probably be very low-owned and has been on fire lately. He's a reasonable choice in deeper pools.

1. Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14

Scott is the hottest golfer on the planet with back to back wins and a T2 before those wins. The Aussie has only played here twice in the last six years, but did finish third two years ago. The profile fits and I don’t see a reason to fade him this week.

2. Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7

Stenson’s profile from last year is a perfect match for Bay Hill, but his 2016 stats don’t measure up. I’ll discount this year’s stats as it is based on eight measured rounds. The Swede’s course history is impossible to ignore with three straight top 10 finishes and four straight 15s at Arnie’s tournament.

3. Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #45

Moore did not play at Bay Hill last year, but he had back to back top 15 finishes in 2011 and 2012 so he has had success at this course. The American’s profile fits and his current form is choice with three top 11s in four 2016 tournaments including his solo third at the Valspar last week.

4. Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13

Rose has finished in the top 10 in three of his 10 starts at Bay Hill. In his last six starts here he has finished in the top 15 three times and missed the cut twice. He’s a perfect GPP option as his results are volatile. The statistical profile works for Bay Hill and his current form is solid with three straight made cuts all in the top 20.

5. Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3

Rory debuted here last year with a top 20 finish (T11). The Northern Irishman has made four of five cuts in 2016, but his missed cut at the Honda still looms large for me (especially as we remain in Florida). He didn’t tee it up last week at the Valspar so he’s behind the rest of the field as the fairways and greens are similar here.

6. Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #69

I think ZJ could surprise this week and not a lot of players will be on him. The former British Open champ has finished in the top 10 in 25% of his starts at Bay Hill. He hasn’t started off the Florida swing well (MC and T47), but this is the type of course where he should do well.

7. Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4

Day doesn’t play too well in Florida so I am generally off him during the trip to the Sunshine State. The Aussie has made three of five cuts at Bay Hill since 2008 with his best finish a T17 last year. The profile fits (as it usually does), but his results here haven’t been elite.

8. Paul Casey [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16

Casey statistical is balanced among the four categories we're looking at this week. He finished seventh in his last Tour event (the Cadillac) though his history here (two of five made cuts with a T14 in 2007) is poor.

9. Marc Leishman [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37

A nearly perfect profile this year means Leishman will find his way into my lineup. He struggled with his putter early in the season, but seems to have righted the ship in his last two events. He missed the cut at this event last year and has only one top 10 in six trips, but his solid form and profile give me enough to roster him.

10. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15

Kuch has played Arnie’s event four times in his career, but not since 2003! I did not find a reason why he hasn’t played here and the former Georgia Tech star has a profile that should lead to success at Bay Hill. He keeps making cuts and he may get ignored with his limited course history.

11. Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #92

G-Mac missed the cut here last year, but he did that a bunch over the course of the season. He had two top 10 finishes in his three prior trips to Bay Hill. He missed the cut at the Valspar by one stroke, but did have a T5 at the Honda just a few short weeks ago. The putter has been McDowell’s problem this year and that can come and go at any time.

12. Jason Kokrak [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #96

Back to back top six finishes at the API means we have to pay attention to Kokrak. As we dig deeper, we don’t see a profile that should work. We also see a golfer with back to back missed cuts. Poor form, questionable profile and excellent course history adds up to a play in deeper Yahoo! pools.