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2021 Fortinet Championship odds, Fantasy rankings: Player predictions for your PGA Tour picks from golf expert

Riley Gates has his finger on the pulse of fantasy golf, and he has revealed his top 20 golfers for this week's event at Silverado Resort in Napa Valley
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The new PGA Tour season tees off Thursday with the 2021 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. World No. 1 and FedEx Cup runner-up Jon Rahm leads a field that also includes PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris and the tour's first set of true rookies in two years. 

Caesars Sportsbook lists Rahm as the 4-1 favorite in its latest 2021 Fortinet Championship golf odds, with Webb Simpson the distant 16-1 second choice. Zalatoris (22-1), Kevin Na (22-1) and Hideki Matsuyama (22-1) are among the other golfers in the 2021 Fortinet Championship field expected to contend. 

Before you lock in any of your Fantasy golf rankings or bet the 2021 Fortinet Championship, you HAVE TO see what fantasy expert Riley Gates has to say.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered  a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.    

Now, Gates has ranked the top 20 golfers for the 2021 Fortinet Championship. We can tell you he is not hesitating to stick with Rahm! The reigning U.S. Open champion is clearly the class of this field, and he will be motivated after being bypassed for Player of the Year in favor of FedEx Cup champ Patrick Cantlay. His statistics last season were unmatched, but he didn't have the wins to show for it. The world's top player is looking to make a strong opening statement, and Gates expects nothing less.        

On the other hand, Gates is slightly fading Kevin Na, who has the backing of oddsmakers after finishing third at the Tour Championship! The veteran is a very streaky player, especially on the greens, and three of his five top-five finishes last season came in the final four events. He had 10 finishes in the top 25 but missed five cuts in 26 events last season. He will come back to Earth soon, and Gates isn't taking a chance. Na doesn't crack the fantasy expert's top five this week, and Gates has several better options for your Fantasy golf picks!

Instead, the fantasy expert is taking another long-shot who comes in at well over 40-1! This young player hits it a long way and has won on tour before. His length off the tee will be a big benefit on a Silverado layout that is on the shorter side, and he could pull off a stunner this week in Napa Valley! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is and check out Gates' top picks before you bet the 2021 Fortinet Championship or enter any Fantasy golf picks.

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