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2021 Valspar Championship: Expert reveals his rankings from the PGA Tour field for your fantasy golf picks

Uncanny golf expert Rick Gehman releases his top 20 golfers for this week's PGA Tour event on Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course
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After a one-year absence, the PGA Tour returns to the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., for the 2021 Valspar Championship, which tees off Thursday on the Copperhead Course. 

Justin Thomas is the 9-1 favorite in the latest 2021 Valspar Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook, followed by Dustin Johnson at 10-1. Among the other contenders in the 2021 Valspar Championship field are Corey Conners (20-1), Patrick Reed (20-1) and two-time defending champion Paul Casey (22-1). 

Before setting your Fantasy golf lineups or betting the 2021 Valspar Championship, you NEED to see data scientist Rick Gehman's power rankings.

With his expansive database of golf statistics, course data and betting odds, Gehman creates advanced models and back-tests them constantly. These models have produced 12 outright winners in the past 18 months and three this season, including Viktor Hovland at 25-1 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Daniel Berger at 20-1 at Pebble Beach! 

In last week's team event in New Orleans, FIVE of Gehman's top eight finished T-8 or higher, including Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, who lost in a playoff! And the previous week at Harbour Town, FIVE of his top eight were inside the top 13!

At the Masters, three of Gehman's top eight picks finished in the top five! That included Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, who tied for third.

Gehman has been on fire all season! At the Honda Classic, despite a weak field, Gehman picked five in his top 10 who tied for 13th or better. At The Players, three of his top seven made the top 10, and at Pebble Beach, three of his top four had top-five finishes! Anyone who has followed his advice has cashed in HUGE!

Now, Gehman has ranked his top 20 golfers for the 2021 Valspar Championship. We can tell you he is expecting Thomas to have little trouble with the Copperhead Course. The 27-year-old is one of the best ball-strikers on tour, and the tight layout benefits players like him. He is third on  tour in scoring average and is playing as well as anyone. He hasn't had a lot of success at Innisbrook, but Gehman predicts that changes this year!

On the other hand, Gehman is slightly fading Corey Conners despite the odds-makers' confidence in him! There's no question the 29-year-old is playing well, with four top-10s in his past six events, but this  field is top-heavy. Conners has struggled to put four strong rounds together, and his putter isn't up to the level of the rest of his game. That isn't likely to change this week on Innisbrook's tricky greens, so there are better choices for your Fantasy golf picks. Conners barely cracks Gehman's top 10! 

Instead, the golf analyst is expecting surprises from a HUGE long-shot who comes in listed at higher than 40-1! This veteran has had mixed results at Innisbrook, but he has been in solid form and has a slew of top-25 finishes and a handful of top-10s. He could pull off a shocker this week, and you'll want him in your Fantasy golf lineup when he does! You ABSOLUTELY need to see who its is and what Gehman is saying before betting the 2021 Valspar Championship or entering any Fantasy golf lineups.

Who wins the 2021 Valspar Championship? Which long shots should you be all over in your Fantasy golf rankings? ... Join SportsLine now to get Rick Gehman's Fantasy golf power rankings for the 2021 Valspar Championship, all from the data scientist whose models have produced three outright winners this season!

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