2022 Genesis Invitational fantasy golf picks, rankings, sleepers: Back Will Zalatoris, fade Dustin Johnson

World No. 2 Collin Morikawa returns to the PGA Tour this week when he tees off in a star-studded 2022 Genesis Invitational, which begins on Thursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The 25-year-old Morikawa has not played an official tournament in the continental United States since the Tour Championship in September. Since then he has played in unofficial events, such as the Ryder Cup, tournaments in Asia and Hawaii and, most recently, on the DP World Tour. The Genesis is the hometown tournament for Morikawa, who was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Morikawa is going off at 20-1 in the the 2022 Genesis Invitational odds from Caesars Sportsbook. 

World No. 1 Jon Rahm is the 9-1 favorite in the 120-player 2022 Genesis Invitational field, while reigning FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay is next on the PGA odds board at 12-1. Before setting your fantasy golf rankings or locking in any 2022 Genesis Invitational picks or bets, you need to check out the fantasy golf projections and lineup advice from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.

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. In last week’s picks for the WM Phoenix Open, nine of Gates’ selections finished in the top 14, with his top five all posting top 10 finishes. The previous week, in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, eight of Gates’ selections finished in the top 16, with his top three all posting top 10 finishes.

At The American Express, four of his top five selections finished in the top 15, and he nailed his picks at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, with four of his top seven picks posting top five finishes. And at the Hero World Challenge, four of his top seven again finished in the top five. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.

Now, Gates has ranked his top 20 golfers for the Genesis Invitational 2022. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and Genesis Invitational picks at SportsLine.

2022 Genesis Invitational fantasy golf expert picks

Gates is low on the chances of Dustin Johnson, even though he is one of the pre-tournament favorites, at 16-1. The two-time major winner historically has played well at Riviera Country Club, with one win and two runner-up finishes in 14 career starts. But he is in an extended drought. Over the last 12 months he has played in 20 tournaments worldwide without even a top five finish.

In addition, Johnson enters the Genesis with very little tournament golf under his belt recently. Since the Tour Championship in September, he has played just three official tournaments. “I know Johnson is one of the most talented players on Tour, but it is tough to endorse him right now,” Gates says.

On the other hand, Gates is high on Will Zalatoris, who is listed at 25-1. The 25-year-old from Dallas continues to knock on the door of his first PGA Tour victory. Three weeks ago at Torrey Pines missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would’ve secured his first win. He ended up losing the tournament in a playoff.

Gates believes that Zalatoris’ game is a good fit for Riviera. “Zalatoris is first in strokes gained: tee-to-green and strokes gained: approach,” he says. “Expect another low score.” Gates has Zalatoris ranked in the top 10.

How to set your 2022 Genesis Invitational fantasy golf rankings

This week at Riviera, Gates is backing an even bigger long shot than Zalatoris. Gates says this player will be “motivated to another level this weekend” and is a great play for your fantasy golf picks for the 2022 Genesis Invitational. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Gates’ top Genesis Invitational fantasy golf picks at SportsLine.

Who wins the Genesis Invitational 2022? Who are the top PGA Tour players to target for your fantasy picks? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 Genesis Invitational, all from the fantasy expert with his finger on the pulse of the game, and find out.

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