Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Power rankings: Valspar Championship

Jordan Spieth makes the first of five title defenses in 2016 this week at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa. Spieth won the title with a 28-foot putt in a sudden-death playoff against Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair.

While the field has a number of top-tier players, many of the highest-ranked players on the PGA Tour are taking the week off after last week at a difficult Blue Monster at Doral.

Here are our top five players for this week:

1.  Jordan Spieth -- The defending champion is in a minor slump, but he showed some signs of progress at Doral, which isn't really a course built for his strengths. Never finished outside the top 20 here.

2. Henrik Stenson -- Among the best ballstrikers on the planet, so he should be able to score well on par 5s. He was fourth here in his debut last year.

3. Danny Willett -- Willett is overpriced in daily fantasy this week, primarily because he's on the radar of so few people. He should be on your radar. He's a top-10 player in the world right now.

4. Harris English -- English is playing sneaky well of late, one of only three players in the field with multiple top 15s in the last five weeks. He's also the only player with those creds AND multiple top-15s here in the last five years.

5. Jason Dufner -- We could have put Dufner as high as third this week. He likes this course, with multiple top-15s in the last five years, and he's playing really well.


Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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