Wells Fargo Championship: Top 5 fantasy sleepers

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Nick Watney — No. 311

Here’s another star who’s fallen upon hard times of late — after struggling with diminished play for much of 2014 and 2015, Watney missed nearly all of last season with a back injury. Fortunately, he’s seen some encouraging signs in his return to PGA Tour action this year, so you can’t forget about this veteran as he tries to recapture his game of old.

In nine starts this year, Watney has finished inside the top 30 on five occasions, including a trio of 14th-place finishes in February and March and a tie for 29th at the Genesis Open. He also tied for fifth at last week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, teaming up with fellow Nevada resident Charley Hoffman to tie for fifth. That finish gave him enough earnings to fulfill the terms of his major medical extension, so with the pressure to perform having finally subsided, he could be even better this week. He’s no statistical standout, but at 33rd on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach-the-green, he can knock it close.

Casual fans have probably forgotten about Watney at this point, but he definitely has a few more productive seasons left in him. Don’t count him out of the Wells Fargo Championship.

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