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Fantasy Tennis Picks: Top DraftKings DFS Vienna Open, Astana Open Targets, Values for October 29

Kenny Ducey gives his picks for Thursday morning’s DraftKings fantasy tennis slate, which locks at 4:40 a.m. ET.

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We’re wrapping up the Round of 16 at the Vienna Open in Austria and the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and setting the stage for an exciting couple days of quarterfinals. The slate is loaded on Thursday, with names like Dominic Thiem ($10,400) and Daniil Medvedev ($9,900) taking center court. With some exciting options to choose from, let’s look at who you should consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.

Set your DraftKings fantasy tennis lineups here: TEN $50K Line Painter [$10K to 1st]

High-priced Options

Dominic Thiem ($10,400)

I suspect this will be a dangerous day for high-priced options. But, if you’re going to pay up, then Thiem is definitely your best bet. He plays Cristian Garin ($4,500), who has struggled mightily off of clay over his career but did pick up a quality win on Tuesday against Stan Wawrinka. Playing in his home country of Austria, at a tournament he won last year, it will take a lot more than Garin to dethrone Thiem. His overwhelming flurry of groundstrokes should leave Garin looking for answers.

Dan Evans ($9,600)

Evans is one of the more underrated groundstrokers on tour, and when he’s in form it takes an exceptional level to knock him off. In my previous writeup, I gave Jurij Rodionov ($5,700) some necessary props for his play on the ATP Challenger Tour last season, but he didn’t have to do a whole lot to beat Denis Shapovalov last round. The Canadian simply played some sloppy tennis and double faulted 10 times. Even then, it was a close match. He won’t be gifted the same number of points by Evans — Rodionov’s run ends here in straight sets.

Also Consider: Hubert Hurkacz ($9,200)

Value FLEX Options

Mikhail Kukushkin ($8,300)

Kukushkin’s flat shots play up on these surfaces and make him quietly one of the best indoor hardcourt players in the top 100. And, like Thiem, he will see a boost playing in his home country — Kukushkin’s being Kazakhstan. Benoit Paire ($7,400) is one of my favorite players to watch on tour, but not because of his play. His antics are always worth tuning in for, but he’s a hard person to trust when you’re constructing a lineup in which you need all five players to win. He’s an easy fade here, playing some rough tennis at the moment — plus, I like Kukushkin 14-10 record indoors over the past two years over Paire’s 8-10 mark.

Andrey Rublev ($7,800)

There is no world imaginable where you are going to get me to fade the hottest player on the planet at $7,800, playing on the surface where he’s won two titles in two years. The price makes perfect sense with the way the exciting young talent Jannik Sinner ($7,200) has looked of late, but Rublev is on another level right now. He’s risen to No. 8 in the world, and I’d probably take him if he were playing Novak Djokovic. I think your floor here is a three-set win, with plenty of aces, and your upside is pretty obvious: a straight-set cleanup.

Others to consider: Andreas Seppi ($6,600)

Set your DraftKings fantasy tennis lineups here: TEN $50K Line Painter [$10K to 1st]

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