We are into the Round of 16 at Roland Garros, which means we’re winding down our DFS contests for tennis as the slate shrinks and the matches intensify. Two top-10 players are priced under $8,400 and arguably the best performer from Friday is priced under $10K. We take a look at options to consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Rafael Nadal ($11,000)
It’s really difficult to fade Rafa in this spot, playing a 20-year-old American coming out of nowhere to make his first run to the second week of a Grand Slam. I’ve been a big Sebastian Korda ($3,900) guy for the better part of a year and think he has the mental strength to be a solid top-100 player for years to come, but I don’t think he will be able to muster a ton of offense against Nadal. This reminds me of Denis Shapovalov’s meeting with Roger Federer last year in Miami when Shapovalov spent a bunch of time discussing how he’s always idolized Federer growing up only to look nervous as hell and get steamrolled. Korda has talked about how Nadal is one of his idols, and I think it’s going to be difficult to shake the nerves of playing him on Philippe-Chatrier. This also is a great price to pay on Nadal, his lowest salary all week.
Diego Schwartzman ($10,100)
If you don’t know by now, Schwartzman is a problem on clay. He topped Nadal in one of the year’s biggest non-Grand Slams just a couple weeks ago and has been absolutely picking apart the competition in Paris. I love him in this spot against Lorenzo Sonego ($4,400), someone who relies on his serve and lacks a good return game (just 29% of receiving points won in his third-round win). Schwartzman is one of the game’s best returners, particularly on this surface, and will be a backboard here and diffuse the power coming from Sonego. He should neutralize his biggest weapon and win rather easily.
Others to consider: Simona Halep ($9,700), Kiki Bertens ($9,100)
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Elina Svitolina ($8,000)
Svitolina can beat anyone in the world when she’s playing at her highest level, and that is exactly what we’ve seen over the past month from her. She won the title in Strasbourg and has carried all that momentum into Roland Garros, tearing up the competition in her first three matches. I don’t trust her opponent Caroline Garcia ($6,700) in this spot, someone who easily succumbs to pressure and will be under the spotlight playing in front of her home fans in France. You’re getting a steep discount on the World No. 5 here because of Garcia’s career accomplishments, the fact that she’s playing at home and her win over Svitolina two years ago on the clay in Stuttgart. I’m absolutely taking Svitolina at this price, it’s just impossible to pass up.
Jannik Sinner ($6,400)
I expected Sinner to be a bit more expensive considering his opponent Alex Zverev ($8,300) has been consistently priced so low throughout the tournament with everyone waiting around for his inevitable collapse. Sinner hasn’t faced anyone who serves like Zverev yet in this tournament, but he’s faced plenty of power on the clay over the past year and topped Stefanos Tsitsipas in a Masters 1000 matchup just a couple of weeks ago. He’s ready for this moment, having had horrible luck in the draws at all the Grand Slams he’d qualified for in the past few years and he has his eyes set on a deep run. His return game and groundstroking are legit and he’s consistently shown he will play up to match the level of his opponent, no matter how great they are. The kid loves the spotlight, laying waste to Gael Monfils last year on an indoor hardcourt, winning the NextGen Final over Alex De Minaur as a big underdog in his home country of Italy and completing several big comebacks in the main draw. He’ll have something special up his sleeve for Sunday and I think he wins a minimum of two sets.
Others to consider: Barbora Krejčíková ($6,100)
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