We’re saying goodbye to Tennis DFS as we round the corner of the Paris Masters, the ATP Tour’s final tournament of the regular season. Luckily, some of the biggest names in the world are still in action, like Rafael Nadal ($11,000), Alex Zverev ($10,000) and Stan Wawrinka ($4,500). Without further ado, let’s look at who you should consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Rafael Nadal ($11,000)
I’m expecting ownership for Nadal to be down ever so slightly after a tightly-contested three-set win over fellow countryman Feliciano Lopez, but I’d chalk that up to good scouting; Lopez has beaten Nadal (-1667) in five of 15 meetings. Jordan Thompson ($4,000) was impressive in his comeback win over Borna Coric on Wednesday, but Thompson (+950) simply doesn’t have the weapons to compete with Nadal. This hard-working baseliner will be left tied in knots by the expert precision of the Spaniard; the winners will pile up early.
Alex Zverev ($10,000)
This has turned into one of the unexepected rivalries of the summer, with Zverev (-560) meeting Adrian Mannarino ($4,900) for the third time in three months and the fifth time in their careers. Zverev holds a 4-0 record in this series, and has managed to overpower the crafty Frenchman in every meeting. We already know the German has more talent and has his opponent scouted. I suspect Mannarino’s (+410) will start to give out on him after having played so much tennis over the past two weeks; he is coming off a run to the final in Nur-Sultan.
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Ugo Humbert ($7,900)
This is the best value of the day to me. Humbert has been absolutely unstoppable, winning seven matches in a row and mowing down some huge names, including Pablo Carreno-Busta, Alex De Minaur and World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday. There is potential for a letdown after the Frenchman appeared to empty the tank in his last win, but Marin Cilic ($7,300) has been so inconsistent of late — he’ll have to take a tough road to win this match. Humbert won’t get broken many times against a pretty mediocre returner, and he is the favorite at the DraftKings Sportsbook (-162), so I see him as a guy who should be more expensive.
Marcos Giron ($4,700)
I’m not exactly sure what is going on right now, but the American is quietly on fire. Giron (+525) — who is back in the top 100 thanks to some wins since the restart — has plenty of experience facing big servers, having just beaten top-10 player Matteo Berrettini in his previous match. Giron has played Milos Raonic ($10,200) once, narrowly losing to him in what was a very close three-set match. It looked like there was a real chance Giron would win that one for a while, and I suspect he puts a similar charge into Raonic (-770) in a low-stakes, potentially season-ending match.
Others to consider: Alejandro Davidovich Fokina ($6,300)
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