The tennis season continues to wind to a close with the men back in action in Sofia, Bulgaria and the women in Linz, Austria. Plenty of familiar faces are on the slate, and there should be some considerable value down the player pool. Without further ado, let’s look at who you should consider for your fantasy tennis rosters on DraftKings.
Marin Cilic ($10,600)
Cilic fits the bill of someone who’s trying annoyingly hard at these season-end tournaments, making him someone you can’t fade in an early-round spot against an awful opponent. The big-serving Croatian has been locked in of late, trying to end his disappointing season on a high note. The amount of points he can earn in Sofia isn’t capped, since this is his first time playing, so there’s absolutely no reason why he won’t hit Jonas Forejtek ($4,400) off the court.
Dayana Yastremska ($10,200)
Yas is one of my favorite young players on the WTA Tour, hitting a huge ball which helps when you’re playing on the fastest surface in tennis: Indoor hardcourts. This isn’t my favorite spot for her, I will admit, as Greet Minnen ($5,000) is plenty capable. Yastremska is on a much higher tier, though, and with such a great record on hardcourts (60-36) and in general (149-84) over her short six-year career, I’m confident with her despite losses in three-straight. The quality of opponents don’t match up for both players.
Others to consider: Vasek Pospisil ($10,400)
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Aslan Karatsev ($8,500)
The Russian has quietly been absolutely tearing it up in this shortened season, winning 23 of his last 27 matches dating back to the restart. He’s looked great on hardcourts lately, too, nearly taking down World No. 19 Karen Khachanov in Russia and earning some quality wins along the way. His momentum is undeniable — he’s on the verge of the Top 100 for the first time in his young career — and now he’s playing Taro Daniel ($6,300), who’s been largely disappointing for six years now. He should be much pricier here, this is a smash spot at $8.5K.
Nikoloz Basilashvili ($5,600)
This is a little bit out there with Basilashvili winless since February, but I think the slide stops against Stefano Travaglia ($9,400), a player who showcases nothing special whatsoever. The Georgian has tremendous talent which has taken him to No. 16 in the world, and his game has recently shown signs of life, as he’s come pretty close to picking up a set in both of last two matches. I don’t know, down here in this price range he’s just my favorite option. You won’t find someone below $8K with this kind of talent.
Others to consider: Ekate Alexandrova ($8,800)
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