The Daily Tennis Trio – For February 6th – Pune/Montpellier/Cordoba

Welcome to The Daily Tennis Trio. The goal of this article is to provide you with building blocks for roster construction on DraftKings and FanDuel. I will attempt to highlight the players in this article at a high, middle, and value tier. Note at the time of typing this FanDuel does not have a Tennis slate up and I will only be focusing on Draftkings.

Top Tier – Diego Schwartzman (DK: $10,300)

Though Schwartzman is the highest-priced player on this slate I do view him as the best play. He also carries the largest Vegas odds here as a -450 favorite. Schwartzman will take on Jaume Munar Clar, the world #87. Schwartzman actually has a higher ELO rating on clay courts as opposed to hard. In fact, Schwartzman has had a winning percentage on clay of over 70% over the last three seasons. Munar is also a clay specialist, though the skill gap here still favors Schwartzman. Schwartzman started his 2020 campaign with three-straight 3-0 victories at the Australian Open before falling in straight sets to eventual winner Novak Djokovic. I still consider the form to be good here and Schwarzman is a skill level tier above all other high priced options on this slate outside of Gael Monfils.

Mid Tier – Richard Gasquet (DK: $8,100)

I write up Gasquet yesterday and it was a write-up that really focused on his health and detailed his health coming into this tournament. To save a bit of reading space and time that article is still up on FantasyCruncher and you can read my thoughts about his status. As a quick recap, yesterday was his first tournament of the year as he was coming back from a knee issue but he showed no real signs of distress as he swept Gilles Simon in straight sets. His next draw is Feliciano Lopez, whom Gasquet has a 6-1 head-to-head advantage over. It should be noted that they haven’t met since 2017 and some of these matches date back all the way to 2005. Nevertheless, these are two guys with pretty similar rankings, with Lopez coming off of an upset win over Ugo Humburt. We have to remember this is a tournament that Gasquet won in 2013, 2015, and 2016. If we are going to capture lightning in a bottle anywhere, Montpellier is it. Gasquet opens as a -140 Vegas favorite, though is as fresh as anyone and though I typically would use his injury status against him, he didn’t look like it was slowing him down at all. We have to remember that if he wasn’t injured, he would have likely been a favorite to win this tournament.

Potential Upset Tier – Mikael Ymer (DK: $7,100) 

Ymer was one of my players to watch for a potential breakout coming into 2020. So far the young Swede has a 3-3 record but has some decent wins under his belt in Tiafoe, Sinner, and he pushed Khachanov to a five-set tiebreaker in the Australian Open. Ymer opened this tournament with a straight-set win over Janik Sinner in a match he was the “underdog” in. Next up is Filip Krajinovic, the world #44. Krajinovic personally has always been a thorn in my side as he is a bit inconsistent and hard to predict. He is the kind of player who can beat up on weaker opponents, push strong ones, but also have massive let down spots. Vegas only has Kraj as a -130 favorite at the time of typing this and Ymer’s form, even in his recent loss, has looked very strong. This match features two guys who don’t have an overpowering serve so the return game should be what decides this. There is actually a bit of a wider spread of guys who we can look at around this price, as Daniel, Bublik, and Mannarino all have decent odds in relation to their value.

About James Smizek

James is a Daily Fantasy Sports Veteran dating all the way back to his days of writing content on for contest tickets. James specializes in College Football - qualifying for the CFB World Championship in 2018, though you can find his content for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR on FantasyCruncher. James also picked up some new tricks during the Covid/sports shutdown, carving out a niche in League of Legends, Rocket League, and Call of Duty eSports. A winner of multiple large field GPP's, James hopes his knowledge can help you take down the next one. James currently resides in Wisconsin and is a huge Wisconsin sports fan. If you have any questions you can reach out to him @iKezims on Twitter.

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