The Daily Tennis Trio – For February 7th – 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 – Cristian Garin (DK: $9,800)

Garin ran through his first-round opponent 6-3 6-0 and now will face Pablo Cuevas in the quarterfinals of Cordoba. Garin posted an impressive 14-6 clay-court record in main draws in 2019 and has the second-best odds on this slate at -230. Garin and Cuevas met three times in 2019 alone with Garin sweeping the series 3-0. Two of those matches came on hard courts with one on clay. Clay is by far Garin’s best surface and though Cuevas is no slouch either, Garin holds an edge here.

Mid Tier – James Duckworth (DK: $8,400)

The mid-tier is tough in this tournament because realistically it features ones of Moutet, Pospisil (see Gasquet below), Duckworth, Ivashka, or Berankis/Sugita in a pick’em. Moutet is the largest favorite here, though also the most expensive and holds a 1-1 head to head record against Andrej Martin. If we are going to play the Gasquet value, we can rule out Pospisil. A guy like Ivashka is harder for me to roster being ranked outside the top 150 and he got here by beating some very subpar names. That leaves me landing on James Duckworth more and more. Duckworth is fresh off a three-set victory over Taro Daniel and will face Roberto Marcora the world #174. Typically, when I see a 100 ranking difference it is easy to smash the higher-ranked side here, but Marcoa has won four straight matches to get out of qualifiers to get here. That included an upside of Benoit Paire yesterday. I hate making picks based off of Vegas lines, as Tennis is a sport where they don’t have the same meaning as other sports, but at -200, Duckworth is the best value for his price, seeing as -230 odds have Garin priced $1,400 higher than him.

Potential Upset Tier – Richard Gasquet (DK: $6,700)

Rinse and repeat Gasquet here as this will be the third straight day of him making this article. If you want my thoughts on his injury, go back and re-read the last two articles, but from what I can tell, there isn’t much concern there. I said the same thing yesterday “we will have to see how he holds up on day two” and now it is “have to see on day three” but we get to a point where we just have to let the three-time champ of this tournament not fall into an injury narrative. Next up is Vasek Pospisil who is coming off of an impressive straight-set win over Denis Shapvalov. These two have met four times with them each winning two, though they haven’t met since 2015. This is too good of a price for Gasquet to ignore.

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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