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: $10,800) & Cameron Norrie (DK: $11,300)
I typically avoid the high priced option here but this match is just too lopsided to avoid. Garin is fresh off of a title at Cordoba and really fatigue is the only factor that I consider here. His opening opponent is World #471 in 19-year-old Facundo Diaz Acosta. Garin is in a great early season form right now while Diaz Acosta is completely outmatched here in every way. I don’t usually go the high priced route as players typically have similar upside in victories, but Garin has a legitimate sweep upside here and upwards of 85+ fantasy points. Vegas backs this play as a -1200 favorite. Outside of Garin, we also have Cameron Norrie who will be facing off against Brian Shi. Shi is a 19-year-old Harvard tennis player who earned a wild card berth into the New York Open by winning a college qualifying tournament back in January. There isn’t a ton on Shi, but he reached a world ranking of 62 in the junior circuit. Norrie, 59th in the world in the main circuit, should be able to make quick work here. Vegas has Norrie as a -10000 favorite, and no, that is not a typo. I think both of these guys have a similar path to very high fantasy points, it just depends if you can afford the extra $500 to get to Norrie in what is in every way a lock.
Mid Tier – Kevin Anderson (DK: $8,600)
Anderson is still on a bit of a comeback trail from injuries that disrupted his 2019 season though I believe his price is a bit too cheap here. Anderson was forced to miss this tournament in New York in 2019 although he did win it back in 2018 in a win over Sam Querrey. If just looking at current rank, Anderson at 120 may make the uninitiated believe he is something he is not. What he really is, is the former world number five who plays some of his best tennis on hard courts. Anderson won his opening round match in the Australian Open before being beaten in five sets to America Taylor Fritz. First up for Anderson is Jason Jung, the world #127 from America, though he represents Taiwan. Jung has never had a winning season at the tour-level, though he did reach the quarter-finals in this tournament last season. This pick is dependant on my own belief of Anderson being closer to his form of the past rather than his form of the recent.
Potential Upset Tier – Yasutaka Uchiyama (DK: $5,500)
This is a deep upset pick but the value is a bit muddy under $7,000 and I have found Uchiyama is a guy I am ending up with in some lineups. Kyle Edmund has lost his last two matches in straight sets, one to Isner and one to Lajovic, but he didn’t look that great in either of them. Edmund has had a bit of a tough draw to start the season, but both of his wins were against inferior opponents in Seppi and Fokina. Edmund does enter this as a large Vegas favorite of +325, but Edmund also went just 7-8 last season on hard courts, though he also fought through some injuries, including a knee injury that had him retire from the French Open. Uchiyama isn’t an easy sell in his own right, though he did go 2-1 on hard courts last season (though he didn’t play any on indoor hard). These two have met one time and it was last year in Brisbane, where Uchiyama defeated Edmund in straight sets 7-6, 6-4. I don’t like basing any play around one h2h match, so I am not, though it gives a small nod of encouragement that Uchiyama has the victory under his belt. If anything this is a slight play against Edmund’s form and what I view as a bit of an over-value by Vegas. The value on this one carries a lot of risks as we are early in a tournament, but some other names I like for potential upsets are Martinez, Karlovic, and Schnur.