The Daily Tennis Trio – For February 19th – Rio/Delray/Marseille

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 – Stefanos Tsitsipas (DK: $10,400)

With this being just a small 10-match slate, the top options here aren’t usually guys we would consider paying up for. Thiago Monteiro, Soonwoo Kwon, and Yoshihito Nishioka all do have favorable matchups, but I struggle bringing myself putting all my eggs in those baskets. For me that makes Tsitsipas the easy pay up option when looking at the top tier. Tsitsipas is the defending champion at Marseille and despite not having an earth-shattering start to 2020, the past few seasons have displayed Tsitsipas as one of the best young players on tour. He does face another exciting young player in Mikael Ymer. Ymer has been featured in this article a few times as a value play and is a respectable 4-4 on the season. Tsitsipas did not drop a set in this tournament last season and will need to regain his focus to repeat that fact. Vegas has Tsitsipas as a four-to-one favorite and the 160 point ELO advantage on hard courts implies a 70% chance of advancement for the young greek.

Mid Tier – Cristian Garin (DK: $8,600)

As I have mentioned in a few previous articles, Garin is on fire and top form right now after winning his fifth straight match. Garin got off to a predictably slow start against  Andrej Martin, before bouncing back to win the final two sets. Garin has now lost the first set in his last four matches, though he has turned all four into victories. This does in fact limit our ceiling a bit if he stays on this path, but you can’t argue against wins or a title right now. Garin will face Federico Delbonis in the round of sixteen, an opponent he has met three times and beaten twice (the loss coming back in 2014). Garin carries a near 100 point ELO advantage over Delbonis on clay and given the current form, it is hard to pick against the clay specialist Garin right now and especially at a very affordable mid-price. Vegas currently has Garin as a -200 favorite.

Potential Upset Tier – Mackenzie McDonald (DK: $6,500)

This is an interesting match as it pits Mackenzie McDonald against his good friend and doubles partner Reilly Opelka. Opelka is a frequent flyer of this article due to his incredible ace upside. However, Opelka also struggles on his return which often leads to tiebreaks. Opelka is just 2-3 on the season and in his win over Gulbis he still lost 17 games. McDonald may be a bit of a forgotten name on tour due to an injury that kept him out all of 2019, but the young American has looked healthy, starting his 2020 1-1 on main draws. These two have met twice on the Challenger tour, with them each having a win with McDonald taking the most recent matchup. With Opelka having the tendency to let opponents hang around in a match too long I think McDonald has a shot at the upset here. Again, with this just being a ten-game slate we have limited options, though I like Balazs, Martinez, and Bublik as guys who could also possibly pull an upset.

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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