The Daily Tennis Trio – For February 20th – 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 – Dominic Thiem (DK: $10,200)

We get another ten-match slate today for Tennis which typically will funnel lineups into similar builds. A tip for ten-match slates is to not be afraid to leave salary on the table as this will be a way to at least get unique to the field. There are really just two top tier options today in Raonic and Thiem. Though Raonic has a lot of ace upside, he does have a few letdown losses against Moutet and Kwon on the season. Raonic is justifiable as a large 5/1 favorite here, though I think Stebe has the ability to steal a set here. Thiem, on the other hand, comes in at a $400 discount from Raonic and has the second-best clay-court ELO rating on the entire tour. On top of that, we are getting Thiem in top form as he is 7-1 on the season, including his finals run at the Australian Open. Thiem did drop a surprising set to Felipe Rodrigues, though the match never really appeared to be in any sort of trouble. At the end of the day, I think Thiem carries the highest ceiling on this slate and will likely be the highest owned as well.

Mid Tier – Miomir Kecmanovic (DK: $8,100)

Speaking to ceiling, in the mid-tier of pricing here, Kecmanovic is fresh off a semi-final run in New York and was rolling through his first-round opponent, Jordan Thompson, before Thompson retired with an injury. His round of sixteen opponent here is Ugo Humbert, someone Kecmanovic just faced in the last week, besting him in three sets. Lifetime these two have met three times with Kecmanovic winning all three. At this price tag, I think we are getting great value on this smaller slate as Kec is a -160 Vegas favorite right now. The knock here is Kec has been known for some massive letdowns, like winning just five games against Kyle Edmund and just four against Rublev. However, this is just a 20-year-old who already holds a top 50 world ranking. Despite the losses, the wins have been good against some decent opponents. I will take the 3-0 head to head record to play here on a shorter slate.

Potential Upset Tier – Jack SockĀ (DK: $6,100)

The value on this slate is pretty uninspiring as you virtually are picking one of Humbert (who is facing Kecmanovic, who is above), Domingues, Sock, or Seyboth Wild. I think Goffin gets through Gerasimov without much issue and despite Coric’s inconsistency, he has a wide margin upper hand on Seyboth Wild. I am admittedly not a huge Jack Sock fan, though he did make this article two days ago and got a win for us of Radu Albot. Sock will face fellow American Steve Johnson this round and this will be the tenth total meeting between these two. Sock actually holds a 5-4 advantage over Johnson in head to head meetings, though they have not met since 2017. Sock has a big serve and was once a promising talent that never seemed to take the next step. There isn’t a huge knock against Steve Johnson here, but he is never a guy we are going to overspend on in a Tennis slate as he falls into a category of inconsistency and he did just manage to go 14-21 in 2019. I do believe that Sock was facing a Radu Albot that was way less than 100%, but Sock also played the last two sets in that match very well. If Sock can carry over the play of those two sets into this matchup against Johnson, someone he has beaten five times in his career, then I think this is as good of any to pull the upset on this smaller slate.

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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