DraftKings Tennis DFS Core Plays & Cheat Sheet – US Open – August 31, 2021 (8/31/21)
Belinda Bencic: $9,800 (vs. Rus)
Belinda Bencic is having a year to remember after grabbing a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic games this year. Over Bencic’s last 10-matches, she is 9-1, with her last loss being against Jil Teichmann in Cincinnati. Speaking of Cincinnati, Bencic made a strong run there, defeating Vondrousova, Rogers, and Muchova. So not only is Bencic playing some of the best tennis of her young career, she is beating some pretty decent names in the process. If you peep into Arantxa Rus’s last ten matches, you will see nothing but victories to her name, but Rus is not really any threat away from the clay surface. Rus is 26-9 on the year on clay, but also all at the ITF level. At the WTA level, Rus is just 5-12, with losses in her last five matches. On top of that, Rus is only 1-5 on hard courts this season. Bencic is a -410 favorite here and holds a near 300 point elo advantage on hard courts over Rus. This is a great opening matchup for the gold medalist and while there are 14 players priced higher than Bencic, she holds the same ceiling in my eyes.
Emma Raducanu: $7,400 (vs. Vogele)
While Emma Raducanu was originally set to face off against Jennifer Brady, Brady withdrew on Monday afternoon, leaving Raducanu to face lucky loser Stefanie Vogele. Raducanu had an impressive run through the qualifier to get to this point, winning all three of her matches in straight sets and easy fashion. Vogele on the other hand labored through her second qualifier match, eventually falling in tie-breakers in the third set and then being swept 6-2, 6-2, by Ana Konjuh. While Raducanu hasn’t spent a ton of time on the court for main draws of tournaments, she does have an impressive 16-6 record as just an 18-year-old. This record includes a record of 11-3 on hard courts, while Vogele is just 2-2 and has played most of her play on clay this season. While these two have never met before, Raducanu is one of the more exciting young female talents on tour. Raducanu also carries a 150 point elo advantage on hard courts over Vogele here. Given the circumstance of Vogele entering as a lucky loser, we are getting Raducanu at a massive value as she will open as the favorite in this matchup. I do expect this play to likely be a little higher owned, but Raducanu has a pretty high ceiling.
$ Tier P High Alexander Zverev (11.1k / 76.86) Ashleigh Barty (11k / 73.36) Jannik Sinner (10.8k / 79.97) Pablo Carreno-Busta (10.5k / 69.27) Belinda Bencic (9.8k / 51.76) Reilly Opelka (9.4k / 68.26) Medium Karolina Pliskova (9.2k / 67.62) Sebastian Korda (9k / 64.86) Steve Johnson (8.5k / 62.59) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (7.8k / 47.00) Low Emma Raducanu (7.4k / 61.65) Jack Sock (7.3k / 45.29) Lloyd Harris (6.2k / 32.86) Zarina Diyas (6k / 29.03) David Goffin (5.9k / 36.22)