We are back for day 2 of the years first slam. Day 1 got interrupted by rain, which will make for a jam packed week moving forward. Fanduel has come back on day 2 with another full size, 64 match slate. That is a ton to look at, which is why we have our cheat sheet! Our cheat sheet has all the info you need in one spot. To help you even further, let's take a look at a few top plays to prioritize. Before we dig in, here are a few notes on Tennis DFS.
- Super difficult sport. One of, if not the most high variance sport. So play smart!
- Slate start times are all over the place, including some middle of the night starts. So be mindful of start times and the fact that a late scratch is potential with Tennis.
- Tennis is not like most sports where you have to pay up for the top plays. There are no James Harden's in Tennis where 1 player can score 40 points more than anybody else on the slate. It is rarely going to be worth paying all the way up for a player unless the slate allows it.
- Be careful about players who double fault a lot.
- Players with high upside AND favorites (as long as the price isn't outrageous) are usually top tier plays.
Now that you have a better feel for Tennis DFS, let's dig in.
Donna Vekic- Vekic is taking on Maria Sharapova, which is a name everyone knows. But don't be fooled, this isn't the Sharapova of old. Sharapova has had her career completely derailed by injuries and simply isn't the same player she once was. Vekic on the other hand is making her debut at a slam as a top 20 player. As long as Vekic shows up, she shouldn't have many issues beating Sharapova here and at only $16, she helps open up salary.
Note: Almost all of today's big ace players find themselves favored (Only Karlovic isn't). Aces help give a player a solid floor and are worth considering when favored and in a solid spot. If you find yourself with the funds, consider grabbing a player from this list.
Note: Fanduel pricing is much looser today. Opening up the door for a few different builds. I would suggest one of the following strategies. 1. Build an all favorites lineup. You can do that pretty easily today as there are a ton of -130 or better favorites in the $16-$18 range. 2. Take a cheap under dog that opens up salary. Keep in mind that whatever route you go, you need all of your players to win if you expect to win big. In cash you can typically get away with a loss or 2, but still the goal is all wins.
With the above note in mind, we are going to take a look at a cheaper, slight under dog who is worth considering as well as a punt option worth considering.
Alex Bolt- Alex Bolt is a home town kid who really enjoys playing in his home country. Last year he made a surprising run to the 3rd round here and he followed that up with a strong showing at Adelaide. What helps bolt is his opponent Albert Ramos-Vinolas, whose preferred surface is Clay. Over the last 12 months in hard court, main draw matches, Bolt is 5-3 (63%) (17-11 if including all tours) while ARV is 10-10 (50%).
Egor Gerasimov- Bolt is my preferred punt today, but Egor is a dark horse worth considering. Egor is taking on Casper Ruud who is an up and coming 21 year old. Ruud had a decent showing at the ATP cup to start the year, but has not had a good 12 months on hard court. Egor's big serve and Ruuds slate high .96 aces allowed per game could make it tough for Ruud to break serve. Egor is a +235 as Ruud is the more talented player, but don't be surprised if Egor pulls off an upset here.
To help fill out your lineup, grab our amazing cheat sheet below! As I mentioned above, our cheat sheet features all the stats and info you need to build a quality lineup and compete nightly in a difficult sport. Good luck!