The third round of the Indian Wells Masters carries on in California Tuesday with another solid slate on DraftKings. The unpredictable nature of tennis showed us what it’s about yesterday with plenty of upsets including Gael Monfils taking down Daniil Medvedev as his resurgence continues. For today’s slate there’ll certainly be more of the same but such is the nature of all fantasy sports, especially tennis dfs. Also like yesterday we have some obvious cash spots and great low-owned spots so let’s get into some picks for our tennis lineups and hopefully take down the $10,000.
DraftKings Fantasy Tennis DFS Picks Today
Top Pick: John Isner ($6,900)
Opponent: Diego Schwartzman
Let’s preface this pick with a big disclaimer warning with ownership in regards to John Isner as the serve-bot American will certainly be littered across many tennis dfs lineups facing the dominative Diego Schwartzman. Isner is always a preferred option with his track record of putting up big time ace numbers averaging 18.3 per match on his preferred surface over his career. This is only the second time these two have faced off with Isner winning that matchup indoors in 2017 in a three set duel. Even though Isner has not been great in 2022 he’s still been very good for tennis dfs with just one score under 40 fantasy points and only one ace output under 20 (19).
Isner is a cash lock in this spot as Schwartzman will have his hands full with the American’s elite service game. In terms of GPP’s it’s a great spot to get leverage on the field with Schwartzman but as a player who definitely prefers clay as it fits his style, and height, much better there is not great upside. Isner outdoes all on the slate in terms of floor and upside which makes him a fantastic plays in all formats and an all-or-nothing type play.
Fade Pick: Alexander Bublik ($7,200)
Opponent: Grigor Dimitrov
Similar to the aforementioned Isner, Alexander Bublik will likely be a popular dog here facing Grigor Dimitrov. For the year the Kazakh is averaging over 23% aces which is undoubtedly attractive to most but Bublik often struggles being efficient with his service game averaging over 7 double faults per match which severely hinders his upside. To coincide with that Dimitrov does well preventing aces with a career ace against percentage under 7% using his one-handed backhand.
The price will be a big drawing factor for many tennis dfs’ers and makes him an intriguing cash play but with Isner priced below him and his propensity to throw away points there is ample reason to pivot elsewhere.
Low-Owned Pick: Matteo Berrettini ($9,700)
Opponent: Lloyd Harris
With plenty of plausible dogs on the slate there will be plenty of ownership up top so as the 7th highest spend up the Italian Matteo Berrettini may go overlooked here facing a solid opponent in Lloyd Harris. Now “solid” may be generous as Harris has struggled in 2022 (1-5 W-L) but in comparison to those dogs listed above him there is merit to such recognition. The world’s number 6 player has looked good in 2022 reaching the semi’s in Australia but has went just 2-2 in his last four.
Harris has a game built for hard courts with a solid service game but this also provides Berrettini with a solid floor as the superior ground player. Berrettini also does have the potential for a big ace output and the 10+ bonus with double digit performances in all but one of his hard court matches. With the likes of Iga Swiatek and Simona Halep (among others) above him in great spots there is reason to believe we can snag him up at lower ownership.
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