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🎾 Serve & Volley: FanDuel Tennis DFS Picks for Miami Open | 3/25/21

Josh Anderson



Josh Anderson gives tennis DFS picks and favorite plays for daily fantasy lineups for the upcoming slate on FanDuel for the Miami Open 3/25

Tennis DFS is back on FanDuel, with the Miami Open garnering all of the attention in the tennis world for the next week and a half. We expected a slate for Wednesday, but with many matches missing odds, FanDuel decided to give us a more accurately priced player pool. As we have seen with many tournaments so far, there have been plenty of upsets the first two days, so let’s get into some picks for the 32-match slate on Thursday, March 25.

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FanDuel Tennis DFS Picks | March 25

Favorite GPP Plays

Belinda Bencic ($20)

Opponent: Zarina Diyas

Sweep Odds: -103

On a slate this size we will need six wins and six big scores to take down any GPP’s. If we look at the players priced around Belinda Bencic on this slate, she immediately stands out due to an easier matchup. She has had a bit of an up-and-down year so far, reaching the Final in Adelaide but also getting bounced in the following tourney in Doha in the first round. Her opponent, Zarina Diyas, plays an extremely different style of tennis, strictly relying on speed and forcing her opponent into mistakes. Bencic may oblige to some of these mistakes with her double-fault issues, but she’ll also hit aces at a 5.9% rate, the highest of her career.

If Bencic can keep the double faults under control, she’ll have zero issue against Diyas here. After struggling with Venus Williams, and often playing close matches with her style, the floor is also very high here for Bencic, making her a nice play in all formats.

Daniel Elahi-Galan ($17)

Opponent: Thiago Seyboth Wild

Odds: -113

This is a matchup of two players who definitely prefer clay — Daniel Elahi Galan and Thiago Seyboth Wild both hail from South America, where the red dirt is king. But if you look beyond that, you’ll see Galan carries a big advantage in success on hardcourts with 74 wins to Seyboth Wild’s 12 at all levels and much better scoring rates for tennis DFS. Galan carries an edge in hold percentage, ace percentage and double faults per match. He is priced in the mid-tier, which often gets overlooked on big slates, so there’s leverage and differentiation to be had.

Others: Naomi Osaka ($25), Sofia Kenin ($17), Elena Rybakina ($15), Michael Mmoh ($13), Anna Kalinskaya ($12)

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"gottagetthiswiiin" - Born and raised in Wisconsin with a degree in Marketing. DFS has been a big part of my life since 2016 and has changed my career path and quality of life so much I can't not love it. I enjoy all sports and I'm definitely not a diehard Packers fan, or any team for that matter besides maybe the Wild. Love to travel with the wife and kid - Germany if I'm picking a favorite place. Hope to help people make more thoughtful, and informed, DFS decisions.