Fantasy Tennis League: five under five

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Belinda Bencic will be a popular Fantasy Tennis option in 2018; Getty Images
The Fantasy Tennis Insider runs through five players under five million dollars that you should strongly consider for your team in 2018.

They’re not the players to gush over but they will well and truly make your season. Let’s look at five Fantasy Tennis options from the ATP and WTA that you should strongly consider selecting for your team this year. Most of these men and women won’t necessarily start week one, but by the end of the year, I expect them to be much more expensive than their current price point.

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1. Belinda Bencic, $2.19m

The Swiss Miss is a former top ten player who is only 20-years-old. After battling injuries for the better part of two years, Bencic is fit and firing on all cylinders; she has won four titles in her last seven tournaments and ascended 244 ranking places to world No.74 in almost three months. Lock her in your team and throw away the keys.

Belinda Bencic's tricky return from injury continued in Miami. Photo: Getty Images

2. Naomi Osaka, $4.38m

Osaka’s is Japan’s next big thing. At just 20-years-old, the world No.68 wasn’t reliable as a Fantasy Tennis option last year, but she did show significant flashes over pedigreed opponents. What’s more, Osaka played 21 Game Weeks last year, which is extremely valuable in weeks where you just need warm bodies off the bench.

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3. Eugenie Bouchard, $3.28m

With 237 points from 18 Game Weeks, Bouchard was a total dud in Fantasy Tennis last year. And if you put a gun to my head, I’d say it won’t get much better. But this is a low risk, high reward pick. The former world No.5 is dirt cheap and still quite young, so stash her on your bench, expect disaster and be pleasantly surprised when she catches fire in a random tournament during the grass court swing.

MOVING ON: Eugenie Bouchard made a winning return to Centre Court. It was her first appearance there since the 2014 final; Getty Images

4. Marketa Vondrousova, $4.87m

Priced slightly higher than the others on this list, you may be wondering what’s the point in selecting Vondrousova – you could find a little more cash and select Shapovolov or Bertens. Forget that – this Czech has some serious talent. She went 60-12 on the ITF tour in 2017 and also found time to win a WTA singles title and play in the main draw of the US Open and Roland Garros. Oh yeah, and she’s only 18-years-old.

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5. Stefanos Tsitsipas, $2.85m

In Fantasy Tennis you need players that will play the opening rounds of 500s and 1000s and Tsitsipas projects to be that kind of player next year. The Greek started slow but lifted towards the back end of the year, reaching a semifinal in Antwerp and the second-round of the Shanghai Masters.

Others to consider:

Thanasi Kokkinakis $3.74m, Sebastian Ofner $2.63m, Jay Clarke $1.45m, Frances Tiafoe $3.72m, Anna Blinkova $1.8m, Ajla Tomljanovic $2.64m, Elias Ymer $1.8m, Alex de Minaur $1.8m

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