With the Davis Cup almost over, it’s time to consider the ATP players that will comprise your Fantasy Tennis team for the next month or two. After a roller coaster Australian Open, many coaches decided to punt on week two so that they could bring in cheap players set to rise in price.
While I believe that is a sound strategy, it’s now time to pick players that will compete regularly for the next two months. Sorry, Roger Federer fans, that means it’s time to part ways with the GOAT for a while.
He’s the most popular Fantasy Tennis player, so chances are you own Dimitrov, but if not bring him in. He is 11-2 since the ATP finals started and plays in a hard court indoors tournament that he won last year. Adrian Mannarino is expected to be his main competitor.
Pablo Carreno Busta
PCB not only plays next week in Quito, but he is also scheduled to play in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in weeks four and five respectively. While he will hardly be a favourite in these tournaments, there is something to be said for having a reliable player competing week in, week out — especially with so many injuries on the men’s side at the moment.
Berdych performed well in Melbourne. He always does. But can he and his old body back it up? Plays in Montpellier (won in 2012), Rotterdam (won in 2014) and Marseille in three consecutive weeks, and if you believe his form will be anything like it was in January then bring him in and don’t think twice.
Víctor Estrella Burgos
If you want to make a buck, bring in Estrella Burgos. He is going for his fourth straight title in Quito. At $3.8m dollars, he should rise in price, and is then scheduled to play three consecutive weeks in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
After adding to his already hefty price tag with an Australian Open win, Federer won’t play for another month. There is no point leaving him on your bench. Trade now and use the cash to upgrade other players.
Nadal’s leg injury will see him out until week six and even then there is no assurances it will have healed in time. I made the mistake of starting with Rafa and quickly cut my losses by trading him out and using the cash elsewhere. If you haven’t already, I would advise to do the same.
Like Federer, Djokovic won’t play until Indian Wells. He doesn’t have the same value as Roger but it’s still worth trading him out for one of the players mentioned above.
Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Carreno Busta? Dimitrov
Tomas Berdych or Jo-Wilfred Tsonga? Berdych
Adrian Mannarino or Gilles Muller? Neither, but if you have to, Mannarino
Richard Gasquet or Gael Monfils? Gasquet
Andrey Rublev or Karen Khachanov? Rublev
Daniil Medvedev or Damir Džumhur? Medvedev
Below are my top five captain options for week two:
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