Fantasy Tennis League: Week 8 preview

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Daria Kasatkina has begun the year in impressive form; Getty Images
The Fantasy Tennis Insider looks at players you should buy, sell and captain for week eight of the Fantasy Tennis season.

Welcome to Game Week 8!

Let’s look at the WTA options who not only have a good chance to perform in Miami, but who will also play the following week in Charleston or Monterrey.

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Three players to pick

Garbine Muguruza $10m

Plays Miami and Monterrey after Indian Wells. Muguruza’s past three years in Miami are 4R, 4R, 3R. The world No.3 has never played at Monterrey before, has had an injury-plagued Aussie summer and will be coming off an early exit in Indian Wells. But considering the draw will be weak and she should be fresh, she’s a good bet to win her first tournament of 2018.

Daria Kasatkina $8m

Plays Miami and Charleston after Indian Wells. Kasatkina is coming off a semifinal (St Petersburg) and final (Dubai) in two of her past three tournaments and she won the Charleston Open last year. If you’re behind in the rankings and need a point of difference, she’s a likely catalyst.

Julia Goerges $8m

Plays Miami and Charleston after Indian Wells. Considering Goerges won a tournament before the Fantasy Tennis season began, she’s reasonably underpriced. The German has been historically bad at Miami and Charleston but, to be brutally honest, that’s because before 2017 she just wasn’t as good. Back the late-blooming Goerges to do some damage in March/April.

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Top five captain options – Game Week 8 

1. Roger Federer $27m

I could write a bunch of words here. But that’s pointless. If you have Roger, he’s the captain of your team.

2. Simona Halep $16m

Halep hasn’t put a foot wrong all year: she’s 10-3 with one semifinal and two quarterfinals at the Miami Open over the past three years. The world No.1 is the most reliable captain not named Roger Federer.

3. Caroline Wozniacki $17m

Wozniacki is 8-3 in her past three years at Miami. She reached the final last year and lost to Jo Konta. No signs of a Stephens-esque Grand Slam hangover; if you have her and not Halep or Roger, she’s your captain.

4. Juan Martin del Potro $10m

Del Potro is 11-3 with a title so far in 2018. Given the question marks around Nadal right now, he’s probably the second best player in tennis. Delpo’s best result at Miami is a semifinal and he’s a career 15-9 in the tournament.

5. Petra Kvitova $10m

Kvitova won 12 matches in a row en route to back-to-back titles. Since January she has wins over Wozniacki, Svitolina, Muguruza, Radwanska, Goerges x2, Vesnina, Mladenovic and Ostapenko. She has played a lot of matches – most of them being long three-setters – so she may be a little fatigued, but there’s plenty of merit in just riding the hot hand.

Splitting hairs

Ash Barty or Madison Keys? Barty.

Petra Kvitova or Caroline Garcia? Kvitova.

Lesia Tsurenko or Naomi Osaka? Osaka.

Catherine Bellis or Shelby Rogers? Rogers.

Jo Konta or Julia Goerges? Goerges.

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