Welcome to Game Week 10!
We have four tournaments this week – all of them low level and with only a few premium players active. With that in mind, it’s best to use this week to plan ahead rather than waste a trade on a player who should win this week, but could then disappoint on clay for the next two months.
Borna Coric $8m
Coric is 8-2 on the tour since March, with narrow losses to Federer and Alexander Zverev. He’s averaging 54 Fantasy Tennis points from his last three Game Weeks and his only bad loss all year came at the Australian Open against John Millman. Coric won Marrakesh last year (finalist year before that) and reached the quarters in Madrid shortly after.
Kristina Mladenovic $5m
Am I crazy? Perhaps. But if there’s any time to buy Kiki, it’s now. She’s bottomed out in price and approaches a clay season where she went 13-4, with two finals and a Grand Slam quarterfinal, in 2017. Mladenovic is no sure thing to win Lugano but if she wins a match or two there and plays well at the Fed Cup (as she always does), she’ll go into Stuttgart brimming with confidence.
Daria Kasatkina $11m
No joke: Tatjana Maria is Kasatkina’s main challenger in Bogota. For a woman who has scored 74 and 97.5 points in two of her last three Game Weeks, that’s as good as it gets. She’s a lock to win the tournament and should improve on her 2017 clay results.
Up against one of the easiest fields you’ll ever see. If you own Daskha, there’s absolutely no reason not to select her as captain.
Coric’s two main challengers in Marrakech: Ramos-Vinolas and Kyle Edmund. The former is 9-8 in 2018 and the latter has played two matches since the Australian Open and both of them were losses.
He won the Miami Open and has won Houston once before. If he wasn’t so streaky I’d feel more confident but the reality is the big American was 1-6 before his big 125-point output in Game Week 8.
If you remove his stinker at Indian Wells, Tiafoe is averaging 56 points from his last three Game Weeks. Has never won a match in Houston, but Isner aside, faces a field jam-packed with players down on confidence.
Vondrousova won Lugano as a qualifier last year and recent results in Indian Wells and Doha suggest the young Czech is playing some of her best tennis. The field isn’t as easy this time around but if you want a unique captain option, Vondrousova is your woman.
Dominika Cibulkova or Kristina Mladenovic? Mladenovic.
Marketa Vondrousova or Richard Gasquet? Vondrousova.
John Isner or Jack Sock? Isner.
Gael Monfils or Elise Mertens? Monfils.
Fernando Verdasco or Philipp Kohlschreiber? Kohlschreiber.
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