PlayON are hosting a $5,000 Guaranteed contest for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships and the team at Daily Fantasy Rankings are here to provide you with some help with putting together your fantasy tennis lineups.
Fantasy tennis is a relatively new concept for many DFS players, so the first thing to consider is the point structure for this contest. Obviously you’re looking for players to make deep runs in the tournament with the big points on offer for the finalists, however points are awarded for every point, game and set won throughout the tournament. So you will find that players who play longer matches are likely to accumulate more points in the early rounds.
He may be 36 years of age, but 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is still considered the man to beat in this tournament. Of course, we all know his love affair with the grass so it’s easy to understand why he’s the tournament favourite. It’s hard to see him having troubles in the early rounds, so you know he’s going to be there at the business end to score maximum points for you. The only problem is that putting Federer on your fantasy team at $32.5m is going to cost you about a third of your budget, so you’re going to have to find a few other bargains to round out your team.
Novak Djokovic is second favourite at $29.5m but just hasn’t shown the form of years gone by, so perhaps a better option is third-line pick Marin Cilic at $27.5m. Cilic seems to have a reasonable draw through to the semis, he was a finalist here last year, as well as the Australian Open, and he’s coming off an excellent win at Queens. He has all the weapons to be a real threat in this tournament.
For the younger brigade perhaps it’s time for Alexander Zverev (20.5m) or Dominic Thiem ($15.5m) to shine? Their draw looks achievable, especially if Djokovic is not at his best. They’ll have to also deal with enigmatic Nick Kyrgios ($17.5m) in their quarter but the Aussie is always his own worst enemy and is probably a fade on that element alone.
For the cheaper options, Juan Del Potro looks a chalk pick at just $3.5m and is likely to progess a couple of rounds at least, while Mischa Zverev ($4.0m) is a crafty left-hander who should be suited to grass and is capable of causing an upset or two.
All up, you’ll need to find five “Aces” to fill your fantasy lineup, working within the usual budget of $100m. With a $5,000 guaranteed prize pool, and $1,000 for first, we hope you find a few winners!