Roger Federer (value $12.08m)
Arguably one of the luckiest players in the draw. Federer hasn’t been seeded this low (17th) since breaking into the top 15 for the 2001 Wimbledon tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam champ will play qualifiers in his opening two matches and then 10th seed Tomas Berdych in the third round, a player who he has beaten in their past five encounters and leads 16-6 overall. A possible fourth-round match with Kei Nishikori and quarterfinal against Andy Murray looms. Could very well make the final eight and definitely should be a consideration for your team.
Rafael Nadal (value $10.92m)
Drawn against Florian Mayer in the first round and the winner of Mikhail Youzhny and Marcos Baghdatis in the second, but the third round against rising German star Alexander Zverev could be a match that ends his tournament. The two met at Indian Wells last year and the German squandered an easy volley on match point. He has matured a lot since then and will fancy his chances this time round. Rafa is definitely trade bait going into the Open.
Novak Djokovic (value $22.62m)
Dealt a brutal opener against Fernando Verdasco, who had match points against him in Doha last week. Should Djokovic get through that he could face an in-form Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round and Dominic Thiem in the quarters, with the Austrian looking to bounce back after quarterfinal exits in Brisbane and Sydney. If Djokovic is anybody’s captain, it could be wise to remove him of the position.
Andy Murray (value $24.02m)
Murray was a big winner in the draw early, facing Illya Marchenko in the opener and possibly Sam Querrey in the third. Talented Frenchman Lucas Pouille could be the Scot’s fourth round opponent, who he dealt with three times last year. Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori looms in the quarters, but with Federer’s injury layoff and Murray’s strong record against Nishikori, he should get through. Could be a strong tournament from Murray, definitely a wise captain choice.
Alexander Zverev (value $8.67m)
Has been dealt a favourable draw. Should easily account for Robin Haase in the opener and Mikhail Kukushkin in the second. Definitely has the capabilities to beat Rafa Nadal in the third, a tantalising matchup, and should he progress to the fourth round, Gael Monfils will be his likely opponent. Even though he trails the Frenchman 3-0 head to head, he could very well make the quarterfinals. A must have in anyone’s team.
Kyle Edmund (value $5.12m)
The Brit has such a strong game and after a tough week in Sydney he will look to bounce back. Plays Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the first round, which he will be favourite for, and could play 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. The two met in a Futures event in 2013 and the Spaniard won comfortably, but on a hard court Edmund could cause damage. Possible third round against Djokovic will likely end his event but at $5m, a third round is a great result.
Jerzy Janowicz (value $3.54m)
Drew world No.7 Marin Cilic in the opening round in his comeback from injury. If anyone thought he would be good value to maybe progress, they will need to trade him away immediately.
Roberto Bautista Agut (value 8.57m)
Superb value for the 13th seed, will play Guido Pella in round one, then possibly Yoshihito Nishioka in the second. Should beat David Ferrer in the third but may run out of luck in the fourth against milos Raonic. For that value he should be widely considered for any team.
Tommy Haas (value $2.76)
A nice cheap price for Haas, who drew unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire in the opener, which he could very well win. Then would come Feliciano Lopez or Fabio Fognini, so Haas could possibly get to the third if he is on his game. If he does get there he will probably face Dominic Thiem, where he could meet his end. But at $2.76 million, a possible third round is a brilliant prospect.
Illya Marchenko (value $4.12m)
Dealt the cruellest draw to face world No.1 Andy Murray in the opening round, and at that price it does not seem like he should be in any team this week.
Sam Groth (value $2.81m)
Has strong capabilities to perform at Grand Slams, and has made the third round in Melbourne before. Plays Steve Darcis in the opening round, which is very winnable, and then possibly Pablo Cuevas in the second, a man who is suited more to clay than hard courts. He would then most likely face Nick Kyrgios in the third round, where he could fall, but at $2.81 million a third round is a phenomenal result.
Tomas Berdych (value $8.67m)
The world No.10 has struggled for form in his recent outings, but faces a qualifier in the first round then either Nicolas Mahut or Ryan Harrison in the second. He could face Roger Federer in the third, which may be the end for the Czech, as he has lost his past five against the 17-time Grand Slam champion. Probably a trade out for this week.