MLB Moment of Zen: Enlightened DFS Options

Here we are completing the first series’ of the 2018 season, and among the points of interest, today are the debut of Hot Stove buzz generator, Shohei Ohtani, who makes his Major League pitching debut later this afternoon.

More about that in our profiles below, but, as noted Opening Day, the early games generally belong to pitchers as hitters are still getting that precious timing down while simultaneously dealing with things like the elements.

In fact, there is snow potential this afternoon in Kansas City, and Washington at Cincinnati face potential rain and related delay/postponement, so do make sure and double check your rosters before first pitch.

Of course, those rosters should be set here at FantasyDraft, where a $100,000 Salary Cap features lots of roster options by allowing a pair of starting hurlers, three each of infielders and outfielders, tied to a pair of utility players.

So, with that in mind, who are a few of the names that piqued our interest for today’s match-ups? Well, let’s take a look.

Pitchers

Kevin Gausman ($13,900):

2017 was a tale of two halves for Gausman, who was 5-7, 5.85 over the first half, but rebounded with a 6-5, 3.41 with a 1.20 WHIP and 9.6 whiffs per nine, a nearly two whiff improvement over the the first half. The Orioles hulrer takes on the Twins, out of the blocks slow with a .194 average  against right hanbders over their first pair games and have yet to homer. And, with the weather looking at an overcast high of 63 degrees, let’s figure pitching will dominate for another day.

Luke Weaver ($14.900): 

The Cards are taking on the Mets, who have indeed hit well thus far with a pair of wins to start the season. The Metropolitans will see St. Louis’ top young arm of 2017 in Weaver, who whiffed 72 over 60.3 frames last year, and faces the Mets in a cool, if not cold (59 degrees) Flushing venue. This is as much a case of it will be tough for New York to sweep as it is Weaver has a strong chance to take advantage of a team who has yet to see his stuff, and that alone largely gives the advantage to the pitcher.

Hitters

Jose Altuve ($10,300):

Last year’s MVP has already averaged 10 fantasy points a game over the brief start to 2018, and he gets to face new Rangers hurler Mike Minor who has not started a Major League game since 2014 (he did pitch 77.6 fine relief innings for the Royals last year). Take into account Altuve’s career .345-25-96 line against Southpaws that includes a .398 OBP and .902 OPS and all hands point to the reigning MVP.

Jed Lowrie ($6600):

Let’s think about Shohei Ohtani and you. Last time you moved, how difficult was that adjustment? How about last time you got a promotion at work? Did your new gig take a little time to master? Well, Ohtani, who tossed just 25.3 innings for Nippon in 2017 (3-2, 3.20) , makes his Major League pitching debut, on the MLB network, at a new level, in a new and foreign country later today. Those are a lot of variables for a 23-year old to contend with, and the switch-hitting veteran Lowrie, who hit .283-12-56 with 54 walks (.363 OBP) against right-handers last year, should be able to force the rookie import into some favorable counts and related results.

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