MLB Moment of Zen: Enlightened DFS Options for April 3

Ah, the agony and the ecstasy of those wobbly early season performances can indeed make us as joyous as crazy, right? Well, since it is Tuesday, we have a fresh new day to hit the DFS target at FantasyDraft.

Of course, its the first week of April, and that means strange a strange schedule, thanks to Opening Days, as well as Spring weather. Cincinnati, hosting the Cubs is looking at showers, and New York is expecting rain and a high of 40 degrees meaning the Mets game is a question mark. So, do make sure you double check your rosters before first pitch!

As for those potential gems, let’s do a little mining.

Pitchers

Justin Verlander ($21,900):

About the only spot that seems to have produced as anticipated the first weekend of the season belongs to Ace starters. Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, and Verlander all had fantastic first starts, and Justin now gets his first home start against an Orioles team that is hitting an MLB worst .117. Over his career and 484 Baltimore batters faced, the O’s have managed just a .291 OBP off Verlander with a .231 average, so even a team improvement to that average posits a bleak outcome.

Jack Flaherty ($11,900): 

Flaherty was the talk of the Grapefruit League, for even though he lost a pair of games, and notched a 4.60 ERA over 15.6 innings, the rookie right-hander struck out 24, with an 0.96 WHIP while batters hit just .179 off him. The first-round pick in 2014, Flaherty’s minor league resume includes a 29-17 mark over 400.3 innings with 398 strikeouts, an 0.92 WHIP, while surrendering just 359 hits of which only 23 were big flies. Flaherty did lose to the Brew crew his last start of 2017 (five innings, four runs, five whiffs) but it is a brand new season.

Hitters

Matt Davidson ($8200):

Does it seem strange that a player who ranked below #250 in a number of ADP listings could be a selection? Well, there is a little more to Davidson than the .571-3-6 line with an OPS of 2.524 thus far? The third sacker has a career average of .321-7-20 over April, with a .286-2-5 line against the Jays. Facing lefty J.A. Happ, in the climate controlled dome, Davidson is a good play.

Joey Gallo ($7400):

Gallo, who did whiff 196 times last year, does indeed have a rep as a strikeout machine, which might be changing. For one thing, he did walk 75 times last year, and for another, Gallo upped his OBP by 44 points over the second half of 2017, to .357. That was enough for the Rangers to try the slugger batting second in the order to start this season. Additionally, Gallo hit 34 of his 41 homers last year off right-handers, and facing righty Kevin Graveman, who allowed three homers over his first five innings this year makes a good target.

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