Moment of Zen: Enlightened DFS Picks for April 13

We begin the first full weekend of regular play at FantasyDraft with a number of interesting contests and match-ups presenting themselves.

While Zack Grienke and Gerritt Cole lead the marquis pitchers taking the pill today, there are some lesser arms going in games with cheaper arms in what, at least on paper, make for favorable prospective numbers. However, running with the value picks on the hill allows for favorable opportunities for lineup stacks with some really solid hitters..

Worthy of note, the Red Sox are facing the Orioles and Chris Tillman. Tillman is 0-2, 8.68 over 8.6 frames with a 2.464 WHIP. Adding to the fun, the Red Sox are hitting .273-8-50 against right-handers, making for some fun choices from among the Beantown boys.

Across the league, Pittsburgh gets to facing the vulnerable Marlins,, hitting .260-4-12 with just 18 strikeouts against Southpaws making for yet another nice potpourri of player picks from Pittsburgh.

Checking the weather, there is indeed a cold front haunting parts of the Midwest, threatening Kansas City/Los Angeles Angels with gusts of wind, In Minneapolis Target Field is looking at cold (34 degrees) to go with potential rain and snow, so monitor that game status to ensure a full complement of players.

Pitchers

Vince Velasquez ($14,900):

Velasquez has had a sort of schizy first pair of starts, for he is 1-1, 5.19 with ten whiffs over 8.3 innings over which he has yet to allow a homer. The Philadelphian faces the Rays who carry a .241-3-30 line against right-handers this season. With inter-league play already here, Velasquez has an upper hand, facing a team that has never seen his stuff, and which sacrifice one of every four hitters (67 strikeouts to 261 at-bats) to right-handed arms.

Jordan Montgomery ($14,100): 

Believe it or not, despite 164.6 big league frames, and 31 games, Montgomery has yet to face the Tigers. His first shot will be tonight, and that is against a team hitting .204-7-7 against Southpaws, with 17 strikeouts over 49 at-bats, or a little better than one-of-three. While Montgomery has had his struggles thus far this season (0-0, 4.82), he was a good first half hurler his rookie campaign (6-4, 3.65) the Yankees hurler should well get well against a team that struggles with his phenotype.

Hitters

Starling Marte ($8,000):

Marte and his Buccaneer mates should feel like sharks circling Marlins hurler Dillon Peters, for the Fish lefty does have a win but with it a gory 9.35 ERA, 2.192 WHIP with 15 hits allowed to five strikeouts over 8.6 innings. A rookie last year, things were still not a lot better for Peters (5.17 ERA and 1.628 WHIP), while at the plate  Marte is .284-16-50 over his career when facing Southpaws. With the Pirates hitting .260-4-12 thus far against left-handed pitchers there might well be a lot of Bucco activity on the base-paths–of which Marte resides in the center–in Florida tonight.

Andrew Benintendei ($7400):

We’ve already noted Chris Tillman’s struggles in general, but drilling down a bit more, left-handed hitters are batting a gaudy .538 (27 at-bats) with a more outrageous 1.667 OPS, and even in a small sample, those are numbers that beg for our attention. Though the Red Sox flychaser is hitting just .204-0-4 this year, he does carry a .400 OBP (which include a league-leading 11 walks) while over his brief career is hitting .287-21-97 covering 564 at-bats.

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