The MLB Daily Three Pack

Welcome to the Daily Three Pack where we share three core players on FantasyDraft that you are going to want to target for MLB DFS contests on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Pitcher to Target

Steven Matz-$13,700-NYM

I am starting all my lineups with Gerrit Cole tonight. Cole has been the best pitcher in baseball to start the season and is in a great match-up. The question is who do you pair Cole with since you have to roster two pitchers. There are several options that I like on this slate with Matz being the one that jumps out at me for several of reasons. The first is due to the way Matz looked the last time out. Matz looked like the Matz we saw in 2015 and 2016 and not the one we saw last year. In that start against a very good hitting Nationals team, Matz struck out eight while allowing only one unearned run in five innings of work. Matz threw 93 pitches in that game and we should see him throw a similar amount tonight. The second reason why I like Matz tonight is due to the match-up against the Brewers. The Brewers have some big bats in their lineups but are also free swinging and since the start of last season, they have the second worst team K rate in the majors against lefties at 25.1%. The last reason why I love Matz tonight is his salary. Matz is dirt cheap and rostering him allows you to not only afford Cole comfortably but also allows you to roster some of these big bats you are going to want on this slate.

Infielder to Target

Joe Mauer-$5,500-MIN

Mauer is not someone that I like to roster in GPPs as he has little upside due to his lack of power at this stage of his career but in cash games, I love to target him as Mauer knows how to get on-base. For his career, Mauer has an on-base percentage of .392 with a .362 wOBA and this season he has reached base safely in every game that he has played. Tonight I expect Mauer to continue that streak as he faces a right-handed pitcher in Reynaldo Lopez that while a good young pitcher can struggle with his command and in his short career has allowed left-handed hitters to have an on-base percentage over .300 with a wOBA over .310.

Outfielder to Target

Michael Conforto-$9,100-NYM

The number of great outfielders on this slate is staggering but that is expected with this being a 13 game slate and not many great pitchers taking the mound. I really could have written up about 20 guys tonight but of course, that would be impractical and the format of this article forces me to choose one. My choice for the outfielder to write up was really a tough one but in the end, I settled with Conforto as I don’t think he will be as popular as some of the other outfielders in this salary range on this slate and for me that is a mistake. The reason why I think it is a mistake for Conforto to be less owned than some of the other outfielders is due to the fact he is facing a right-handed pitcher. Conforto was amazing against right-handed pitching last season as he was part of the .300/.400/.500 club with an ISo of .292 and a wOBA of .420. That success last season has carried over for Conforto this season as he has reached base safely in each of the six games he has played with two of those games being games in which he was a pinch hitter. Zach Davies is not an awful right-handed pitcher but he is one who has struggled against left-handed hitting in his career.

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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