Moment of Zen: Enlightened DFS Picks for April 15

It’s April 15, and the Beatles “Taxman” might be running through your head, but that should not distract from building a winning DFS roster at Fantasy Draft DFS and potentially off-setting some of your dues to Uncle Sam.

Today’s schedule presents a wide array of players, including premier starting hurlers, like Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, while also offering  contests where the big hitters might get a chance to tee off on some lesser arms.

That is with names like Ryan Yarbough, Eric Skoglund, and Jose Urena taking the mound, Phillies, Angels, and Pirates batters, respectively, might be able to make their own deposits, though not necessarily into a bank account.

Of course the weather is still a point of concern this spring. In particular, the Twins and Pale Hose have already been postponed, strong winds are projected in Boston and New York, while rain is threatening the Midwest and games in Cincinnati and Detroit.

As for today’s suggestions, in honor of the IRS we presented a couple of high-end picks, but in an effort to give a balanced roster and budget, there are complementary value picks presented as well.


Luis Severino ($20,500)

Of course the biggest obstacle in the path of Severino’s success today is not Tiger bats, but rather the weather. Last year the Yankees hurler owned Detroit to the tune of 2-0, 1.54, striking out 16 over 11.3 frames, allowing a meager slash of .217/.304/.308. In addition, the venue was superfluous as Severino went 1-0, 1.35 over his six innings hurled at Comerica. Bearing in mind the 2017 Tigers posed more offensive threats than this year’s model, and that the Bengals are hitting just .220 against right-handers, and the nod goes to the Pinstripe corner.

Ben Lively ($12,200): 

As much fanfare as might come with the marquis pick of Severino, Ben Lively represents almost the polar opposite. Lively was a 26th-round selection of Cleveland out of high school but opted for the University of Central Florida when the Reds drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. This season Lively has had a pair of starts, one good, one less than stellar resulting in a 0-1, 5.56 mark, although his strikeout total of 12 over 11.3 innings is a big improvement over 2017. Of the two starts this season, his road game (5.6 innings, two runs, seven whiffs) was the stronger, and Tampa, who is hitting just .230 with three homers over 291 at-bats against right-handers could well struggle facing Lively for the first time. Don’t expect more than six innings or 100 pitches–whichever comes first–but the Phils pitcher makes for an interesting and potentially underplayed gambit.


Michael Conforto ($9200):

The Mets outfielder has returned once again from the list of the injured to log his standard set of numbers: .286-1-3 over six games with the requisite .444 OBP (six walks to nine strikeouts). Facing right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who has peppered a couple of good seasons among a bunch of mediocre ones, the play goes to Conforto. This year Chacin is 0-1, 6.59, with a 1.902 WHIP over 13.3 innings. Add in three homers allowed and seven walks–the two stats Conforto exploits most readily–and the pick crystallizes.

Colin Moran  ($6400):

A former first-rounder with Miami, Moran was ultimately swapped to the Pirates during the hot stove as part of the Gerrit Cole trade, and the Pirates third sacker started a little slow first week. Since, however, Moran has kicked it into gear, raising his line to .343-1-8 with five walks to six whiffs (.425 OBP), and facing the ever hittable Jose Urena (0-2, 5.16 with a pair of homers allowed over 16 innings), off whom lefties are hitting .300 with those two homers, and Moran might come in as a bargain, but before long he should command a price tag worthy of a first-rounder out of college.

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