Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for April 17, 2018

Let’s keep our fingers crossed. As it stands, Mother Nature is giving a nod of approval to a full schedule of Tuesday games suggesting for a first time this year, an entire slate of games and players can be exploited at FantasyDraft when building the perfect DFS Roster.

Among the aces, Cory Kluber faces the Twins at home at the Jake, but perhaps the top-billed contest pits the red-hot Red Sox and David Price against the equally sizzling Shohei Ohtani. Though Ohtani has posted stellar stats on the hill (2-0, 2.08, 18 strikeouts over 13 innings) both the new import’s starts have been at the hands of the Athletics, who can indeed hit, but lack the depth of the Boston roster and bench.

On the hitting side, Bryce Harper and his Nationals mates face the division rival Mets and Zack Wheeler, who has started well (1-0, 1.29 over his first start) but as with Ohtani taking on the Sox, Wheeler has a much more formidable opponent this week than the Marlins he dominated the last cycle.

So, with minimal fears about rain and sleet and snow, let’s look at a few preferred picks for the day.

Pitchers

Patrick Corbin ($19,000)

Corbin has been strong to start the season, winning a pair of his first three starts, posting a solid 2.45 ERA, registering a WHIP of 0.927 while striking out a fabulous 29 hitters over 18.3 innings (14.2 whiffs per nine). Corbin went 1-2 against the Giants last year, though with a 2.45 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 17 frames. Meanwhile, the Giants come in hitting .231 against Southpaws and have struck out 77 times over 281 at-bats so Corbin should have the advantage.

Gio Gonzalez ($16,400): 

The Mets have been victimized by Gonzalez to the tune of 14-5, 2.88 over the years with a 1.143 WHIP over 143,6 innings over which the Nationals lefty has accumulated 138 strikeouts. More problematic, Gonzalez is 10-1, 1,69 at Citi Field with a sick 0.951 WHIP. Add in the Washington hurler has started 2018 1-1. 2.20 over 16.3 innings with 20 punchouts and things continue to look tough for the Mets. But, as long as we are piling on, the New Yorkers are hitting just .204-1-11 over 103 at-bats facing Southpaws this year and the whole forecast moves from tough to bleak on the New York side.

Hitters

Kyle Schwarber  ($7,700):

Though most owners–or even fans of Kyle Schwarber–are likely still waiting for the Cubs darling to really excel and fulfill his “potential,” 2018 marks a solid jump forward for the infielder/outfielder in a number of ways. Though his basic line of .238-3-7 with a .347 OBP might seem ho-hum, the .871 OPS Schwarber carries is deadly dangerous. Add in the .273-3-5 with a .974 OPS versus right-handers, and that the Cubs face Adam Wainwright (5.06 ERA, 1.568 WHIP) and the choice almost becomes rhetorical.

Jed Lowrie ($7400):

Oakland might be going with a youth movement, playing the likes of Matts Chapman and Olsen, Chad Pinder, and Marcus Semien, but the aged Lowrie, hitting .343-4-17 thus far, has just been torrid.  this past week batting .346-2-10 with a .970 OPS. Furthermore, the keystone player has belted all four of his homers off right-handers. That means the White Sox Marco Gonzalez (8.68 ERA, 2.150 WHIP) better keep the ball down facing the entire squad, not just Lowrie, who sits in the middle of the batting order.

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