Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for April 27

Once again the weekend is upon us, and a solid Friday of MLB contests offers some great roster choices at FantasyDraft.

Cleveland ace Corey Kluber takes on Seattle and Stephen Strasburg squares off against the Diamondbacks and their up-and-coming starter, Zack Godley, while Oakland’s Sean Manaea makes his first start since no-hitting the hot hitting Red Sox last weekend.

At the dish, Mookie Betts meets the solid Rays Blake Snell, Mike Trout and his Angel mates face Luis Severino, while Bryce Harper gets a chance to see what he can do against Godley so all across the Majors are games of interest to fans and roto-heads alike.

On the meteorological front, rain is anticipated on Beantown threatening the Boston/Tampa fete and Minnesota is expecting strong winds meaning two of the towns which the most weather problems over this first month of record postponements continues. So, do remember to check your rosters prior to game time.

Pitchers

Jacob deGrom ($24,300):

The Mets travel to the West Coast and PetCo Field where the Padres, who are on a good rebuild path, have none-the-less struggled this season with a 9-17 mark, with a 4-10 at home thus far. The Friars are hitting just .223 versus right-handers while striking out a Major League third worst 184 times against them. Meanwhile deGrom has whiffed 40 batters over 32 frames with a minuscule 1.031 WHIP this season, and brings a career 1-1, 2.57 mark to PetCo with a 1.000 WHIP and 23 punch-outs over 21 innings.

Danny Duffy  ($13,900):

Duffy has been as up-and-down as has his 5-18 team, and while the Royals play at home this weekend, the team is a horrific 1-10 at Kaufman for 2017. However, Duffy and his team mates face the equally klutzy While Sox, who are at least 4-6 on the road, but with a 6-16 overall mark at just a game-and-a-half ahead of the Kansas City-ites. But, Duffy takes on a White Sox team that is hitting just .223 against Southpaws while Duffy put together three good starts after Pale Hose beat him Opening Day, while continuing to strike out a batter per inning (25 whiffs over 25.6 innings).

Hitters

Jeimer Candelario ($8200):

Candelario has wielded a hot stick  hitting .421-3-8 line over the past two weeks, notching a 1.278 OPS. The switch-hitting Tiger third sacker is probably licking his chops in anticipation of facing Chris Tillman, who is 0-4, 9.87 over 17.3 innings with a 2.365 WHIP. If we drill down a bit more, lefties are hitting a scary .474  off Tillman thus far, while the pitcher has whiffed just four of 46 left-handed hitters. Meanwhile, Candelario is batting .319-4-9 versus righties. Hence, the need for a napkin for the likely drooling Mr. Candelario.

David Dahl ($7500):

David Dahl raised the eyes and hopes of Fantasy owners in 2016 when he logged a .359/.500/.859 slash to go with a .315-7-24 mark over 63 games, but injuries wiped out Dahl’s promise in 2017. To compound, the outfielder lost out to the spring numbers game, beginning 2018 at AAA Colorado Springs. But, the injury bug has similarly hit the Rockies forcing the return of Dahl who has hit .313 with three knocks over his first four games back from the minors, and facing Jose Urena (0-3, 5.85 over 26 innings) should have a fun time with his slugging teammates in Miami tonight.

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