Zen Moment: Elightened DFS Picks for May 4

It’s Star Wars Day across the land, as in “May the Fourth be With You,” and with the bulk of primo starting pitchers having already taken to the hill earlier this week we may indeed have to rely on the force here at FantasyDraft while filling out our rosters.

Of course fortunately we have a host of stats from all over the galaxy to help guide through our choices, but in a day when Gerrit Cole and Rick Porcello top the hurlers, perhaps looking again at the lesser arms with thoughts of exploiting the hitting side of the dish is prudent.

There are a bunch of interesting young hurlers, including Nick Kingham, Joey Lucchesi, and Walker Buehler all getting a chance to show their stuff while the question mark hurlers–Josh Tomlin, Andrew Kittridge, and German Marquez–all post healthy ERA’s as targets for our hitting corps.

As for the skies, they should be as clear as the moons shining over Tatooine at sunset. Of course do check your rosters for late scratches and changes, and may the force be with your picks!


Rick Porcello (21,600):

Coming off his worst start of the year, Porcello gets to return home, and while he does face the powerful Texas Rangers, these Texans are not only riddled with injuries, but the team leads the Majors with 235 strikeouts when facing right-handers. Add in that opposing hitters are batting just .199 with a .289 OBP against Porcello, and the case becomes stronger, and when we see that at home those numbers drop to .188 and .198 respectively, with an 0.682 WHIP, the case is closed.

Daniel Mengden ($12,600):

The Athletics mustachioed pitcher, like Porcello, had a good run of starts till his last when Houston gave Mengden trouble, but for three starts prior, the hurler was quite effective. Mengden does get to return to the spacious Coliseum where the right-hander is 1-2, 3.55 with a solid 1.066 WHIP. Since Oakland faces the 8-22 Orioles who come in hitting a paltry .219 with a healthy 212 strikeouts when facing righties, and the confluence offers a perfect chance for Mengden to get back into his groove.


Dee Gordon ($8600):

The switch-hitting Gordon has certainly fallen right into the Seattle groove, leading off, batting .355 with 14 steals and a phat .368 OBP. Over the past ten days Gordon has hit .340 with eight runs scored and three swipes, and he faces Garrett Richards, owner of a 1.518 WHIP and 4.88 ERA. Richards does get some whiffs (37 over 27.6 innings), but similarly, he allows those base-runners and Gordon–who can get on, steal, and score–is as nettlesome as they come these days.

Aaron Hicks ($7200):

Hicks is coming from a day of rest, is hitting .273-2-11 off right-handers with a stellar .431 OBP (13 walks to 14 whiffs). The outfielder and his Pinstriped pals get to take on the aforementioned Tomlin and his astronomic 9.16 ERA. In fact Tomlin, 0-4 with a 1.929 WHIP has allowed a Major League leading ten homers over 18.6 innings, and left-handed batters (Hicks, like Gordon, is also a switch-hitter) to the tune of .452 with six homers, and while hurling away from the Jake has allowed an OPS of 1.458. The Force should be with Hicks and his mates bats  today.

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