Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for May 6

Flowers may certainly come with the month of May, but after a week celebrating first May-Day then May the Fourth be With you, and finally Cinco de Mayo, we might be ready for the day of rest. Of course, that means chilling, watching a game, and tracking your rosters for the cluster of contests at FantasyDraft where quality pitching forces our roster-making hand to an extent.

Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Noah Syndergaard lead the list of quality starters to be sure. But, there are still the likes of Shohei Ohtani, Chris Archer, and the Braves hot youngster Mike Soroka bubbling under as tier-two arms, depending upon how one chooses to allocate funds.

On the hitting end, there are match-ups favorable to batters, but the resources to exploit a lesser arm like Brandon Finnegan just are not so abundant in Miami, for example, who face the Cincy Southpaw.

Still, with pitching at the vortex of today’s roster construct, it was there we went, scrounging for bargains elsewhere around the batters at the Show.

As for today’s weather, aside from some wind here and there across the land, the skies should be clear. But, again, make sure you check your rosters not just for the weather but late scratches and other baseball oddities.


Justin Verlander (25,400):

While it is true all good things must come to an end, there is absolutely no reason to think that will happen today, with Verlander and his amazing Astro-dominance taking on the Diamondbacks. Verlander’s recent heroics are well enough known: 9-0, 1.10 since being traded to Houston, over 81.6 frames  with 105 strikeouts. Arizona comes to town hitting .225 against right-handers, with 194 strikeouts, while Verlander boasts an 0.588 WHIP with 43 strikeouts over 28.6 innings at Minute Maid since the swap, making Justin’s arm the one where we trust our pitching dollars today.

Andrew Triggs ($15,200):

Even in trying to shy from the rest of the big starting arms, the mid-tier hurlers were still either moderately expensive today, or simply not worth the thought. As in, perhaps there are some potential pitching bargains (Marco Estrada, at $11,000?), but none look worth the gamble, let alone investment. On point, Triggs is modestly priced, largely because of a 5.20 ERA paired with a 1.446 WHIP. The Athletics pitcher does have, however, 27 punchouts over 27.3 innings and is facing the punchless Orioles (.222 average, with 228 strikeouts facing righties) in the spacious Coliseum.


Mitch Moreland ($8500):

At age 32, Moreland comes to the park as one of those professional hitting types. He is generally a platoon player, facing right-handers, and Moreland knows this and focuses his game accordingly. The results this year reveal a .340-4-12 line with a .404 OBP facing said right-armed hurlers, with a 1.084 OPS. Going against Doug Fister, who is a nibbler having allowed a 1.47 WHIP, should offer exactly the pitches Moreland has trained himself to hit.

Starlin Castro ($6400):

Castro is perhaps the offensive steal of the day. The Marlins infielder enters today’s contest with the Reds hitting .308-1-13 with 17 runs scored. Against Southpaws Castro is batting .405 with a 1.077 WHIP, and that means potential problems for Brandon Finnegan, who starts against the Fish. Finnegan holds a 7.27 ERA thus far in 2018 with a WHIP of 2.01 and 12 strikeouts to 12 walks. Batting in the three-hole, Castro should get more than a few looks at prime Finnegan pitches, ideally with runners hugging the bags, and ideally producing some valuable fantasy points.

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