Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for May 13

It is indeed Mother’s Day and that means aside from the chocolate and flowers and cards, maybe Mom would enjoy playing a contest at FantasyDraft where she might watch Corey Kluber see if he can master the Royals. Perhaps watching Luis Severino–weather permitting–try to take advantage of the Athletics is more mom’s cup of tea, or maybe the two of you can watch James Paxton try to extend his hit-less innings streak on the heels of the  no-hitter the Marinerw hurler tossed last Tuesday.

Of course there are some fine hitting opportunities as well with weaker arms like Derek Holland (5.70 ERA) and Matt Moore (7.71 ERA) taking to the hill on a day where plucking pitching from the mid-range arms seems to be the best approach.

The wet weather that forced the postponement of the Phillies and Mets yesterday still haunts the Northeast with rain threatening Pittsburgh, New York–as noted–and perhaps still in the City of Brotherly Love (and home of the Phils).

So, do indeed check your rosters before game time to ensure a full complement of players producing points.


Dallas Keuchel (15,200):

It is tempting to go after an ace like Kluber or Severino, but Keuchel takes on the free-swinging Rangers at home, and the whole melange just points to points for Keuchel. To begin, Texas is batting just .238 against lefties with a Major League tenth worst 104 strikeouts. At home, Keuchel has notched 11 strikeouts over 18 frames with a 1.158 WHIP and over his last pair of starts, the lefty has a win over 15 innings with a microscopic 0.867 WHIP.

Drew Pomeranz ($13,700):

Boston finishes off the weekend in Toronto, but that does not mean things are easy for the home team. The Jays come into the game hitting .220 with 109 whiffs against Southpaws (even worse than Texas) while Pomeranz has been effective his last pair of starts with a win and 3.35 ERA over 12 innings with nine punchouts. But, in context, lefty Paxton held the Jays to nothing just a few days back and the chances the Jays suddenly solved hitting Southpaws is slim.


Nick Markakis ($8000):

The Atlanta outfielder has enjoyed a Renaissance  as the aging star among a flood of rising ones with a .345-7-29 line thus far in 2018, and facing Jose Urena should allow Markakis to keep those totals constant for at least another day. Urena, who is still winless at 0-5, 4.37, is being banged around by left-handed batters to the tune of .287 allowing a .330 OBP, while the Braves flychaser is hitting righties at a .316-4-17 clip.

Rafael Devers ($7500):

The young Boston hot-cornerman is batting .269-4-16 facing righties, and Biagini, who sits at 0-1, 8.91 over a pair of starts has the unenviable task of facing the Fenway contingent, who are batting a Major League best .277-41-154 off right-handers. Since Biagini has allowed 20 base-runners over just ten innings, and since he cannot pitch around everyone on the team, the opportunities for Devers with runners aboard should present itself more than once perhaps.

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