Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for 5/18

Max Scherzer leads a cluster of arms as we head into a weekend of play at FantasyDraft. And, though Scherzer represents the “high priced spread” when it comes to arms, the Nats hurler takes on the somewhat nettlesome Dodgers who again have their third sacker, Justin Turner in the lineup.

That means a bunch of tier two hurlers–Charlie Morton, Mike Clevinger, and Kyle Freeland. all of whom have been hot of late–make for some solid picks along with several names we favor here in the Zen Corner.

What makes today’s plays fun is though there are indeed a cluster of solid arms, there are similarly some scary match-ups that are almost begging for a double stack.

Leading the pack is the Toronto/White Sox pairing which feature Jesse Chavez banging arms against the equally ineffective Carson Fulmer, while Homer Bailey, Alex Cobb, Derek Holland and Matt Moore are all taking the pill while trying to put up five solid innings. And, those hurlers make for some great hitting opportunities while assembling our rosters.

If is odd that half-way into June, the prime concern of DFS players is still the weather, but crazy rain is expected over Cincy, Chicago and Washington on Friday, and threatens around the eastern seaboard all weekend, so make sure and monitor your rosters along with checking the weather.

Pitchers

Sean Newcomb ($22.400):

Over his last three starts, and 19 frames, the Braves lefty is 3-0, 0.00 with an 0.684 WHIP coupled with 20 strikeouts. Newcomb faces the Fish, who are batting .248 when facing Southpaws, with 83 strikeouts, and a second-worst eight homers. Newcomb has already logged six shutout innings against Miami this season, so holding the sometimes flopping Fish to a quality start certainly seems in the cards

Jacob deGrom (18,400):

The Mets have had their troubles with lefties this season, but it is the Diamondbacks who are hitting a Major League worst .210 against right-handers with 276 strikeouts. Enter the Mets and deGrom who has held opposing batters to a .169 average over the past month, and with the Mets hosting the Snakes at Citi Field the Home Field advantage comes into play. Add in that deGrom is 1-0, 2.12 with 25 strikeouts over 17 innings, and the potential points point to the Mets pitcher.

Hitters

Eric Hosmer ($7500):

Hosmer and his Padre mates take on the Pirates and Ivan Nova later today. Nova has posted a 5.01 ERA and 1.351 at Three Rivers, with lefty hitters are batting .337 off the right-handed hurlers. At home Nova is 0-2, 4.26, and with Hosmer posting a .291-4-8 line against righties, with a .381 on-base percentage, the first sacker makes a great value play.

Shin-Soo Choo ($7200):

The Rangers/White Sox game is one of those where the pitching on both sides portends some offense on behalf of both sides, with Fulmer (6.23 ERA) squaring off against Chavez (4.81 ERA), right-handers both. The left-handed hitting Choo is  .271-5-13 when facing the righties. With left-handed batters banging Fulmer to the tune of .276 with a .373 OBP, Choo, who averages 7.02 FPPG, looks like some points waiting to happen.

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2 Responses

  1. Phil says:

    Toronto/White Sox pairing ?????????

  2. Phil says:

    half-way into June ???????

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