Zen Moment: Enlightened MLB DFS Picks for May 22

It’s Tuesday at FantasyDraft where the big league clubs have settled in for mid-week series, meaning full boat of games and players to wet our DFS appetite, so let’s get to work and see if we can dig into some of the prize picks for today.

Chris Sale is the premier starter for the day, but he draws the sneaky Rays who trail only the Red Sox in batting average among big league teams against right-handers, while Gerrit Cole draws the Giants, but San Francisco actually ranks third behind the Rays and BoSox hitting righties, so rather than looking towards the dominant starters today, I went value pitchers with great match-ups.

This allows me to really exploit hitting with an available average of $8950 per player after I made my pitching selections. That means hitters facing the likes of Lance Lynn (7.71 ERA), Jason Hammel (6.28 ERA), and Mike Leake (6.00 ERA) allows for some phat choices at the dish.

Of course, Mother Nature refuses to take the Major League schedule for granted, and for the eighth straight day–which is a record–Washington DC is anticipating rain, as is New York City. Elsewhere the weather appears to be dry, but always double check your rosters before first pitch to make sure all your slots are covered!

Pitchers

Jeremy Hellickson (15,400):

Just what has gotten into Hellickson is a mystery, but as far as making picks is concerned, it is a good mystery. Somehow the hurler, who was 2-6, 6.97 for Tampa last year has turned some corner posting a 1-0 record thus far, but with a 2.20 ERA over 32.6 frames with 26 strikeouts and a stellar 0.857 WHIP. Hellickson faces a San Diego team hitting just .227 against right-handers, with 333 strikeouts and a Major League-worst 24 homers, while the Nationals hurler has allowed just a pair of big flies this year. With Washington taking on Eric Lauer, things should come up
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Caleb Smith ($13,000):

Smith had quietly assembled some fine totals with a win and 41 strikeouts over 28.6 April innings and though the lefty has been knocked around a bit his last two starts, the lefty takes on the Mets, and even though the New Yorkers are playing at home, they are still awful facing Southpaws. The team is hitting just .212 with again an MLB worst six homers off lefties while giving up 111 strikeouts to said, pitchers.

Hitters

Odubel Herrera ($9400):

Were looking to the outfield for some fun picks today, and Odubel Herrera is about as fun as a player can get these days. The Phils fly chaser has managed to get on base over 45 straight games dating back to 2017, and starts the day with a line of .344-7-30 with a rockin’ .411 OBP. Herrera faces Brandon McCarthy who has been knocked around two of his past two starts, posting an ERA of 5.73 and WHIP of 1.81, the hot Herrera should keep his streak going.

George Springer ($9000):

Houston faces the Giants, and their leadoff hitter, at .292-8-28 is having his best year to date. Over the past two weeks, Springer is batting .405-2-7 with a .463 OBP. Springer and team face the Giants rookie lefty Andrew Suarez who has allowed six homers over his 26.6 innings of work. All six big flies were surrendered to right-handed batters who are tagging the pitcher at a .338 clip giving Springer, who is hitting .319 off lefties with five homers has a shot at something good.

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