Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for May 25

There are plenty of potential pitching fireworks available as we head to Memorial Day with Max Scherzer leading a gaggle of great arms that includes Luis Severino, Corey Kluber, and James Paxton all taking to the hill. Of course if you play in season-long leagues, Memorial Day means the first real milepost, but here at FantasyDraft all bets are actually on where we can model as many rosters as we like every day, milepost free.

Certainly today looks like one where he have to assemble rosters with an eye towards those dominant hurlers, but, that does not mean there are some lesser arms for our hitters to exploit. Sergio Romo gets another start and Joe Musgrove gets his first, while names like Sal Romano and John Gant get to take the ball so there are indeed arms to try match against some solid bats.

The Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the kick off to summer, and though there might still be rain out  as the season progresses, this holiday looks like clear weather, start to finish. However, Tropical Storm Alberto does loom off the coast of Florida, promising to drop precipitation on the area before the long weekend is complete.

Pitchers

Max Scherzer (27,200):

This is almost unfair, with Scherzer bringing his 7-1, 1.62 mark into Miami to face the Fish, ranked #26 in the Majors batting against right-handers, #28 in homers (with 28) and seventh worst in strikeouts with 331 whiffs. With Scherzer having logged 104 strikeouts thus far this year over 65.6 innings, the pay-in for the Nationals arm is a solid investment.

Noah Syndergaard ($20,600):

Thor and company take on the Brew Crew who do boast a formidable left-handed stick in Travis Shaw, and the team is solid at homers (53) and average (.255) facing right-handers. OTOH, Milwaukee strikes out an MLB third worst 331 times against right-handers, and with the Mets pitcher logging 68 strikeouts over 58.6 frames makes Syndergaard and Scherzer a solid duo to form the backbone of a team tonight.

Hitters

Justin Turner ($7200):

Just shy of two weeks back from injury, the Dodgers third sacker has pretty much picked up where he left off in 2017, batting .303 with a handful of knocks. Turner boasts a career average of .297 facing lefties with a .363 OBP, and against Clayton Richard, off whom right-handed batters are hitting .286 with an .819 OPS bodes well. Factor in a 1.393 WHIP, and that all six homers Richard has allowed have been to right-handers, and Turner becomes a solid value selection.

Juan Soto ($6500):

Still looking for values, since we blew nearly 50% of our budget on starting pitching, the next big things jumped out at me. Soto, whose promotion caused such a buzz last weekend, had posted a ,362-22-102 line over just 122 minor league games with an OPS of 1.043, has begun his big league career with aplomb going .300-1-3 over his first ten at-bats. Facing the luckless Jose Urena (0-7, 4.55) who has allowed a .282 average and all five of his homers surrendered have been against left-handed batters. Sounds like time for some “Juan-upmanship.”

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