Zen Moment: Enlightened DFS Picks for June 1

It’s, June and that means an array of DFS contests are indeed busting out all over at FantasyDraft as a few serious pitching match-ups welcome the start of the month. Topping that list would be Gerrit Cole and his Astro-mates squaring off against Chris Sale and the Beantown Boys at Minute Maid.

Add in Stephen Strasburg and surprising Mike Foltynewicz meeting, while Carlos Carrasco gets the ball against the Twins, and another under-the-radar hurler, the Cards Mike Mikolas takes on the Buccos, making for a bunch of top line starting pitchers today. The issue is a lot of these pitchers are matching up against one another, as in the Sale/Cole game.

But, there are a number of hot sticks and match-ups when picking hitters with the likes of Zach Wheeler, Chris Stratton, and Mike Leake while Tampa continues the Sergio Romo experiment, and that makes for a lot of great roster builds with today’s slate of contests.

As far as Mother Nature is concerned, June first looks to be bright and sunny at press time, ahead of what has been the requisite weekend rain, but for today, the skies appear to be clear everywhere. But, always make sure you make a last minute check of your rosters in deference to rain, injury, or manager whim.

Pitchers

Nick Pivetta ($19,300):

While Pivetta has both a win and a loss logged over his past two starts, that’s with a 1.50 ERA, 14 whiffs over 12 innings, and an 0.917 ratio, bringing his season numbers to 4-3, 3.28 with a 3.26 ERA and 67 strikeouts over 58 innings with just five homers allowed. The Phillies hurler faces the Giants who do hit right-handers well enough, (.263), but SF has just 136 RBI meaning they might be getting hits, but not driving runs in, and when we note the San Franciscans are near the bottom of the Majors hitting homers off right-handers (just 33) Pivetta should be able to make three straight good starts.

Frankie Montas ($13,800):

I pour through a lot of stats every time I write a little profile like this, and while looking at the numbers is really quite fun, interesting, and revealing, sometimes it is easy to get lost–and confused–with all the stats and angles. Enter Montas, who made his third, and unquestionably best big league start five days ago when he bested Arizona over six innings, allowing a run while striking out seven. The young Oakland hurler faces the Royals, who actually make good contact versus right-handers, but like the Giants have just 33 big flies and similarly have trouble driving in (153) and scoring (161) runs when facing righties. So, the team he faces has a tough time with right-handers, and they don’t have much of a book on Montas and maybe that is as far as we need to look.

Hitters

Matt Kemp ($8200):

Boy has Kemp resurrected himself, posting a .345-7-30 line for the year with a .926 OPS. Over the past week Kemp is crushing it to the tune of .476-2-8 and for the season is hitting .370-2-13 off of Southpaws with a .417 OBP and 1.028 OPS. Kemp meets up with lefty Tyler Anderson (4.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP w/ten homers allowed over 55.3 innings) at Coors where the hurler’s ratio is 1.435 with a 4.30 ERA and the dice certainly roll in favor of the Dodgers veteran.

Michael Conforto ($7700):

Conforto is one of those “go-to” guys for DFS in that he has pop, has good strike zone knowledge, and though it is not a predictor, has prolonged hot streaks. Well, over the past week the Mets flychaser is hitting .333 with a homer and a .468 OBP. The outfielder meets the Cubs and vulnerable Tyler Chatwood, who over his last pair of starts has allowed a .485 average, a 1.125 OPS, and over 5.3 innings surrendered ten hits and 11 walks, good for a 3.398 WHIP and 11.81 ERA. Sounds like a perfect Conforto opportunity.

dropped almost two batters per nine since the start of the year, to 8.2. Sound like the hot bat will have the advantage.

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