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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/24/17

Jason Vargas has had three tremendous starts so far this year. Is it enough to push him above Chris Archer on Monday's slate?

The beauty of daily fantasy baseball is that the top targets are different each and every day. Whether it's the right-handed catcher who destroys left-handed pitching or the mid-range hurler facing a depleted lineup, you're not going to find yourself using the same assets time after time.

While this breaks up the monotony, it can make it hard to decide which players are primed to succeed on a given day. We can help bridge that gap.

In addition to our custom optimal lineups, you can check out our batting and pitching heat maps, which show the pieces in the best spot to succeed on that slate. Put on the finishing touches with our games and lineups page to see who's hitting where and what the weather looks like, and you'll have yourself a snazzy looking team to put up some big point totals. We've also got our Solo Shot Podcast, which breaks down the MLB daily fantasy slate each day. Here's today's episode.

If you need help getting started on that trek, here are some of the top options on the board today.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Jason Vargas ($8,500 on FanDuel): Among tonight's starting pitchers, Jason Vargas ranks first in SIERA, first in strikeout rate, first in walk rate, and first in swinging-strike rate. The only major stat in which Vargas doesn't lead is hard-hit rate, and he's third there. He good. On top of all of that, Vargas gets a great matchup in facing a Chicago White Sox team that currently ranks dead last in hard-hit rate. Their implied team total of 3.71 ranks third-lowest on the slate, so there don't appear to be any big reasons to stop riding Vargas' hot start.

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