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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/11/17

Zack Greinke seems to have put last year's struggles in the past with a stout start to his 2017. Is he the top pitcher on the board Thursday?

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

Zack Greinke ($10,200 on FanDuel): There were reasons to be skeptical about Zack Greinke heading into the season after his immense struggles in 2016. His first seven starts have erased those fears. Greinke's SIERA is a spicy 3.14 with a 26.3% strikeout rate and 4.5% walk rate, excellent marks across the board. He backs everything up with a 13.1% swinging-strike rate that says his strikeouts could potentially inflate even a bit more. Although the opposing Pittsburgh Pirates don't strikeout much, putting a cap on Greinke's ceiling, they rank 25th in wRC+ against righties, so this is the pitcher you want when you're playing cash games.

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