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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/18/17

Jordan Montgomery has flashed some interesting peripheral stats early in his venture to the big leagues. Do they force us to consider him for MLB DFS on 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. With the split slates, we'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate beginning at 7:35 pm Eastern.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitcher

Marcus Stroman ($9,200 on FanDuel): From a raw talent perspective, Marcus Stroman is the best pitcher on this slate, as evidenced by his 3.72 SIERA. It's just a question of which Stroman we'll see on the bump. His last time out, he was electric, striking out 9 batters in 6 innings with a 13.0% swinging-strike rate. The time before that, he got just one strikeout while holding the Cleveland Indians scoreless for six innings. Stroman will benefit from facing a National League team without a designated hitter, so it's okay to bank on the upside and plug him in. His sickly 58.7% ground-ball rate gives a boost to his floor, something we should be trying hard to find on a limited slate.

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