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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 6/18/17

Robbie Ray owns a 32.4% strikeout rate, and he has a tasty matchup with a struggling Phillies offense. Which other players should be on your radar for today's main 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.

If you need help getting started on that trek, here are some of the top options on the board today. We'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate, which begins at 1:07 p.m. EST and features the day's first 10 games.

Pitchers to Target

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Robbie Ray ($11,000 on FanDuel): Ray has been straight dealing in 2017, racking up a 32.4% strikeout rate, the third-best mark among qualified starters. His 10.6% walk rate is an issue, but today's matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies is all the way turnt up. The Phils sport the sixth-lowest walk rate (7.7%) while ranking 28th in wOBA (.300). On a slate heavy on offense -- there are no implied totals under 4.0 -- the Phillies' 4.08 implied total is the afternoon's third-lowest clip, and our models have Ray as the slate's top arm.

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