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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 7/2/17

Jeff Samardzija is among the league leaders in strikeout rate and walk rate, and he has a tasty matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Does that make him the main slate's top pitcher?

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 includes the first 10 games of the day.

Pitchers to Target

Jeff Samardzija ($8,900 on FanDuel): Samardzija is dealing this year, even if his traditional stats say otherwise. He is sporting a 3.14 SIERA, 27.2% strikeout rate and 3.0% walk rate. He posted a 24.1% strikeout rate, 1.5% walk rate and 49.5% ground-ball rate in June -- like I said: he's dealing. Shark has a sweet matchup today against a Pittsburgh Pirates squad which ranks 22nd in wOBA against righties (.311) this season, and PNC Park sits 26th in home run factor over the past three seasons. The Pirates' 4.03 implied total is the lowest of the slate, and Samardzija is a nice cash-game option on a slate that doesn't have many of those.

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