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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 7/3/17

With limited options on tonight's slate, should you trust Masahiro Tanaka in your cash-game lineups?

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

Masahiro Tanaka ($9,000 on FanDuel): We have a rough pitching slate on our hands tonight, with not a single implied team total dipping below 4.00. Masahiro Tanaka hasn't exactly been cash-game material that often this season, but with limited options, we might not have much of a choice. Still, despite that scary 5.56 ERA, Tanaka sports the highest swinging-strike rate on the slate (14.2%), and he started to turn things around in June, with a 3.34 SIERA and 27.6% strikeout rate over his last five starts. Heck, he's even gone two straight games without allowing a home run! Tanaka gets a fairly neutral matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays at home.

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