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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 7/27/17

Zack Godley has had some heavenly peripheral numbers this year. Are they enough to make him the top pitcher for Thursday in MLB DFS?

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. We'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate beginning at 7 pm Eastern.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Zack Godley ($8,500 on FanDuel): Over the past 30 days, here are the league's leaders in swinging-strike rate in order: Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and Zack Godley. This should do two things. First, it should show you how freaking delicious swinging-strike rate is in small samples. Second, it should show you that Zack Godley is a saint of whom we are not worthy. What makes it all better is that Godley has been unleashing this nastiness the entire season. His SIERA is 3.56 with a 26.2% strikeout rate and 7.8% walk rate, and he keeps opposing hitters on the ground a whopping 55.8% of the time. He's facing a talented St. Louis Cardinals offense today, which makes things a bit scary, but they do hold a 21.8% strikeout rate against righties. They're good, but Godley is too sickly and too cheap to ignore, even in a tough matchup.

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