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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 8/5/17

Since returning from the minors, Danny Salazar has racked up an eye-popping 36.4% strikeout rate across 13 innings. Is that enough to make him the main slate's top arm despite a tough matchup with the Yankees?

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 7:05 p.m. EST and includes the day's final 12 games.

Pitchers to Target

Drew Pomeranz ($8,600 on FanDuel): Pomeranz has been a solid source of whiffs lately, generating a single-game swinging-strike rate of at least 11.0% in four of his last five starts. For the year, he owns a 24.5% strikeout rate and 9.1% walk rate. Pomeranz is hosting a depleted Chicago White Sox lineup that has struggled to a .292 wOBA over the past 14 days. Chicago has the slate's second-lowest implied total 3.82, and Pomeranz offers an appealing mix of safety and upside.

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