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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/10/17

Danny Salazar has been lights out in three starts since returning from the disabled list. Can he keep up his run of destruction tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays?

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

High-Priced Pitchers

Danny Salazar ($9,300 on FanDuel): Ever since he returned from the disabled list, Danny Salazar has been melting people's faces off. In three starts, he has a 17.6% swinging-strike rate, helping him post a 2.46 SIERA with a 39.4% strikeout rate and 7.0% walk rate. Salazar had been outperforming his results earlier in the year, too, but he has reached a whole new level off the injury. His matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays is tough, but over the past 30 days, they have a 26.4% strikeout rate against righties, and they've slipped to 22nd in hard-hit rate. Although that's not enough to make this an easy matchup, it does give a boost to both Salazar's floor and ceiling, and we should be targeting him aggressively again today.

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