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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 8/12/17

Aaron Nola has put up some dazzling numbers since the start of July. With a matchup against the depleted Mets' lineup, is Nola the main slate's top arm?

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 features the day's final 11 games.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Aaron Nola ($9,500 on FanDuel): Nola has been on a tear since the start of July, posting single-game swinging-strike rates of at least 11.0% in five of his seven starts in that stretch. Across those seven starts, he's limiting hitters to a .252 wOBA while recording a 28.2% strikeout rate and 5.9% walk rate. Those are elite numbers, and Nola is in a nice spot tonight against the New York Mets. Although the game is at homer-happy Citizens Bank Park, the Mets own a pedestrian .318 wOBA with a 23.1% strikeout rate over the past 30 days, and they're now without righty killer Jay Bruce.

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