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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 8/27/17

Carlos Carrasco has put up a single-game swinging-strike rate of at least 10.0% in 22 of his 25 starts this season. Facing the Kansas City Royals at home, is Carrasco the main slate's top hurler?

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 1:05 p.m. EST and includes the day's first 11 games.

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Carlos Carrasco ($8,700 on FanDuel): Our models have Carrasco as the main slate's top arm by a wide margin, projecting him for 6.6 more FanDuel points than any other pitcher. For the year, Carrasco owns a 27.5% strikeout rate, 6.6% walk rate and 13.0% swinging-strike rate. He has a single-game swinging-strike rate of at least 10.0% in 22 of his 25 outings, and the Kansas City Royals' 3.83 implied total is the lowest of the slate. The fact Carrasco is just the third-most expensive arm is the cherry on top.

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