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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 5/31/18

Clayton Kershaw is making his return tonight, but is it safer to pivot to Aaron Nola? Who else should we check out on Thursday's main slate?

For the first time this week, we won't have Coors Field on the main slate, so that means we can be less concerned about the pricing of our favorite pitchers. And wouldn't you know it, Clayton Kershaw makes his triumphant return from the disabled list tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. But do we trust him enough to spend $11,000 tonight?

As for the bats, the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Cleveland Indians stand out with some of tonight's highest implied team totals.

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On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel main slate.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Aaron Nola ($9,500 on FanDuel): Aaron Nola hasn't put up the eye-popping strikeout numbers of some of this season's top arms, but it's hard to argue with the overall package he brings. Nola holds a cool 3.39 SIERA, 24.6% strikeout rate, and 6.3% walk rate, which is all supported by a 51.9% ground-ball rate and 25.1% hard-hit rate allowed. He may be the underdog against Clayton Kershaw, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have been a middle-of-the-road offense, and are getting just a 3.64 implied team total. Considering Kershaw is coming off a biceps injury and is significantly more expensive, the overall edge goes to Nola in cash games.

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