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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Friday 6/1/18

Chris Sale and Gerrit Cole face off in a heavyweight bout, but which one do you want in your FanDuel lineups on Friday night?

As usual, we'll have to hunker down and tackle a full 15-game slate on Friday, and this one comes with a plethora of aces, including a marquee matchup between Chris Sale and Gerrit Cole. The trouble is the Red Sox and Astros are amongst the most unforgiving offenses in the league. Are they still worth paying up for, and, if so, which one do we want?

On the hitting side, the Dodgers visit the Rockies at Coors Field, while the Yankees finally get their shot at Andrew Cashner following last night's postponement. The Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, and Angels are also offenses to check out.

Our daily helper is available every day to analyze FanDuel's main slate and help give you a starting point when you're building lineups. Be sure to also incorporate our great tools into your research process. Whether you're looking for daily projections, the latest starting lineups and weather, or batting and pitching heat maps to find the best matchups -- we've got you covered! And don't forget to take a listen to The Solo Shot podcast with Jim Sannes, who breaks down the MLB daily fantasy slate each day.

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

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Chris Sale ($11,000 on FanDuel): If you're paying up at pitcher, your most difficult decision of tonight's slate is whether to go with Chris Sale or Gerrit Cole. Although the two have brutal matchups, their sheer punchout upside still dwarfs everyone else on the slate, and we ought to have enough value with our bats to make it work. But when forced to choose, Sale is your guy. He has been putting up brilliant numbers for far longer than Cole. Sale's 2.64 SIERA is practically the mirror image of last season, and while the Astros' predominantly right-handed lineup is normally a nightmare for southpaws, Sale owns a 36.6% strikeout rate and 5.7% walk rate against righties during his Boston tenure. He also has a sizable advantage over Cole in his batted-ball numbers this season, leading all qualified pitchers in soft-hit rate (28.4%). In all, Sale looks like your top choice in cash games.

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