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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Saturday 6/2/18

Justin Verlander has been lights out this year with a 32.3% strikeout rate and 5.0% walk rate, but he draws a tough matchup against the Red Sox. Should we look elsewhere on the bump?

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.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Justin Verlander ($11,200 on FanDuel): Verlander has been out of this world so far in 2018, and even though the Boston Red Sox are one of baseball's best offenses, it's hard to pass on JV right now. For the season, he boasts a 32.3% strikeout rate, 13.1% swinging-strike rate, 5.0% walk rate and 2.90 SIERA -- all of which are career-best clips. Not bad for a dude in his age-35 campaign. Verlander had a tough matchup in his last start, facing the New York Yankees on the road, and he plowed through them, giving up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 frames. The Red Sox have a slate-low 3.32 implied total, and we project Verlander to total 38.2 FanDuel points, making him the second-best arm, per our models.

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