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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Monday 7/9/18

Boston's red-hot offense is poised to keep racking up runs thanks to a date with Mike Minor. Who else should you look to on tonight's nine-game slate?

Monday's slate brings some notable names at the top of the pitching list, but there aren't necessarily any slam-dunk options tonight. Is there some merit to paying down? Meanwhile, some familiar teams in the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians top the hitting side of things.

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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 Pitcher

Gerrit Cole ($11,100 on FanDuel): Gerrit Cole hasn't been nearly as dominant lately, but most pitchers would gladly take his 27.4% strikeout rate since the beginning of June. A 10.6% walk rate over the span is more concerning, but this remains a guy who's posted an elite 2.88 SIERA for the season. A matchup against a dangerous Oakland Athletics squad isn't ideal, but there are whiffs to be found in this lineup, and the A's are getting only a 3.27 implied team total at Houston. Cole is your top guy, but it's a hefty salary to pay considering the matchup and his recent form. Clayton Kershaw ($10,500) is in an intriguing spot against the San Diego Padres, but he is difficult to trust given his lower pitch counts and strikeout rate since coming off the disabled list.

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