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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Friday 7/20/18

Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians should be ready to rock in a plum spot against the Rangers' Martin Perez. Who else should we check out on Friday night?

The All-Star break provided a rare gap in the sports calendar, giving us a chance to recharge the old batteries before gearing up for the rest of the MLB season. Thursday's one-game slate provided us a nice little teaser, but Friday brings us our first full main slate to dig our teeth into. Tonight's 14 games come with a balanced blend of pitching and hitting, with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and Seattle Mariners leading the way on offense.

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

Trevor Bauer ($12,200 on FanDuel): There's little to complain about when discussing Trevor Bauer's breakout 2018 campaign, for which he's showing career-bests in ERA (2.24), SIERA (3.08), strikeout rate, (31.4%), swinging-strike rate (13.1%), and walk rate (7.5%). Maybe he's gotten a little lucky, with a 5.2% home-run-to-fly-ball rate (HR/FB), or could improve his 35.2% hard-hit rate, but otherwise there isn't much to nitpick. A matchup against the Texas Rangers -- a team that punches out 25.3% of the time against righties -- only adds to his potential upside this evening. The one problem? It's supposed to be over 100 degrees in Arlington, which is no small boost to hitters, and as a result, the Rangers have a higher than expected 4.04 implied team total. That's not ideal when you're paying an arm and a leg for your starting pitcher. Still, there's no denying Bauer's credentials and potential ceiling, making him a strong choice if you can afford him.

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