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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 8/16/18

Shin-Soo Choo and the Texas Rangers should be able to rack up the runs in a plus spot against the Los Angeles Angels. Who else draws our interest on Thursday's main slate?

Thursday's tidy seven-game slate is running close to empty on pitching, so if you're looking to be contrarian, you might need to search on the offensive side. Luckily, we aren't lacking on the hitting front, with the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, and Minnesota Twins topping the list.

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

Pitchers to Target

Jon Gray ($9,400 on FanDuel): Jon Gray slots in as tonight's most expensive pitcher, and while that's a bit unusual, there's no doubt he holds the best peripherals on the board, with a 3.36 SIERA, 27.1% strikeout rate, and 6.8% walk rate. He still sports an ugly 4.81 ERA, but at least some of that can be blamed on a .337 BABIP, and he's experienced better results since returning from his surprise demotion to Triple-A, with a 2.29 ERA over five starts. Gray gets a neutral matchup on the road against the Atlanta Braves, but his outlook will improve if the red-hot Ronald Acuna sits out following last night's plunking by Jose Urena.

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