FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 8/23/18
Following a string of normal-sized main slates, we narrow things down to just four games on Thursday. We may have a small board to work with, but we still get a handful of solid arms to choose from, along with some top-notching hitting spots for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves.
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On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel main slate.
Pitchers to Target
Cole Hamels ($9,200 on FanDuel): Cole Hamels sure looks like a new man in a Chicago Cubs uniform, posting a squeaky clean 0.72 ERA over four starts. As you might expect, the peripherals suggest he hasn't been that good, but we'll still happily take the 3.22 SIERA, 24.7% strikeout rate, 6.5% walk rate, and 59.0% ground-ball rate he's shown over that span. Between Hamels escaping his woes at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park (6.41 ERA in 2018) and not having to face a designated hitter, there's plenty of reason to think he will continue to see improved results moving forward. It might surprise you that the Cincinnati Reds have actually put up a strong 110 wRC+ against southpaws this season, but they aren't fielding the strongest lineup these days, most recently losing Joey Votto to the disabled list. As a result, the Reds are showing just a 3.77 implied team total, and the Cubs ought to give Hamels ample run support off Anthony DeSclafani.
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