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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Sunday 4/21/19

A matchup with a feeble Giants offense is about as good as it gets, putting Chris Archer near the top of the heap on a stout pitching slate. Should you opt for the Pirates' righty or look to one of the other high-priced arms?

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

James Paxton ($9,600 on FanDuel): Paxton bounced back from two straight poor outings with a dazzling display against the Boston Red Sox in his last turn, fanning 12 and allowing just two hits over eight shutout innings. He's been volatile on a start-to-start basis, making him a bit scary for cash games, but the swing-and-miss stuff has been there regularly as he's got single-game swinging-strike rates of at least 13.4% in three of his four starts. The Kansas City Royals rank 18th in wOBA (.313), and the New York Yankees are -250 moneyline favorites, by far the biggest favorite on the slate. We have some other high-ceiling options -- it's one of the more fun pitching slates of the season thus far -- but Paxton is the top play, per our models, as we project him for 38.5 FanDuel points.

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