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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 5/16/19

As we often get on Thursdays, tonight's main slate is of the smaller variety, only bringing about five games and locking slightly earlier at 6:40 pm ET. Given the limited selection, there's a decent number of viable hitting spots, though only one hurler really stands out on the pitching side.

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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

Luis Castillo ($10,300 on FanDuel): Luis Castillo is the only hurler to crack the $10k mark, and it's frankly with good reason, as he's easily our best choice on the short slate. He leads tonight's eight starters in both strikeout rate (31.8%) and swinging-strike rate (15.7%) by a wide margin, while also besting them in SIERA (3.48) and ground-ball rate (59.3%). A 10.9% walk rate isn't ideal, but the overall package blows everyone else out of the water, and no one comes anywhere close to the same punchout upside. A date at Great American Ball Park with the Cubs wouldn't be one's first choice, though they aren't a bad matchup for those strikeouts, with an active roster fanning 23.1% of the time against righties. Castillo should be far and away the slate's highest-owned pitcher, but even in tournaments, this may be a case where you don't overthink it and just roll with the best guy.

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