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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 8/8/19

Thursday's main slate bumps up to eight games tonight, and surprise, surprise, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees once again own the two highest implied totals by a wide margin. But this evening's slate also brings about an intriguing selection of top-notch hurlers -- though a few draw less than ideal matchups.

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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 Pitchers

Aaron Nola ($10,800 on FanDuel): Mike Clevinger ($10,600) and Chris Sale ($9,600) own the highest strikeout rates of the slate, but their respective matchups against the Twins and Angels put a damper on their prospects tonight. Despite the risks, their ceilings keep them in play for tournaments -- particularly at what should be lower ownership -- but if you're looking for the path of least resistance, then Aaron Nola gets the far easier draw against the Giants. Not only will Nola benefit from pitcher-friendly Oracle Park, but San Francisco's active roster has just the 25th-ranked wRC+ against righties (89), along with a middle-of-the-road 22.9% strikeout rate. The end result is a meager 3.69 implied total for the home team, and while Nola can't compete with the likes of Clevinger and Sale in strikeout rate, he's still managed a solid 26.9% rate that's more than capable of capitalizing in spots like this.

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