FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 8/15/19
Thursday's main slate brings around another sparse selection of pitchers, though the good news is none of them will break the bank, with all projected starters checking in at under $10k. On the hitting front, some usual suspects in the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees lead the way with some favorable 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
Sonny Gray ($9,800 on FanDuel): Sonny Gray is the most expensive hurler on the board, and he's enjoyed a strong bounce-back campaign backed by a 3.97 SIERA, 27.9% strikeout rate, and his trademark high ground-ball rate at 53.3%. On an evening with few standout matchups, his spot against the Cardinals is one of the best, as St. Louis' active roster has just the 26th-ranked wRC+ against right-handers (89), along with a middle-of-the-road 22.2% strikeout rate. Gray's ability to induce grounders has helped him mitigate the dangers of pitching at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park, actually showing a better FIP in home starts (3.36) compared to away games (3.57). Although he isn't typically a high-upside play, Gray should provide a solid score on a night lacking superstars on the mound.
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