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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Friday 8/23/19

Nelson Cruz continues to terrorize opposing pitchers this month but sees a surprising price drop in a fantastic matchup against Drew VerHagen​ and the Tigers.

Friday night features a solid crop of pitchers at various price points, though only two exceed the $10,000 mark. The Tampa Bay Rays once again get the opportunity to feast on Baltimore Orioles pitching, and the Houston Astros draw a juicy matchup against a home-run-prone hurler.

Our daily helper is available every day to analyze FanDuel's main slate and help give you a starting point when you're building lineups. Be sure to also incorporate our great tools into your research process. Whether you're looking for daily projections, the latest starting lineups and weather, or batting and pitching heat maps to find the best matchups -- we've got you covered! And don't forget to take a listen to The Solo Shot podcast with Jim Sannes, who breaks down the MLB daily fantasy slate each day.

On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel main slate.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Jacob deGrom ($11,200 on FanDuel): Jacob deGrom is the priciest arm on the board, and while there's little question that he's the night's most talented pitcher, he draws a somewhat neutral matchup against the Braves. Although Atlanta's active roster provides a 23.7% strikeout rate against righties -- favoring deGrom -- they also own a top-10 wRC+ in the split (105), which is to be expected from a team with scary bats like Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman. Luckily, deGrom's pitcher-friendly home ballpark gives him an assist, and the Braves are drawing a mere 3.29 implied total. With deGrom entering the day with a 3.43 SIERA, 31.1% strikeout rate, and 6.1% walk rate, we should expect another strong performance out of the Mets' ace.

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