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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 7/20/16

Even though Michael Pineda has largely disappointed this season, his peripheral stats indicate he has high upside tonight. What other players should we target in MLB DFS?

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. With the split slates, we'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate beginning at 7 pm Eastern.

Pitchers to Target

Michael Pineda ($7,800 on FanDuel): Raise your hand if Michael Pineda has burned you in the past few months. This wasn't well thought out because I'm also in that boat and now have to type with just one hand. That's part of the appeal of Pineda for tonight. He has disappointed so many times that he should come at low ownership, but he holds -- by a significant margin -- the best SIERA on the slate and the second-best strikeout rate. Even though the Baltimore Orioles are a very good offense, their 22.5% strikeout rate against righties gives Pineda extra upside. If Chris Davis is out of the lineup again, Pineda will be even more appealing, especially with his low price tag.

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