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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Thursday.

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Thursday.

Jason Heyward: The outfielder has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has a lifetime .822 OPS (.660 vs. lefties). Heyward has the plate skills to thrive against Braves righty Lucas Harrell (career 4.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) and the speed to swipe a base against either Braves catcher -- A.J. Pierzynski or Tyler Flowers, who have combined to throw out nine of 70 would-be base stealers in 2016.

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Addison Russell: The second-year shortstop owns notable lifetime splits, with a .761 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .588 mark vs. lefties. As part of a Cubs lineup that leads the National League with 438 runs scored, Russell could have a great game at the expense of the right-handed Harrell and a Braves bullpen that ranks 19th in the Majors with a 4.19 ERA.

Anthony Rizzo: Since the outset of 2015, the first baseman has used a patient, powerful approach to build a .288/.396/.557 slash line against right-handers. From the heart of a talent-laden Cubs lineup, Rizzo could post a notable DraftKings total when he faces the righty Harrell (career 4.47 FIP) and an unreliable Braves bullpen.

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Odubel Herrera: With a 43-to-63 walk-to-strikeout ratio, the outfielder has made notable improvements at the plate this season. Herrera could produce in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .832 OPS against right-handers (.665 vs. lefties) into a matchup at hitter-friendly Coors Field against righty Chad Bettis (career 5.44 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) and a Rockies squad that ranks 29th in baseball with a .670 defensive efficiency ratio.

Maikel Franco: As a big leaguer, the third baseman has posted an .807 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .701 mark vs. lefties. Set to take his powerful bat to homer-happy Coors Field, Franco could put a ball into the outfield seats at the expense of the right-handed Bettis (5.85 ERA, 1.52 WHIP in 2016) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.94 ERA.

Peter Bourjos: Batting second in recent days, Bourjos has produced an overall .463/.508/.759 slash line during a 14-game hitting streak that began on June 21. The outfielder could stay hot when he brings his balanced career splits into a matchup with Bettis and unreliable Rockies bullpen at Colorado's offense-inducing venue.

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Prince Fielder: Hitting .217 this season, the slugger could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his impressive lifetime .944 OPS against right-handers (.779 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Tyler Duffey (career 4.51 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) and a Twins bullpen that ranks 25th in baseball with a 4.46 ERA.

Nomar Mazara: The rookie outfielder will be in great position to improve on his .302/.354/.483 slash line against right-handers when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park vs. the right-handed Duffey (5.62 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in 2016) and a Twins squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .664 defensive efficiency ratio.

Rougned Odor: With a balanced career splits, the second baseman -- who has 16 homers and seven steals across 326 plate appearances this year -- could provide production at a premium position when he faces Duffey (career 4.03 FIP) and an unreliable Twins bullpen.

Max Kepler: The rookie outfielder has posted a lifetime .814 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .725 mark vs. lefties. Kepler could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he bats at offense-inducing Globe Life Park in Arlington against righty Chi Chi Gonzalez (career 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) and a Rangers relief corps that ranks 29th in baseball with a 4.96 ERA.

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Joe Mauer: With a lifetime .889 OPS against right-handers (.742 vs. lefties), the first baseman will be in position to thrive when he faces the right-handed Gonzalez (career 4.93 FIP) and a suspect Rangers bullpen. In his career, Gonzalez has allowed left-handed hitters such as Mauer to post a .696 OPS (.626 OPS allowed to righty batters).

Miguel Cabrera: With a lifetime .323/.390/.564 slash line against right-handers, the first baseman has proven to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Cabrera could put a ball into the outfield seats at homer-happy Rogers Centre when he faces righty Drew Hutchison (career 4.92 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 1.2 HR/9 rate).

Trevor Bauer: With a 3.02 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, the right-hander is in the midst of a breakout season. Bauer could continue to limit the opposition when he works at home against a Yankees lineup that ranks 21st in baseball in OPS vs. righties (.715) and 29th in OPS on the road (.675).

Jason Hammel: The right-hander will be in prime position to spin a gem when he faces a Braves lineup that ranks last in baseball in OPS against righties (.652) and total home runs (45). Also working in Hammel's favor: The Cubs lead the Majors with a .729 defensive efficiency ratio.

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Drew Pomeranz: Having produced a 2.65 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and a 10.3 K/9 rate, the left-hander has been a major factor in many 2016 DraftKings contests. Pomeranz could deliver a stellar start when he works at pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium against a Los Angeles squad that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .661 OPS against southpaws.

D.J. LeMahieu: With balanced career splits and a lifetime .322/.375/.442 slash line at Coors Field, the second baseman will be in position to have a great game when he hits at home against left-hander Adam Morgan (career 5.25. ERA, 1.39 WHIP) and a Phillies bullpen that ranks 23rd in baseball with a 4.36 ERA.

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Doug Fister: With a 3.66 ERA this season, the right-hander could be a solid second starter in DraftKings contests when he works at home against an A's lineup that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .693 OPS against righties.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Tuesday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB