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Nats' Murphy, Rangers' Hamels, Rockies' Arenado could join pair as day's top picks
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Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Friday.

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

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Friday.

David Ortiz: With 33 homers, 11 RBIs and a .314 batting average across 478 at-bats, the slugger continues to be one of the most productive hitters in the American League. Ortiz could continue his impressive final campaign when he hits at home against Yankees rookie righty Luis Cessa (4.34 ERA, 2.5 HR/9 rate).

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Jackie Bradley Jr.: In his breakout 2016 season, the outfielder has registered a .916 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .671 mark vs. lefties. Bradley could be part of a productive lineup against the right-handed Cessa, as the Red Sox lead the Majors with an .823 OPS against righties.

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Daniel Murphy: Hitting .348 with 25 homers and 102 RBIs across 520 at-bats, the second baseman has been one of this season's biggest breakout performers. Murphy could continue his stellar campaign when he brings his lifetime .349 wOBA against right-handers (.309 vs. lefties) into a matchup with rookie righty John Gant (4.40 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks 22nd in baseball with a 4.14 ERA.

Bryce Harper: The reigning National League MVP could be one of the most productive outfielders in baseball on Friday when he brings his impressive lifetime .291/.399/.533 slash line against right-handers into a matchup with the inexperienced righty Gant (43 innings) and an unreliable Braves bullpen.

Nolan Arenado: With 37 homers and 121 RBIs across 557 at-bats, the third baseman has displayed elite power this season. Arenado could post a substantial DraftKings total when he brings his lifetime .864 OPS against left-handers and .939 OPS at his hitter-friendly home park into a matchup at Coors Field with Padres southpaw Christian Friedrich (career 5.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP).

DJ LeMahieu: With a .412/.491/.561 slash line since Aug. 1, the second baseman will bring a hot bat and balanced lifetime splits into a home matchup against Friedrich (4.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 2016) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 24th in the Majors with a 4.25 ERA.

Edwin Encarnacion: With 39 homers and 116 RBIs across 537 at-bats, the first baseman has been one of the most powerful players in baseball this season. From the heart of the lineup, Encarnacion could drive in multiple runs when he faces Angels fly-ball-prone righty Jered Weaver (5.25 ERA, 2.0 HR/9 rate in 2016).

Video: BOS@TOR: Encarnacion belts a solo homer to left

Devon Travis: Hitting leadoff, the second baseman may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs when he brings his lifetime .842 OPS against right-handers (.763 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Weaver (1.49 WHIP in 2016). Travis could also excel late in the game against an Angels bullpen that is working without injured anchors Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian.

Martin Prado: The third baseman could reach base often or score multiple runs when he vacates his pitcher-friendly home park and bats at offense-inducing Citizens Bank Park against southpaw Adam Morgan (career 5.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). In his career, Prado has posted a 130 wRC+ against left-handers that exceeds his 99 mark vs. righties.

Adeiny Hechavarria: Hitting .237 with three homers and one steal across 504 plate appearances, the shortstop could have a reasonable price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his lifetime .674 OPS against left-handers (.614 vs. righties) into a matchup with the left-handed Morgan (5.73 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 2016) and a Phillies bullpen that ranks 25th in baseball with a 4.46 ERA.

Gregory Polanco: The outfielder could reach base often or display his power when he brings his lifetime 110 wRC+ against right-handers (64 vs. lefties) into a matchup with rookie righty Robert Stephenson (4.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) and a Reds bullpen that ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.94 ERA. Polanco could also swipe a base against Tucker Barnhart, who has allowed more steals than all but two catchers in 2016.

Video: PIT@PHI: Polanco gets great jump, steals second base

Brad Miller: Eligible at first base and shortstop, Miller could enter DraftKings lineups in multiple ways when he brings lifetime .203 ISO against right-handers (.095 vs. lefties) into a matchup at hitter-friendly Camden Yards against righty Ubaldo Jimenez (5.98 ERA, 1.65 WHIP in 2016). Also of note: Baltimore's venue has proven to be especially power-inducing for lefty sluggers such as Miller.

Corey Dickerson: The slugger could hit his 21st homer of the season or drive in multiple runs when he bats at Baltimore's offense-inducing venue against the right-handed Jimenez (career 4.16 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). In his career, Dickerson has produced an impressive .884 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .665 mark vs. lefties.

Ryan Schimpf: With 19 homers across 236 at-bats, the second baseman is quickly becoming one of the most powerful players at his premium position. Schimpf could put another ball into the outfield seats when he bats at homer-happy Coors Field against righty Tyler Chatwood (career 4.19 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 29th in the Majors with a 5.13 ERA.

Tom Koehler: With a 4.07 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in the Majors, the right-hander could have a reasonable price tag in DraftKings contests when he faces a Phillies lineup that ranks 29th with a .689 OPS against righties.

Video: KC@MIA: Koehler strikes out six over six innings

Max Scherzer: With a 2.78 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and an 11.1 K/9 rate, the right-hander has been one of the most dominant starters in baseball this season. Scherzer could post a substantial DraftKings total when he faces a Braves lineup that ranks 28th in ISO vs. righties (.137) and last in total home runs (108).

Cole Hamels: The left-hander could improve on his solid in-season 3.24 ERA when he faces an A's lineup that ranks 27th in the Majors with a .683 OPS against southpaws.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Wednesday's games.Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB

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