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 Sunday.Logan Forsythe: From his perch atop the lineup, the second baseman could reach base often and score multiple runs when he brings
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 Sunday.
Logan Forsythe: From his perch atop the lineup, the second baseman could reach base often and score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime 127 wRC+ against left-handers (91 vs. righties) into a matchup with southpaw Martin Pérez (career 4.28 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) and a Rangers bullpen that ranks 25th in baseball with a 4.38 ERA.
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Evan Longoria: With 36 homers and 97 RBIs across 624 at-bats, the third baseman has been one of the most powerful players in the American League this season. Longoria could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime 142 wRC+ against left-handers (121 vs. righties) into a matchup with the left-handed Perez (4.37 ERA, 1.40 WHIP in 2016) and an unreliable Rangers bullpen.
Chris Davis: With 85 homers since the outset of 2015, the first baseman has the power to rip a roundtripper when he bats at homer-happy Yankee Stadium against rookie righty Luis Cessa (4.18 ERA, 2.1 HR/9 rate). Also working in Davis' favor: New York's venue has proven to be especially power-inducing for left-handed hitters.
Jonathan Schoop: With 25 homers across 608 at-bats this season, the second baseman has been one of the most powerful players at his premium position. Schoop will be in prime position to go deep when he bats at New York's offense-inducing venue against the homer-prone righty Cessa.
Anthony Rizzo: With 32 homers, 108 RBIs and 93 runs across 669 plate appearances, the first baseman has been one of the most productive players in baseball this season. From the heart of a Cubs lineup that ranks third in baseball with 797 runs scored, Rizzo could post a substantial DraftKings total at the expense of rookie righty Robert Stephenson (6.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) and a Reds relief corps that is tied for 29th in baseball with a 5.06 ERA.
Addison Russell: The second-year shortstop will be in prime position to improve on his lifetime 97 wRC+ against right-handers (84 vs. lefties) when he faces the rookie righty Stephenson (6.73 FIP) and an unreliable Reds bullpen.
Scooter Gennett: The second baseman owns lopsided lifetime splits, with a .335 wOBA against right-handers in comparison to a .218 mark vs. lefties. Gennett could have a great game when he bats at hitter-friendly Coors Field against rookie righty German Márquez (6.14 ERA, 1.84 WHIP) and a Rockies bullpen that is tied for 29th in baseball with a 5.06 ERA.
Jake Lamb: In his breakout 2016 season, the third baseman has produced an .896 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .641 mark vs. lefties. Lamb could add to his 2016 totals of 29 homers and 91 RBIs across 516 at-bats when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against righty Paul Clemens (career 5.01 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 22nd in the Majors with a 4.11 ERA.
Kendrys Morales: As a big leaguer, the slugger has logged an .809 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .765 mark vs. lefties. Morales could hit his 31st homer of the season or drive in multiple runs when he faces Indians fly-ball-prone righty Josh Tomlin (4.48 ERA, 1.9 HR/9 rate in 2016).
Adam Eaton: From a premium lineup spot, the outfielder could excel against rookie righty José Berríos (8.61 ERA, 1.91 WHIP) and a Twins bullpen that ranks 26th in the Majors with a 4.62 ERA. Also working in Eaton's favor: Minnesota ranks last in baseball with a .665 defensive efficiency ratio.
Ryan Schimpf: With 20 homers across 272 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 takes his lifetime .916 OPS against right-handers (.711 vs. lefties) into a matchup at homer-happy Chase Field against righty Matt Koch, who will be making his second career start.
Justin Verlander: With a 2.00 ERA since the All-Star break, the right-hander is one of the hottest starters in baseball heading into a matchup at pitcher-friendly Turner Field against a Braves lineup that is tied for 25th in the Majors with .715 OPS against righties.
Kyle Hendricks: Leading the Majors with a 1.99 ERA, the right-hander has been arguably the most effective starter in baseball this season. Hendricks could finish his memorable campaign on a high note in a seemingly advantageous matchup against the Reds, who will be starting the rookie righty Stephenson. Helping Hendricks' quest for a win will be a Cubs' defense that leads the Majors by a wide margin with a .731 defensive efficiency ratio.
Félix Hernández: The right-hander has the opportunity to spin a gem when he takes his impressive lifetime 3.15 ERA into a matchup at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field with an A's lineup that ranks 27th in the Majors with a .698 OPS against righties.
Kenta Maeda: Having posted a 3.28 ERA, the right-hander has been one of the most effective rookies in baseball this season. Maeda could have a strong finish to his debut campaign when he works at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park against a Giants lineup that ranks 27th in the Majors with 284 runs scored since the All-Star break.
Max Scherzer: With a 2.82 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and an 11.2 K/9 rate, the right-hander has been an elite performer for DraftKings squads on many occasions this season. Scherzer could deliver another stellar start when he works at home against a Marlins lineup that is tied for 25th in the Majors with a .715 OPS against righties.
All statistics are accurate through the completion of Friday's games.
Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.