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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Thursday 5/24/18

Rick Porcello checks in as the safest arm on a three-game main slate that's lacking elite pitching options. Who else should you check out?

Thursday's main slate might be the smallest in recent memory, with just three games on tap this evening. As you might expect, pitching is severely lacking, and with such limited options, this might be one to get wild in tournaments. It's another hot night in Texas, so perhaps we'll see some fireworks between the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, while the Milwaukee Brewers are also in a good spot at home. The Boston Red Sox have a tough matchup, but they remain on the board from a talent perspective.

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

Pitchers to Target

Rick Porcello ($9,300 on FanDuel): It feels weird to call Rick Porcello tonight's top arm, but he's the safest play pretty much by default. That being said, he's actually put together a solid 2018 campaign, posting a 3.29 SIERA, 24.4% strikeout rate, and 4.3% walk rate. Porcello is also producing encouraging batted-ball marks, showing an improved 48.3% ground-ball rate and 28.7% hard-hit rate. Tropicana Field is an improvement over Fenway for pitchers, and the Tampa Bay Rays have a slate-low 3.32 implied team total. It all sets up well for a solid outing for Porcello, and given the sparse alternatives, that ought to be more than enough to get the job done tonight.

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