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MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/24/17

Even in a tough matchup against the Cleveland Indians, Chris Sale is still your top pitching play on FanDuel tonight.

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. We've also got our Solo Shot Podcast, which breaks down the MLB daily fantasy slate each day. Here's today's episode.

If you need help getting started on that trek, here are some of the top options on the board today.

Pitchers to Target

High-Priced Pitchers

Chris Sale ($11,000 on FanDuel): Similar to Corey Kluber's situation against the Boston Red Sox yesterday, we shouldn't let the Cleveland Indians (3.18 implied team total) scare us off from using Chris Sale. After all, among qualified starters, Sale is tops in both SIERA (2.51) and strikeout rate (36.6%), and he's done it while walking just 4.7% of batters faced. Maybe this whole pitching thing is going to work out for him. Sale's worst start of the season came against these same Indians earlier this month, but it's one of his lone blemishes in an otherwise amazingly consistent season. He's reached at least 40 fantasy points in 22 of 25 starts, and we all know what kind of upside he brings. With a floor like that, he's your top pitching play as he looks to exact some revenge tonight.

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