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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) picks for Monday, August 17: Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout, Brian Dozier, more

I list some options a fantasy owner can consider using today on FanDuel.

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Reminder: Always double check the lineup card before rosters lock to make sure that a player you've chosen to roster is playing that day, and check the weather to make sure your players won't get rained out of their game.

Angels RHB vs Carlos Rodon

Rodon has faced about 300 right handed batters this year and is running a 4.41 FIP with a .292/.396/.465 opp. slash and 13% walk rate. Rodon puts righties on base quite often both via walk and via hits. Mike Trout ($4,900) is obviously an elite play, but even more so today than most days. C.J. Cron ($2,500) has been a 113 wRC+ hitter vs LHP in his short career and represents a decent salary relief play as he is priced $300 above the minimum.

Twins RHB vs C.C. Sabathia

CC, one of the great pitchers of his era, is in a sad decline, and in particular he has been woefully ineffective vs righties. He has faced about 450 right handed batters this year and is running a hideous 5.33 FIP with a .321/.371/.529 opp. slash (for emphasis: that is a .900 opp. OPS). Twins hitters get a large park upgrade in Yankee Stadium. Brian Dozier ($3,600) has hit LHP to a 129 wRC+ and .220 ISO over 356 PA from 2014-15. Trevor Plouffe ($2,800) has hit LHP to a 118 wRC+ and .177 ISO over 305 PA from 2014-15. Unfortunately, monster power hitter Miguel Sano ($3,500) is listed at the same position as Plouffe, so a fantasy owner will have to choose between the two. I suspect Sano will be the much higher owned of the two.

Stephen Vogt ($2,600), Josh Reddick ($2,300) vs Chris Tillman

Vogt and Reddick have been some of my favorite plays recently as their prices have dropped significantly. Both have hit RHP to a strong level this year; in just over 300 PA for each, Vogt and Reddick have hit RHP to a 135 wRC+/.226 ISO and 142 wRC+/.199 ISO. Chris Tillman does have reverse platoon splits (meaning he's more effective vs lefty batters than righties) but they get a park upgrade in Baltimore and are priced extremely low for their level of production vs RHP this year.

Pitcher

Gerrit Cole ($10,200) vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Cole, a former #1 overall pick with monster pure stuff, has blossomed into one of baseball's best pitchers with a 2.48 ERA, 2.67 FIP and strikeout rate just under 25%. He pitches at home against the Diamondbacks, who have the 9th highest K% vs RHP at 20.7% and mediocre 98 wRC+. Cole is matched up against the below average Jeremy Hellickson, so he will be in good position to get the 4 point win.

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