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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) picks for Sunday, May 1: play the Cubs

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Sunday's game features tons of high level pitchers: Kershaw, Sale, Syndergaard, Bumgarner, Scherzer, and Price are the aces that go, and the tiers after that feature Hamels, Martinez, Richards, Stroman, Salazar, and Velasquez.

The direction I'm going in is in Chicago. After yesterday's rainout, starters John Lackey ($9,100) and Julio Teheran have been moved to Sunday. A fantasy owner can take advantage of this matchup in two different ways.

Firstly, from the pitching side: playing Lackey against an impotent Braves lineup is a good way to maximize the chances of preventing runs from the pitcher slot. The Braves have a below average strikeout rate against RHP, and their team ISO of .065 is a distant last. With the Cubs excellent lineup, there's a good chance Lackey gets run support and the win today. Lackey's ERA sits at 4.97 at the moment through 4 starts, but his track record plus a below average strand rate and strong strikeout and walk rates are encouraging signs for the future.

From the hitting side, Julio Teheran cannot get production to LHB under control. Since the start of last year, he's allowing a .293/.385/.517 line to lefties with a 6.27 FIP. Notable Cubs that bat from the left side against RHP include Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, and Ben Zobrist. Rizzo ($4,700) specifically has been the most productive: he has hit RHP to a 151 wRC+ and .278 ISO since the start of last year. Fowler and Heyward bat 1-2 in the lineup, with Rizzo and Zobrist at 4-5. Playing Lackey would cap a fantasy owner to three Cubs hitters, since FanDuel only allows a max of 4 players per team to be used. Any of those 4 would be good plays today.

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