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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) picks for Friday, June 17

I list some options for today's game.

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The pitcher I like most today is Joe Ross ($8,500) vs the Padres in San Diego. Ross gets a pitcher friendly environment to face an offense that has the 4th highest strikeout rate vs RHP at 24.2%, the worst wRC+ at 75, and the 4th worst ISO at .135. Ross has a 3.01 ERA, 3.63 FIP and 20% strikeout rate, and eats right handed batters alive with an opposing slash line of .190/.238/.333. The majority of San Diego's lineup will likely be right handed.

Two other salary relief options I like are Jon Gray ($8,200) vs the Marlins and Matt Harvey ($8,700) vs the Braves.

First, Gray. Gray will be pitching away from Coors and has a 3.39 FIP and 28% strikeout rate on the season. Away from Coors, he is holding batters to an outstanding .209/.281/.318 slash line with a 2.65 FIP. Gray is a guy whose peripherals are much better than his ERA, and just watching him pitch, his stuff is electric. He faces a Marlins offense with the 2nd lowest ISO vs RHP at .133, with a mediocre 95 wRC+. The Marlins do not strike out a whole lot vs RHP, though (18%).

Second, Harvey. Harvey has had a resurgence in his last 3 starts with much better fastball velocity and a much better slider/curve. In a small sample, using the eye test is useful, and Harvey looks much more like his 2015 ace like self lately than he has all year. Harvey faces a Braves offense with the third worst wRC+ vs RHP at 76 and the worst ISO at .101. Harvey is a good bet to go 7 innings with strong run prevention and a good amount of strikeouts. Harvey's struggles early in the year have gotten his price down to an affordable number at $8,700, leaving more room for hitters.

For hitters, here are two that stand out. The first is Paul Goldschmidt ($4,500) vs Adam Morgan in Philadelphia. Morgan is allowing a .291/.337/.529 slash to RHB and has an ERA of 6.33 on the season. Goldschmidt is hitting LHP to a 173 wRC+ and .190 ISO this year and has a 184 wRC+ and .235 ISO vs LHP dating back to the start of last year. Goldschmidt gets a park downgrade away from Arizona, but Philadelphia is still a good park to hit in.

The second hitter that stands out is Jose Altuve ($4,100) vs John Lamb. Lamb has a 5.14 ERA and has allowed a .286/.353/.512 slash to RHB this year. The Reds bullpen behind Lamb is also extremely poor. Altuve has a ridiculous 194 wRC+ vs LHP this year with a .224 ISO, and has a 173 wRC+ and .183 ISO vs LHP dating back to the start of 2015.

The three pitchers above are priced below $9,000 and leave some flexibility for using more expensive hitters like Goldschmidt and Altuve.