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Daily Fantasy MLB picks for Sunday, May 7

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Heath explores Sunday’s main slate of games on FanDuel.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Main slate on FanDuel features an unquestionable ace option in Chris Sale and a game in Coors Field. You will have to decide which way you want to go...let’s get to it, eh?

Target: Alex Cobb ($7,200) vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Chris Sale ($11,900) is a paragon of dominance and can safely be started in any format. However, if I believe Coors is going to “hit” I need to find an alternative route for my pitcher in order to use multiple high-priced bats. Alex Cobb induces plenty of ground ball outs (55% to LHH and 56.7% to RHH) and will have the cavernous confines of Tropicana Field playing to his advantage. That, and the Blue Jays are awful against right-handed pitching this season. The Jays strike out 22.7% of the time against RHP, the ninth-worst mark in the majors. They rank 24th in ISO (.145), 27th in wOBA (.289), and 26th in wRC+ (81). Cobb has an average 7.53 K/9 mark for his career, but the deficiencies of the Blue Jays should bolster his strikeout totals a bit.

Stack Against: Taijuan Walker with Colorado Rockies

This may sound obvious, but I am choosing which path I go today. Sale is an obvious choice but he will not allow you to load up on Coors. Cobb will allow it, so give me DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Ian Desmond. If you roster that four-man stack alongside Alex Cobb you still have $2,775 remaining per open position. That leaves room for Aledmys Diaz ($3,100) who is on fire and facing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey today. Josh Bell ($2,900) is also hot and very moderately priced...and that leaves $2,550 on average to fill your catcher spot and one outfield spot. Curtis Granderson ($2,400) is still way too cheap for his hot streak. That means you can have your pick of Manny Pina ($2,700), J.T. Realmuto ($2,700), Cameron Rupp ($2,700), or Francisco Cervelli (2,700) for your final spot.

I did not intend to work myself through a full lineup, but I really like Diaz, Bell, and Granderson today. Realmuto may be the sneakiest catcher of that group against a name-brand pitcher in Matt Harvey as Harvey has been roughed up in his last two starts.

Good luck grinding things out today. Disclaimer: I am not saying you should fully fade Chris Sale. I will definitely have some shares, especially since Brian Dozier is probably absent from the Twins lineup. But I am saying you can get away from a third of your tournament field by not using him...in such a variable game that’s a chance you have to take if you want to knock down a big field.