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DraftKings MLB: Sunday Picks

Juan Carlos Blanco

Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.

PITCHER

Scott Kazmir, LAD at STL ($8,500): Kazmir scored more than 30 fantasy points in two of his last three starts, and he netted 29.9 in his one appearance against the Cardinals back on May 14. Meanwhile, St. Louis has struggled against left-handed pitching all season, managing just a .310 wOBA while striking out 21.1 percent of the time.

Jameson Taillon, PIT vs. PHI ($8,100): Taillon appears set to take the hill despite taking a wicked shot to the head in his last start, and he draws a Phillies squad thats only managed a .296 wOBA and 21.4 percent strikeout rate against right-handed pitching. Taillon has already demonstrated upside well north of 20 fantasy points on two occasions, and he has turned in a very solid body of work during his rookie season.

CATCHER

Buster Posey, SF at NYY ($4,100): Posey has a .340 wOBA and .241 ISO against righties on the road, along with a 41.6 percent hard contact rate. He also boasts a .375/.444/.500 line against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi over eight career at-bats, along with a double and four RBI. Eovaldi has also given up 10 of his 19 homers on the season to righties, with five of those coming at Yankee Stadium.

FIRST BASE

Edwin Encarnacion, TOR vs. SEA ($4,900) Encarnacion is always an outstanding tournament play, particularly at home against a long ball-prone lefty whom he has an outstanding track record against. Encarnacion has blasted Mariners starter Wade Miley to the tune of a .571/.727/1.286 line over 11 plate appearances, with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and four walks. He also has a .385 wOBA and .310 ISO against southpaws, with those respective figures rising to .417 and .409 when facing them at home. Miley has given up a .367 wOBA and 14 of his 17 homers on the season to right-handed hitters, including a .383 wOBA allowed this month.

SECOND BASE

Dustin Pedroia, BOS vs. MIN ($4,500): Pedroia has a .500/.583/.900 slash line over 10 career at-bats against opposing starter Tommy Milone, with a double and a homer. He also brings a ceiling in excess of 20 fantasy points, as demonstrated by his recent 5-for-5 explosion versus the Twins on Thursday. Pedroia has a .392 wOBA against lefties at Fenway, and Milone has given up a 34.9 percent hard contact rate against right-handed hitters on the road this season.

THIRD BASE

Miguel Sano, MIN at BOS ($3,600): Sano put together his second straight three-hit day Saturday, and he has a .352 wOBA against righties on the road and .379 wOBA this month. He also has a 44.4 percent hard contact rate against that handedness, and starter Rick Porcello has run into the most trouble against right-handed hitters, yielding a .340 wOBA and eight homers to them this season.

SHORTSTOP

Troy Tulowitzki, TOR vs. SEA ($3,400): Tulo has picked it up considerably at the plate, hitting double-digit fantasy points thrice over the last 10 games, while posting a .387 wOBA this month. Hes also generated a .375/.500/.688 abtting line against Mariners starter Wade Miley over 16 at-bats, with a pair of doubles, a homer and three RBI. Meanwhile, Mileys struggles against right-handed hitters were detailed earlier and Tulo brings the added benefit of having hit safely in eight straight games.

OUTFIELD

Yasmany Tomas, ARI at CIN ($4,500): With Reds starter Brandon Finnegan having given up 18 of his 19 homers on the season to right-handed hitters, you likely want to some exposure to righty Diamondbacks bats, particularly considering the hitting environment that is Great American Ballpark. Tomas boasts a .398 wOBA and .289 ISO against southpaws, and a whopping .513 wOBA, .463 ISO and 50 percent hard contact rate when facing them on the road. Finnegan has given up a .341 wOBA to right-handed hitters, a 42 percent hard contact rate to them at home and a .452 overall wOBA (along with a 6.30 ERA) over his last two starts.

Nelson Cruz, SEA at TOR ($4,200): Cruz is coming off a massive seven-RBI explosion Saturday, so he should see some robust ownership Sunday. Hes mighty enticing regardless, considering that hes not only matched up against a southpaw, but one that hes decimated with regularity. Cruz has blasted Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ to the tune of a .533 average, double, triple and two RBI over 15 at-bats. He also boasts a .437 wOBA, .375 ISO and 42.5 percent hard contact rate versus lefties this year, and a .531 wOBA, .559 ISO and 42.2 percent hard contact rate against them on the road. Happ has been very solid this season, but he has yielded 12 of his 14 homers on the season to righty bats, and a 33.3 percent hard contact rate to them at Rogers Centre.

George Springer, HOU vs. LAA ($4,100): Angels starter Tim Lincecum has given up a .541 wOBA to right-handed hitters, along with four of his six homers. Hes also surrendered a .461 wOBA and 6.46 ERA over three July starts, as well as a whopping 47.3 percent hard contact rate. Springer has a .385 wOBA at Minute Maid Park against right-handed pitching, and a .373 overall wOBA and 38.5 percent hard contact rate this month.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Juan Carlos Blanco plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: jcblanco22, FanDuel: jc_blanco22, DraftPot: jc_blanco22, FantasyDraft: jc_blanco22, OwnThePlay: jcblanco22.