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DraftKings picks: Votto, Granderson, Ortiz

DraftKings picks: Votto, Granderson, Ortiz

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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Monday.

Joey Votto (Reds): With an impressive career .316/.428/.547 slash line against right-handers, the first baseman could drive in multiple runs at his hitter-friendly home park against Rockies righty Eddie Butler (career 5.09 ERA, 1.89 WHIP). Votto could also benefit from facing a Rockies defensive unit that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .660 defensive efficiency ratio.

Billy Hamilton (Reds): Because he is hitting .211 in 2015, the outfielder could have a reduced DraftKings cost on Monday when he faces Butler (5.76 FIP, 1.89 WHIP in 2015). Hamilton -- who has collected 17 steals this season in spite of his on-base struggles -- could reach often against Butler. And if he can find his way on multiple times, Hamilton would be in position to swipe a bag against catcher Nick Hundley, who sometimes struggles to control opposing baserunners.

Curtis Granderson (Mets): The outfielder could improve on his lifetime .854 OPS against right-handers (.705 vs. lefties) when he faces Phillies righty Severino Gonzalez. Granderson could produce in multiple ways, as he has accumulated 182 of his 242 career homers and 117 of his 133 career steals against right-handers.

Daniel Murphy (Mets): The second baseman will bring a .776 OPS against right-handers (.668 vs. lefties) into a Monday matchup with the inexperienced Gonzalez. DraftKings participants could stack Mets hitters, in hopes that the Phillies' rookie righty cannot reverse his initial Major League struggles.

David Ortiz (Red Sox): The slugger could drive in multiple runs when he brings an impressive lifetime .972 OPS against right-handers (.811 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Twins righty Ricky Nolasco (career 4.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP).

Adam LaRoche (White Sox): The first baseman could rip a round-tripper at homer-happy Rogers Centre when he brings his career .841 OPS against right-handers (.713 vs. lefties) into a matchup with fly-ball-prone righty Drew Hutchison.

Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): During his career, the first baseman has handled right-handers to the tune of a .261/.338/.481 slash line. Thus, Encarnacion could drive in multiple runs when he faces White Sox righty Hector Noesi (career 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP).

Jason Kipnis (Indians): With a .341 batting average, four homers and five steals this season, Kipnis has been a difference-maker for DraftKings participants during several 2015 contests. On Monday, the second baseman will bring his lifetime .802 OPS against right-handers (.657 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Rangers righty Phil Klein, who will be making his second Major League start.

Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers): The first baseman will bring an impressive career .303/.379/.534 slash line against right-handers into a Monday matchup with Braves righty Williams Perez. The rookie righty will be making his second Major League start after registering just five outings at the Triple-A level.

Andre Ethier (Dodgers): Ethier has taken advantage of an expanded role by slashing .306/.402/.528 with five homers this season. The outfielder could drive in multiple runs when he puts his lifetime .890 OPS against right-handers (.643 vs. lefties) on the line against the right-handed Perez. The inexperienced right-handed hurler could struggle against a Dodgers lineup that leads the Majors with an .817 OPS against righties.

Brandon Crawford (Giants): Crawford -- who has compiled balanced career splits -- could be an economical shortstop option for DraftKings participants when he vacates his spacious home venue to hit at offense-inducing Miller Park against righty Kyle Lohse. Crawford has made strides at the dish in 2015 by hitting .301 with six homers and 31 RBIs, while Lohse has struggled this season to the tune of a 5.53 ERA.

Bartolo Colon (Mets): Because Colon has allowed 17 earned runs (19 total) across his past three starts, he could have a reduced DraftKings price tag on Monday, when he faces a Phillies lineup that ranks last in the Majors with 3.22 runs per game. The right-hander could receive a win for a quality effort if the Mets lineup can score several runs against the inexperienced Gonzalez.

Shaun Marcum (Indians): DraftKings participants could choose to roster several elite hitters on Monday, and select Marcum as an inexpensive starter. The right-hander posted a 1.36 ERA with Triple-A Columbus this season before allowing two runs across 6 2/3 innings in his first Major League start since 2013. Marcum could provide another quality result when he faces a Rangers lineup that ranks 24th in the Majors with a .675 OPS against righties.

Carlos Martinez (Cardinals): Because he has posted a 4.08 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP this season, Martinez could be an economical second starter for DraftKings participants when he faces the D-backs on Monday. Arizona's lineup possesses few left-handed hitters, and during his career Martinez has handcuffed righty hitters to the tune of a .629 OPS (.841 vs. lefties).

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Saturday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.