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DraftKings picks: Dodgers in line for big night

DraftKings picks: Dodgers in line for big night

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

Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins): Despite compiling roughly half of his career at-bats at a pitcher-friendly home park, the outfielder has produced a remarkable .990 OPS against left-handers (.885 vs. righties). Stanton could rip a round-tripper when he visits homer-happy Yankee Stadium to face lefty CC Sabathia, who has allowed 52 homers across 53 starts since the start of the 2013 season.

Marcell Ozuna (Marlins): With four homers and 26 RBIs across 238 at-bats this season, the outfielder could have an economical price tag in DraftKings contests. And with a lifetime .834 OPS against left-handed hurlers (.716 vs. righties), Ozuna is another candidate to put one of Sabathia's offerings into the outfield seats.

Brian McCann (Yankees): McCann could provide power from the catcher position when he puts his career .833 OPS against right-handers (.748 vs. lefties) to the test against Marlins righty Mat Latos. With a 5.44 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP during an injury-affected 2015 season, the right-hander could struggle against a quality American League lineup at a hitter-friendly road venue.

Lucas Duda (Mets): Since the start of 2014, Duda has belted 33 homers across 566 at-bats against right-handers, producing an .884 OPS in those matchups (.707 vs. lefties). The first baseman could homer when he heads to offense-inducing Rogers Centre to face righty R.A. Dickey, who has allowed 48 homers across 42 home starts since joining the Blue Jays before the 2013 campaign.

Curtis Granderson (Mets): Having compiled 185 of his 245 career homers and 118 of his 134 steals against right-handers, Granderson could contribute in multiple ways when he faces Dickey (5.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP in 2015). The outfielder could thrive at Rogers Centre, as he has registered a .771 OPS on the road (.669 at home) since joining the Mets during the 2013-14 offseason.

Wilmer Flores (Mets): With 10 homers across 217 at-bats this season, the shortstop could provide power from a premium position during a favorable matchup. Flores has the tools to drive in multiple runs when he takes his career .697 OPS against right-handers (.543 vs lefties) to the plate vs. Dickey and a Blue Jays bullpen that lacks elite relievers.

Mike Moustakas (Royals): The third baseman owns notable career splits, with a .712 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .621 mark vs. lefties. Hitting .326 on the year and part of a Kansas City lineup with several sluggers who traditionally fare best vs. righties, Moustakas may score multiple runs against the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson (career 4.51 ERA) on Thursday.

Seth Smith (Mariners): Smith has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he owns a career .837 OPS (.609 vs. lefties). The outfielder could drive in multiple runs when he takes on Giants righty Ryan Vogelsong (lifetime 4.45 ERA, 1.40 WHIP).

Kyle Seager (Mariners): With 11 homers and 36 RBIs across 240 at-bats this season, the third baseman continues to be one of baseball's better power hitters at his position. On Thursday, Seager could improve on his lifetime .799 OPS against right-handers (.688 vs. lefties) at the expense of Vogelsong (4.81 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 2015).

Buster Posey (Giants): Posey could be worth a large expenditure by DraftKings participants when he puts his lifetime .953 OPS against lefties (.820 vs. right-handers) on the line against Mariners southpaw Mike Montgomery. The lefty will be making his fourth Major League start after producing a 4.24 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP during his Minor League tenure.

Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers): Hitting .306 with 43 RBIs across 235 at-bats this season, A-Gone could improve on his lifetime .909 OPS against right-handers (.772 vs. lefties) at the expense of Rangers righty Anthony Ranaudo (career 5.93 ERA, 6.77 FIP). As a big leaguer, Lewis has allowed left-handed hitters such as Gonzalez to post an .828 OPS (.721 OPS allowed to righty hitters).

Joc Pederson (Dodgers): With 17 homers across 217 at-bats this season, Pederson has shown that he can make a difference in DraftKings contests with one swing of the bat. The lefty-hitting outfielder could flash his power, reach base often or score multiple runs when he faces Ranaudo (career 1.54 WHIP).

Andre Ethier (Dodgers): Ethier has produced pronounced career splits, with an .889 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .639 mark vs. lefties. On the team that leads baseball with a .793 OPS vs. righties, the outfielder could contribute to a productive night against Ranaudo.

Zack Greinke (Dodgers): Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke has registered a 2.54 ERA that factors in a 2.28 mark at his pitcher-friendly home venue. Set for a seemingly advantageous matchup vs. Ranaudo, the right-hander could compile several quality frames against a lineup that will work without its customary designated-hitter spot.

Gerrit Cole (Pirates): The right-hander has emerged as an ace-level starter this season by virtue of a 1.71 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 93 strikeouts across 13 starts. On Thursday, Cole could continue to post difference-making stats when faces a White Sox lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with 221 runs scored.

Shelby Miller (Braves): With a 2.02 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, Miller has been one of this season's most improved starters. The right-hander could excel at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Red Sox lineup that ranks 20th in the Majors with 258 runs and will have to play without a designated hitter.

Danny Salazar (Indians): With 272 whiffs across 230 2/3 career innings, Salazar has the upside to be a difference maker in DraftKings contests. The right-hander could compile several strikeouts when he works at home against a Cubs lineup that ranks second in the Majors with 593 K's.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Tuesday'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.