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Fred Zinkie

D-backs powerful bats could blast Brewers, Garza

D-backs powerful bats could blast Brewers, Garza

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

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

Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs): The first baseman, who is hitting .345 with 21 homers, 73 RBIs and 17 steals across 422 plate appearances, has been a difference-maker in many 2015 DraftKings contests. He could improve on his career .291/.386/.512 slash line against right-handers when he hits at homer-happy Chase Field against Brewers righty Matt Garza, who has struggled this season to the tune of a 5.23 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Jake Lamb (D-backs): The third baseman -- who was a career .321 hitter in the Minors -- has registered a .694 OPS against right-handers (.560 vs. lefties) in his brief Major League career. Lamb could join Goldschmidt and outfielder Ender Inciarte in a D-backs stack against Garza.

Scooter Gennett (Brewers): The second baseman has produced pronounced lifetime splits, with an .827 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .296 mark vs. lefties. He could join outfielder Gerardo Parra in a cost-effective Brewers stack against Jeremy Hellickson, who has a 4.96 ERA since the outset of 2013.

Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies): In his career, the outfielder has fared best when facing right-handers (.301/.365/.552 slash line) and when batting at Coors Field (.333/.394/.615 slash line). On Sunday, Gonzalez has the skills to drive in multiple runs when he hits at home against Reds rookie righty Michael Lorenzen (5.51 FIP).

Charlie Blackmon (Rockies): With 12 homers and 25 steals across 404 plate appearances, the outfielder has been a notable contributor to DraftKings squads on many occasions this season. Blackmon could reach base often against Lorenzen (career 1.51 WHIP) or swipe a base against catcher Brayan Pena, who has thwarted six of 48 would-be base stealers this season.

Nick Hundley (Rockies): The catcher -- who has registered a .943 OPS at Coors Field this season -- has produced a lifetime .731 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .594 mark vs. lefties. Hundley could be part of an impactful Rockies stack -- along with Gonzalez, Blackmon and first baseman Ben Paulsen -- against the inexperienced Lorenzen.

Jay Bruce (Reds): As a big leaguer, the outfielder has handled right-handers to the tune of an .816 OPS (.733 vs. righties). To close out the weekend, Bruce could drive in multiple runs at hitter-friendly Coors Field against righty Kyle Kendrick (career 4.57 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks last in the Majors with a 4.65 ERA.

Joey Votto (Reds): The first baseman has combined a patient approach with notable power to build a lofty lifetime .317/.429/.549 slash line against righties. Facing Kendrick (6.12 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in 2015) at an offense-inducing venue, Votto will be poised for a productive afternoon.

Eugenio Suarez (Reds): Suarez -- who' s hitting .306 with five homers across 121 at-bats this season and owns balanced career splits -- could be an economical portion of a Reds stack against Kendrick. Of note: Suarez and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Rockies unit that ranks 27th in the Majors with a .676 defensive efficiency ratio.

Mike Trout (Angels): The outfielder may be worth a large investment in DraftKings contests when he brings his impressive career .312/.398/.570 slash line against right-handers into a matchup with Rangers righty Nick Martinez (lifetime 4.87 FIP, 1.44 WHIP). Trout -- who is hitting .306 with 29 homers across 350 at-bats this season -- could also excel late in the game against a Rangers bullpen that sits 29th in baseball with a 4.48 ERA.

Kole Calhoun (Angels): Hitting .315 with six homers and 17 RBIs across 73 at-bats this month, the outfielder is playing his best baseball of the season. Calhoun -- who owns balanced career splits -- could be stacked with Trout in hopes that the latter will drive in the former on multiple occasions.

Odrisamer Despaigne (Padres): With a season-to-date 4.98 ERA, Despaigne could be a cost-effective second starter in DraftKings contests when he brings his lifetime 3.34 ERA at Petco Park into a home contest against the Marlins. Miami ranks 27th in the Majors with a .663 OPS against right-handers and will be without offensive centerpiece Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the disabled list.

Mat Latos (Marlins): DraftKings participants who pass on Despaigne may opt for his mound opponent. After a slow start to the season, Latos has excelled to the tune of a 2.72 ERA across his past six starts. On Sunday, the Marlins right-hander will be in position to thrive at pitcher-friendly Petco Park against a Padres lineup that ranks 26th in baseball with .663 OPS against righties.

Danny Salazar (Indians): With 309 strikeouts across 266 2/3 career innings, the right-hander has the immense upside that is coveted by DraftKings participants in contests with a high number of entrants. Salazar may combine several whiffs with effective innings when he works at home against a White Sox lineup that ranks last in baseball with 324 runs scored.

Jason Hammel (Cubs): With a season-to-date 2.82 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, Hammel has been a notable asset in several 2015 DraftKings contests. The right-hander is poised to thrive when he plies his trade at home against a Phillies lineup that sits last in the Majors with a .654 OPS against righties.

Andrew Heaney (Angels): Heaney has produced an impressive 1.57 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP since joining the Halos rotation on June 24. The left-hander could continue to excel when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Rangers lineup that sits 25th in the Majors with a .666 OPS against southpaws and possesses several key members who bat from the left side.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Friday'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.