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Fred Zinkie

McCann in line to have big day

McCann in line to have big day

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

Brian McCann (Yankees): With 21 homers and 74 RBIs across 352 at-bats, the catcher has been one of the most productive players at his premium position this season. McCann could display his power when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (career 4.52 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

McCann's solo homer

Lorenzo Cain (Royals): With 12 homers and 24 steals across 458 plate appearances this season, the outfielder possesses the diverse skill set that DraftKings owners covet. Cain will be in position to excel when he brings his career .805 OPS against left-handers (.726 vs. righties) into a matchup with Red Sox rookie southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (4.48 ERA).

Cesar Hernandez (Phillies): Hitting .301 with 15 steals across 203 plate appearances since June 28, the second baseman has been a factor in many recent DraftKings contests. Hernandez could improve on his lifetime .724 OPS against left-handers (.648 vs. righties) when he faces Marlins rookie southpaw Adam Conley (21 2/3 innings, 5.82 ERA).

Phillies turn two

Adam Jones (Orioles): The outfielder will be poised to improve on his lifetime .282/.318/.476 slash line against right-handers when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against Twins righty Mike Pelfrey (career 4.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP). Jones could also excel late in the game against a Twins bullpen that ranks 22nd in baseball with a 4.16 ERA.

Chris Davis (Orioles): With 15 homers and 36 RBIs across 105 at-bats since July 22, the first baseman is wielding one of the hottest bats in baseball. Davis could reach base often or drive in multiple runs when he works at his offense-inducing home park against Pelfrey (1.39 WHIP in 2015).

Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): Having compiled 24 homers and 15 steals across 522 plate appearances, Rizzo has been a difference-maker in many 2015 DraftKings contests. The first baseman could have a big game when he puts his career .848 OPS against right-handers (.771 vs. lefties) on the line against Braves rookie righty Matt Wisler (4.65 ERA, 1.52 WHIP).

Schwarber's 10th home run

Kyle Schwarber (Cubs): Hitting .294 with 10 homers across 126 at-bats, the rookie catcher has already joined the top tier of offensive threats at his position. Schwarber will be primed to excel when he brings his 1.076 OPS against right-handers (.715 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the inconsistent Wisler.

Chris Coghlan (Cubs): Coghlan has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has registered a career .784 OPS (.635 vs. lefties). The second baseman will be set to reach base often against Wisler and a Braves relief corps that ranks 24th in the Majors with a 4.28 ERA. Also of note: Coghlan and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Braves squad with a .682 defensive efficiency ratio.

Nelson Cruz (Mariners): As a big leaguer, Cruz has handled left-handers to the tune of a .918 OPS (.824 vs. righties). The outfielder -- who has hit 77 homers since the outset of last season -- could be worth a major investment in DraftKings contests when he faces White Sox southpaw John Danks (4.61 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 2015).

Cruz's 37th home run

Curtis Granderson (Mets): With 22 homers and 10 steals across 520 plate appearances this season, Granderson has been a cost-effective outfielder in many 2015 DraftKings contests. From his perch atop the lineup, the outfielder could reach base often and score multiple runs against David Hale (6.17 ERA, 1.46 WHIP in 2015) and a Rockies bullpen that ranks last in baseball with a 5.07 ERA.

Yoenis Cespedes (Mets): With balanced career splits, the outfielder -- who is hitting .297 with 23 homers across 482 at-bats this season -- may drive in multiple runs at the expense of Hale. Also of note: Cespedes and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Rockies squad that ranks 28th in baseball with a .674 defensive efficiency ratio.

Cespedes' grand slam

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): Arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Kershaw -- who owns a 1.95 ERA since the outset of 2013 -- has posted a 11.3 K/9 rate this season. The left-hander could combine several strikeouts with dominant frames when he squares off with an Astros lineup that ranks second in the Majors with 1,087 whiffs.

Michael Wacha (Cardinals): By virtue of a 14-4 record, a 2.85 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, the right-hander has been a major contributor to DraftKings squads on many occasions this season. Wacha will be primed to continue to limit the opposition when he travels to pitcher-friendly Petco Park to face a Padres lineup that ranks 25th in the Majors with a .689 OPS vs. righties.

Wacha's outstanding outing

Jason Hammel (Cubs): The right-hander could spin a gem when he works at home against a Braves lineup that ranks 27th in baseball with a .683 OPS against righties and sits last in the Majors with 74 homers. Hammel could also come away with a win if his supporting cast can have success against the inexperienced Wisler.

Aaron Nola (Phillies): With a 28-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 34 2/3 innings, the talented rookie righty has had a respectable Major League debut. Nola could thrive when he works at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park against a Miami lineup that ranks last in the Majors with a .668 OPS vs. righties.

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.