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Fred Zinkie

Royals projected to find success swinging vs. Tigers

Royals projected to find success swinging vs. Tigers

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

Michael Brantley (Indians): Since the outset of last season, the outfielder has produced a game-changing .336/.401/.523 slash line against right-handers. Brantley could excel when he visits hitter-friendly Rogers Centre to face righty R.A. Dickey. Since joining the Blue Jays at the outset of the 2013 season, Dickey has surrendered 52 homers across 49 home outings.

Lorenzo Cain (Royals): With 12 homers and 26 steals across 494 plate appearances this season, the outfielder possesses the diverse skill set that DraftKings participants covet. From the three-hole in the lineup, Cain could thrive when he brings his lifetime .804 OPS against left-handers (.730 vs. righties) into a matchup with Tigers southpaw Randy Wolf (career 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP).

Salvador Perez (Royals): The catcher has long fared best vs. left-handers, against whom he has produced a .769 OPS (.724 vs. righties). Perez could provide production at a premium position when he faces Wolf and a Tigers bullpen that ranks 29th in the Majors with a 4.61 ERA.

Perez's RBI single

Ben Zobrist (Royals): This season, the outfielder has produced a .911 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .806 mark vs. lefties. From the two-hole in the lineup, Zobrist could be part of a Royals stack -- with Cain, Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar -- against Wolf.

Jose Abreu (White Sox): Since arriving in the Majors last season, Abreu has posted an impressive .302/.379/.532 slash line against left-handers. The first baseman could be poised to drive in multiple runs when he faces southpaw Tommy Milone (career 4.30 FIP, 1.30 WHIP) and a Twins relief corps that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a 3.99 ERA.

Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs): Hitting .325 with 26 homers, 96 RBIs and 20 steals across 577 plate appearances, the first baseman has been arguably the top fantasy hitter this season. Goldschmidt may be worth a major investment in DraftKings contests when he brings his lifetime .289/.384/.508 slash line against right-handers into homer-happy Coors Field to face rookie righty Jon Gray (6.00 ERA, 1.52 WHIP).

Statcast: Goldy's 466-foot homer

David Peralta (D-backs): Hitting .374 with six homers and 32 RBIs across 139 at-bats since the All-Star break, the outfielder will bring a red-hot bat and a career .890 OPS against right-handers (.601 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Gray. He could also excel late in the game against a Rockies relief corps that sits last in baseball with a 4.84 ERA. Also of note: Peralta and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Rockies squad that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .673 defensive efficiency ratio.

Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies): In his career, the outfielder has fared best when facing right-handers (.301/.366/.560 slash line) and when working at his hitter-friendly home park (.332/.394/.619 slash line). Gonzalez could drive in multiple runs when he hits at home against D-backs righty Chase Anderson (career 4.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP).

Nick Hundley (Rockies): The catcher -- who has posted a .356/.394/.572 slash line at Coors Field this season -- has produced a lifetime .729 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .614 mark vs. lefties. Hitting at home, Hundley could be poised for a productive game when he faces Anderson (4.22 ERA, 1.30 WHIP in 2015).

Hundley's two-run smash

Charlie Blackmon (Rockies): Hitting .292 with 15 homers and 36 steals across 554 plate appearances, the outfielder has been a major factor in many 2015 DraftKings contests. Blackmon may produce in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .796 OPS against right-handers (.724 vs. lefties) and his career .336/.387/.501 slash line at Coors Field into a matchup with Anderson.

Ryan Braun (Brewers): With a lifetime .336/.403/.634 slash line against left-handers, Braun has proven to wield a potent bat in those matchups. The outfielder will be in position to display his power when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against Pirates southpaw Jeff Locke (4.46 ERA, 1.42 WHIP in 2015). Also of note: Braun and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Pirates squad that ranks 24th in the Majors with a .682 defensive efficiency ratio.

Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers): The catcher has long fared best vs. left-handers, against whom he has registered a lifetime .844 OPS (.747 vs. righties). Lucroy could provide notable production at a premium position when he hits at home against Locke (career 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

Lucroy's RBI single

Jean Segura (Brewers): With balanced career splits, the shortstop has the skills to reach base often at the expense of Locke. Segura also has the speed to swipe his 21st bag of the season against catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has surrendered more steals than any other catcher in baseball this season.

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): Arguably the most dominant pitcher in baseball, Kershaw has posted a 1.93 ERA since the outset of the 2013 season and an 11.5 K/9 rate in the current campaign. The left-hander could be worth a major investment in DraftKings contests when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against the Giants in a seemingly advantageous matchup with Mike Leake.

Kershaw's dominant outing

Matt Harvey (Mets): The right-hander has the opportunity to spin a gem when he works at home against a Phillies lineup that ranks 27th in baseball with a .683 OPS against righties. This season, Harvey has excelled to the tune of a 2.48 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and an 8.4 K/9 rate.

Kevin Gausman (Orioles): The right-hander has posted a 3.83 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP across his past seven starts, and he could continue to limit the opposition when he faces a Rays lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .678 OPS against righties.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Monday'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.