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Fred Zinkie

Polanco, Jaso primed to produce vs. Braves

Pirates' duo has good matchup against young Blair

Polanco, Jaso primed to produce vs. Braves

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

Jason Kipnis: Hitting out of a premium lineup spot, the second baseman could reach base often or score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .814 OPS against right-handers (.654 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Reds righty Alfredo Simon (8.67 ERA, 1.89 WHIP in 2016). Kipnis could also thrive late in the game against a Reds relief corps that ranks last in baseball with a 6.16 ERA.

Matt Wieters: Hitting .229 with two homers across 83 at-bats this season, Wieters could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his lifetime .815 OPS against left-handers (.710 vs. righties) into a matchup at his hitter-friendly home park against Mariners southpaw Wade Miley (career 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP).

Gregory Polanco: The outfielder has produced notable career splits, with a .764 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .532 mark vs. lefties. Polanco has the plate skills to thrive against Braves rookie righty Aaron Blair (7-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio across four starts) and the speed to swipe a base against veteran A.J. Pierzynski , who has allowed more steals than all but two catchers this season.

John Jaso: Hitting leadoff, the first baseman may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs at the expense of the inexperienced righty Blair (4.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks 28th in the Majors with a 4.71 ERA.

Jason Heyward: The outfielder has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has a lifetime .829 OPS (.659 vs. lefties). Hitting out of the No. 2 spot in a talent-laden Cubs lineup, Heyward could excel in a matchup with righty Chase Anderson (career 4.41 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) at hitter-friendly Miller Park.

Addison Russell: The second-year shortstop has registered pronounced career splits, with a .767 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .565 mark vs. lefties. Russell could provide production at a premium position when he faces the right-handed Anderson (6.11 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 2015) at Milwaukee's offense-inducing venue.

Anthony Rizzo: With 42 homers, 135 RBIs and 19 steals since the outset of 2015, the first baseman has emerged as arguably the most versatile offensive player at his position. Rizzo has the plate skills to thrive against Anderson and the speed to swipe a base against Jonathan Lucroy , who has allowed more steals than any catcher in 2016.

Miguel Cabrera: The first baseman has used a patient, powerful approach to produce a lofty lifetime .322/.389/.561 slash line against right-handers. Cabrera could post a difference-making total in DraftKings contests when he tangles with Twins righty Phil Hughes , who owns a lifetime 1.2 HR/9 rate, including a 1.7 HR/9 mark since the outset of 2015.

Matt Carpenter: With 36 homers since the outset of 2015 and a lifetime .376 on-base percentage, the third baseman could contribute to DraftKings squads in multiple ways when he bats out of the leadoff spot against righty Chad Bettis (career 5.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Carpenter could also excel against a Rockies relief corps that ranks 26th in the Majors with a 4.51 ERA.

Robinson Cano: Much of the second baseman's notable career success has been built on a lifetime .317/.365/.526 slash line against right-handers. Cano -- who owns an overall .912 OPS this season -- could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he bats at hitter-friendly Camden Yards against righty Ubaldo Jimenez (4.87 ERA, 1.72 WHIP in 2016).

Joc Pederson: In his career, Pederson has gone deep 25 times across 473 at-bats against right-handers. The outfielder will be in perfect position to rip a round-tripper when he faces Angels fly-ball-prone righty Jered Weaver (1.5 HR/9 rate since the outset of 2015).

Corey Seager: Since debuting on Sept. 3, 2015, the shortstop has posted an impressive .307/.376/.503 slash line against right-handers. Hitting second in the Dodgers' lineup, Seager could go deep or score multiple runs at the expense of the righty Weaver (6.10 ERA, 1.59 WHIP in 2016).

Adrian Gonzalez: The first baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has posted a lifetime .900 OPS (.770 vs. lefties). From the heart of the Dodgers' lineup, Gonzalez could produce a notable total in DraftKings contests when he tangles with the homer-prone righty Weaver (4.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP since the outset of 2015).

Clayton Kershaw: With a 1.90 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and a 10.5 K/9 rate since the outset of 2013, the left-hander is widely regarded as baseball's most dominant hurler. Kershaw could spin a gem when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against an Angels lineup that sits 20th in the Majors with a .703 OPS against southpaws.

Marcus Stroman: On Tuesday, the right-hander -- a recent Duke University graduate -- could make improvements on his solid lifetime 3.37 ERA and 1.12 WHIP when he faces a Rays lineup that ranks 25th in the Majors with a .682 OPS against righties.

Danny Salazar: With a 3.46 ERA and a 10.0 K/9 rate in his career, the right-hander has the skills to post a game-changing total in DraftKings contests when he works at home against a Reds lineup that ranks 27th in baseball with a .677 OPS against righties. Salazar could also come away with a win if his supporting cast succeeds against Simon (career 4.33 ERA).

Juan Nicasio: With a 4.34 ERA and an 8.9 K/9 rate this season, Nicasio could be a cost-effective second starter in DraftKings contests when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Braves lineup that ranks last in the Majors in both OPS against righties (.625) and total home runs (nine). Also of note: Atlanta ranks last in baseball with a 9-27 record.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Sunday'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.