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Fred Zinkie

Big Papi, Altuve set to deliver July 4 fireworks

Betts, Springer, Lindor, Scherzer also could excel Monday

Big Papi, Altuve set to deliver July 4 fireworks

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

Corey Dickerson: Hitting .213 this season, the outfielder could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his impressive lifetime .892 OPS against right-handers (.644 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Angels righty Nick Tropeano (4.66 FIP, 1.55 WHIP this season).

David Ortiz: In his remarkable career, the slugger has posted a lofty .295/.398/.584 slash line against right-handers. Ortiz could add to his impressive 2016 totals of 19 homers and 64 RBIs across 266 at-bats when he faces righty Nick Martinez (career 5.10 FIP) and a Rangers relief corps that ranks 28th in the Majors with a 5.00 ERA.

Papi's 522nd career home run

Mookie Betts: With 17 homers, 13 steals, 55 RBIs and 70 runs across 380 plate appearances, the outfielder has been one of the most productive players in baseball this season. Hitting atop a lineup that leads the Majors in runs scored (441) and OPS vs. righties (.836), Betts could produce a notable DraftKings total at the expense of Martinez (career 4.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP).

Jose Altuve: With a lifetime .354/.404/.505 slash line against left-handers, the second baseman has proven to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Altuve has the plate skills to excel against Mariners southpaw Wade Miley (career 4.09 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) and the speed to swipe a base against Chris Iannetta, who has allowed more steals than all but three catchers in 2016.

George Springer: With a lifetime .860 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .799 mark vs. righties, the outfielder could excel in a matchup with the left-handed Miley (5.58 ERA, 1.40 WHIP in 2016). In his career, Miley has allowed right-handed hitters such as Springer to post a .755 OPS (.681 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Springer's solo home run

Josh Reddick: As a big leaguer, the outfielder has registered a .786 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .668 mark vs. lefties. Reddick could have a great game when he faces righty Ricky Nolasco (career 4.59 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) and a Twins squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .662 defensive efficiency ratio.

Francisco Lindor: From a premium lineup spot, the second-year shortstop could reach base often or display his power when he brings his lifetime .862 OPS against left-handers (.809 vs. righties) into a matchup with southpaw Daniel Norris (career 4.80 FIP, 1.5 HR/9 rate) and a Tigers bullpen that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a 4.38 ERA.

Jake Lamb: With 18 homers and 56 RBIs across 267 at-bats, the third baseman is in the midst of a breakout season. Lamb could have a terrific game when he brings his lifetime .831 OPS against right-handers (.610 vs. lefties) into a matchup at his hitter-friendly home park against Padres rookie righty Luis Perdomo (8.49 ERA, 2.06 WHIP).

Lamb's solo home run

Edwin Encarnacion: Since the outset of 2012, the slugger has posted a .272/.364/.546 slash line against right-handers and a .274/.373/.561 slash line at his hitter-friendly home park. Hitting .309 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs across 97 at-bats since June 1, Encarnacion could stay hot when he hits at home against Royals righty Edinson Volquez (4.80 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 2016).

Brian McCann: One of the most powerful players at his premium position, the catcher owns a lifetime .822 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .754 mark vs. lefties. McCann could put a ball into the outfield seats or drive in multiple runs when he faces White Sox righty James Shields (5.85 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 1.5 HR/9 rate in 2016).

Didi Gregorius: The shortstop will be in great position to provide cost-effective production at a premium position when he brings his lifetime .729 OPS against right-handers (.609 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Shields, who has produced an 11.07 ERA and a 2.51 WHIP across five starts with the White Sox.

Odubel Herrera: With a 43-to-60 BB/K ratio and nine homers, the outfielder has shown notable improvements with his plate skills this season. The speedy Herrera (12 steals) could produce in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .825 OPS against right-handers (.675 vs. lefties) into a matchup with rookie righty Joel De La Cruz (one career start) and a Braves bullpen that ranks 20th in the Majors with a 4.20 ERA.

Max Scherzer: With a 2.96 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and an 11.1 K/9 rate since joining the Nats at the outset of 2015, the right-hander ranks among the most dominant starters in the National League. Scherzer could post a memorable DraftKings total when he brings his swing-and-miss arsenal into a matchup against a Brewers lineup that ranks second in the Majors with 758 strikeouts.

Scherzer fans 10 to earn win

Jerad Eickhoff: Having produced a 3.12 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP across 24 career starts, the right-hander has already become a trusted option for DraftKings participants. Eickhoff could deliver a stellar start when he faces a Braves lineup that is tied for 29th in the Majors in OPS against righties (.657) and ranks last in total home runs (43).

Kyle Hendricks: Having produced a lifetime 3.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, the right-hander has become a terrific choice in DraftKings contests. Facing a Reds lineup that is tied for 25th in baseball with a .698 OPS vs. righties, Hendricks could combine six-plus effective innings with a win when he pitches in front of a talent-laden Cubs squad that leads the Majors with a 51-29 record.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Saturday'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.