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Votto, Braun, Lamb set for stellar Saturday

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Votto, Braun, Lamb set for stellar Saturday

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The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Saturday.

Joey Votto: With an overall .468/.575/.710 slash line since the All-Star break, the first baseman will bring a red-hot bat and an impressive lifetime .315/.435/.545 slash line against right-handers into a matchup with Pirates righty Ivan Nova (career 4.41 ERA, 1.39 WHIP).

Ryan Braun: With a lifetime .337/.405/.624 slash line against left-handers, the outfielder has proven to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Braun could post a game-changing DraftKings total when he bats at hitter-friendly Chase Field against southpaw Patrick Corbin (5.30 ERA, 1.57 WHIP in 2016) and a D-backs bullpen that ranks 29th in baseball with a 5.10 ERA.

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Jake Lamb: In his breakout 2016 season, the third baseman has posted an impressive 1.013 OPS against right-handers (.701 vs. lefties) and a 1.027 OPS at his hitter-friendly home park (.871 on the road). Lamb could continue to rake when he hits at home against Brewers righty Matt Garza (5.32 ERA, 1.61 WHIP in 2016).

Bryce Harper: Since the outset of last season, the reigning National League MVP has posted an impressive .299/.444/.596 slash line against right-handers. On Saturday, Harper could provide elite production in DraftKings contests when he tangles with Giants righty Matt Cain (5.53 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in 2016).

Daniel Murphy: Hitting .358 with 21 homers and 80 RBIs across 386 at-bats, the second baseman has been one of the most productive players in the Senior Circuit this season. Batting behind Harper, Murphy could drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .348 wOBA against right-handers (.308 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Cain (5.65 ERA, 1.50 WHIP since the outset of 2015).

Carlos Correa: With 15 homers, 10 steals and a .361 on-base percentage across 457 plate appearances, Correa has the versatile skill set that DraftKings participants covet. The second-year shortstop will be poised to improve on his lifetime .863 OPS against right-handers (.775 vs. lefties) when he faces righty Lucas Harrell (career 4.74 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) and a Rangers relief corps that ranks 27th in the Majors with a 4.70 ERA.

Jason Castro: Hitting .207 this season, the catcher could provide cost-effective production when he brings his lifetime .753 OPS against right-handers (.537 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Harrell and an unreliable Rangers bullpen.

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Odubel Herrera: With a lifetime .349 wOBA against right-handers that exceeds his .297 mark vs. lefties, the outfielder will be in prime position to excel when he faces righty Paul Clemens (career 5.36 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a 4.28 ERA.

Christian Yelich: The owner of a lifetime 132 wRC+ against right-handers (95 vs. lefties), the outfielder will be poised to produce when he vacates his pitcher-friendly home park and bats at offense-inducing Coors Field against righty Chad Bettis (career 5.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) and a Rockies squad that ranks 28th in baseball with a .676 defensive efficiency ratio.

Charlie Blackmon: In his career, the outfielder has fared best against right-handers (.799 OPS) and at Coors Field (.881 OPS). From his perch atop the lineup, Blackmon may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs when he hits at home against Marlins righty Andrew Cashner (4.54 ERA, 1.34 WHIP in 2016).

Matt Adams: Adams owns notable lifetime splits, with a .196 ISO against right-handers in comparison to a .120 mark vs. lefties. The first baseman could drive in multiple runs at the expense of Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz, who in his career has allowed left-handed hitters such as Adams to post a .931 OPS (.776 OPS allowed to righty batters).

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Kolten Wong: As a big leaguer, the second baseman has produced a .688 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .612 mark vs. lefties. Wong has the plate skills to thrive against the righty Foltynewicz (career 5.22 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) and the speed to swipe a base against catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who sometimes struggles to thwart would-be basestealers.

Aaron Sanchez: The right-hander could spin a gem when he brings his American League-leading 2.71 ERA into a matchup at pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium against a Royals lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .127 ISO against righties.

Chris Tillman: The right-hander could compile six-plus effective innings when he faces a White Sox lineup that ranks 25th in the Majors with a .701 OPS against righties. Once he leaves the game, Tillman could see his chances of a win enhanced by an Orioles bullpen that ranks second in baseball with a 3.05 ERA.

Carlos Martinez: The right-hander will be in a terrific position to improve on his impressive 2016 ratios (2.99 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Braves lineup that ranks last in baseball in OPS vs. righties (.668) and total home runs (66).

Jake Thompson: Having posted a 2.50 ERA at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, the right-hander could have a memorable big league debut when he works at pitcher-friendly Petco Park against a Padres lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .677 OPS against righties.

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Corey Kluber: With a 3.03 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and a 9.9 K/9 rate since the outset of 2014, the right-hander ranks among the most dominant starters in the American League. Kluber could deliver a stellar outing when he faces a Yankees lineup that ranks 26th in the Majors with a .698 OPS against righties.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Thursday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.