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Murphy, Harper are primed for Sunday fun

Murphy, Harper are primed for Sunday fun

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

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

Daniel Murphy: Hitting .344 with 22 homers and 87 RBIs across 427 at-bats, the second baseman is in the midst of a career year. Murphy could continue his productive campaign when brings his lifetime 121 wRC+ against right-handers (94 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Braves rookie righty Joel De La Cruz (4.96 FIP, 1.34 WHIP).

Bryce Harper: Hitting .193 since the All-Star break, the outfielder could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he brings his impressive lifetime .399 wOBA against right-handers (.339 vs. lefties) into a matchup against De La Cruz (38 2/3 career innings).

Javier Baez: Eligible at second base and third base, Baez could enter DraftKings lineups in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .199 ISO against left-handers (.145 vs. righties) into a matchup at homer-happy Coors Field against southpaw Jorge De La Rosa (career 4.61 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.81 ERA.

Kris Bryant: The third baseman will be poised to produce when he brings his 1.049 OPS this season against left-handers (.918 vs. righties) into a matchup at Colorado's offense-inducing venue against the left-handed De La Rosa and a Rockies squad that ranks 28th in the Majors with a .686 defensive efficiency ratio. In his career, De La Rosa has allowed right-handed hitters such as Bryant to post a .797 OPS (.645 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Evan Longoria: From the heart of the lineup, Longoria could drive in multiple runs when he takes his lifetime .913 OPS against left-handers (.811 vs. righties) into a matchup with left-hander Martin Perez (4.09 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in 2016) and a Rangers bullpen that ranks 27th in baseball with a 4.67 ERA.

Ian Desmond: During his stellar 2016 season, the outfielder has posted a .928 OPS against left-handers in comparison to a .778 mark vs. righties. With 20 homers and 18 steals across 528 plate appearances this year, Desmond has the skills to contribute in multiple ways when he faces fly-ball-prone southpaw Drew Smyly (4.85 ERA, 1.6 HR/9 rate in 2016) and a Rays relief corps that ranks 24th in the Majors with a 4.34 ERA.

Ian Kinsler: From his perch atop the lineup, the second baseman could reach base often or score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime 134 wRC+ against left-handers (103 vs. righties) into a matchup with Red Sox southpaw Henry Owens.

J.D. Martinez: The outfielder has long fared best vs. left-handers, against whom he has produced a lifetime 136 wRC+ (118 vs. righties). Martinez could put a ball into the outfield seats or drive in multiple runs when he faces Owens..

James McCann: With a lifetime .873 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .557 mark vs. righties, the catcher will be poised to provide cost-effective production at a premium position when he tangles with Owens.

Robinson Cano: In his productive career, the second baseman has produced an impressive 137 wRC+ against right-handers (109 vs. lefties). From the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Cano could post a substantial DraftKings total at the expense of Brewers righty Matt Garza (4.87 ERA, 1.55 WHIP in 2016).

Kyle Seager: As a big leaguer, the third baseman has logged an .817 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .711 mark vs. lefties. Seager could drive in multiple runs when he faces the right-handed Garza and a Brewers bullpen that lacks reliable options after trading away Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith in late July.

Seth Smith: With a lifetime 122 wRC+ against right-handers (60 vs. lefties) the outfielder will be primed to produce when he faces the right-handed Garza (4.69 FIP in 2016) and an unsettled Brewers bullpen. Smith could be part of a productive lineup, as the Mariners rank seventh in baseball with a .764 OPS against righties.

Jake Lamb: The third baseman owns notable lifetime splits, with an .829 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .556 mark vs. lefties. Lamb could have a great game when he faces rookie righty Luis Perdomo (6.68 ERA, 1.84 WHIP) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 26th in baseball with a 4.51 ERA.

Gio Gonzalez: With a 4.28 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP this season, the left-hander could have a reduced price tag in DraftKings contests when he works at pitcher-friendly Turner Field against a Braves lineup that ranks last in baseball in OPS vs. lefties (.650) and total home runs (83). Gonzalez's chances of earning a win may be enhanced by handing the ball over to a Washington bullpen that leads the Majors with a 3.13 ERA.

Ervin Santana: With a 1.84 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP across his past 10 starts, the right-hander is in top form heading into a matchup at pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium against a Royals lineup that ranks last in the Majors with a .128 ISO against righties.

Braden Shipley: After posting a 4.30 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP across his initial five starts, the rookie righty could have a reasonable price tag in DraftKings contests when he faces a Padres lineup that ranks last in the Majors with a .677 OPS against right-handers.

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.