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Carpenter, Moss primed to shine Sunday

CarGo, Teheran among other top picks to click

Carpenter, Moss primed to shine Sunday

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.

Matt Carpenter: Eligible at second base and third base in DraftKings contests, Carpenter could enter lineups in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .870 OPS against right-handers (.778 vs. lefties) into a matchup at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park against rookie righty Tim Adleman (6.04 FIP, 1.33 WHIP).

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Brandon Moss: With a lifetime .234 ISO against right-handers in comparison to a .157 mark vs. lefties, the first baseman will be in prime position to go deep against the right-handed Adleman and a Reds relief corps that ranks 29th in baseball with a 5.03 ERA.

Randal Grichuk: Hitting .282 with eight homers in 71 at-bats since being recalled from the Minors on Aug. 11, Grichuk has been a powerful addition to DraftKings lineups lately. The slugger could remain productive when he brings his lifetime .826 OPS vs. righties (.752 vs. LHP) into a matchup with the right-handed Adleman and an unreliable Reds bullpen.

Carlos Gonzalez: In his career, the outfielder has fared best when facing right-handers (.929 OPS) and when batting at his hitter-friendly home park (1.021 OPS). CarGo could have a memorable game when he hits at home against righty Archie Bradley (career 5.15 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) and a D-backs bullpen that ranks last in baseball with a 5.20 ERA.

DJ LeMahieu: With an overall .422/.520/.618 slash line since Aug. 1, the second baseman will bring a red-hot bat and a lifetime .846 OPS at his hitter-friendly home park into a favorable matchup against Bradley and an unreliable D-backs relief corps.

David Dahl: Dahl has started his career in incredibly productive fashion, hitting .336 with five homers, 18 RBIs and five steals in 150 plate appearances. The multitalented outfielder could have a strong game against the right-handed Bradley (4.95 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in 2016), who has yielded an .866 career OPS to left-handed hitters such as Dahl.

LeMahieu's two-run double

Jake Lamb: In his breakout 2016 season, the third baseman has produced a .929 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .608 mark vs. lefties. Lamb will be in prime position to display his power when he bats at homer-happy Coors Field against righty Jon Gray (career 4.67 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 28th in the Majors with a 5.01 ERA.

Gary Sanchez: Hitting .381 with 11 homers across 97 at-bats since being recalled on Aug. 3, the catcher will bring a red-hot bat into a matchup at homer-happy Camden Yards against southpaw Wade Miley (5.43 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in 2016). In his career, Miley has allowed right-handed hitters such as Sanchez to post a .765 OPS (.673 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Sanchez's solo homer

Todd Frazier: The third baseman will be in excellent position to hit his 36th homer of the season or drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .828 OPS against left-handers (.763 vs. righties) into a matchup with southpaw Andrew Albers (career 4.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) and a Twins bullpen that ranks 26th in the Majors with a 4.44 ERA.

Freddie Freeman: Hitting .292 with 28 homers across 497 at-bats, the first baseman has quietly been one of the most effective hitters in the National League this season. Freeman could have a great game when he brings his lifetime .899 OPS against right-handers (.752 vs. lefties) into a matchup at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park against rookie righty Jake Thompson (7.86 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) and a Phillies relief corps that is tied for 24th in baseball with a 4.43 ERA.

Gregory Polanco: With 21 homers, 79 RBIs and 12 steals across 489 plate appearances, Polanco has the diverse skill set that DraftKings participants covet. The outfielder could contribute in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime 113 wRC+ against right-handers (65 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Brewers righty Chase Anderson (4.92 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in 2016).

Polanco triples to right

Max Kepler: The outfielder owns notable lifetime splits, with a .350 wOBA against right-handers in comparison to a .267 mark vs. lefties. Kepler could hit his 17th homer of the season or drive in multiple runs when he faces White Sox fly-ball-prone righty Anthony Ranaudo (career 6.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP).

Julio Teheran: With a 3.12 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP this season, the right-hander is putting the finishing touches on an excellent bounceback year. Teheran could continue to limit the opposition when he tangles with a Phillies lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .691 OPS against righties.

Eduardo Rodriguez: With a 5.35 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP this season, the left-hander could have a reasonable pricetag in DraftKings lineups Sunday. Rodriguez has a good chance to combine a strong start with a win when he leads the highest-scoring lineup in baseball into a matchup at pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum against an A's squad that is tied for 25th in baseball with a .696 OPS against southpaws.

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.