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Fred Zinkie

Trout positioned for big performance

Werth, Seager, Gonzalez also among picks to click Sunday

Trout positioned for big performance

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.

Jayson Werth: The outfielder has long fared best vs. left-handers, against whom he has posted a lifetime 149 wRC+ (113 vs. righties). Werth could reach base often or score multiple runs when he faces southpaw Adam Morgan (career 5.23 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) and a Phillies bullpen that ranks 25th in the Majors with a 4.54 ERA.

Danny Espinosa: The shortstop could provide cost-effective production at a premium position when he brings his solid lifetime .783 OPS against left-handers (.665 vs. righties) into a matchup with the left-handed Morgan (5.90 ERA, 1.47 WHIP in 2016) and an unreliable Phillies bullpen. In his career, Morgan has allowed right-handed hitters such as Espinosa to post an .892 OPS (.648 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Espinosa's solo homer

Corey Seager: Hitting .319 with 25 homers and 95 runs in 600 plate appearances, the shortstop is in the final weeks of an impressive rookie season. Seager could improve on his stellar lifetime .341/.401/.573 slash line against right-handers when he faces Marlins righty Jose Urena (career 5.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).

Adrian Gonzalez: Hitting .292 with 78 RBIs in 504 at-bats, the first baseman continues to be one of the most reliable hitters in baseball. From the heart of the lineup, Gonzalez could drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .379 wOBA against right-handers (.332 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Urena (5.54 ERA, 1.42 WHIP in 2016).

Mike Trout: The superstar outfielder will be poised to produce a game-changing DraftKings total when he tangles with Rangers righty Colby Lewis (career 4.68 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), who has been out of the rotation since June 22 due to an injury. Trout could also thrive late in the game against a Rangers relief corps that ranks 27th in the Majors with a 4.79 ERA.

Ryan Schimpf: With 18 homers in 223 at-bats, the rookie second baseman is quickly becoming one of the most powerful players at his premium position. Schimpf could put a ball into the outfield seats when he brings his .956 OPS against right-handers (.824 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Chad Bettis (career 5.06 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 29th in baseball with a 5.05 ERA.

Schimpf's three-run homer

Travis Jankowski: Leading all rookies with 30 steals, the outfielder has been a factor in many 2016 DraftKings contests. Jankowski may maximize the opportunities afforded by his perch atop the lineup when he brings his lifetime .701 OPS against right-handers (.458 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Bettis (4.88 ERA, 1.41 WHIP in 2016) and a Rockies squad that ranks 28th in baseball with a .675 defensive efficiency ratio.

Curtis Granderson: The outfielder may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs when he brings his lifetime 129 wRC+ against right-handers (87 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Williams Perez (career 4.99 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks 21st in baseball with a 4.17 ERA.

Granderson's two-run homer

Nomar Mazara: The rookie outfielder will be in great position to improve on his solid .284/.342/.466 slash line against right-handers when he faces fly-ball-prone righty Jered Weaver (5.37 ERA, 1.52 WHIP in 2016) and an Angels bullpen that is dealing with the absence of injured anchors Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian.

Mitch Moreland: As a big leaguer, the first baseman has produced a .340 wOBA against right-handers in comparison to a .294 mark vs. lefties. Moreland could hit his 23rd homer of the season when he faces Weaver (1.9 HR/9 rate in 2016) and an unsettled Angels bullpen.

Miguel Cabrera: With a lifetime .322/.389/.562 slash line against right-handers, the first baseman has proven to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Cabrera could have an excellent game when he faces Orioles righty Chris Tillman (career 4.13 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).

Carlos Gonzalez: The outfielder could post a sizable DraftKings total when he brings his impressive lifetime .303/.367/.558 slash line against right-handers into a matchup with righty Edwin Jackson (5.55 ERA, 1.59 WHIP in 2016) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 24th in the Majors with a 4.35 ERA.

DJ LeMahieu: With a .402/.490/.567 slash line since Aug. 1, the second baseman will bring a red-hot bat and balanced lifetime splits into a matchup with Jackson (career 4.62 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) and a Padres squad that ranks 24th in the Majors with a .681 defensive efficiency ratio.

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Luke Weaver: With a 3.96 ERA and an 11.2 K/9 rate across five starts, the right-hander has been solid in his first big league opportunity. Weaver could continue to show that he belongs in the Majors when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Brewers lineup that is tied for 19th in the Majors in OPS vs. righties (.724) and first in total strikeouts (1,333).

Ryan Vogelsong: With a lifetime 4.43 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, the right-hander could have a reasonable price tag in DraftKings contests when he works at his offense-suppressing home park against a Reds lineup that ranks 22nd in baseball in OPS vs. righties (.723) and 27th in OPS on the road (.691).

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.