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Fred Zinkie

Encarnacion set for big day at plate

CarGo, Blackmon, LeMahieu also could excel today

Encarnacion set for big day at plate

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.

Edwin Encarnacion: With 40 homers and 116 RBIs across 546 at-bats, the first baseman has been one of the most powerful players in baseball this season. From the heart of the lineup, Encarnacion could drive in multiple runs when he faces Angels righty Alex Meyer (8.18 ERA, 2.18 WHIP in 2016).

Devon Travis: Hitting leadoff, the second baseman may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs when he brings his lifetime .836 OPS against right-handers (.758 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Meyer (career 9.88 ERA, 2.27 WHIP). Travis could also excel late in the game against an Angels bullpen that is working without injured anchors Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian.

Travis' two-run single

Carlos Gonzalez: The outfielder has traditionally fared best when facing right-handers (lifetime .926 OPS) and when batting at his hitter-friendly home park (lifetime 1.014 OPS). CarGo could post a substantial DraftKings total when he hits at home against righty Jarred Cosart (5.16 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 2016) and a Padres relief corps that ranks 24th in baseball with a 4.29 ERA.

Charlie Blackmon: From his perch atop the lineup, the outfielder could reach base often and score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime 108 wRC+ against right-handers (94 vs. lefties) into a matchup at his offense-inducing home park against the right-handed Cosart (career 4.26 FIP, 1.57 WHIP) and a Padres squad that is tied for 22nd in baseball with a .683 defensive efficiency ratio.

DJ LeMahieu: With a .418/.494/.575 slash line since Aug. 1, the second baseman will bring a hot bat and balanced lifetime splits into a home matchup against Cosart and an unreliable Padres bullpen.

LeMahieu's bases-clearing double

Adrian Beltre: In his productive career, the third baseman has posted an .864 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .802 mark vs. righties. Hitting .340 with 14 homers across 162 at-bats since Aug. 1, the third baseman is in fine form heading into a matchup at his hitter-friendly home park against A's southpaw Ross Detwiler (career 4.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP).

Jonathan Lucroy: The catcher will be poised to deliver elite production at a premium position when he brings his lifetime .840 OPS against left-handers (.768 vs. righties) into a matchup at his offense-inducing home venue against the left-handed Detwiler (5.31 ERA, 1.52 WHIP in 2016).

Christian Yelich: Hitting .301 with a .378 on-base percentage, the outfielder could reach base often or score multiple runs when he takes his lifetime 132 wRC+ against right-handers (94 vs. lefties) into a matchup against righty Alec Asher (career 6.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) and a Phillies bullpen that ranks 25th in the Majors with a 4.54 ERA.

Anthony Rizzo: With 31 homers and 101 RBIs across 534 at-bats, the first baseman has been one of the most productive players in the National League this season. From the heart of a lineup that ranks third in baseball with 731 runs scored, Rizzo could excel when he faces Brewers righty Wily Peralta (5.42 ERA, 1.57 WHIP in 2016).

Rizzo's second big fly

Addison Russell: The second-year shortstop will be in excellent position to improve on his lifetime 99 wRC+ against right-handers (83 vs. lefties) when he faces the right-handed Peralta (career 4.26 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) and a Brewers bullpen that lacks reliable options after trading Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith in late July.

George Springer: Batting out of the leadoff spot, the outfielder could post a notable DraftKings total when he brings his lifetime .390 wOBA against left-handers (.339 vs. righties) into a matchup with Mariners rookie southpaw Ariel Miranda (4.10 ERA, 5.03 FIP).

Ryan Schimpf: With 19 homers across 238 at-bats, the second baseman is quickly becoming one of the most powerful players at his premium position. Schimpf could put another ball into the outfield seats when he bats at homer-happy Coors Field against righty Chad Bettis (career 5.01 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 29th in the Majors with a 5.09 ERA.

Daniel Murphy: Hitting .349 with 25 homers and 104 RBIs across 524 at-bats, the second baseman has been one of this season's biggest breakout performers. Murphy could continue his stellar campaign when he brings his lifetime .814 OPS against right-handers (.712 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Matt Wisler (career 4.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks 21st in baseball with a 4.11 ERA.

Bryce Harper: The reigning National League MVP could be one of the most productive outfielders in baseball on Sunday when he brings his impressive lifetime .291/.399/.533 slash line against right-handers into a matchup with the right-handed Wisler (5.00 ERA in 2016) and an unreliable Braves bullpen. In his career, Wisler has allowed left-handed hitters such as Harper to post an .879 OPS (.684 OPS allowed to righty batters).

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Kyle Hendricks: The owner of a Major League-leading 2.03 ERA, Hendricks has been arguably the most effective starter in baseball this season. The right-hander could continue his memorable campaign when he faces a Brewers lineup that ranks 23rd in the Majors in OPS vs. righties (.718) and first in total strikeouts (1,406).

Robbie Ray: With a 12.4 K/9 rate across his past 11 starts, the left-hander has made an impact in many recent DraftKings contests. Ray could continue his strong finish to the season when he faces a Dodgers lineup that ranks last in baseball with a .622 OPS against lefties.

Ivan Nova: Having posted a 43-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio since joining the Pirates on Aug. 1, the right-hander is in fine form heading into a matchup with a Reds lineup that ranks 20th in the Majors with a .727 OPS against righties.

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.