Kenta Maeda ($7,300) appeared to be left for dead this season, until his start last time out where he struck out 10 batters in six scoreless innings. If we can see more of this level of performance, Maeda will be an extreme value at such a low salary. He has a high ceiling against a Tigers lineup that strikes out 26.2% of the time against righties, the second-highest rate in all of baseball. Maeda is an ideal tournament starter who can smash the slate with another great start.

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Lance Lynn ($10,000) has been nearly untouchable this year with a 2.06 ERA in 78 2/3 innings, including a 28.5% K-rate and a 3.11 FIP. He should dominate the Tigers lineup, as Detroit has just a 92 wRC+ against righties. They also strike out a ton at 26.3%, giving Lynn the high ceiling that you need from your starting pitcher to win tournaments. Lynn is a strong building block at starting pitcher to build the rest of your lineup around, so he’s a strong play in cash games too. Get some Lynnsanity in all of your contests tonight.

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Known as the Kraken, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez ($3,100) has been on a tear over the last two weeks, batting .325 with six homers. Surprisingly his price still hasn’t caught up to his production, so this is a perfect spot to release the Kraken into your lineups against lefty Martin Perez. Sanchez has a 143 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this season. Also consider high upside Yankees bats including Giancarlo Stanton ($3,600), DJ LeMahieu ($3,500), and Luke Voit ($2,500).

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You say that you’re trying to find an affordable high upside starting pitcher on Friday’s slate? Yusei Kikuchi ($9,200) is the guy you are looking for as he takes on Tampa Bay. The Rays strike out 28.7% of the time against left-handed pitching with a poor .292 wOBA. Kikuchi, who has a 2.28 ERA in the last month, is a pivot off of the expensive high-end starters on the slate. This provides an opportunity to have a lower rostered player without sacrificing the potential of landing the highest scoring starter on the slate, which is the ideal target for GPP tournaments.

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Blue Jays leadoff man Marcus Semien ($3,100) can do some damage in an extreme hitter’s park in Boston. Semien already has 13 homers and eight steals on the season. He’s got a high floor batting .289 atop the lineup, making him a strong cash game play or a key piece of a Toronto stack. Opposing starter Garrett Richards has a 6.38 ERA in Fenway Park this year, so consider other high upside bats in Vladimir Guerrero Jr ($4,300), Bo Bichette ($3,500), and Teoscar Hernandez ($2,800) to go with him.

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The top two starting pitcher options on FanDuel tonight are facing off in Philly, and Max Scherzer ($11,200) is the best play of the pair. He’s got a dominant 36.5% K-rate against a Phillies lineup that has struck out 25.7% of the time against righties and is without their best hitter in Bryce Harper. Mad Dog Max has a 2.34 ERA this season and should have another lights-out performance.

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Yankees starter Gerrit Cole ($12,200) is off to an incredible start to the season, with 92 strikeouts to just eight walks in 64 2/3 innings. Tonight he will be facing a Tigers lineup that strikes out more than any team in the American League at 27.5% of the time. While Cole has an expensive price tag, his upside for double digit strikeouts is worth the salary. It’s tough to fade the ace in this spot, as Cole has a high probability at being the top starting pitcher needed to win contests.

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Twins slugger Josh Donaldson ($3,100) is primed for a big night on Friday, as he’s been crushing the ball this year with a 95th percentile xwOBA. Donaldson also has a career-low 14.5% K-rate, combining patience and power for a 136 wRC+. The Bringer of Rain can do lots of damage against starter Triston McKenzie, who has a 2.25 HR/9 and a 6.21 FIP this season. Batting second in the lineup, Donaldson leads a Twins stack that is affordable and has the upside to take down a tournament.

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Rostering the starting pitcher with the most strikeouts on the slate is a reliable strategy for winning tournaments, and Tyler Glasnow ($10,500) is the guy to get that job done. Glasnow has an absurd 38.8% K-rate in his last 19 starts since the start of 2020 with a 3.29 ERA and easily has the most upside at starting pitcher tonight. He will be at home in a pitcher’s park against a Mets lineup that has struggled against righties with a .301 wOBA.

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Giancarlo Stanton ($3,800) has been on an incredible tear over the last two weeks, batting .481 with six home runs. He now has a 12 game hitting streak and a 171 wRC+ on the season, as well as absurd 100th percentile marks in exit velocity and hard hit rate. This healthy iteration of Stanton looks completely unstoppable, and he has a fantastic matchup against lefty Patrick Corbin, who has an 8.10 ERA and a 2.70 HR/9 this year. Stanton is a must-have in cash lineups and has massive upside in tournaments.

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Tonight’s starting pitcher selection comes down to Shane Bieber ($12,000) or Gerrit Cole as your ace. The DFSBot prefers Bieber, and he is easier to roster as the cheaper option. Bieber has an absurd 57 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings with a 2.48 ERA this season. If you include last year, Bieber has a 1.90 ERA over his last 17 starts with a 40.5% K-rate. While you’ll have to find cheaper bats, it’s tough to pass up this type of ceiling from your starting pitcher.

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Ty France ($3,200) is crushing this year with a 166 wRC+ and a 92nd percentile xwOBA. The Mariners are a fantastic value stack in an extreme hitter’s environment in Fenway Park, and France will be batting second in the lineup. Opposing starter Martin Perez has a 5.93 ERA and righties like France have the advantage against the southpaw. It’s perfect Tyming to get France in your lineups.

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