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FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Picks: August 17

The Braves are in action on the West Coast. Keep yourself awake until first pitch by playing DFS on FanDuel.

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Mondays almost always bring reduced slates to the table in the world of Major League Baseball, and this week is no different. However, the Atlanta Braves play a late-night contest in San Diego, and in order to stay awake until first pitch, we recommend occupying your time with some DFS action.

SB Nation and FanDuel continue to partner on daily fantasy baseball, and we regularly bring you "recommended" lineups. Today, we will break out a winning (we hope) group for the evening slate, and hopefully, things will go well.

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $100,000 one-day fantasy baseball league today. It's $3 to join and first place wins $8,000. Enter now!

As usual, fading my picks may be your best option, so if you do that, I won't be offended in the slightest.

Note: This lineup would be used in a 7:05 pm ET contest.

P - Danny Salazar ($9,000)

C - Brian McCann ($3,300)

1B - Albert Pujols ($3,700)

2B - Johnny Giovatella ($2,500)

3B - Chase Headley ($3,000)

SS - Francisco Lindor ($3,100)

OF - Mike Trout ($4,900)

OF - Gregory Polanco ($3,200)

OF - Shane Victorino ($2,300)

Stacks on deck.

The Angels have a prime platoon match-up against Carlos Rodon, and I'm taking four right-handers from LA's lineup. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols speak for themselves, but there is real value to be had with Giovatella and Victorino against a LHP, and I'm cashing in. Elsewhere, the Yankees have a juicy match-up, and I'll take Brian McCann and Chase Headley against a bad right-hander (Kyle Gibson), while also going with Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco against Jeremy Hellickson.

Round things out with Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor. Salazar is the lowest priced pitcher in the "top tier" tonight, but he may have the highest upside of the bunch given his strikeout potential. Lindor gets to face Boston's Matt Barnes, and at a reasonable cost, he is a nice filler at the weak shortstop position.

The slogan, as always, is to simply make money, and this lineup can (hopefully) help you get there. Let's do this together.

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