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Lineup advice for Nationals vs. Blue Jays Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Thursday’s Nationals-Blue Jays matchup.

Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Bo Bichette #11 after hitting a rbi sacrifice fly to left field scoring Travis Shaw #6 (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field on July 24, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays will play Thursday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Erick Fedde will face lefty Hyun Jin Ryu at Nationals Park. DraftKings will have Showdown DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal lineup strategy below, and you can play here.

Captain’s Picks

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Blue Jays: $11,100

Hernandez has been rolling so far this season with two home runs, two doubles, four runs and two stolen bases through 24 at bats. Despite being a right-hander, he’s hit pitchers from his side of the plate slightly better than lefties, which gives him some safety once Erick Fedde is sent packing.

Hyun Jin-Ryu, P, Blue Jays: 16,500

Jin-Ryu didn’t get off to the start he would have liked for the Blue Jays, but his history is too strong to worry about one poor outing. Over his last two seasons with the Dodgers, he had an 8.45 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, 1.02 WHIP and a 3.29 xFIP. He’s not a strikeout pitcher by trade, but he still gets batters to miss enough while his control gives him a strong chance to take home a win in a good matchup.

With the Nationals needing to find a replacement for Stephen Strasburg, Erick Fedde will get the start and through 147 major league innings, he’s given up 1.52 HR/9 and has a pitiful 6.4 K/9 rate. The Blue Jays should be able to knock him out quickly.

Utility Picks

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Blue Jays: $6,400

I like a Blue Jays stack in this Showdown, as the starting pitching difference is stark between Fedde and Kin-Ryu. And with Fedde’s propensity for giving up the long ball, I like Tellez and his .244 ISO against righties so far in his career. He’s hit 20 home runs in 316 at bats against righties so far and this looks like a good spot for another.

Reese McGuire, C, Blue Jays: $7,800

McGuire is splitting time with Danny Jansen, but has shown good power as a lefty against righties in his short time as a major leaguer. In 111 plate appearances against righties, he has a .269 ISO and .402 .wOBA. Check to make sure he’s in the lineup, but if he is, I like his upside.