Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For May 29

5 Shrewd Plays for May 29

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For any fantasy team, starting the right players is unsurprisingly the key to success. This is especially true in the immensely popular daily leagues, where one player can mean the difference between a big payday and massive disappointment. Based on matchups and talent, the following five players could all be in for an excellent day on May 29 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. SS - J.J. Hardy: Baltimore Orioles

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5. SS - J.J. Hardy: Baltimore Orioles

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The fact that he still hasn't hit a HR is alarming, but at least Hardy has put his early-season hitting woes behind him. He's hitting .340 in the month of May and has really been swinging a hot stick of late with a .450 average in his last 10 games. He faces Houston Astros starter Brad Peacock today who owns a 5.20 ERA and has allowed six HRs in 45 innings pitched.

4. P - Dan Haren: Los Angeles Dodgers

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4. P - Dan Haren: Los Angeles Dodgers

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His last five starts haven't been quite as impressive as his first five, but Haren is still getting the job done with a 5-3 record and 3.16 ERA. He should find more success today when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs are just 27th in baseball in runs scored per game, and their active roster owns a minuscule .196 average against Haren in 97 total at bats.

3. 2B - Omar Infante: Kansas City Royals

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3. 2B - Omar Infante: Kansas City Royals

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Some hitters struggle against the knuckleball, but not Omar Infante. Normally I don't recommend a guy who's hitting .262 with only two HRs, but today I make an exception. In his career off Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, Infante is hitting a very lofty .516 with two HRs in 31 at bats.

2. OF - Jose Bautista: Toronto Blue Jays

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2. OF - Jose Bautista: Toronto Blue Jays

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Bautista is a pricier option in daily leagues, but he may be worth the investment today. Not only is he hitting .342 in his last 11 games, but he's one of a select few who have had substantial success off Kansas City Royals' ace James Shields. Bautista has managed a .321 average off of him in 28 at bats, including four HRs.

1. OF - Justin Upton: Atlanta Braves

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1. OF - Justin Upton: Atlanta Braves

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The far better Upton brother isn't messing around at the dish this season. He's the No. 7 outfielder on ESPN's player rater and is really raking of late with a .447 average and four HRs in his last 11 games. He faces the once great Jake Peavy this evening who's now allowed 16 earned runs in his last 16.1 innings pitched. In nine career at bats off the Boston Red Sox' hurler, Upton has six hits, including a HR.

Brian Davis is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SportsGuyBrian, ”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.