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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays for June 8

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5 Shrewd Plays for June 8

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For any fantasy baseball team, starting the right players is unsurprisingly the key to success. This is especially true in the immensely popular daily leagues, where a single player can mean the difference between a big payday and crushing disappointment. Based on matchups and talent, the following five players could all be in for an outstanding day on June 8 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. C - Miguel Montero: Arizona Diamondbacks

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5. C - Miguel Montero: Arizona Diamondbacks

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This backstop has really caught fire of late. After a sluggish May, he's hitting .429 with three HRs and nine RBIs in five June contests, and likely won't be slowed down today. The D-backs take on the Atlanta Braves and starter Aaron Harang this afternoon, and Montero has had plenty of success against the right-handed hurler. In 18 career at-bats, he's hitting .556 off of him, including a HR.

4. OF - Jayson Werth: Washington Nationals

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4. OF - Jayson Werth: Washington Nationals

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With hits in nine of his last 10 games, this fellow is obviously seeing the ball quite well at the moment. Look for him to keep it going today. He'll face lefty Eric Stults and the San Diego Padres this afternoon, and the matchup couldn't get much better for Werth. Stults has allowed right-handed bats to hit .321 with 10 HRs against him this year, and Werth is clubbing left-handed pitching to the tune of a .409 average in 2014.

3. 2B - Ian Kinsler: Detroit Tigers

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3. 2B - Ian Kinsler: Detroit Tigers

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After a bit of a cold stretch, Kinsler's bat is really heating back up again. He has two HRs and five RBIs in his past four games, and should keep that momentum going tonight. The Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox and projected starter John Lackey this evening, and Kinsler has owned the right-hander in his career. In 38 at-bats, he's hitting .421 against him, including four HRs.

2. P - Felix Hernandez: Seattle Mariners

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2. P - Felix Hernandez: Seattle Mariners

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It's been dominance as usual for this fireballer in 2014, as he may be making another run at the AL Cy Young. He's been especially superb of late as he's won five-straight starts, and sports a 1.73 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his last four appearances. He'll take on a struggling Tampa Bay Rays team today that have lost 11 of their last 12 games, and rank just 27th overall in runs scored per game.

1. 3B - Todd Frazier: Cincinnati Reds

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1. 3B - Todd Frazier: Cincinnati Reds

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This slugger is looking to turn a good season into a great one right now. Over his past eight games, he's hitting a tidy .367, and has clubbed four HRs, knocked in five and scored nine times. Another big game could be in the cards today when the Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Philly starter David Buchanan has been downright awful this year with a 6.11 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17.2 innings pitched.