2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 11

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 11

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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 11 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

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5. 2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

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This former MVP has certainly underperformed to this point, as he's on pace for his worst statistical season as a full-time player. Maybe a date with one of his favorite pitchers can get him going again. He'll square off against Wei-Yin Chen today, and not only does Pedroia own a .312 career average against left-handed pitching, but is hitting .500 off of Chen with six extra-base hits in 24 at-bats.

4. OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

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4. OF Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

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Hamilton was a little rusty following a lengthy DL stint, but has really turned the jets on of late. He's hitting .476 over his last five games, and looks to be back in mid-season form at the plate. He'll face lefty Tommy Milone this evening, and though Hamilton is generally weaker against left-handed pitching, he is hitting .450 versus Milone with two HRs in 20 career at-bats.

3. C Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

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3. C Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

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During his current 11-game hitting streak, Gattis has managed a .395 average to go along with five HRs and 13 RBIs. I expect more of the same today. The Braves continue their series at Coors Field tonight, and will face lefty Tyler Matzek in his first MLB start. Matzek has been far from impressive in the minors this year with a 4.05 ERA, and Gattis is hitting .455 against left-handed pitching this season.

2. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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2. 1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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All systems are go right now for the Cubs 1B. He's hitting .389 in his last 10 games, plus has managed five HRs and 12 RBIs during that span. His matchup is a beautiful one today against Pittsburgh Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton, who sports a ridiculously high 6.51 ERA in five starts and has allowed left-handed bats to hit .350 on the season.

1. P Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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1. P Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

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It was a pretty rough start for Hamels this season, but he's settled in nicely to the tune of a 2.13 ERA over his last six starts. He's also struck out 51 hitters over his last 48.2 innings, and that should lead to a huge day against the lowest-scoring team in baseball. Not only have the San Diego Padres managed just 3.08 runs per game this year, but are hitting a minuscule .210 against left-handed pitching.

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.


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