2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 13

5 Shrewd Plays for June 13

Robinson Cano Mariners
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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 13 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. OF - Justin Upton: Atlanta Braves

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5. OF - Justin Upton: Atlanta Braves

Justin Upton Braves
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With at least one hit in 15 of his last 17 games, it's safe to say that Upton makes for a solid option on most days. He makes for an even better option when he faces a lefty, and that just so happens to be the case tonight. Upton is hitting .421 against left-handers this year, and Los Angeles Angels starter C.J. Wilson has struggled on the road this season to the tune of a 4.58 ERA in six starts.

4. DH - Adam Lind: Toronto Blue Jays

Adam Lind Blue Jays
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4. DH - Adam Lind: Toronto Blue Jays

Adam Lind Blue Jays
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Lind is almost as good against right-handers as Upton is against lefties. He's hitting .366 off of them in 112 at bats this season, and I expect more of the same this evening. The Jays face the Baltimore Orioles and erratic starter Ubaldo Jimenez on the road today. Jimenez sports an awful 5.01 ERA on the year, but his 7.04 home ERA makes this matchup even juicier for Lind and the Blue Jays alike.

3. OF - Corey Dickerson: Colorado Rockies

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3. OF - Corey Dickerson: Colorado Rockies

Corey Dickerson Rockies
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Dickerson is getting a chance to play every day due to Colorado's injury woes, and boy is he making the most of it. He's hitting .348 with three HRs and 10 RBIs over his last 13 games and should be in for more good times tonight. He'll square off against the once-great Tim Lincecum, and that bodes well for him. Not only is he hitting .359 against right-handers this year, but left-handed bats sport a .306 average when facing Lincecum in 2014.

2. P - Andrew Cashner: San Diego Padres

Andrew Cashner Padres
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2. P - Andrew Cashner: San Diego Padres

Andrew Cashner Padres
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You know your team's offense stinks when you sport a dazzling 2.13 ERA yet own an ugly 2-5 record. The wins will continue to be scarce for Cashner this season, but he has a good shot at getting one today. He'll face a New York Mets team that ranks dead-last in runs per game at home (3.12) and have lost eight of their last nine games overall.

1. 2B - Robinson Cano: Seattle Mariners

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1. 2B - Robinson Cano: Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano Mariners
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Though the Mariners were surely expecting more than three HRs at this point, they have to be happy with Cano's AL leading .333 average. He's actually hitting a sensational .423 over his last 20 games and should be in for another strong performance this evening. The Mariners face starter Nick Tepesh tonight, and if his 4.91 ERA isn't appetizing enough, left-handers are hitting .318 against him to boot.

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