2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For June 19

5 Shrewd Plays for June 19

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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 19 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. SS - Erick Aybar: Los Angeles Angels

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5. SS - Erick Aybar: Los Angeles Angels

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This veteran infielder has really been rolling in June with a .358 average plus eight RBIs in 15 games. Expect more of the same today when the Angels face Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. On top of Masterson's awful 5.05 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, Aybar is batting .315 facing right-handed pitching this season and owns a tidy .333 average on the road.

4. OF - Josh Willingham: Minnesota Twins

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4. OF - Josh Willingham: Minnesota Twins

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This slugger has cooled off since his dynamic late May - early June attack on pitching, but he has a chance to get his bat going again this evening. He'll face left-hander Jose Quintana, and he's struggled mightily of late having allowed 15 runs in his last 16.1 innings pitched. Willingham is hitting 46 points higher against lefties this season and owns a .533 average against Quintana, including two HRs in 15 career at bats.

3. 1B - Matt Adams: St. Louis Cardinals

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3. 1B - Matt Adams: St. Louis Cardinals

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Since returning from a short DL stint, Adams is taking no prisoners at the dish. He's hitting .350 in six games, having launched three HRs and knocked home six. He should have no problem keeping the good times rolling today. He'll face right-handed starter David Buchanan, who's been terrible this season with a 5.97 ERA and seven HRs allowed in just 28.2 innings pitched. Adams is also batting .374 against right-handers this year.

2. 3B - Todd Frazier: Cincinnati Reds

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2. 3B - Todd Frazier: Cincinnati Reds

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It's been quite the month for the Reds' third baseman to this point. He's already managed seven HRs in 16 games, and he has 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored to go with them. The Reds will face the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jeff Locke this afternoon, and Frazier should be in for more success. Not only is he batting .310 against left-handed pitching this year, but he has four hits in nine career at bats against Locke, including a HR and a double.

1. P - Jordan Zimmerman: Washington Nationals

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1. P - Jordan Zimmermann: Washington Nationals

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After a rough May, Zimmermann is back with a vengeance in June. He's allowed just one earned run in three starts, equaling out to a tidy 0.36 ERA. With 21 Ks in those games to boot, I doubt the Atlanta Braves are looking forward to tonight's game. Atlanta already ranks just 28th in the league in runs per game at 3.63, and they have struck out the fourth-most times per contest as a team. It could be another really big day for Zimmermann.

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.


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