2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 5

5 Shrewd Plays for July 5

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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 store for an outstanding day on July 5 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 2B - Howie Kendrick: Los Angeles Angels

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5. 2B - Howie Kendrick: Los Angeles Angels

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After a lengthy cold stretch, the Angels 2B seems to be kicking his bat into gear again. He's managed five multi-hit performances over his last 11 contests and is coming off an excellent 4-4 evening at the dish yesterday. Expect that trend to continue today when he faces Houston Astros starter Scott Feldman. Feldman has been quite mediocre this year on the mound, and Kendrick is a career .455 hitter against him in 22 at bats.

4. 1B - Garrett Jones: Miami Marlins

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4. 1B - Garrett Jones: Miami Marlins

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Jones has fared quite well against right-handed pitching this season, as he sports a .277 average to go along with 27 extra-base hits in 231 at bats. Jones will face struggling right-hander Shelby Miller today and that should put a smile on the veteran's face. Miller owns an ugly 5.55 ERA over his past eight starts, and in 10 career at bats, Jones has managed an impressive seven hits off of him, including two HRs and two doubles.

3. OF - Jay Bruce: Cincinnati Reds

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3. OF - Jay Bruce: Cincinnati Reds

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After a red-hot June Bruce's bat has gone icy-cold, as he's 0-18 at the plate over his last five games. I think a date with Matt Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers lights a fire under him today. Garza has been awful on the road this season as he's managed a dreadful 5.49 ERA in enemy territory, and Bruce has owned him to the tune of a .421 average with two HRs in 19 career at-bats.

2. C - Miguel Montero: Arizona Diamondbacks

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2. C - Miguel Montero: Arizona Diamondbacks

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The D-backs catcher continues to be a steady force, as he's recorded at least one base knock in 13 of his last 17 starts. He's done especially well versus right-handed pitching to this point, and will be facing one today. Though Aaron Harang is having a fine season for the Atlanta Braves, Montero has always been a thorn in his side. In 26 plate appearances, the lefty slugger is batting a magnificent .526 against him with seven walks.

1. P - Gio Gonzalez: Washington Nationals

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1. P - Gio Gonzalez: Washington Nationals

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After shaking off some rust in his first game back from the DL, Gonzalez has been utterly dominant in his past two outings. He's 2-0 in those contests, and allowed just five hits in 13 innings of shutout baseball. He'll face a weak Chicago Cubs' offense this afternoon, and this is the same team that he just shutout over seven innings in his last start while striking out seven batters.

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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