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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 7

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 7

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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 7 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 3B Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins

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5. 3B Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins

Casey McGehee Marlins
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They don't come much hotter than this fellow right now. The Miami 3B is batting a cool .382 over his last 13 games, and continues to prove that his career bounce-back is in fact no fluke. Look for him to keep rolling today when he faces starter Chase Anderson. Anderson has struggled vs. RHB this year, allowing them to hit .314 to this point, plus McGehee sports an outstanding .341 average versus RHP.

4. OF Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

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4. OF Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

Brett Gardner Yankees
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This speedster has been a bright spot on a disappointing Yankees offense. He's already tied his career-high in HRs, and is on pace for bests in RBIs and batting average as well. Gardner will face Justin Masterson today, and that should lead to more success. The Cleveland Indians hurler sports career-highs in both ERA and WHIP to this point, plus is allowing left-handers to hit a lofty .315 against him.

3. 1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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3. 1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols Angels
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Injuries continue to plague this former superstar, but he's dealing with them quite well at the moment. Pujols is batting .367 over his last 12 games, plus has chipped in three HRs and 13 RBIs to boot. The Angels will host the Toronto Blue Jays and J.A. Happ this evening. Happ has struggled mightily on the road this year with a 5.14 ERA and .296 batting average against, plus Pujols is a solid .306 hitter at home this season.

2. DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

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2. DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

David Ortiz Red Sox
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The seemingly ageless Ortiz is having another outstanding year for the Sox, as he's on pace to put up his most HRs and RBIs since 2007. He'll continue that quest today when he faces Scott Carroll and the Chicago White Sox. Carroll has been flat-out terrible this season with an ugly 5.05 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, and is allowing LHB to hit a sky-high .326 to this point.

1. SP Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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1. SP Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

Adam Wainwright Cardinals
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This right-hander is having an incredible season thus far. Among all starting pitchers in baseball, he ranks No. 1 in ERA, No. 3 in WHIP, and No. 3 in BAA. He'll take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening at home, and I expect his season to keep rolling along splendidly. The Pirates rank 23rd in baseball in runs per game on the road, and Wainwright has held this team to just two runs in 15 innings of work this season.

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.