2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 10

5 Shrewd Plays for July 10

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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 10 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. OF- Lorenzo Cain: Kansas City Royals

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5. OF- Lorenzo Cain: Kansas City Royals

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The Royals CF is having a nice season to this point, but he has really turned on the jets of late with a .444 average and five steals over his last six games. He's also batting a cool .365 at home this year, and that's where he'll be when KC takes on the Detroit Tigers today. Tigers starter Drew Smyly has been rocked in each of his past two starts by weak offenses, and right-handers are batting a lofty .323 against him.

4. SS - Erick Aybar: Los Angeles Angels

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4. SS - Erick Aybar: Los Angeles Angels

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Aybar has been steady as a rock the past couple weeks, as he's managed at least one hit in 13 of his last 15 games. Expect more of the same when the Angels take on one of the worst starters in baseball tonight. Colby Lewis will get the nod for the Texas Rangers in this one, and he has stunk it up this year to the tune of an ugly 5.51 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. Most incredibly, he's allowing lefties to hit a remarkably high .378 this season.

3. C - Jonathan Lucroy: Milwaukee Brewers

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3. C - Jonathan Lucroy: Milwaukee Brewers

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Fantasy's No. 1 catcher is off to a slow start in July, but perhaps yesterday's day off allowed him to recharge his battery. There's nothing like facing a bad pitcher to get a bat going again, and that's what Lucroy will face today. David Buchanan will get the start for the Philadelphia Phillies in this one, and not only does he own a stinky 5.26 road ERA, but right-handed bats have especially given him trouble this year.

2. P - Scott Kazmir: Oakland Athletics

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2. P - Scott Kazmir: Oakland Athletics

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This southpaw rebounded from his worst start of the season by allowing just one run in each of his last two outings while striking out 15. Look for another strong performance when he takes on a struggling San Francisco Giants team this afternoon. The Giants own a terrible 8-20 record their past 28 games and have scored a minuscule 2.89 runs per contest over that span.

1. 3B - Adrian Beltre: Texas Rangers

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1. 3B - Adrian Beltre: Texas Rangers

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This slugger's bat is blistering hot right now as he's batting an incredible .444 over his last 17 games and has chipped in four HRs and 14 RBIs over that span. Beltre and his .375 home average will welcome in Hector Santiago and the Los Angeles Angels today. On top of an awful 0-7 record on the season, Santiago sports a crummy 4.50 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Beltre may just light him up like a Christmas tree in this one.

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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