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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 11

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5 Shrewd Plays for July 11

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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 11 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. C - Brian McCann: New York Yankees

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5. C - Brian McCann: New York Yankees

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It's been a lackluster season for this seven-time All-Star thus far, but he has shown life of late by recording hits in six of his past seven games. He has a nice matchup today to try and keep that momentum going. The Yankees will face Miguel Gonzalez and the Baltimore Orioles this evening. Gonzalez is allowing lefties to bat a lofty .295 on the season and has given up a whopping 14 HRs in just 81 innings pitched.

4. 2B - Dustin Pedroia: Boston Red Sox

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4. 2B - Dustin Pedroia: Boston Red Sox

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Pedroia's disappointing season has taken a positive turn of late as he's posted six multi-hit performances over hist last 12 contests. He's batting a cool .388 over that span and should continue that success facing starter Scott Feldman today. Feldman has stunk it up at home this season with an ugly 4.66 ERA, and 17 of his 26 extra-base hits allowed have come against right-handed bats.

3. OF - Christian Yelich: Miami Marlins

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3. OF - Christian Yelich: Miami Marlins

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This youngster has gone into beast mode since returning from a DL stint, as he's batting a tidy .356 over his last 10 games, including seven multi-hit efforts. He'll square off against Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets today, and I see more success for him in my crystal ball. Not only is Wheeler allowing lefties to bat .296 on the season, but Yelich has done the majority of his damage this season off of right-handed pitching.

2. P - Jordan Zimmerman: Washington Nationals

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2. P - Jordan Zimmerman: Washington Nationals

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This hurler has been lights out with an exceptional 1.26 ERA over his last seven starts. He should be able to continue his dominance today on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. The weak Philly offense ranks just 29th in the league in runs per game at home and are batting a paltry .234 vs. right-handed pitching. In his first start against the Phillies this season, Zimmerman shut them out over eight innings of work.

1. 1B - Paul Goldschmidt: Arizona Diamondbacks

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1. 1B - Paul Goldschmidt: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Fantasy's No. 1 1B has taken no prisoners in July as he's batting a ridiculous .469 for the month, including nine extra-base hits in nine games. He gets to face his favorite pitcher today, and that could lead to another huge game. Goldschmidt has absolutely mashed Tim Lincecum in his career with a .577 average in 26 at bats and a whopping seven HRs 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.