2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 23

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For July 23

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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 July 23 and deserve your utmost consideration.

*All stats current through 7:00 pm Tuesday.

5. 1B - Stephen Vogt: Oakland Athletics

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5. 1B - Stephen Vogt: Oakland Athletics

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This lefty has been a pleasant surprise for the A's, as he's batting an impressive .364 over 118 at bats. His bat has been sizzling hot of late, as Vogt has put up six multi-hit efforts over his last 11 games, and sports a dynamic .421 average over that span. Expect more success when he faces Houston Astros starter Brad Peacock on Wednesday. Peacock sports a lousy 4.39 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, plus Vogt is batting .388 vs. right-handed pitching.

4. 2B - Neil Walker: Pittsburgh Pirates

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4. 2B - Neil Walker: Pittsburgh Pirates

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This switch-hitter is on pace for his best MLB season, and has really been dialed in of late. Walker is batting a robust .357 over his past 11 games, plus has chipped in three HRs and seven RBIs to boot. The Pirates will face struggling starter Dan Haren on Wednesday, and look for Walker to take advantage. Haren sports an atrocious 9.64 ERA in three July starts, and has already allowed a whopping 20 HRs on the season.

3. OF - Jason Heyward: Atlanta Braves

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3. OF - Jason Heyward: Atlanta Braves

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We've seen some ups and downs from Heyward this season, but he's currently flying quite high. The lefty is batting a lofty .385 over his past 10 games, and has posted six multi-hit efforts over that span. Miami Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi will be his opponent on Wednesday, and to go along with a horrendous 6.15 ERA over his last seven starts, Heyward has absolutely owned him to the tune of a .455 average in 22 at bats.

2. SS - Jose Reyes: Toronto Blue Jays

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2. SS - Jose Reyes: Toronto Blue Jays

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This speedster has kicked his bat into high gear lately, as he sports an outstanding .375 average over his last nine games. You have to like his chances for another nice game on Wednesday when the Jays host Clay Buchholz and the Boston Red Sox. Buchholz has been simply awful with a 5.46 ERA on the season, and is allowing opponents to bat .298 on the year.

1. P - Madison Bumgarner: San Francisco Giants

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1. P - Madison Bumgarner: San Francisco Giants

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This southpaw has been surprisingly awful at home this season, as he sports an ugly 5.22 ERA. Bumgarner will be in enemy territory on Wednesday, however, and he'll bring his sparkling 1.94 road ERA to the park with him. He'll take on a Philadelphia Phillies squad that ranks 29th in the league in runs per game at home, and have lost five of their last six contests.

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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