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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Aug. 5

5 Shrewd Plays for Aug. 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 for an outstanding day on Aug. 5 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 1B - Jon Singleton: Houston Astros

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5. 1B - Jon Singleton: Houston Astros

Jon Singleton Astros
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The Houston rookie has generally struggled this season with a terrible .195 average, but he's found a lot of success in recent days. Singleton is batting a cool .467 over his past four starts along with three HRs and six RBIs over that span. He's likely to keep the train rolling today when the Astros face starter Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick sports an awful 6.61 ERA over his last eight starts and is allowing lefties to bat .306 against him this year.

4. 2B - Ben Zobrist: Tampa Bay Rays

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4. 2B - Ben Zobrist: Tampa Bay Rays

Ben Zobrist Rays
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This switch-hitter has raised his season average 10 points over his last 10 games as he's batting a gaudy .436 over that stretch. He's also chipped in two HRs and eight runs scored during that time, so he's been quite a valuable commodity indeed. The Rays will square off with the struggling Jason Hammel this evening, and in four starts since being traded to the Oakland Athletics, he's posted an incredibly dreadful 9.53 ERA.

3. C - Devin Mesoraco: Cincinnati Reds

Devin Mesoraco Reds
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3. C - Devin Mesoraco: Cincinnati Reds

Devin Mesoraco Reds
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Cincy's catcher has played well despite his team's struggles of late. The Reds' offense has seemingly taken a hiatus since the All-Star break, but Mesoraco continues to shine with five multi-hit efforts over his last nine games. The Reds have a great matchup against starter Josh Tomlin this evening, so look for Mesoraco to take advantage. Right-handers are batting .305 against Tomlin this year, who only sports a 5.82 ERA his past seven outings.

2. OF - Adam Eaton: Chicago White Sox

Adam Eaton White Sox
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2. OF - Adam Eaton: Chicago White Sox

Adam Eaton White Sox
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Over his last 16 games, Eaton has apparently decided to get base hits and chew some gum, and he's all out of gum. The speedy outfielder is batting a remarkable .485 over that span and has pitched in 13 runs scored as well. You've got to love love love the matchup for him today against starter Colby Lewis. Lewis owns an ugly 5.98 ERA on the season, and left-handers are batting a ridiculous .374 against him.

1. P - Felix Hernandez: Seattle Mariners

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1. P - Felix Hernandez: Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez Mariners
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King Felix is one of the front-runners for the AL Cy Young Award, and it's easy to see why. Hernandez sports an 11-3 record on the season and leads the AL with a sparking 2.01 ERA. That ERA sits at a microscopic 1.44 over his last 14 outings and could go even lower today. He'll face an Atlanta Braves club that ranks 27th in the league in runs per game and have scored a total of 13 runs their past six games, resulting in an 0-6 record.

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.