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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Pitchers Who Will Help You Win Your Daily Leagues on Aug. 9 (Evening Edition)

5 Pitchers Who Will Help You Win Your Daily Leagues on Aug. 9 (Evening Edition)

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Tonight's MLB slate features 11 games with some good options to choose from. If you read today's early edition, then you should be happy with the options that were given and hopefully your hitters are providing support to help your lineups. Now let's take a look at the top five for this evening's games.

(Prices are based off FanDuel salary-cap leagues)

5. James Shields - Kansas City Royals ($8300)

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5. James Shields - Kansas City Royals ($8300)

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Shields isn't the sexiest pick today, but that's mostly due to his moderate 7.43 K/9 rate for the season. Additionally, his 6.68 strikeout rate over the past month is even less sexy. However, he still remains a safe and solid option against a San Francisco Giants team that's been sputtering a bit lately. It also helps that the Royals have been swinging hot bats lately and give Shields a great chance for the win. As mentioned earlier, he is safe.

4. Garrett Richards - Los Angeles Angels ($8700)

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4. Garrett Richards - Los Angeles Angels ($8700)

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Richards runs into a great matchup tonight against the Boston Red Sox. The struggling BoSox are ranked 28th in team wOBA over the last seven days and that's an improvement from where they were ranked over a two-week span, which was dead last. As for Richards, over the past month he has a 2-2 record with a 2.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and an 8.03 K/9 rate. The Angels hitters should be able to provide enough run support to get him the quality start and win.

3. Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers ($11,100)

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3. Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers ($11,100)

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Over the past month, Darvish has a 2-1 record with a 2.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and an insane 11.88 K/9 rate. He also gets to face the Houston Astros, that own the worst strikeout rate in the league with 23.4 percent. Additionally, over the last seven days, they have been ranked 16th in wOBA. They were able to beat up on Darvish in their last meeting, but were dominated by him the meeting before that. Tonight should be another dominant one for Darvish.

2. Francisco Liriano - Pittsburgh Pirates ($7,400)

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2. Francisco Liriano - Pittsburgh Pirates ($7,400)

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Liriano is one of those pitchers that can have his ups and downs. Fortunately, he's having one of his "up" streaks as his 2.17 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 10.24 K/9 rate have been extremely impressive. Tonight he gets to face the San Diego Padres and their offense isn't very good. Granted they were hot to begin the month, but that flame has seemed to fizzle now. This makes for a perfect matchup for Liriano to keep his own flame going.

1. Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies ($9800)

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1. Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies ($9800)

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Cole Hamels has been downright filthy over the past month with a 1.22 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 9.24 K/9 rate. Tonight he gets to face a dismal Mets team that's been ranked dead last in team wOBA over the past week. Additionally, they were ranked third to last over the last two weeks and dead last once again for the past month. Therefore, this matchup couldn't get any better for Hamels and makes him the clear-cut top pitcher for tonight.

Roje Smith is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RoKnowsDFS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google