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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Aug. 12

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Aug. 12

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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 players could all be in for an outstanding day on Aug. 12 and deserve your utmost consideration.

(All stats current through 7:00 p.m. Monday)

5. SS - Jhonny Peralta: St. Louis Cardinals

Jhonny Peralta Cardinals
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5. SS - Jhonny Peralta: St. Louis Cardinals

Jhonny Peralta Cardinals
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The latter half of July wasn't very friendly to this slugger, but he seems to have found his groove once again. Jhonny Peralta is batting a robust .393 over his last eight games, and has a great matchup on Tuesday to help keep that momentum going. The St. Louis Cardinals will square off with starter Jarred Cosart, and the right-hander has been pounded to the tune of a 7.90 ERA over his last five outings.

4. 1B - Mark Trumbo: Arizona Diamondbacks

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4. 1B - Mark Trumbo: Arizona Diamondbacks

Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks
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It's been a pretty terrible season for this slugger, but he appears to be revving up for a strong finish. Trumbo has posted an excellent .343 average so far in nine August contests, plus has chipped in a HR and nine RBIs already this month. The matchup on Tuesday is a delectable one as the D-backs will face starter T.J. House. Trumbo has been far better vs. lefties this season, and House is allowing right-handers to bat a lofty .321 on the year.

3. 2B - Jason Kipnis: Cleveland Indians

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3. 2B - Jason Kipnis: Cleveland Indians

Jason Kipnis Indians
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It doesn't look like Kipnis is going to rediscover his power stroke any time soon, but he is swinging the bat pretty well lately. The talented second baseman is batting a solid .326 over his last 11 games, and has turned that into nine runs scored. The Indians will square off with Josh Collmenter and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Collmenter has struggled vs. lefties this season, as he's allowed them to bat an even .300 to this point.

2. OF - Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels

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2. OF - Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout Angels
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It's never a bad idea to insert the best player in baseball into your daily fantasy baseball lineup, but it's an exquisite idea to do so on Tuesday. The Angels will face one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season in Jerome Williams, and Trout may just have a field day at the plate. Williams has posted a dreadful 6.71 ERA on the season, and that number sits at a ghastly 9.40 over his last 20.1 innings of work.

1. P - Chris Sale: Chicago White Sox

Chris Sale White Sox
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1. P - Chris Sale: Chicago White Sox

Chris Sale White Sox
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Few pitchers have been as dominant as this southpaw in 2014 as Sale has now posted a 10-2 record to go along with a sparkling 2.14 ERA. His 10.18 K's per nine innings ranks fifth among all starters in baseball, and he makes for a fantastic play on Tuesday. The Sox will take on the San Francisco Giants, and to go along with an awful 5-12 record over their last 17 played, the team has only plated 2.94 runs per contest over that span.

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.