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2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Aug. 19

5 Shrewd Plays for Aug. 19

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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. 19 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 3B - Casey McGehee: Miami Marlins

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5. 3B - Casey McGehee: Miami Marlins

Casey McGehee Marlins
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With five multi-hit efforts over his last 10 games, it's safe to say that McGehee has pulled out of his recent slump. Considering his excellent .319 average against right-handed pitching this year, he should be able to keep the train on the tracks today against the terrible Miles Mikolas. The Rangers' starter now owns a ghastly 7.71 ERA over eight starts and is allowing right-handed bats to hit a lofty .333 on the season.

4. OF - Seth Smith: San Diego Padres

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4. OF - Seth Smith: San Diego Padres

Seth Smith Padres
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This slugger has been seeing the ball extremely well the past month and a half or so, as he's posted an outstanding .345 average since July 1. That number is an even more impressive .393 over his past nine contests, and it could go even higher tonight. The Padres will square off with starter Kevin Correia, and not only does he own an ugly 4.79 ERA on the season, but Smith is batting a robust .350 against him in 20 career at-bats.

3. DH - Billy Butler: Kansas City Royals

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3. DH - Billy Butler: Kansas City Royals

Billy Butler Royals
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It's been an underwhelming 2014 season for Butler, but boy has he fired up the jets of late. The DH is batting an even .400 over his last 15 games, and a trip to Coors Field is likely to help him inflate that number even further. The Colorado Rockies will send lefty Tyler Matzek to the hill against the Royals, and to go along with an awful 5.50 ERA, he's allowing right-handers to bat .309 on the year.

2. P - Hisashi Iwakuma: Seattle Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners
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2. P - Hisashi Iwakuma: Seattle Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners
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Since the beginning of July this right-hander has been making opposing hitters cry to their mommies. Iwakuma has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine outings, and that has resulted in a dreamy 1.83 ERA over that span. Look for more of the same from him today against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Philly bats are hitting a measly .242 vs. right-handers this season, and the team ranks just 23rd in the league in runs per game.

1. 2B - Robinson Cano: Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano Mariners
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1. 2B - Robinson Cano: Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano Mariners
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This perennial All-Star continues to post excellent numbers in his first season with the M's despite playing on an offensively challenged club in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Cano's .329 average ranks second in the AL, and he should be able to improve upon that number today against the struggling A.J. Burnett. Burnett has allowed 27 runs over his last 31.2 innings of work, and Cano is batting .354 vs. right-handers on the year.

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.