2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Sept. 4

2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Shrewd Plays For Sept. 4

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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 Sept. 4 and deserve your utmost consideration.

5. 2B Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

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5. 2B Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

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The switch-hitting Zobrist hasn't had a ton of success against right-handed pitching this season, but with a .341 average vs. southpaws, he makes for a smart play this evening. The Rays will host Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. Not only are right-handed batters hitting a lofty .294 against the veteran this year, but Buehrle has posted an ugly 6.27 ERA over his past eight outings.

4. SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

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4. SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels shortstop has raised his batting average by 18 points over his past 13 games, posting a ridiculous .468 average. While he hasn't shown much pop over that stretch, he should continue to score plenty of runs while reaching base so often. The Angles could be in for a whole lot of run-scoring this evening as they'll face starter Kyle Gibson, who has allowed five earned runs or more in six of his last 12 starts.

3. SP Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

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3. SP Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

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Tillman may not be considered an elite starter, but he pitching like one right now. The right-hander has posted a dazzling 1.33 ERA over his past six outings, and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last 16 starts. He should be able to continue his dominance today vs. the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds' offense ranks a lowly 28th in the league in runs per contest, and the club has now lost 17 of its last 24 games.

2. OF Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees

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2. OF Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees

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The speedy Ellsbury has been absolutely dialed in of late as he's posted an electric .415 average with four HRs over his last 53 at-bats. Look for his bat to continue emitting heat when the Yankees face Boston Red Sox starter Brandon Workman this evening. Though Workman pitched pretty well earlier in the season, he owns a horrid 6.83 ERA over his past eight starts.

1. DH Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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1. DH Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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Martinez has tormented opposing pitchers all season, but he's making them wet the bed in fear right now with a superb .389 average over his last 19 games. The switch-hitter has also produced five HRs and 18 RBIs over that stretch, and should be in more good times today. The Tigers will face starter Trevor Bauer, and though he''s coming off consecutive strong outings, he had posted a dismal 5.51 ERA over his previous seven starts.

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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