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Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup for August 21

Rays 3B Evan Longoria
Rays 3B Evan Longoria

Aug 14, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) doubles during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-4. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today, we go for the trifecta. Last Wednesday, my Star Fantasy Leagues daily lineup finished third in the 74-person freeroll. My lineup on Monday was even better, finishing first in the 76-person freeroll. My 89.15 points was my highest one-day total this year. Now, we go for three straight payouts, and I feel like this is a team that can give me a chance. To try one for yourself, go to SFL and use the promo code “SJN” for a 40% deposit bonus.

(C) Matt Wieters $5,860 – Wieters seems to know what he’s doing at home. In his four games since returning to Camden Yards, Wieters has gone 5-for-16, and three of those hits were home runs. Not a bad stretch to build on.

(1B) Mark Trumbo $7,045 – Over his last four games, Trumbo has two hits in each, which also includes three home runs and eight RBI. He’s now up to 29 homers and 83 RBI on the year.

(2B) Robinson Cano $8,289 – During yesterday’s doubleheader, Cano went 6-for-8 in the two Yankee wins, including a 4-for-4 performance in the first game. In the last week, he has four games with at least three hits.

(3B) Martin Prado $7,061 – Prado is enjoying his best month of the season. With help from his current eight-game hitting streak, he is hitting .387 in August with three home runs and 18 RBI.

(SS) Ian Desmond $6,404 – Desmond had struggled for a few games before bouncing back yesterday. On Tuesday, he went 2-for-4 with a walk in Washington’s win over the Cubs. He’s only a week removed from an 11-for-24 six-game hitting streak, so yesterday’s game could be the start of another one.

(OF) Alfonso Soriano $7,902 – Though the last couple of days haven’t been as successful for Soriano, he’s still been one of the best hitters in baseball for the last week. From the 13th through 17th, he went 15-for-22 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and nine runs. Things have been going pretty well for the Yankees this week, so there’s no reason to think Soriano can’t have a big part in it.

(OF) Matt Joyce $5,681 – It’s been a nice start to the week for Joyce. In his two games in Baltimore, he’s gone 3-for-5 with a double, home run, five RBI, and three runs. In eight games at Camden Yards this season, he’s hitting .387. That should bode well for tonight.

(OF) Alex Rios $7,022 – Rios has now been with Texas for 10 games and he has hits in eight of them. Mixed in with that are three stolen bases. The Rangers have put up 38 runs over their last four games so a little production from him could go a long way.

(U) Evan Longoria $7,416 – Longoria has hits in seven of his last eight games, has scored in six of them, and has home runs in three. Like Joyce, he also enjoys hitting against the Orioles.  In 14 games this year, he has a .327 average against them.

(SP) Anibal Sanchez $17,339 – Sanchez is the night’s most expensive pitching option, and for good reason. He is 4-0 in his last five starts. He’s allowed just six runs in 35 innings during that stretch. He’ll face the Twins tonight. In six games against them in his career, he owns a 2.80 ERA and strikes out more than a batter an inning.

(SP) Cliff Lee $16,153 – I’ll pair the highest-cost pitcher today with the second-highest. It’s been a month-and-a-half since Lee won his last game, and his post-All Star break ERA is 5.04. I still can’t help but feel good about him facing the Rockies at home tonight, though. In three career starts against them, he has a 2.33 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

(RP) Jonathan Papelbon $1,867 – Let’s double down of Phillies pitchers tonight, shall we? I used Papelbon on Monday when he hadn’t earned a save in more than a month. It worked. I say it happens again.

(P) Adam Warren $1,750 – This is a play based mostly on cost. Warren’s price comes at that of a low-end closer, yet he’s getting the start for the Yankees tonight. He has yet to make a start this season, so this is a bit of a gamble. In 24 games out of the bullpen, he is 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 58 innings. I’m not expecting a bunch of points here. But I’ll be happy with even five or six coming at such a cheap price.

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