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Things have been pretty good lately for my Star Fantasy Leagues daily lineups. My teams have finished in the money in three of my last five freerolls. I’ll be more than happy with a top-three finish in leagues with 70+ entrants once or twice a week. So, with this decent run of success, I’m just going to stick to what I’ve been doing, which is grabbing high-strikeout pitchers with good matchups and streaking hitters. To build a team for yourself, visit SFL and use the promo code “SJN” for a 40% deposit bonus. Hopefully this lineup can help yours.
(C) Salvador Perez $5,441 – The Kansas City offense has been very good over the last five games as the Royals have scored 35 runs. Perez has been a big part of that. He has seven hits and nine RBI in those games and has scored in three of them.
(1B) Billy Butler $6,361 – Butler has been another contributor to the Royals’ surging offense. He has 10 hits over his last five games and has hit a home run in two straight. He’s hitting .367/.446/.561 with five homers this month.
(2B) Emilio Bonifacio $4,128 – I might as well start right out with a KC hat trick. Bonifacio has also been productive lately, with seven hits, three walks, and three runs in the last four games. He also has four stolen bases over the last week.
(3B) Martin Prado $7,528 – Even a day off on Sunday couldn’t slow Prado down. He is 3-for-7 in his two games since with two walks, six RBI, and two runs. His .369 average in August is his highest single-month average this season.
(SS) Ian Desmond $6,660 – Desmond has a short four-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-18 with two home runs, three runs, four RBI, and a stolen base. He is enjoying a well-rounded season with a .280 average, 19 homers, 63 RBI, and 17 steals.
(OF) Will Venable $5,928 – With five hits in his last two games, Venable has continued his incredible run this month, hitting safely in all but one game in August. He’s as safe a bet as anyone right now.
(OF) Gerardo Parra $5,900 – On the other side of the field from Venable tonight is Parra, who is coming off his first career five-RBI game, thanks to a a three-run homer and two-run single. He has eight hits in his last three games.
(OF) Dayan Viciedo $5,015 – While Viciedo has been largely disappointing this season, his current stretch is one of his best of the season. He has a six-game hitting streak for the White Sox with 10 hits. If there is ever a time to use him, it’s now.
(U) Michael Bourn $5,518 – Like Viciedo, Bourn hasn’t been all that his team has wanted this year. He has shown a little bit of life recently, though. He has hits and runs in six of his last seven games.
(SP) Chris Sale $17,500 – Sale is coming off a rough outing against the Rangers but he is getting the best medicine for recovery tonight with a matchup against the Astros. He has made two starts against them in his career and has been great. In 16 innings, he has yet to give up an earned run, while striking out 21. This is an opportunity dreams are made of.
(SP) Stephen Strasburg $14,360 – In his last time out, Strasburg came within one out of a complete game against the Cubs. Now, he’ll face the Marlins, against whom he has been fairly successful. In 11 career starts, he is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. In his last start against Miami in July, he went only two innings and gave up seven runs. Surely, he’ll be looking to bounce back from that.
(RP) Koji Uehara $2,090 – A Red Sox-Orioles game should lend itself to being a close one, but last night, Boston really took it to Baltimore. I’m counting on this one being within a couple runs, but with the Sox still getting the edge, and giving Koji the save chance.
(P) John Lackey $13,474 – One of the reasons I think Uehara will get a save opportunity is because of Lackey. After some pedestrian performances in late July and early August, he has bounced back with a couple of great ones. Though he took the loss on Friday, he limited a good Dodgers lineup to just three runs and two hits over eight innings. He’s 12-5 lifetime against Baltimore with a 3.48 ERA, so the stars could be aligning for a big night at Fenway.
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