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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31833725 Sit - R.A. Dickey Sit+-+R.A.+Dickey Fantasy Baseball

I mentioned the hot streak the Blue Jays are on right now in my write-up of Maicer Izturis, but R.A. Dickey isn’t contributing. In fact, June 10th against the White Sox was Toronto’s last loss…guess who started that game. Dickey tried to end the winning streak on June 21st, too. He allowed six earned runs and three homers in a start against Baltimore. Even with a shutout and a start where Dickey only allowed one earned run his ERA in June is still 5.04. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835265 Sit - Johnny Cueto Sit+-+Johnny+Cueto Fantasy Baseball

The ace of the Cincinnati pitching staff had a rough start to say the least in his last outing. Johnny Cueto pitched 4.1 innings and allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits. Cueto’s ERA ballooned from 2.08 to 3.21 and he was saddled with his first loss of the season. For his next appearance, Cueto is probable against Texas on the road. After the beating he took in Arizona, I’m advising owners to consider benching Cueto because of the DH and ballpark factor this week. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835267 Sit - Matt Wieters Sit+-+Matt+Wieters Fantasy Baseball

Another gallery, another mention in the benching portion for Matt Wieters. Last week, the Orioles’ backstop recorded one hit in 15 at-bats (.067). In June, Wieters now has five RBI and two homers. Jason Castro, Russell Martin, and Welington Castillo are all upgrades to your fantasy baseball team if Wieters is your everyday catcher. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835266 Sit - Starlin Castro Sit+-+Starlin+Castro Fantasy Baseball

“The whiff” could be changed to “the Starlin” after Castro K’d seven times in the last five games. In 2013, he has totaled 61 punch outs in 74 games. Last year, Castro only struck out 100 times in all 162 games. Right now, Nick Franklin, Brian Dozier, and the previously listed Maicer Izturis are all better options for your shortstop position. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835261 Sit - Jason Heyward Sit+-+Jason+Heyward Fantasy Baseball

For the second time, Jason Heyward slumped enough last week to land on the “sit list.” In the past seven days, he went 6-30 (.200) with one RBI. Since Heyward was a name found in the top three rounds of this year’s fantasy baseball draft it worries me to see him struggling so much this season. The 27-HR-season in 2012 seems like a distant memory. It’s a weird situation because at a glance his strikeout total isn’t out of the ordinary and his walks are higher than usual. So, one would assume Heyward just isn’t finding the holes in the defense. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835264 Start - Corey Kluber Start+-+Corey+Kluber Fantasy Baseball

When a pitcher rattles off three-straight wins in two weeks, he gets my attention. Corey Kluber has not only accomplished that feat, but he’s done it while accumulating a 1.66 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP with 15 whiffs. Next, Kluber travels to Baltimore for a Thursday start. On the road he is 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA, but most impressively Kluber has 40 strikeouts in just over 42 innings of work. Currently, he’s owned in 14 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835262 Start - Mike Leake Start+-+Mike+Leake Fantasy Baseball

A theme of this week’s Start/Sit gallery will be repeat entries, enter Mike Leake. I must admit, there was a time I suggested Tony Cingrani should replace Leake in the Reds’ rotation, it was in mid-May when Leake was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA. Since then, he’s gone 5-1 and now holds an ERA of 2.61. This month, Leake has a 1.85 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP with 18 strikeouts and only five walks. I’m sorry, Mike. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31833723 Start - Maicer Izturis Start+-+Maicer+Izturis Fantasy Baseball

During the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak, the biggest surprise has been Maicer Izturis. He’s eligible at 2B/SS/3B and utilizing that role with Brett Lawrie and Jose Reyes on the DL. Last week, Izturis went 8-22 (.364) with two homers and five RBI. When it comes to your fantasy baseball middle infield, power numbers are a bonus and Izturis is providing teams with pleasant surprises when they check Toronto’s box score. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31835263 Start - Gregor Blanco Start+-+Gregor+Blanco Fantasy Baseball

His power numbers are dreadful, one homer this season, but Gregor Blanco’s batting average is great. Last week, Blanco batted .500! In 28 at-bats! In the month of June, he’s hitting .373 (28-75) with 10 RBI. For a guy whose average was .255 on June 2nd, Blanco has now been able to boost that number to .304 on the season. Again, terrible in the HR/RBI department, but with a .946 OPS Blanco is worth the addition. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 13 31833724 Start - Pedro Alvarez Start+-+Pedro+Alvarez Fantasy Baseball

Even though my co-worker John Halpin pointed out to me that Pedro Alvarez is owned in 65 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, I had to double check. C’mon, people! Alvarez batted .414 (12-29) last week with four home runs and 10 RBI. In the month of June, Alvarez is 24-76 (.316) with nine homers and 22 RBI. One could even argue that Edwin Encarnacion is the only better-hitting third baseman in the past 30 days. Do yourself a favor and pickup Alvarez if your league is neglecting him. – Adam Meyer

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