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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31839124 Sit - Justin Verlander Sit+-+Justin+Verlander Fantasy Baseball

Now, you’re just going to think I’m crazy. Yes, I’m really suggesting that you should bench Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo, AND Justin Verlander this week. If the strikeouts were coming, I’d be able to look past the four-game winless streak and 11 earned runs in his last three starts. But, only producing four strikeouts in back-to-back games isn’t enough. Plus, JV is slated to pitch against Toronto this Thursday. Looking through his numbers, Verlander is not a fan of the Blue Jays. Toronto provides the second-highest ERA among AL teams for Verlander (4.59 in seven outings). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31838023 Sit - J.J. Hardy Sit+-+J.J.+Hardy Fantasy Baseball

The middle infield spots are very fickle when it comes to riding the fantasy baseball waves. It’s extremely rare to find a Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, and now a Jean Segura-type of player that will constantly provide positive stats for your team. At times, J.J. Hardy can be in that echelon of talent, but now is not that time. Last week, Hardy hit .200 (5-25) with two RBI and zero home runs. Currently, Mike Aviles, Jose Iglesias, and Maicer Izturis are better options at SS. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31839123 Sit - Todd Frazier Sit+-+Todd+Frazier Fantasy Baseball

Speaking of lowering averages and fewer power numbers, Todd Frazier is slumping a tad in his sophomore season. Last year, I was high on Frazier because he was a player you could buy low and plug in to your 3B slot while finding HR and RBI numbers from other positions. Now, his cost went up and his numbers stayed the same, and even fell in some areas. Last week, Frazier batted .125 (2-16) with zero RBI. In fact, he’s now played in 11-straight games without driving in a run. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31838022 Sit - Mark Trumbo Sit+-+Mark+Trumbo Fantasy Baseball

The Angels’ DH is known for his sky-scraping homers, but his “Trum-bombs” are looking more like “Trumb-doubles.” It’s not as catchy or pleasing for fantasy owners. Though his doubles have risen, 19 in 2012 and 16 currently in 2013, Mark Trumbo’s batting average is falling. Last year, Trumbo hung around .270 and this season his average has dipped to .250. Fewer power numbers and a lower average is the worst combination. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31839120 Sit - Albert Pujols Sit+-+Albert+Pujols Fantasy Baseball

This post won’t make a lot of fantasy baseball owners happy (1-in-12…ish). First, there’s the fact that Pujols has eight-straight games without a home run. Second, “The Machine” has only mustered two RBI in the last seven days. Third, Pujols’ 3-27 (.111) in his last week lowers his season batting average to .249. Fourth, June isn’t the end of his struggles. It’s unfair to combine his career-long averages because the 12-year vet has been successful ever since he put on a Cardinal uniform. But, in the last three years, Pujols has his second-worst OBP in July (.359). If you own him, wait for August. If you don’t have Pujols, I would suggest buying low. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31838019 Start - Jhoulys Chacin Start+-+Jhoulys+Chacin Fantasy Baseball

It’s difficult to back any type of pitcher for the Rockies given their home field, but Jhoulys Chacin is trying to be the exception to the rule. He’s pitched back-to-back scoreless outings and four-straight starts allowing two earned runs or less. Needless to say, those performances have garnered four more wins to his stat line. The most impressive feat, three of those starts were at Coors Field. Next, Chacin is probable against division-foe Los Angeles, at home. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31838021 Start - Ryan Flaherty Start+-+Ryan+Flaherty Fantasy Baseball

For a guy batting .215 this season, Ryan Flaherty is impressing. For starters, his average was .146 on June 1st and has climbed almost daily. In his last six games, Flaherty has hit four homers with nine RBI. As a second baseman, where power numbers are rare to find, he is a solid addition for owners of the slumping Kyle Seager, Marco Scutaro, or the injured Padres (Jedd Gyrko and Everth Cabrera). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31839121 Start - Leonys Martin Start+-+Leonys+Martin Fantasy Baseball

In almost every Head-to-Head Thread I post Leonys Martin is mentioned in one way or another. Mainly, it’s all about his speed. This season, Martin has 16 swipes in 18 attempts, with four-straight games with a steal. Still not sold? How about his 14-game hitting streak? Batting in the nine-spot his RBI total is slim, but Martin’s 2-home run game last Tuesday proves that his bat does have some power. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31838020 Start - Jeff Keppinger Start+-+Jeff+Keppinger Fantasy Baseball

Chicago had a rough four-game series against Cleveland, but Jeff Keppinger was a bright spot for fantasy baseball owners. In the last seven days, Keppinger is hitting .400 (8-20) with one home run and four RBI. Paul Konerko is currently nursing a back injury and Keppy is reaping the benefits, while hitting in the clean-up spot. Next, his White Sox host Baltimore, a team with the worst ERA in the A.L. in the month of June. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 14 31839122 Start - Eric Young, Jr. Start+-+Eric+Young%2C+Jr. Fantasy Baseball

A change of scenery, and some playing time, is all Eric Young needed. It only took 10 games for EY to surpass his 57-game RBI total, six RBI, with the Rockies in 2013. Also, in the last seven days, Young is batting .407 (11-27) with New York. In Young’s 165 at-bats with Colorado, his average was .265 with nine doubles. After 43 ABs with the Mets, Young’s average is around .350 with four doubles. Plus, he’s already swiped one bag, with plenty more to come. – Adam Meyer

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