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Adam Meyer

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When it comes to head-to-head fantasy baseball league scoring, as the week ends you notice the categories in which you need a boost. What I intend to provide is a list of fantasy free agents to assist you in a victory come Sunday night.

Top 12 @ 12

Fantasy contributor Adam Meyer provides owners the Top 12 fantasy baseball matchups of the day in his 12 @ 12 feature.


Runs:

Daniel Nava (BOS) – Over the past two weeks, Nava has touched home plate 11 times. In the Boston Red Sox lineup he normally bats second, before Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.  So, the big bats behind him make him an under-the-radar asset in this category.

Other notables: Michael Brantley (CLE), Starling Marte (PIT), and Eric Young Jr. (COL)

Home runs:

Matt Joyce (TB) – There are hot streaks and then there are ridiculously hot streaks. Matt Joyce is currently on the latter. On the season he has only hit six homers, but in the last five days he has hit four home runs. This ride has taken place during a long road trip. First, Tampa Bay flew to Chicago, then Kansas City, and now, his Rays travel to Colorado. That’s right, the thin air of Coors Field. Pick’em up!

Other notables: Pedro Alvarez (PIT), Luis Valbuena (CHC), and Eric Chavez (ARI)

RBI:

Yuniesky Betancourt (MIL) – There’s a phrase I like to say for guys who play above their talents, “ride the wave.” In my week five start/sit gallery I mentioned Yuniesky Betancourt’s hot streak and he continues to click. In the past seven days, he’s hit four home runs and tallied seven RBI. Milwaukee is also surfing the Betancourt wave and batting him fourth, behind Ryan Braun.

Other notables: Josh Donaldson (OAK), Gabby Sanchez (PIT), and Brandon Belt (SF)

Stolen bases:

Juan Pierre (MIA) – Available in 97 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy baseball leagues, Juan Pierre has pilfered six bags in his last eight games. On the season, he’s stolen nine bases on 10 attempts. The Marlins may have the worst-scoring offense in baseball this year (81 runs), but that won’t stop Pierre from doing damage on the base paths.

Other notables: Rajai Davis (TOR), Denard Span (WAS), and Jarrod Dyson (KC)

Wins:

Patrick Corbin (ARI) – If there was a poster boy for consistency it would be Patrick Corbin. In his five starts this season, he's gone at least six innings, allowed two runs or fewer and his Diamondbacks have won. Now, Corbin hasn’t received a "W" every time he toes the rubber, but he has put himself in the position to earn the dubya. Corbin’s next probable start is in pitcher-friendly San Diego where the Padres currently own a losing record (5-7) and average 3.9 runs per game.

Other notables: Jonathan Pettibone (PHI), Jeff Locke (PIT), and Bartolo Colon (OAK)

Strikeouts:

Tony Cingrani (CIN) – When Cincinnati’s ace Johnny Cueto left a start with a strained right lat injury, fantasy owners and Reds’ fans were concerned for the future. Enter Cingrani. In his first two starts, he faced the Marlins and the Cubs and was dominant: 12 IP, 3 ER, and 17 Ks. While experts chalked up his early success to playing subpar opponents, Cingrani took the hill against the Nationals and had an even more impressive outing: 6 IP, 0 ER, and 11 Ks. Even if the Reds offense can’t manufacture any runs to get Cingrani the win, he’ll still punch-out enough batters to make an impact on your roster.

Other notables: A.J. Griffin (OAK), Daniel Straily (OAK), and Julio Teheran (ATL)

Tagged: Red Sox, Brewers, Athletics, Reds, Pirates, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Rays, Juan Pierre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Matt Joyce, Daniel Nava

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