Daily Fantasy Baseball: Quintana, Desmond the best starts on Aug. 13
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Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (@ Giants) -- Quintana continues to be one of the most underappreciated pitchers in the league. He held the Mariners to two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings his last time out, and he was forced out early after errors by the White Sox required him to throw more pitchers than he should have. In his last five starts, he has a 2.20 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. With a 3.04 ERA and 2.92 FIP on the season, he’s proving that Chris Sale isn't the only pitcher in the White Sox’ rotation.
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals (@ Mets, Bartolo Colon) -- Desmond is on a bit of a power binge, homering in each of his last two games and three of his last five. In that same time frame, he has six RBI, five runs and two walks. Desmond has also owned Colon in their brief history against one another, going 3-for-6 with a pair of roundtrippers. Ride Desmond’s hot bat and good matchup in daily fantasy leagues on Wednesday.
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (vs. Diamondbacks, Andrew Chafin) -- Brantley is having a huge August, slashing .410/.422/.667 with two homers, four doubles and 10 RBI in 43 plate appearances. In his last four games, he’s 6-for-14 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and three walks. The Diamondbacks promoted Chafin to start the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader after he posted an uninspiring 5.40 ERA and 4.95 FIP at Triple-A Reno this year.
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals (@ Mets) -- The Mets have actually gotten to Zimmermann a bit this year, scoring six runs in 12 1/3 innings, but this is still a good matchup for him.
Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s (@ Royals) -- Kazmir has scuffled a bit in his last two starts, but he allowed just five runs in his five previous starts.
Josh Donaldson, Oakland A’s (@ Royals, Jason Vargas) -- Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Tuesday, but he has struggled against Vargas in his career.
Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (vs. Brewers, Kyle Lohse) -- Rizzo hit his 26th homer on Tuesday, which is second in the NL and tied for sixth in the majors. He’s hitting .450/.522/.550 in 23 career plate appearances against Lohse.
Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles (vs. Yankees, Michael Pineda) -- Cruz is 5-for-10 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI in his last three games.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (vs. Phillies, A.J. Burnett) -- Trout has four hits, including two home runs, in his last three games, tacking on a few points to his slugging percentage.