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Jake Arrieta, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton among Aug. 6 must-plays for daily fantasy baseball

By Michael Beller
August 06, 2014

SI's FanNation app has arrived, offering daily fantasy sports games that let you put your skills on the line for money or just for bragging rights, leading off with the launch of Baseball Throwdown. Every day, SI's Michael Beller will release his lineup for that day's Baseball Throwdown contest and offer up other recommendations to get your team ready for the day's slate of games. Download the FanNation app today and get started challenging your friends.


Jake Arrieta, Cubs (@ Rockies) -- Arrieta dominated the Rockies his last time out, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. That start was in Chicago rather than the thin air in Denver, but Arrieta is still a strong choice in daily fantasy leagues on Wednesday. He has made 10 consecutive quality starts, putting up a 1.70 ERA and 78 strikeouts across 69 innings in that stretch. The Rockies are still without Troy Tulowitzki, making this lineup less potent than usual.


Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (@ Yankees, Chris Capuano) -- When Cabrera steps into the box for the first time against Capuano on Wednesday, he’ll be seeing a pitcher who he has owned in their respective careers. In 23 plate appearances, Cabrera is slashing .391/.391/.957 with four homers, a double and eight RBI against the Yankees’ lefty. Cabrera should be able to continue that script in New York.


Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (@ Pirates, Jeff Locke) -- Stanton has been swinging the bat well of late, going 8-for-24 with three homers, two doubles and five RBI in his last seven games. He has also drawn six walks in that span, which play well in the daily fantasy game on Fan Nation. Moreover, he has dominated Locke in their past meetings, going 6-for-9 with a pair of homers.

Other Recommendations


• ​​Sonny Gray, A’s (vs. Rays) -- Gray has allowed a total of five runs while striking out 38 batters in his last six starts, a stretch that covers 42 innings.
• ​​Chris Sale, White Sox (vs. Rangers) -- Sale would be a lot easier to recommend if he didn’t have an 18-point projection. Still, it’s hard to ignore the best pitcher on the board.


• ​​Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (@ Rockies, Jordan Lyles) -- Rizzo had his eight-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, but he’s always a good bet in Coors Field.
• ​​Chris Davis, Orioles (@ Blue Jays, Drew Hutchison) -- Davis may finally be getting on track after going 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and two RBI on Tuesday.


• ​​Josh Harrison, Pirates (vs. Marlins, Tom Koehler) -- Harrison is 17-for-40 with five homers, five doubles and seven RBI in his last nine games.
• ​​Carlos Gomez, Brewers (vs. Giants, Ryan Vogelsong) -- Gomez is mired in a bit of a slump, but when he has connected recently, he has made it count. He’s 5-for-18 with a home run, double and four RBI in his last four games. He’s also 2-for-3 with a triple against Vogelsong.

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