Top DFS Plays for 08/14/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Aaron Harang – hitting .400 (8/20) with 2 2Bs, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs & 2 BBs
Gonzo was 3/5 with a pair of doubles and RBIs in his last game against Harang/Braves.

Matt Kemp vs. Aaron Harang – hitting .368 (7/19) with a 2B, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs & 2 BBs
Kemp went 3/4 with a pair of homers with one coming against Harang in their last matchup.

Victor Martinez vs. Francisco Liriano – hitting .481 (13/27) with 6 2Bs, a HR, 7 RBIs & 2 BBs
V-Mart is struggling and Liriano is back, who wins? I got to go with V-Mart, kind of a no brainer start for me today.

Norichika Aoki vs. Jeff Samardzija – hitting .438 (7/16) with a 2B, 2 3Bs & a BB

Dustin Pedroia vs. Scott Feldman – hitting .400 (8/20) with a 2B, a HR & 3 RBIs

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Victor Martinez

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Yu Darvish vs. Tampa Bay Rays – In 4 career starts against the Rays, Darvish has only given up 3 runs. Wow. Start the man folks.

Movie of the Day – Jumanji – Keeping with my Robin Williams theme for the week, I went with a movie that I enjoyed as a kid. I have probably seen this movie at least 30 times. It’s a classic and you must introduce this film to your kids if they haven’t seen it yet.

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