Posted: Fri June 28, 2013 10:30AM; Updated: Fri July 5, 2013 11:26AM
Michael Beller
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Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Scoop up San Diego's starters

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San Diego Padres' Eric Stults
San Diego's Eric Stults has been on a roll, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts.
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Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:

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• If you need to stream a pitcher or two this weekend, train your focus on the San Diego Padres. They visit the Marlins and send two underrated starters to the mound. Eric Stults will take the ball Saturday, and is there for the taking in way too many leagues. Stults has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts and has gone at least seven innings in all but one of those. His 3.20 ERA is supported by a 3.24 FIP. Like Corey Kluber last week, Stults is a viable guy to own well beyond this weekend in mixed leagues.

• On Sunday, the Padres send Andrew Cashner to the bump. Cashner hasn't been as hot as his teammate recently, but he's still delivered a great season to date, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.34 ERA and 3.72 FIP. He allowed just one run in eight innings against the Giants his last time out, and, of course, gets the Marlins this weekend. Cashner can make a big difference if you need some help on Sunday.

• Finally, Joe Blanton is on a good run of late, striking out 34 batters in his last four starts, a stretch that covers 27 innings. He's now fanning nearly five batters for every walk, and he gets a great matchup against the Astros on Saturday. He might be a risk for your rate categories, but if you're looking to stream over the weekend, chances are you aren't too worried about your rates. Blanton is a solid option this weekend.

Enjoy the games this weekend. We'll see you on Monday.

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