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Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week

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The fantasy baseball season is still young, but that’s no excuse to overlook some of the best waiver wire finds.

These four players, more than likely, are available in your league, and should be given a serious look by owners in need.

Austin Hedges, C
The Padres backstop got off to a horrible start this season, batting .037 up to a week ago. Since then, he’s hit .350 with four HR [currently on a three game HR streak] and eight RBI in his last six games. Hedges is only owned in 6.5 percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN, so he’s more than likely taking a nap on your local waiver wire. With the catching position being a tricky one in fantasy leagues, Hedges is a good option to start while he continues his hot streak.

Aaron Altherr, OF
With Howie Kendrick sidelined for at least a couple more weeks, Altherr will see considerable playing time for the foreseeable future. Altherr is hitting .360 with five RBI on the season, and has seven runs in his last six games. He also has had three straight multi-hit games and can be a threat to steal. Altherr is definitely a good temporary gap-filler in the outfield for fantasy teams weak at the position. Oh, and he’s only owned in 1.1 percent of leagues.

Archie Bradley, P
Although he’s listed as a starting pitcher, his eligibility might change soon. Bradley, who was once a heralded prospect, has seemed to find a niche as a high-leverage reliever in the D-Backs bullpen. On the year, he owns a 0.79 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. He’s struck out 12 batters in 11.1 innings and has thrown more than an inning in each of his appearances so far, including a 3.1 inning performance against the Giants in which he struck out seven batters. Bradley will also have the opportunity to spot start for Arizona this year, only increasing his fantasy value. He’s only owned in 5.2 percent of leagues, so odds are you still have a chance to grab him.

Hector Santiago, SP
Santiago has gotten off to a very hot start in his first four outings this year. He’s 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 17 strikeouts, yet is only owned in 13.3 percent of leagues. The most impressive part about Santiago’s start is the teams he’s done it against. He’s already faced a strong White Sox lineup, the Royals who have plenty of former All-Stars, and the ever-so intimidating Detroit Tigers lineup twice. He faces another tough task in his next start on Wednesday, when he’ll match up against the Rangers in Arlington, but Santiago has clearly done well against star-studded lineups so far.

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