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Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week (5/8-5/14)

Mandatory Credit: (Beck Diefenbach/SF Chronicle)

Another week, another chance to pick up some of the best fantasy sleepers.

Yonder Alonso, 1B
Oakland’s first baseman is ranked 6th amongst his counterparts when it comes to points scored, yet is only owned in 23.9 percent of leagues. He’s hit three home runs in his last two games, pushing his season total to nine, which matches his career-high. To go along with that, he’s hitting .311 with 14 runs scored and 24 runs driven in. He also has three multi-hit games in his last five contests. It’s safe to say Alonso is off to a hot enough start to warrant a pick up.

Yunel Escobar, 3B
Escobar is a great injury replacement option for teams weaker at the hot corner. He’s an everyday player for the Angels, and although he was off to a cold start, he’s picked it up as of late. He’s produced multi-hit games in four of his last five, including a two home run performance yesterday and a 4 for 5 game on Thursday. It’s also worth noting that Escobar currently leads the entire league in at-bats. The more times a guy gets up to the plate, the more chances he has to score points. Yunel is 7th in points for third basemen and is owned in just 14.9 percent of leagues.

Kyle Freeland, SP
The Rockies have surprisingly found success in their starting pitching this year, and Freeland has been a big part of it. His second start of the season was a clunker, but if you take that away, he’s allowed one run or fewer in every other start this year. Even with that bad start, he owns a 3-1 record with a 2.65 ERA. A fair warning, he faces the Cubs in his next start, but Freeland has done well against good lineups so far, including two starts against the Dodgers in which he allowed two total runs. His hot start has led him to putting up the 16th most points for starting pitchers, and he’s still available in 86.5 percent of leagues.

TJ Rivera, 1B/2B
With the Mets dealing with a plethora of injuries, Rivera has been able to fill in just about anywhere they need him. He has experience playing every infield position and just became eligible at first base since filling in for Lucas Duda. He’s a high-contact, low strikeout type of hitter, which is helpful when it comes to fantasy. Rivera won’t give you much in the power department, but he’s recorded a hit in seven of his last nine games, and will continue to see consistent time on the field. He’s only owned in 1.9 percent of leagues, so odds are he’s still available in yours.

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