Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week (5/15-5/21)

Keon Broxton

Keon Broxton, OF
He’s still available in about 60 percent of leagues, but that percentage is getting smaller and smaller. In May, he’s slashing .395/.435/.744 to go along with three home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. He also has scored 10 runs in the 11 games he’s played this month. The Brewers’ outfielder has shown surprising pop and is always a threat to steal a bag. Broxton is already trending upward, so get him while you can.

Justin Smoak, 1B
For those in need of a first baseman [and those who missed out on Yonder Alonso], Justin Smoak is your guy. He’s only owned in 7.9 percent of leagues. Over his last 15 games, he’s homered four times and scored 10 runs while driving in 13. While his recent hot stretch is great for potential fantasy suitors, what’s even better is the likelihood of him sustaining good numbers. Not only does he play in Toronto, one of the more hitter-friendly stadiums in the league, he’s also overhauled his approach. Smoak has become much more selective and as a result, he’s cut down his strikeout percentage from 32.8 last season to 20.3 this year. All good signs in fantasy terms.

Leury Garcia, OF
Still available in 97 percent of leagues, many owners have a chance to jump on Garcia early. He looks to be the White Sox newest leadoff hitter and has done well in a small sample size atop the order [.329/.421/.833 in four games]. He currently owns a seven-game hitting streak, in which he’s hitting .414. Overall on the season, he’s slashing .307/.343/.485. It seems like a safe bet that Garcia will continue to lead off, considering his exceptional numbers thus far, and with guys like Avisail Garcia, Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier behind him, there should be good opportunities for Leury to score.

Matt Garza, SP
Remember him? The former ALCS MVP hasn’t had good numbers in a while, but he’s off to a good start in 2017 so far. In four starts he owns a 2-0 record, an ERA of 2.66, and 19 strikeouts to just five walks. He’s allowed two or fewer runs and has gone six innings or more in three of his four starts. He has a great matchup ahead of him this week, as he’s set to take on the Padres at Petco Park on Wednesday. Garza owns a 3-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in four career starts against the friars. He’s owned in 15.1 percent of leagues and can be a very high-quality streaming option this week.

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