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Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week (5/29-6/4)

Mandatory Credit: (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Peacock, RP/SP
The 29-year-old right hander made a spot start for Dallas Keuchel last week and pitched masterfully. Peacock only pitched 4.1 innings [he could have gone longer had the Astros not been expecting him to be available in the pen again], allowed no runs on one hit and struck out eight. Peacock’s season ERA now sits at an impressive 0.87, lower than his WHIP which is 0.97, yet he’s only owned in 7.8 percent of leagues. It was safe to say he had earned another start after that performance against the Tigers, and AJ Hinch will indeed give him another opportunity on Monday against the Twins. Peacock is a great streaming option, but also could be useful beyond just this one start, whether he stays in the rotation or goes back to the pen.

Jed Lowrie, 2B
Lowrie has seen great offensive numbers so far this year, slashing .303/.369/.489 to go along with six homers, 16 RBI and 29 runs scored. His numbers are good for fifth amongst all second basemen, yet he’s available in nearly 70 percent of leagues. He’s got five multi-hit performances in his last 10 games, including a 4-4 game and two other three-hit games. Lowrie is a great fill-in option for teams needing a second baseman for the short-term.

Tommy Pham, OF
Pham has found plenty of success since being called up on May 5th. He’s slashed .339/.411/.597, hit four HR with 13 RBI in just 18 games. The Cardinals have done a nice job of keeping his hot bat in the lineup, and Pham continues to capitalize. He’s homered in each of his last two games and has hit safely in each of his last four. Pham is only owned in 9.3 percent of leagues and would fit perfectly on any team in need of some outfield help.

Ty Blach, SP/RP
While his overall numbers may not look all that pretty [3-2, 3.83 ERA], Blach has shown signs of being a reliable pitching option. He’s gone seven innings or more in five of his seven starts this season, including each of his last four. He’s done this against some good competition too, holding the Dodgers to one run in seven innings, and the Cubs to three runs in seven innings in back to back starts. If you took away his one clunker this season [8 runs in 3 innings in Cincy], his numbers would look much better and would be a far better representation of the type of pitcher Blach has been for the Giants this year. He’s only owned in 10.8 percent of leagues and has a favorable matchup this week as he’s set to oppose the Phillies on Friday.

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