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Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week (6/12-6/18)

Mandatory Credit: (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Tyler Flowers, C
The 31-year-old Braves backstop is slashing .343/.450/.455 this year and hasn’t seen his average dip under .300 since April 11th. He hasn’t shown much power this year with just three homers and 17 RBI, but that can be lived with as long as he gets on base as much as his is right now. Good hitting catchers are hard to come by, and Flowers, who is just owned in 16.1 percent of formats, is a good low-cost option.

Jose Pirela, 2B
After tearing up AAA to start the season, Pirela finally got the call to the big leagues on June 6th. In the six games since his call-up, he has done nothing but rake. Pirela has gone 11-22 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored. He’s already got four multi-hit games, including two three-hit performances and his two homers came in his last two games. For now, Pirela has eligibility at just second base, but he’s already played left field and first base as well.

Felipe Rivero, RP
The lefty has been stellar this season, pitching to the tune of a 0.53 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP in 33 games. He hasn’t let up a run in almost a month and has only allowed two runs the whole season. Rivero already could have been a viable fantasy option based on his success and high usage, but now that it seems he may become the Pirates full-time closer, he’s turned into a must grab. He’s owned in 32.8 percent of leagues and that number is rapidly increasing.

Mallex Smith, OF
In the three games he’s played since being recalled from Triple-A, Smith has gone 8-14 with a home run, six runs scored, three RBI and four stolen bases. All three games have been multi-hit performances, and he even had a three stolen base game in his return. With Kevin Kiermaier out for an extended period of time, Smith will have plenty of opportunities to start in the Rays outfield. Don’t expect much in the power department, but high stolen base and run totals are almost guaranteed.

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