Major League Baseball continues into the second month of the season with another busy week as we hit Week 7 in fantasy baseball season-long leagues. There’s another busy week of action although the Red Sox, Rockies, Dodgers, Marlins, Giants and Rays are all scheduled for multiple days off and only five games total. Every other team is scheduled for either six or seven games, so there are lots of options to sort through as you fill out your lineup card for the coming week.
If you are hitting the waiver wire to help tune up your roster, there are a couple of SP and a couple of OF, who stand out as the best pickups for the coming week. They are all under-owned and could make a big impact if they can keep rolling. If you’re looking for relief arms or infield bats, check out the other options at the bottom of the page, or you can always reach out to me on Twitter @ZT_Sports. Make sure to keep churning that roster to keep yourself in the best place to get wins as we get into the midseason grind of season-long fantasy baseball.
SP BRAD PEACOCK, HOU (at DET, at BOS)The Astros got a boost from call-up Corbin Martin on Sunday, as the rookie made his debut in place of the struggling Collin McHugh. McHugh was sent to the bullpen instead of Peacock, who has been up and down throughout the season but has shown a high ceiling when at his best. He is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, but he does have 38 strikeouts in his 37 2/3 innings.
Peacock comes into a two-start week after his best outing of the season. He dominated the Royals Wednesday after adjusting his delivery and going back to the windup with no runners on base. Peacock threw seven shutout innings while striking out 12 and allowing just three hits and a walk. He’s first start of the week is ideal against the Tigers on Monday night. Under the lights, he has gone 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA. However, during day games he is 0-1 with a 7.98 ERA so his second start of the week on Saturday afternoon in Boston could be more of a challenge. I’d suggest adding Peacock early in the week but consider your situation and the score of your matchup before deploying him in Fenway.
OF HUNTER PENCE, TEX (at KC, vs. STL)Pence has been enjoying his first season with the Rangers and seems to have rediscovered the offensive rhythm that often eluded him last year with San Francisco. In his first 25 games this season, Pence went 25-for-74 (.318) with six doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBI and a 1.115 OPS.
Pence has been red-hot over the past two weeks, going 13-for-32 (.406) with five doubles, five homers and a 1.544 OPS in his 11 most recent games coming into Sunday’s contest. Pence homered four times last week and should be able to keep raking in good matchups ahead. He’s become a regular in the middle of the Texas lineup.
SP KYLE GIBSON, MIN (vs. LAA, at SEA)The Twins have gotten plenty of attention for their bats, but they’ve gotten good pitching as well in their climb to the top of the AL Central. Gibson is a nice under-the-radar pickup and comes in with good momentum to a pair of good matchups this week. In his most recent start, Gibson struck out a season-high 11 against the Blue Jays, while improving to 3-1 on the year with a 4.19 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
Gibson has been much better than those season-long numbers lately, allowing just two runs or fewer in four straight starts. He has 28 strikeouts in 24 innings over those four starts and is showing a lot of upside. Gibson has a history of running hot-and-cold, but he seems to be finding his groove coming into a pair of plus matchups in the coming week.
OF KOLE CALHOUN, LAA (at MIN, vs. KC)One of Gibson’s matchups comes against the Angels, who have struggled offensively for much of the season. One of the few bright spots in Anaheim’s lineup has been Calhoun, who has been on a tear lately, no matter where he ends up hitting in the lineup. So far in May, Calhoun has hit safely in eight of nine games coming into Sunday’s contest. He has gone 12-for-30 (.400) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and a 1.219 OPS.
Calhoun often hits at the very top of the Angels lineup but has also been productive as the fifth hitter in the lineup. Either way, he’s worth a look as the Angels visit the Twins and then host the Royals. He does sometimes struggle with lefties, but the Angels aren’t scheduled to face a southpaw until next Sunday.
Other options worth watchingBATTERS
- C James McCann, Chicago White Sox
- C/3B Willians Astudillo, Minnesota Twins
- 1B Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox
- 1B/2B/3B/SS Ronny Rodríguez, Detroit Tigers
- 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Marwin González, Minnesota Twins
- 1B/2B/3B Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros
- 2B/3B/OF David Fletcher, Los Angeles Astros
- OF Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres
- OF Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals
- SP Corbin Martin, Houston Astros
- SP Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers
- SP Jonathan Loaisiga, New York Yankees
- SP Mike Fiers, Oakland Athletics
- RP Luke Jackson, Atlanta Braves
- RP Chris Martin, Texas Rangers
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