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Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Thu, Apr 26
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
1B Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers.

Eric Thames will miss at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb, opening up the possibility of extended playing time for Aguilar. The 27-year-old showed some impressive power last season with 16 homers in 279 at-bats and he's off to an excellent .429/.487/.629 start this season. The Brewers have one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the majors, so Aguilar should continue to put up solid numbers.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
SP Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals.

The promising right-hander made a spot start at the beginning of the season in place of Adam Wainwright, tossing five innings of one-run ball and striking out nine vs. Milwaukee. But there was no room in the rotation when Wainwright returned. There should be now. Flaherty, 22, posted a 2.25 ERA and 22/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three Class AAA starts. Get on board while you can.

Featured Pros: Bold Predictions
Tue, Mar 27
Featured Pros: Bold Predictions
Please give us one fantasy related bold prediction with the season about to start that owners should keep in mind.
The Yankees' Aaron Hicks leads the American League in runs scored. Hicks has missed time with injuries in each of his five MLB seasons, yet the former first-round pick is in a fantastic position to erase those failures as part of baseball's most imposing lineup. In 88 games last season, Hicks, 28, put up a .372 on-base percentage, hit 15 homers, stole 10 bases and scored 54 runs. With those skills, he'd be a great fit at the top of the Yankees lineup. Brett Gardner is there now, but he's six years older. Fantasy owners can only hope Hicks gets an opportunity to hit in front of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Co. The results would be huge.

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