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One player on a hot streak to add from each MLB team

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia has six stolen bags in the second half of the season. Getty Images

Certain players on every team are still being overlooked in fantasy leagues, despite an uptick in production over the last 30 days. Here's a look at one widely available option who is riding a hot streak, from each MLB team, to consider adding for your stretch run.


Arizona Diamondbacks -- Ketel Marte (3.1 percent owned in ESPN Fantasy) has a hit in each of the last nine games he's played in and is batting .302 with three home runs and a .959 OPS in his last 19 games. After hitting only three home runs in 176 games with Seattle over the past two seasons, the 23-year-old shortstop has four in 29 games with the Diamondbacks this season.

Atlanta Braves -- Hard-throwing right-hander Jose Ramirez hasn't allowed a run in his last seven appearances and is worth a look in leagues that use holds. Ramirez has three holds since July 15 and a career-high 19 on the season.

Baltimore Orioles -- Tim Beckham (44 percent) is the most added player in ESPN Fantasy over the past week. A week ago at this time, he was owned in only 10.3 percent of leagues, but the 27-year-old has a hit in every game since being traded to the Orioles on July 31 (.514, 18-35) -- and he already has three home runs, three doubles and a triple as a member of the O's.

Boston Red Sox -- How is Rafael Devers still owned in only 56.9 percent of ESPN leagues? The rookie third baseman looks like a future star and already has three home runs in his first 12 big league games while batting .319 and drawing six walks. If he's available in your league, add him now before reading another word.

Chicago Cubs -- In his last four starts, John Lackey is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Lackey is owned in 57.7 percent of ESPN leagues and may have turned a corner after a very rough first three months of the season. Through his first 17 starts of 2017, he was 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA, but now the veteran right-hander is trending in the right direction and worth adding to your roster.

Chicago White Sox -- Not a lot of notables on the White Sox, but one who deserves some attention is veteran reliever Tyler Clippard. The right-hander picked up his first save since coming over in the trade with the Yankees and has a 2.16 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his first nine appearances with the White Sox.

Cincinnati Reds -- Eugenio Suarez (51.3 percent) has seen his ownership drop slightly over the past week, but he leads the Reds with seven home runs over the last month and is second behind only Joey Votto in walks (14). The 27-year-old third baseman hasn't exactly been crushing the ball in August, but he does have two homers in the last four games and an impressive .830 OPS for the season.

Cleveland Indians -- Austin Jackson (1 percent) is barely owned in fantasy leagues and the reason is simple: He strikes out too much for someone who lacks pop. That being said, Jackson is batting .315 with an .860 OPS this season and is seeing the ball especially well since the All-Star break (15-44). He can help your batting average if you're in a pinch.

Colorado Rockies -- The secret is getting out about Gerardo Parra, whose ownership is steadily on the rise and has moved up to 53.2 percent as of Thursday. In 78 at-bats since the All-Star break, the widely available outfielder is batting .397 with two home runs and eight doubles.

Detroit Tigers -- James McCann (23.2 percent) doesn't have to split catching duties as much these days after Alex Avila was traded to the Cubs, and that makes the hot-hitting catcher all the more valuable. On top of that, McCann is batting .365 with a .904 OPS since the All-Star break.

Houston Astros -- Yuli Gurriel (58.9 percent) has multiple hits in four of the last six games, raising his season average to .294, and four of Gurriel's 15 home runs this season have come since the All-Star break. He's worth a spot in your lineup any time he faces a right-handed pitcher.

Kansas City Royals -- Melky Cabrera is still available in over a quarter of ESPN leagues, despite batting .342 with a .960 OPS in his first 10 games with the Royals (Cabrera was dealt to Kansas City at the deadline). The switch-hitting outfielder also has eight hits in his last four games, including a pair of home runs.

Los Angeles Angels -- Parker Bridwell is owned in only 37.3 percent of ESPN leagues, but he's allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts. Bridwell isn't a big strikeout guy, with only 23 in 32 2/3 innings since the break, but he also has surrendered only three home runs in that span to limit damage.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Recurring blister issues have caused fantasy owners to buy and sell Rich Hill a lot this season. For now, his ownership is back up to 87.7 percent, but if he's still available in your league he's worth a look. The veteran southpaw is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break, fanning 28 hitters in 22 innings He has also allowed one run or less in six of his last 10 starts.

Miami Marlins -- Derek Dietrich isn't hitting for average since the break, but he does have 10 extra base hits in that span and is owned in less than 3 percent of ESPN leagues. He's an above-average hitter against left-handed pitchers (.308/.410/.423), too, which makes him worth a pickup in deep leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers -- For being a young shortstop who lacks power, Orlando Arcia (30 percent) is sure hitting the ball hard this season. He has 11 homers on the year, including three since the break, to go along with six stolen bases in the second half of the season. You can't find very many low-owned shortstops doing this, and that makes Arcia stand out.

Minnesota Twins -- Despite batting .389 with four home runs and nine doubles since the All-Star break, Eddie Rosario is owned in just 6.7 percent of ESPN leagues. This is the case of an overlooked player on a small market; the 25-year-old outfielder should be much higher owned at this point.

New York Mets -- Wilmer Flores (6.1 percent) is one of the Mets' hottest hitters over the past month, batting .294 with six home runs and a 1.026 OPS in his last 20 games. The issue with Flores is making sure he's in the lineup, which is always a bit touch-and-go.

New York Yankees -- Didi Gregorius is available in over 20 percent of ESPN leagues despite being on a tear at the plate lately, with multiple hits in four of his last five games (11 hits total in that span) and a team-high eight home runs since the All-Star break. Gregorius doesn't take many walks, but that's one of his only offensive flaws.

Oakland Athletics -- Rookie third baseman Matt Chapman is heating up of late, batting .321 with four doubles and a home run in August after a slow start to his first season in the majors. Chapman tends to bat in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup and is strikeout-happy with 44 whiffs in 36 games so far, so consider those negatives before picking him up.

Philadelphia Phillies -- Aaron Nola can get overlooked because of Philadelphia's rough season, and he is still available in about 18 percent of ESPN leagues, despite holding opponents to two runs or less in nine straight starts and striking out seven or more in all but one of those starts. Let that settle in.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- David Freese (5.4 percent) is on fire since the All-Star break, slashing .338/.437/.459 in 23 games. Freese tends to get overlooked due to his lack of power, but he is a third baseman who is way under-owned at the moment.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Tommy Pham remains available in nearly 30 percent of ESPN leagues despite being one of the rare outfielders who provides speed and power. He has three home runs and four stolen bases since the All-Star break while hitting .333 with a .904 OPS in that span.

San Diego Padres -- Jose Pirela (12.2 percent) has four multiple-hit games in his last 10 contests, including a 4-4 performance in Tuesday's win over Cincinnati. The 27-year-old Venezuelan is batting .214 with three homers, eight doubles and three triples in his last 22 games.

San Francisco Giants -- Sam Dyson (23.1 percent) hasn't allowed a run in nine of his last 10 appearances, and he picked up his seventh and eighth saves of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday, all while dropping his ERA to 2.22 in 23 appearances with the Giants. However, be advised that Mark Melancon is on the mend and might be jumping right back into the closer role upon his return.

Seattle Mariners -- Emilio Pagan earned his first big league win on Wednesday in relief, and this star is rising in the Seattle's bullpen. Though mostly unknown in the fantasy baseball community, Pagan is a setup man to keep a close eye on as the Mariners look to use him more in key situations down the stretch, especially while David Phelps is out over the next few weeks due to an elbow impingement.

Tampa Bay Rays -- Lucas Duda's ownership has actually dropped in the past week, going from 18.2 to 16.8, even after early success on his new team. The first baseman missed Wednesday's game due to a thumb contusion, but he is batting .313 with three home runs in his first 11 games with the Rays.

Texas Rangers -- Joey Gallo enters Thursday with 32 home runs, having gone deep in each of the last three games, and yet his low average (.212) and high strikeout total (139) keep his ownership below 50 percent. In fact, before his recent hot streak, he was owned in barely over 1/4th of ESPN Fantasy leagues. Depending on your league and the structure of your roster, Gallo could be worth an add if you can absorb the punchouts and low average. No first baseman has been added more over the past seven days.

Toronto Blue Jays -- Steve Pearce (9.7 percent) has 14 RBI since the All-Star break, the third-most on the Blue Jays after Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson, and his .893 OPS since the break trails only Smoak among the team's regulars. The 34-year-old left fielder is slashing .283/.351/.447 in 152 at-bats vs. RHP this season.

Washington Nationals -- Howie Kendrick (14 percent) is batting .382 with three doubles and a home run in his first 10 games with the Nationals, and that comes after the veteran second baseman and outfielder batted .340 in 141 at-bats with the Phillies this season. Kendrick won't supply much power, but he hits for average, can steal some bases and is suddenly in one of the top offenses in baseball.