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The Tuesday night slate did not lack for memorable storylines. Joey Votto cranked three home runs, Carlos Correa went yard and stole a base in his second big league game, and the Royals -- led by Chris Young -- teamed up to one-hit the Twins.
I think Chris Heston might have done something noteworthy, too.
Owners in standard and shallow mixed leagues might be taking a look at Heston today, as he is owned in just 69 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com. The 27-year-old rookie already had some highlights this season, even before no-hitting the Mets, but he has crushed the dreams of new and prospective owners before, allowing five earned runs or more on five occasions over his first 11 starts. He should be worth using in some upcoming two-start weeks, but outside of deeper leagues, Heston is still not a must-start or must-stash.
Lost in this week's headlines were a few other performances that deserve attention from Fantasy owners. On Monday, Marco Estrada continued his march back towards Fantasy viability with a solid outing against the Marlins. Then on Tuesday, Yan Gomes emerged from an extended funk to homer twice and Will Venable showed more signs of putting his miserable 2014 season behind him, going 3 for 5 with a home run.
This Fantasy owner is going to give this trio their due...starting right now.
Marco Estrada, SP/RP, Blue Jays (20 percent owned)
Not so long ago -- early in 2014, to be exact -- Estrada looked like a pretty good Fantasy option. Despite underwhelming velocity, he was a good strikeout pitcher who threw strikes, and his homer-proneness was not so pronounced that he was a huge risk. Then 150 2/3 innings and 29 home runs later, Estrada's Fantasy value disappeared like so many high-flying baseballs in the night air.
When the Blue Jays introduced Estrada into their rotation last month, it looked as if it was going to be a replay of last season's struggles with the Brewers. His first four starts produced a 5.40 ERA, five home runs and zero quality starts. Since then, Estrada has reeled off three straight quality starts, and his only home run came off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in Monday's outing. It's not quite a long enough stretch for me to pronounce that Estrada is "back," but it gives me reason to think he might be. In deeper leagues, it could be worth your while to pick up Estrada and stash him for another start or two to see if he can maintain this level of success. Even in standard mixed leagues, he is someone to monitor.
Yan Gomes, C, Indians (72 percent owned)
Gomes missed 38 games with a knee injury, and he had been slow to heat up after getting activated on May 24. His customary power had been absent, but perhaps there were signs he was ready to bust out. Over the three games just prior to Gomes' two-homer breakout, he had gone 5 for 12 with a double.
Whether Gomes hit his groove before Tuesday's contest or not, the importance of his big game is that it is a reminder of the strong production he provided to standard mixed league owners over the previous two seasons. It was going to be only a matter of time before Gomes hit his stride, and now that it appears he has, he is worth starting in one-catcher leagues. Standard and shallow mixed league owners need to check waivers, because there is a decent chance you will find Gomes there. This is also a reasonable probability that he will be an upgrade over your current catcher.
Will Venable, OF, Padres (5 percent owned)
Venable has been taking owners on a roller coaster ride over the last few seasons. In 2013, he produced a 20-20 season after years of middling power. Last year, Venable's production fell across the board, and if that weren't enough to take him off the radar, then losing his starting role in the Padres' outfield did the trick. Since Wil Myers starting sitting with his wrist injury, Venable has started in center field for all but five games, hitting .289 with two home runs and three stolen bases over that span. He has really picked up his production recently, as both of those home runs plus two doubles and a triple have come over his last seven games.
Myers could be back soon, but he could see at least some of his playing time at first base. The potential threat to Venable's playing time makes him too risky to pick up in many mixed league formats, but he should play enough to be owned in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues. With a 5 percent ownership rate, he is extremely underowned.