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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Starting Pitcher (SP)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher (SP) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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Collin McHugh (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh has only made 10 starts in an injury plagued 2017 season, but he has allowed less than three runs in each of his last six starts and has won each of his last three decisions. The issue with that is McHugh has not pitched more than five innings in any of his last three starts and did allow three runs in three innings against the Athletics on September 9. What McHugh has...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has allowed three runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts and should be relied upon for the stretch run. Gray has won three of his last five starts, including beating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Thursday, and is now 7-4 with a 4.07 ERA this season. After posting a 6.66 ERA in July, Gray was down to a 2.30 ERA in August and has allowed four runs in 11 innings...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts and three straight quality starts put him on the fantasy radar. Gray saw his ERA drop all the way to 6.23 on July 14, but his ERA is now down to 4.18 and he has 73 strikeouts against 23 walks in 75 1/3 innings this season. He was 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in August, striking out 27 batters and walking...continue reading

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver has struck out 10 batters in consecutive starts, walking just one batter in each start, and should be added in all formats. Weaver has made seven appearances (four starts) this season and has only allowed more than two runs in one of those appearances. He has 36 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched this season, winning each of his last three appearances and has a 1.17 WHIP. Weaver has induced a 50.7% ground ball...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Jake Junis has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts and his 15 strikeouts in his last two starts make him very attractive. Junis is 6-2 this season, finishing August 3-0, and had 27 strikeouts against just two walks in 27 1/3 innings last month. Since the All-Star break, Junis put his 5.66 ERA in the first half in the background, pitching to a 4-0 record and 2.86 ERA in the...continue reading

Mark Leiter (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter is coming off of back-to-back quality starts and his 3.88 ERA this season make him a good addition in deeper leagues. Leiter has also struck out five batters or more in four of his last five starts, finishing the month of August with a 3.41 ERA in six games (three starts) while striking out 29 batters in 29 innings. He has lost two of his last three starts, but has seen his...continue reading

Blake Snell (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has looked much better since returning from Triple-A Durham and a strong August has him back on the fantasy radar. After walking 34 batters in 52 innings before the All-Star break, and posting a 4.73 ERA, Snell has 15 walks in 46 2/3 innings since the All-Star break, striking out 42 batters and pitching to a 3.66 ERA. In August, Snell was 2-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 1/3 innings,...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is a good addition for those looking for a weekend addition leading into the stretch run. Castillo was 0-3 in August, but did have a 2.76 ERA in five starts, striking out 32 batters in 29 1/3 innings and striking out at least seven batters in each of his last three starts. He has lost each of his last three decisions, and is only 2-7 this season, so fantasy owners may need...continue reading

Jon Gray (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% Yahoo ANALYSIS: A popular breakout pick this spring, Gray made just three starts before landing on the disabled list with a foot injury and missed two and a half months of action. While his overall numbers (4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) certainly don't jump off the page, they're inflated by a disastrous outing against the Mets back on July 14. In that game, Gray allowed eight runs and retired only six batters. We can't pretend that didn't happen, but strip out that awful night and he has a 3.31...continue reading

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Yahoo ANALYSIS: With Adam Wainwright on the disabled list with an elbow injury, Luke Weaver finds himself in the Cardinals' rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander was a first-round pick in the 2014 amateur draft and has had success at every level in the minor leagues. Weaver's first taste of the majors came last season, with mixed results. He flashed elite strikeout potential (27.0 K%) and didn't issue many walks, but allowed a ton of hard contact and home runs. As a...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Luis Castillo has been a revelation for the Cincinnati Reds, a team in desperate need of viable starting pitchers. He has been a strong fantasy producer, and there is little reason to believe that will change down the stretch of the fantasy season. The key to Castillo’s fantasy success has been his ability to pitch deep into games, as he has completed six or more innings in eight of his past ten starts. This has allowed him...continue reading

Patrick Corbin (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin has back-to-back scoreless appearances and his 3.70 ERA in four August starts is attractive to fantasy owners. While Corbin opened the month by allowing 14 runs (10 earned) in his first two starts, he has 15 1/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, striking out 15 batters and walking just two. He has won four of his last six starts, allowing three earned runs or less in nine of his last...continue reading

Dinelson Lamet (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet has allowed two runs or fewer in four consecutive starts and his strikeout potential gives him deep league intrigue. Lamet has been prone to get hit hard (he has allowed five runs or more three times in his last 10 starts), but he has 85 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings this season and has struck out at least five batters in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has also...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo has allowed three runs or less in eight of his 10 starts in his MLB career and is a good addition for fantasy owners. Castillo is known for his strikeouts (even though he has only struck out five or more batters once in his last four starts) and has 59 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings this season. He has pitched at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts, recording more ground...continue reading

Shane Greene (SP/RP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers pitcher Shane Greene has three saves this month and his strikeout potential makes him a must-add in all formats. Greene got the first opportunity for saves with Justin Wilson traded to the Cubs and has capitalized, allowing four baserunners in 4 2/3 innings this month. He has not allowed a run since the beginning of July (15 1/3 innings) and has struck out 16 batters while walking nine. Although his walk rate is a bit...continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has won each of his last five decisions and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts. Chacin fired seven shutout innings against the Twins on August 1 and is now 11-7 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.26 WHIP this season. He is not striking many batters out (16 in his last 24 1/3 innings), but he has now pitched at least six innings in...continue reading

Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts and seven scoreless innings against San Francisco on July 30 puut him back on the fantasy radar. Ryu missed nearly a month with a foot contusion, returing on July 24, and has 12 strike outs and four walks in 12 innings (two starts) since returning. One issue for Ryu is a bit of an inflated WHIP (1.37), but he...continue reading

Jason Hammel (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Hammel has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and the success of the Royals lately makes him a deep league pickup. Hammel was 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in June and, while he had a losing record and 4.75 ERA in July, he still had three quality starts in his six July starts. Even with the winning ways of the Royals, Hammel is only 3-3 in his...continue reading

German Marquez (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies pitcher German Marquez has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and his five consecutive quality starts make him a good addition for fantasy owners. Marquez has won each of his last four decisions to move to 9-4 on the season and has 38 strikeouts and seven walks in his last five starts. Marquez's sucess has come on pitches outside the zone, as his rate of pitches swung at outside the...continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts and a good matchup Atlanta on August 9 makes him a solid pickup. Eickhoff opened the season 0-7, but has won each of his last two decisions, finishing July with a 2-0 record, 3.27 ERA, and 1.32 WHIP in 22 innings. He does not go deep in games, only pitched seven innings once in 19 starts this season, but...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 63% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Coming into the season, there were significant questions about the Diamondbacks' rotation. With virtually all of their starters coming off tough 2016 campaigns, it was clear that Arizona needed to catch a few breaks to contend this season. A lot of attention has gone to Robbie Ray's breakout and Zack Greinke's resurgence, but Zack Godley has been quite the pleasant surprise himself. Initially tabbed for a role in the bullpen, Godley instead won the final rotation...continue reading

Ian Kennedy (SP, KCR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 45% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Ian Kennedy has always had issues with the long ball, and this season has been no exception. Despite calling one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the league home, Kennedy has surrendered 19 home runs in as many starts. Early in the season, he was also having uncharacteristic struggles with strikeouts and walks. Those are still reflected in his overall season rates, which would be among the worst in his career. Recently, however, the veteran right-hander has gotten back into his usual...continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: After a tough two month stretch, Jerad Eickhoff has rebounded in his four starts since returning from the DL with a back strain. In that stretch he has surrendered just eight earned runs in 22 innings pitched to go along with 25 strikeouts. After returning from the DL in July, Eickhoff’s strikeout rate has risen to 25.8% after being in the teens for most stretches of the season. While it is unclear whether he has turned...continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has won all four of his decisions in July and his strong ERA and WHIP this month make him a good fantasy option. Chacin will finish July with a 4-0 record, 2.51 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP, pitching around 13 walks in 28 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs or fewer in all five of his starts this month, pitching six innings or more in three of his five starts, and also...continue reading

Mike Clevinger (SP, CLE) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Yahoo! Leagues   ANALYSIS: Prior to a rough outing on Tuesday July 25th, Clevinger had posted four consecutive games in which he completed six innings without allowing more than one earned run. He also racks up plenty of strikeouts as he has posted a very solid 27.2% strikeout rate backed up by an equally impressive 13.3% swinging strike rate. His profile isn’t without concern however, as he walks 4.48 batters per nine innings. This limits his ability to pitch deep into games as...continue reading

Charlie Morton (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton has won three of his last four starts and his strikeout potential makes him a good option for fantasy owners. Morton has a 3.28 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 24 2/3 July innings and will face the Rays on July 31, rebounding from missing a month with a lat strain. He has 27 strikeouts and eight walks this month and has 92 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings this season, including three...continue reading

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has four quality starts in his last five starts and is quickly becoming a valuable fantasy asset. Foltynewicz, who faces the Phillies on July 31, is 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA in July, striking out 25 batters in 23 2/3 innings, and has struck out at least five batters in each of his last six starts. He has allowed too many hits this month (27), resulting in an inflated WHIP of 1.52 in...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, KCR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% Yahoo ANALYSIS: From toiling in the minor leagues to helping the Cubs win a World Series to a contender trading for him at the deadline, it's been a long, strange trip for Trevor Cahill over the last two years. A former second-round pick and top prospect for the Athletics, Cahill made his big-league debut at age 21 and averaged nearly 200 innings per year in his first four seasons before injuries and ineffectiveness forced him into a relief role. The Padres put him back...continue reading

Ian Kennedy (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy has four consecutive quality starts and his 2.79 ERA in July has garnered attention of all fantasy owners. Kennedy has allowed just 20 baserunners in 19 1/3 innings this month (three starts) and has 20 strikeouts and just four walks in July. His walk rate is up this season (37 in 93 2/3 innings), so control like this is a good sign, as is the fact that he...continue reading

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo has only made six career MLB starts, but his strikeout potential has caught the eye of fantasy owners. Castillo has struck out at least five batters in each of his starts and has 43 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. While he has walked 15 batters, he has walked one batter in three of his starts and is holding hitters to a .225 batting average. His 3.86 ERA is not Earth shattering,...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 57% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers struck out 11 batters without a walk in his first start after the All-Star break and is once again on the fantasy radar. Fiers has now allowed five hits or fewer in each of his last six starts, registering six quality starts over his last 10 starts as well. He has 98 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings this season, walking 37 batters, and has a very respectable 3.75 ERA this season. Fiers'...continue reading

Week 16 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

We’re wading into the second half here with the Midsummer Classic in the rearview mirror, and the waiver wire isn’t all that spectacular. That said, there are some big things occurring in the trade world that could shake some rotations up with the Trade Deadline approaching and prospect fever (aka the Super Two baloney) nearing its apex. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try to cut things off around 35%. Here are my starting pitcher waiver wire targets for Week 16. Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Targets ...continue reading

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: While the Braves' starting rotation from the beginning of the year continues to change, one constant has been 25-year-old Mike Foltynewicz. Folty has managed to keep a winning record of 7-5 for a team playing .500 ball right now and has logged 10 quality starts in 17 tries. His 3.84 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.86 K/9 seem pedestrian and replacement-level at best, but they don't tell the story of his recent improvement. In his last five starts,...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: All due respect to Derek Holland, it would seem that Carlos Rodon is now the de facto ace of the White Sox staff. Rodon has been out of commission for the first three months of the season with a biceps injury, but has three starts under his belt. In those games, Rodon is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 12 walks in 16 2/3 innings. That's not something that will help him show...continue reading

Week 15 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

When this article goes live, it will be Wednesday of the All-Star break -- the first day since the dawning days of April without any baseball events. In these cold, dark times, many fantasy owners will have a bit of cabin fever with their teams and may be looking for a change. Either you’re a calculated soul who is looking to get a jump on the second half early or a panicky type who is quietly freaking out about your team’s lot. If you’re the former, read on and enjoy!...continue reading

Mike Clevinger (SP, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger has made the most of his opportunity in the Indians' rotation, twirling three consecutive quality starts. In those three starts, Clevinger has allowed no more than three hits, winning his last three decisions dating back to June 22. He is now 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.15 after allowing three hits in six scoreless innings against the Tigers on Saturday and has 66 strikeouts in 60 innings this season. He...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 50% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon had 10 strikeouts in his last start and his massive strikeout potential is intrgiuing. Rodon missed the first two-plus months with a biceps injury and his poor rehab stints (0-4 with a 10.06 ERA in starts with High-A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte) made some pause in picking him up immediately. He still has walk issues (nine in 11 2/3 innings over two starts), but he has only allowed two...continue reading

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman is 5-1 this season with a 4.01 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, making him a good addition to any fantasy team. While Hoffman allowed nine runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on April 21, he has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his other seven starts this season. Hoffman has 48 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings this season, walking just 14 batters and allowing...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS:  New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last 10 starts and is quickly becoming a great addition to any fantasy roster. He has a 6-4 record and 3.65 ERA this season, pitching to a 1.23 WHIP mainly because of his .241 batting average allowed. Montgomery finished the month of June with a 4-0 record and 2.59 ERA, last losing a game on May 29 against the Orioles. He...continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Mike Fiers didn't figure to be a big part of the Astros' plans this season, as several younger arms lurk in the minors to take his spot at the back end of the rotation. Instead, he has steadily improved each month, to the point that he has become one of the most consistent starters in an injury-riddled staff. The season-long stats aren't the most attractive (3.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), but Fiers pitched to a 2.32 ERA...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

We’re now less than a week away from a little Midseason siesta -- also known as the All-Star break -- when everyone will be given a few days without any changes to their lot as they assess their standing and can likely be pressed into some worthwhile deals. If you just celebrated July 4th, I’m sorry to say that no matter how awesome your party was, it didn’t address your pitching needs. Let’s see how we can remedy that. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo ownership levels and try...continue reading

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego had an unlikely Opening Day starter in Jhoulys Chacin, who joined his fifth team in four seasons after signing with the Padres. They might have been on to something, however. Chacin used to be a pitcher to avoid at home in his early career with the Rockies, but it's a completely different story in San Diego. Chacin has pitched to a stellar 1.68 ERA and .179 BAA in 59 innings at home (nine starts)....continue reading

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 48% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Jeff Hoffman's MLB career has gotten off to a promising start. Even with a disastrous outing against the Diamondbacks last week, Hoffman's sitting on a 4-1 record, 4.04 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP through eight games (seven starts). Toss out that stinker - you really should have known better than to throw a rookie at Coors against Arizona anyway - and those ratios fall to 2.33 and 1.01, respectively. The 24-year-old, a first round pick in the 2014 amateur draft, has 44 strikeouts...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery wasn't on the radar for most fantasy owners this spring, but he earned the final spot in the Yankees' rotation and has improved steadily as the season has progressed. Through his first five starts, the 24-year-old rookie held his own, providing serviceable ratios despite an elevated walk rate. In nine turns since, he's chopped that walk rate in half and continued striking out nearly a batter per inning. Issuing fewer free passes has helped him avoid trouble even as he's...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Jordan Montgomery has been consistently effective this season, something unusual for a rookie starter. While he isn't the front-end rotation presence the Yankees need, he can give fantasy owners back-end stability in their rotations. Montgomery has a 3.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 8.7 K/9 in 14 starts thus far. Most of his numbers are only slightly better than league average, but he ranks ninth in the AL with a 129 Adjusted ERA+ and 10th with a 3.83...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 63% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Godley will try to continue his surprising run this season when he takes on the Cardinals on Wednesday. Godley turned in an ugly 2016, posting a 6.39 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 1.57 HR/9. This year he is pitching more like he did in 2015 over a similar sample size. Godley has a 2.53 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in nine starts this season, but many are waiting for the other shoe to drop, due to some suspect peripherals....continue reading

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers allowed only one run and three hits in six innings en route to his fifth win of the season Wednesday night. Fiers is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.42 ERA and only 17 hits allowed in 25 innings pitched. The biggest key for Fiers has been his ability to cut down on giving up the long-ball. Fiers has not allowed a home run since May 25th, spanning five starts and...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily continued his impressive season with a solid performance against the Nationals on Wednesday and now has a 3.43 ERA this season. In six innings of work against the fiery Nats, Straily surrendered just one run off three hits while striking out six. Straily has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last five starts, making him Miami's best starter. Opponents are hitting him for a .212 average this year, and his...continue reading

Mike Montgomery (RP/SP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/reliever Mike Montgomery has found a spot in the Cubs' rotation for the time being and is putting up some of the best statistics of his career. Montgomery has a 2.26 ERA over 21 games (three starts) this season and has allowed four runs in 15 innings while replacing the injured Kyle Hendricks. While Montgomery only pitched nine innings in his first two starts, he just pitched six scoreeless innings against...continue reading

Brad Peacock (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Owned in: 40% of Fleaflicker Leagues Baller Move: Add in 12+ Team Leagues Analysis: Before the 2017 season, 29-year old Brad Peacock held a 4.57 ERA and 7.9 K/9 for his five year career. This season, his fifth in Houston, he has exploded for an ERA of 2.82 and K/9 of 13.3, both of which are looking to be the products of legitimate high level performance. Peacock doesn't have the required amount of starts to currently qualify for the leaderboard, but his FIP of 2.21 would currently rank...continue reading