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

To help you dominate all of your 2016 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2016 fantasy baseball starting pitcher (SP) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

For more sleepers, also see our fantasy baseball rankings hub. The handy Rankings Assistant Tool combines all staff ranks in one area - tiers, points leagues, prospects, dynasty ranks and more. Find those undervalued players.

Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the MLB season. We recommend MLB starting pitchers for you to consider as 2016 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts - every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season. Drafting the right undervalued starting pitcher or adding SP sleepers off the waiver wire can be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues.

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Daniel Norris (SP, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230 CURRENT ADP: ~287 ANALYSIS: When exploring September pitching numbers, Norris is a more surprising name. He posted a 24.6 percent K-BB rate, seventh best in the MLB, thanks to a 31.2 percent strikeout rate that came in fifth. Above Jose Fernandez (RIP), above Noah Syndergaard and above Corey Kluber. He only allowed a .219 batting average against despite an acceptable .282 BABIP, though he did allow five homers in his 29 2/3 innings of work. While Norris has to deal with his own...continue reading

James Paxton (SP, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~154 CURRENT ADP: ~175 ANALYSIS: You know him, you love him and you’re ready for him to truly break out. Paxton battled through a couple of injuries to come back and carry fantasy owners to championships with his 29.2% strikeout rate and minuscule 3.3 percent BB rate (25.8 percent K-BB rate was fifth best in the MLB) that led to the third-best FIP (2.06) of the month. If J-Pax is able to stay on the mound and deliver at least 180 innings in 2017 then he could flirt with...continue reading

Francisco Liriano (SP, TOR) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~243 CURRENT ADP: ~315 ANALYSIS: Say what you want about the importance of pitch-framing and catcher ERA, but make no mistake that Liriano has done well pitching to Russell Martin. In 248 career innings pitching to Martin, he has a 2.94 ERA, 9.2k/9 and an OPS against of .621. Last year, he pitched more than two innings to five catchers. He had a 3.04 ERA and 9.3k/9 with Martin; he had ERAs of 5.97, 5.52, 5.02, and 4.58 with the other catchers. Reunited with Martin in...continue reading

Garrett Richards (SP, ANA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~185 CURRENT ADP: ~212 ANALYSIS: While the numbers have not been pretty for Garrett Richards this spring, the number that matters the most stands out -- his velocity. Richards was able to get his fastball up to 98.8 mph in a spring game last week, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. While this is an encouraging sign for the young right-hander, Richards still has some work to do. Richards' 3.89 BB/9 ratio will need to come down more toward his 2013/2014 levels (2.72)...continue reading

Brandon Finnegan (SP, CIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~280 CURRENT ADP: 333 ANALYSIS: Just a quick glance at Brandon Finnegan’s 10-11 record with a 3.98 ERA doesn’t tell the story of his 2016 campaign. The 23-year-old, in his third season in the big leagues and second as a starter, might have made a monumental discovery late in the season. From his last start in July through the end of the season, he surrendered more than three runs in an outing just once. By late August, he was pitching like a full-blown ace, and he...continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: 205 ANALYSIS: Jerad Eickhoff has displayed flashes of brilliance in his two seasons with the Phillies, and although he features a 3.44 career ERA in 41 starts, his record stands at a disappointing 14-17. In terms of his stuff alone, the 26-year-old doesn’t strike out a substantial number of batters, but he does walk very few, induce a healthy number of ground balls and strands plenty of runners. Eickhoff is a horse in the rotation, having nearly surpassed the 200-inning mark last season while...continue reading

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~165 CURRENT ADP: 192 ANALYSIS: After a promising rookie season with the White Sox two years ago, Carlos Rodon appeared to take a step back last year. The 24-year-old won nine games for the second consecutive season, but lost four additional games, finishing the season a game under .500. His ERA also went up, and he gave up more home runs. The bright spots, however, came in Rodon’s strikeout and walk rates, which both improved in his sophomore season. His 2016 campaign was a tale of...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~305 CURRENT ADP: 335 ANALYSIS: Dan Straily was able to make some minor adjustments in his game last season that had a huge impact on his success. The underlying statistics say he still has work to do (4.88/5.02 FIP/xFIP last season), but he certainly took a big step forward. After winning one game the previous two seasons with an unsightly 6.42 ERA, Straily was a 14-game winner last season for the Reds with a 3.76 ERA. He was 18th in the majors with 20 quality starts, and...continue reading

Robert Gsellman (SP, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~300 CURRENT ADP: 339 ANALYSIS: The Mets’ rotation was a mess last season due to injuries, but something good came from it— we got to see Robert Gsellman make his major league debut. He made eight appearances (seven starts), and held his own with a 2.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 42:15 K:BB ratio. Throughout his minor league career he wasn’t a big strikeout guy, as he relied on limiting his walks, inducing soft contact and getting hitters to ground out. He held a 54.2 percent ground...continue reading

Zach Davies (SP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~275 CURRENT ADP: 297 ANALYSIS: After enjoying a cup of tea in the majors in 2015, Zach Davies burst on the scene as a big fantasy surprise last season. He was able to improve his game in many areas, ending the year with a 3.97 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 28 starts. He doesn’t do his damage being a big strikeout guy, but rather he is a master of control. He was able to up his strikeout rate from 6.35 to 7.44 last season, but more...continue reading

Jaime Garcia (SP, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 374 ANALYSIS: After throwing nearly 900 innings with the Cardinals since 2008, Jaime Garcia was traded to the Braves for three minor leaguers this offseason as he enters the final year of his contract. He had a down year in 2016, with a career-high 4.67 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Some of this can be attributed to injuries; a finger injury affected his ability to grip the baseball, and a recurring blister cost him a fingernail heading into 2016. Heading into 2017, those issues are...continue reading

Jerad Eickhoff (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~185 CURRENT ADP: 205 ANALYSIS: Jerad Eickhoff may not be the most exciting option on the Phillies, but he was the most stable starter of the bunch last season. While the rotation was decimated with injuries, Eickhoff stayed healthy and threw a career-high 197.1 innings. He held a 3.65 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP, and was one of only 20 major league pitchers to throw at least 190 innings with a sub-3.70 ERA. If you look at his season as a whole, he was as consistent as it...continue reading

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160 CURRENT ADP: 184 ANALYSIS: Vince Velasquez flashed his huge upside early in 2016 with a dominant, 16-strikeout complete game against the Padres. The 24-year old righty held a 10.44 K/9 rate last season, as well as a FIP/xFIP of 3.96/.3.67 that suggest he pitched better than his 4.12 ERA would indicate. His season was cut short by the Phillies after he reached his innings limit, ending the year with 131 innings. The fatigue may have gotten to Velasquez; after posting a 3.32 ERA in the first...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~320 CURRENT ADP: 357 ANALYSIS: After sitting out all of 2015 to help his elbow fracture properly heal, Tyler Anderson became an afterthought in the Rockies organization. He went through a brief rehab assignment to begin the 2016 season, starting in High-A and ending with three starts in Triple-A Albuquerque. Once he got the call-up to the majors he never went back, ending the year with Colorado and leading the team in ERA. Over 19 starts in the best hitters park in the majors Anderson held...continue reading

Mike Montgomery (SP, CHC) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~290 CURRENT ADP: 310 ANALYSIS: Mike Montgomery was acquired by the Cubs last season and filled a very important role in their World Series run. He was mainly used out of the bullpen, earning the save in Game 7 to clinch the series. Throughout the minors, though, he had been a starter, and he will be stretched out this offseason to help Chicago's rotation. He will need to compete with the oft-injured Brett Anderson for the fifth starting spot, but has a good...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~265 CURRENT ADP: 293 ANALYSIS: Lance Lynn had been a consistent and effective starter for the Cardinals for four straight seasons until 2016. From 2012-15, he held a 3.38 ERA and an 8.65 K/9, and for three straight seasons he was among the top-two starters in all of baseball in HR/FB rate. However, Lynn missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and never made it back onto the field. Heading into 2017, though, you should feel fine about taking him at his reduced...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: NL Starting Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Today, we'll cover some undervalued and overvalued NL starting pitchers, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued NL Starting Pitchers Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks (ADP: 98) Look, there's no getting around this: Greinke's ERA went up...continue reading

ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: AL Starting Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Keep reading for my thoughts on undervalued and overvalued AL starting pitchers, to identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued AL Starting Pitchers Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics (ADP: 179) After some initial struggles in his rookie season, Manaea really...continue reading

Dylan Bundy - Breakout Candidate

Dylan Bundy has a prospect pedigree as good as anyone in baseball. He was previously Baseball America’s and MLB.com’s number two prospect. In 2012, his first year out of high school, he made it to the majors. In my March 2014 Orioles’ prospect rankings, I had Bundy as a 9.5/10 talent; I would not lower that evaluation one bit. The purpose of this article is to show the reader what Bundy’s stat line alone cannot, as Bundy had quite an abnormal 2016. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Nate Karns and Jose Quintana

Pitching always seems to define my fantasy seasons, good and bad. After covering Jarrod Dyson in the last Champ/Chump, it makes sense to acknowledge that the piece Kansas City acquired is also interesting from a fantasy perspective. Jose Quintana may be the best pitcher on the trade market, so he has been involved in his fair share of rumors as well. Will either help fantasy rosters in 2017? Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded...continue reading

Rich Hill Stays With Dodgers, What Can Fantasy Owners Expect?

When the A’s signed Rich Hill to a one-year deal last offseason, it was seen as a risky move on a fairly unknown commodity – a veteran who had pitched very sparingly for a few years and made a few good starts in late 2015. But the veteran reclamation project is a secret no longer. After a 2016 season in which he went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.997 WHIP in 20 starts between the A’s and Dodgers, he got himself a three-year guarantee this offseason from the Dodgers worth $48...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Jarrod Dyson and Ian Desmond

Welcome back RotoBallers, to my ongoing series of Champs or Chumbs. I take a look at different MLB players, and determine if they truly will be viable fantasy baseball assets in 2017. Fantasy owners have a need for speed that blows the value of the stolen base way out of proportion relative to the real game. Now that Jarrod Dyson has been traded to Seattle, he may be able to provide it. Ian Desmond signed for $70 million earlier in this offseason, but no one seems to know why. Let's...continue reading

Champ or Chump: Sonny Gray and Jason Hammel

Clubs looking for starting pitching are mostly out of luck in this market. Sonny Gray is the among the biggest names on the trade market, but he posted a 5.69 ERA last year. Jason Hammel is the top remaining free agent, but he is not anyone's idea of an ace. Can either help 2017 fantasy squads? Let's take a look. Editor's note: Be sure to also check out our 2017 fantasy baseball rankings dashboard. It's already loaded up with tons of great rankings articles and draft analysis....continue reading

2016 In Review: Starting Pitcher (SP) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout  performances by starting pitchers. Breakout Starting Pitchers in 2016 Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs “Hendricks could be one of the few fantasy bargains to be found in Wrigleyville this year,” is a thing I wrote back in February. As justification for this assertion, I pointed to Hendricks’ drastic improvement in K% from his rookie year. He maintained that gain, and actually boosted his swinging strike rate by nearly two percentage points. That, along with a...continue reading

Reviewing Harris Yudin's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and ...continue reading

Reviewing Bill Dubiel's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and ...continue reading

Reviewing Nick Mariano's Bold Predictions for 2016

Hello you beautiful RotoBallers, and welcome to this little retrospective ditty where I look back at my 10 Bold Predictions from before the 2016 baseball season started. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my fellow writers doing the same lately, but obviously there is only one Nick Mariano. Let’s see how ya boy did. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our...continue reading

Reviewing Kyle Bishop's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m kicking off the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and ...continue reading

Champ or Chump: What to Make of Tillman, Hanley, and Gary Sanchez

As we head toward the season's final week, chances are your fantasy fate has been decided. Even if it hasn't, adding players for this year only holds so much potential value. Your process may be flawless, but the tiny sample size remaining can ruin the best laid plans. My favorite story to that effect is from my cousin, who stood to win a money league a few seasons ago if he could get one homer out of an outfielder slot. He had streamed the spot all season, and made the intelligent...continue reading

Week 26 Waiver Wire: Starting Pitchers

Well, here we are. Congratulations to you who are still reading, as you've made it this far. We’ve officially reached the final week of the fantasy baseball season, and there is no more critical time of the year outside of the draft. Championships are won and lost here, with those battling for a spot on the podium also dealing with their own battle plans. We’re going to check in on some lower-owned options now, and then bid adieu to this action until next season. I just want to tell you...continue reading

Top 5 Two-Start Pitcher Streamers For Week 26

A wise fantasy baseball manager never rests. He is never satisfied with his team and is always on the hunt for the player that can help in both the present and future. For this article, we’ll focus on the present, as we present the top pitcher streamers who’ll be making two outings this week. We do this every week, because deep down we all know those last two or three guys taken in drafts won’t be with us the whole way through. Mix and match is the name of the game and maximizing these players’...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 25 (National League)

This is the end... my only friend, the end... For some fantasy baseball owners, the season was a brutal mix of frustration and disappointment. If you're reading this, however, you're still grinding and looking for a chance to pull out a late-season victory. Good luck the rest of the way! This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Luke Weaver (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Luke Weaver is missing bats at an increasingly impressive rate as his rookie year comes to a close. In seven big league starts, Weaver has struck out 43 batters in 33.2 IP. In the past month, his 12.4 K/9 places him behind just Robbie Ray and Danny Salazar in that...continue reading

Tyler Anderson (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: It's hard to believe Tyler Anderson never approached even a 50% ownership level this season, considering the year he's had. Despite the stigma of pitching in Colorado, Anderson never saw his ERA rise above 4.00. That includes 18 starts since early June, 12 of which came in Coors Field. He is actually far better at home, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in Mile High country. With a solid...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 25 (American League)

The Athletics may have one of the worst records in the Majors this year at 66-84 going into Tuesday, and they may be 22.5 games behind the first place Rangers. But with the team striking gold multiple times this year with inexperienced and rookie players during the second half--including third baseman Ryon Healy, starting pitcher Sean Manaea and relief pitcher...continue reading

Top 5 Two-Start Pitcher Streamers For Week 25

A wise fantasy baseball manager never rests. He is never satisfied with his team and is always on the hunt for the player that can help in both the present and future. For this article, we’ll focus on the present, as we present the top pitcher streamers who’ll be making two outings this week. We do this every week, because deep down we all know those last two or three guys taken in drafts won’t be with us the whole way through. Mix and match is the name of the game and maximizing these players’...continue reading

Sean Manaea (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: The 6'5" lefty has shown inconsistency in his rookie season, which is to be expected. On one hand, he has only allowed one ER in his last three starts. On the other hand, in the last two of those starts he went 3.1 IP and 5 IP respectively. A strained left rhomboid (don't ask) was to blame for his shortened start on August 29th and he was eased back into action last night. Manaea did earn his first road victory and now stands 6-9 with...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 24 (National League)

Football season is officially underway, but us die-hard baseball fans are still dedicated to the grind all the way to the bitter end. Whether you're in a crucial playoff battle or just hoping to stay out of the cellar, there are still waiver wire options that can improve your squad. This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 24

Last week's column included several new(ish) pitchers. Unsurprisingly, Jose De Leon was the most impressive. Sure, he allowed three runs over his six frames, but he also recorded nine strikeouts with a superb 18.6 percent swinging strike rate. He made his second big league start last night (it's still in the future from my perspective). Brock Stewart and Jharel...continue reading

Week 24 Waiver Wire: Starting Pitchers

There are only three weeks left in the fantasy baseball season. Let that sink in. It's okay to freak out a little, but stave off that existential crisis until you can at least eat some comfort ice cream out of your trophy. And while we all know that football kicks off tomorrow in earnest, all that means is that this is the time of the year where only the truly dedicated will prevail. Or the incredibly lucky, because we all know how that goes. Here's what you came here for. Editor's Note: Purchase...continue reading

Seth Lugo (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Fleaflicker Leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Few would have expected Seth Lugo to be an important part of the Mets rotation in September, but he is filling the role Steven Matz was expected to hold at this juncture. Lugo has been more than just a pleasant surprise, posting a 2.38 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 41.2 IP in his rookie...continue reading

Kendall Graveman (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 32% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kendall Graveman has 10 quality start in his last 12 outings, including an impressive showing on Sept. 4 against the Red Sox in which he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Next, he has a home date with the Mariners on Sept. 10. Oakland is a lovely, spacious place to pitch, especially for a ground-ball specialist like Graveman.

Late Season Dynasty Prospect Rankings: Starting Pitchers

The final dynasty article of the season is here. In this article, I am going to be ranking the top starting pitching prospects in baseball, combining the two articles where I split the pitchers up by league. These will not be full length scouting reports, but rather will just be quick little paragraphs to recap what I said about the pitcher and to tell you why these guys should be viewed as highly as they are viewed. A quick note on how these articles are formatted. They are going to be...continue reading

Robert Gsellman (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Robert Gsellman danced around a ton of danger on Sept. 3 against the Nationals, but there’s something to be said for composure under pressure and pitching with runners in scoring position. Those who are looking forward a bit should eye the youngster, as the 23-year-old will lock horns with the Braves next in a road start...continue reading

Blake Snell (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 29% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Blake Snell just dominated Toronto in a much-needed bounce-back start on Sept. 3, throwing six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts and only four baserunners. He’s got a great talent if he can only be consistent with his control. He’ll look to take this momentum into a road start in the Bronx against the Yankees on Sept. 9.

K-Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 23: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in a pitcher's strikeout rate over the last thirty days. The tool is for Premium subscribers only, and can be found here. Missing bats is the #1 way a pitcher can control his own fate. If hitters make contact, the pitcher is largely at the mercy of the atmosphere, the weather, the ball park, the ability/work ethic of his fielders, and sometimes just sheer...continue reading

Luis Perdomo (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 3% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Luis Perdomo did struggle a bit in his latest start against the Dodgers, allowing five earned runs on nine hits (two homers), but at least he struck out five and walked none. When disaster strikes, looking at his K/BB ratio can either provide a terrifying signal, or a hopeful one. There’s also the little fact that he won his previous...continue reading

Alex Cobb (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 19% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Alex Cobb’s debut had “be afraid” written all over it, as it was his first game-action in the Major Leagues since 2014 and it came against a very powerful Toronto lineup. So what did he do? He struck out seven of them across five innings of two-run ball with a WHIP of 1.00. Not bad at all. He’ll tangle with the Yankees next...continue reading

The Cut List (Week 23): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

It's playoff time folks! If you've made it this far congratulations. Whether you're in the winners' bracket or just playing for pride, it's time to make some tough decisions to end your seasons on a high note. And with that, if you have someone who is really becoming a waste of roster space, it's time to get rid of him. The longer you hang on, the lower your chances are of making the playoffs and winning your leagues. In that spirit, I'm doing away with the Reverse Jinx section just to...continue reading

Andrew Triggs (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Deep Mixed Leagues, Add in AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 3% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Andrew Triggs’ season-long 4.31 ERA might be a turn-off, but consider his 3.20 FIP, 3.30 xFIP and 3.29 SIERA underneath it all. Then there’s the fact that over the last 30 days, he owns a 2.92 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with 24 K in 24 2/3 IP. He’ll take on the Angels next on Sept. 7 at home if he...continue reading

 

 

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