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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - Starting Pitcher (SP)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball starting pitcher (SP) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other lineup resources and tools shown in the icons below.

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Andrew Suarez (SP, SF) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez has been up and down this season. I tried to avoid “boom-or-bust” pitchers, but the pickings are slim when you look below 25% ownership. Suarez has allowed at least five earned runs in three of the last 10 starts and shut out three teams during that same span. The choice to add Suarez is a little safer knowing that San Diego is one of the teams he’ll face this...continue reading

Wade Miley (SP, MIL) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley has gone under the radar. I have a pitcher with a 2.23 ERA (4-2 record) and 1.19 WHIP in 68.2 innings of work. Interested? You should be. Miley isn’t a sexy name and he hasn’t posted a sub-4.90 ERA since 2015, but he’s doing well for the Brew Crew.

He’s allowed two earned runs, or less, in nine of the last 10 appearances and struck out at least five

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Jake Odorizzi (SP, MIN) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has defied the odds to put up some good starts. The Yankees were on the docket the last time Odorizzi was on the hill. Surprisingly, for a streamer, he posted terrific numbers: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, and 5 K.

Let’s hope that wave continues when Odorizzi travels to Detroit and Oakland this week. The Tigers are 29th in team wOBA (.293) against right-handed pitchers and 25th in runs scored (571

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Joe Musgrove (SP, PIT) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove looks like an amazing add as we move to the end of the season. Are there negatives to choosing Musgrove? Sure. He’s allowed at least four earned runs in three of the past four games.

However, on the bright side, he’s also punched out at least seven batters in four of the last five appearances. This week, the Royals and Brewers are on the menu. Kansas City has scored

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Wei-Yin Chen (SP, MIA) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen looks like one of the more impressive midseason bounce backs of the 2018 season. After an ugly 16 starts through the months of May, June, and July in which he produced a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 77.2 IP, Chen is 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in the second half, striking out at least six batters in each of the last three starts. It is tough to imagine that we would...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has now won six of his seven starts, is up to 12-7 on the season, and had struck out seven batters in his previous two starts. Since the All-Star break, Minor has a 2.70 ERA (but a 4.08 FIP) and has struck out 42 batters in 46 2/3 innings. While fantasy owners may be skeptical about his ERA considering his FIP, he has walked no more than two batters in seven of his...continue reading

Derek Holland (SP, SF) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland has a 7-8 record and 3.46 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter per inning (159 in 158 2/3 innings). He has also struck out seven batters or more in each of his last two starts. Even though Holland has not won any of his last three starts, he also has not lost a start since July 10. One issue for Holland, on top of his lack of wins, are with...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Week 25 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis may only be 8-12 with a 4.28 ERA this season (and a 4.65 FIP), but he could make the difference in a fantasy championship this week. Since the All-Star break, Junis is only 3-2, but is striking out nearly a batter per inning (58 in 60 1/3) and has a 2.83 ERA. He has a 3.21 FIP, but his 1.79 walk rate and 47.6% GB rate show how he is limiting damage. After...continue reading

Reynaldo Lopez (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez is feeling it lately, yielding just four combined earned runs over his last four outings (25 ⅔ IP) with 29 punchouts. The highlight of this stretch was his most recent turn against the Angels, where he took a tough-luck, 1-0 loss despite striking out 10 Halos across six scoreless frames. He gets the face the Orioles in Baltimore next on Sept. 15, which gives him a good chance at securing...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: In four starts since coming off of the DL in mid-August, New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has struck out 31 hitters against five walks with a 2.25 ERA and 2.51 xFIP in 24 innings. With his next start slated for Thursday against the Marlins, we know several fantasy owners who would pay top dollar for the southpaw’s services. It is wise to be one of those owners, as Matz should be owned in all leagues.

Felix Pena (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena has seen his effectiveness rebound alongside his velocity lately, as he’s turned in back-to-back 7-IP starts against the Astros and White Sox with just one and two earned in each respective outing. His sinker-slider mix is gaining some polish as he’s boosted his offerings by nearly 2 MPH since a rough patch in August. He’s delivered a healthy 37/8 K/BB ratio over his last six trips to the hill and...continue reading

Brad Keller (KC, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller is a mixed bag in fantasy circles. Keller’s unsightly overall 87/46 K/BB ratio over 127 ⅓ IP will make you cringe, but the 23-year-old’s been a force over the last month. He held the ChiSox to just one run across seven innings on Tuesday night, which gives him six straight outings with two or fewer earned runs surrendered. With a groundball rate north of 50% and a growing affinity for...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP/RP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has now won six of his seven starts after holding the Halos to one run across six strong innings on Monday night. He only struck out three, but the 1.96 ERA/0.83 WHIP over the last month is what you’re paying for. Minor is turning in some major ratio relief here and draws a favorable matchup with the Padres at Petco Park in his next scheduled start on Sept. 16. This is enough for...continue reading

Tyler Glasnow (SP/RP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow has seen his fantasy stock drop a bit. It’s like a guy can’t implode every once in a while without everyone freaking out. The entire fantasy community became a Glasnow expert after Toronto lit him up for seven runs in the first inning, but what about his second stellar effort against the Indians in the last two weeks? After holding Cleveland to just one run over seven innings on Aug. 31,...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint has looked amazing in 14 of his 16 major league innings thus far. His six-inning MLB debut against the Marlins was clean from start-to-finish. He held Boston without a hit over four innings before unraveling in the fifth and eventually taking the loss. His latest start on Sept. 9 saw him blank Arizona through five innings before they plated two in the sixth, though he did walk five and was clearly...continue reading

Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena is a tough player to evaluate. You don’t have to love the guy -- in fact, I’d say it’s best not to -- but Urena has looked sharp ever since that whole fracas with the Braves on Aug. 15. The Marlins’ Opening Day starter held the Mets to one run over 6 ⅓ IP on Tuesday and has now yielded just seven earned in his last 28 ⅓ IP, which includes...continue reading

Joe Ross (SP, WAS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross was set to make his 2018 debut on Sept. 7 against the Cubs, but that start was rained out. Washington opted to keep everyone else on schedule and push Ross’ turn back a week. So now he due for a home start against the same Cubbies at home on Wednesday, which will be his first MLB appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. He struck out 19 and walked eight over...continue reading

Jorge Lopez (KC, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals pitcher Pablo Lopez captivated the baseball world by coming within three outs of perfection on Sept. 8 against the Twins, ultimately settling for the win and one earned run over eight-plus innings. This was his follow-up performance to tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Orioles on Sept. 2, when he struck out eight Baltimore birdies. He gets a rematch against the Twins next on Sept. 14 as he looks to make right...continue reading

Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSIS:  It has been a rough year for Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena. He is 5-12 with a 4.41 ERA and was tossed from a game earlier this season for hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. on the first pitch of an outing.

Nowadays, he has allowed one earned run, or less, in three of the last four performances. In his last contest, Urena struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run (solo homer)

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Sandy Alcantara (SP, MIA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSISMiami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara could get two turns in the rotation this week, but he is good enough to where one start could be enough to earn his keep. In two starts this season, he’s allowed a total of one earned run and Alcantara has struck out eight batters in 12 innings of action.

Those two games were against the Mets and Phillies. This week, Alcantara has a chance to pitch against

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Mike Minor (SP, TEX) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor has majorly improved over his last three starts. During that span, he has allowed no more than two earned runs in an outing and has struck out a total of 18 batters in 17 innings of work.

Minor's last start was against the Angels and he will make his first start of the week in Los Angeles this week. He struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in

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Lucas Giolito (CWS, SP) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito is a 10-10 pitcher with a 5.85 ERA, but he is a good addition for the first playoff week. Lately, he has allowed one earned run in two of the past three games and struck out 17 batters in the past 14 2/3 innings of action.

This week, the Royals and Orioles are on the schedule for Giolito. Both clubs are in the bottom four in terms of

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Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSISLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney is a weird play this week. This is one of those scenarios where you can either use Heaney for only one start, or you add this pitcher to bolster your strikeout total and you do not worry about the ERA hit.

Heaney faces the Rangers for the third time in less than three weeks. In the previous two performances, Heaney allowed a total of 10 earned runs

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Wade LeBlanc (SP, SEA) - Week 24 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSISSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc has locked down his opponents lately. In the past three appearances, he has allowed a grand total of one earned run and struck out 14 batters in 19 innings of work. This time around, he could face the Padres and Angels in one week’s time.

The Padres have a team wOBA of .298, which is 26th in the league. The Angels are 23rd (.300 wOBA) in the same

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Jamie Barria (SP, LAA) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: The Angels have dealt with an avalanche of injuries to members of their starting rotation from the jump this season, culminating in the news from earlier this week that Shohei Ohtani will require Tommy John surgery. Jamie Barria's performance stands as a silver lining. The rookie doesn't boast eye-popping strikeout numbers, but his 3.30 ERA and 1.23 WHIP are more than adequate for fantasy purposes. Barria had issues with the long ball earlier this season and appears to...continue reading

Ryan Yarbrough (SP/RP, TB) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough has allowed just 15 batters to reach base and two to score in his last five appearances, spanning 21 innings. Only one of those was an official start, as he is most often been used this season after a short stint by an "opener." All in all, this has helped him rack up 13 victories - more than Chris SaleTrevor BauerPatrick Corbin,...continue reading

Drew Smyly (CHC, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Dynasty Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Drew Smyly has had a lost 2018 season and may not even pitch this season. This is strictly for very deep keeper and dynasty folks, but Tuesday saw Smyly toss 23 pitches in a simulated game after he struck out all three batters he faced during his Low-A rehab appearance the week before. The Cubbies may add him to the bullpen later, but his $10 million deal over two years speaks to a starting...continue reading

Felix Pena (LAA, SP/RP)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Felix Pena has made his mark on baseball in a short time period. Pena’s last month has seen him strike out a batter per inning (31 in 30 ⅔ IP) with a 3.23 ERA and 1.04 WHIP for the Halos. He sports dual-eligibility on the bump and has worked hard to change his arsenal since moving to the big leagues. He has transitioned to a sinker from his old four-seamer to strong results,...continue reading

Joe Ross (WAS, RP/SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross is set to start against the Cubs at home on Friday, which will be his first MLB appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. At just 25 years old, Ross could be a useful piece in 12-team leagues down the stretch. He struck out 19 and walked eight over 26 ⅓ rehab innings and we can get a look to see if that sinker is working. Before getting hurt...continue reading

Adam Wainwright (SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once a top-flight arm that fantasy owners would fight tooth and nail over, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has seen injuries derail his efforts in recent years. He held an ugly 1.83 WHIP over his first 18 innings of ‘18 before elbow and hamstring ailments saw him hit the 60-day DL. However, now Waino is coming back for a start on Sept. 10 against the Pirates. This comes after quietly stringing together six scoreless rehab...continue reading

Touki Toussaint (ATL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Touki Toussaint was cruising with four hitless innings against the Red Sox in his second big-league start when the fifth inning just got away from him. That being said, we are not out to hold one frame against a 22-year-old arm that’s been nothing short of dominant in Double- and Triple-A this year. Boston was never going to be as easy as his strong debut against Miami (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER,...continue reading

Steven Matz (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has allowed just four runs and 13 baserunners over his last 19 innings (three starts), posting a crispy 23/3 K/BB ratio over that span. This is especially heartwarming considering how rusty he looked in his first start off the DL on Aug. 16, yielding four runs in just two frames. Though he still has not earned a win in any of these last three outings (thanks Mets), he has serious...continue reading

Jake Junis (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jake Junis is a tough player to trust. We have all been sucked in by Junis before and do not want to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar again. However, Junis is much more than his last two dominant outings. He has muscled through six rather impressive starts in a row now with a 39/5 K/BB ratio in 39 frames without any sizable pockets of luck propping him up. That said,...continue reading

Tyler Glasnow (SP/RP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow has continues to make the most of his move to Tampa. Glasnow’s ownership has crept up from roughly 26% to 30% over the last couple days and, even though it is just people looking for streamers, there is good reason to hold Glasnow. Maybe, when streaming Glasnow, you can see why his ownership levels continue to rise. In his last start, Glasnow yielded just one run on two hits and a...continue reading

Josh James (SP/RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Josh James is a player so new to fantasy owners that ESPN only JUST got him in their player pool. His MLB debut saw him fan nine Angels over five innings, with the only damage coming on a Kole Calhoun three-run homer. The three walks point to the 3.9 BB/9 from the minors this season, but the nine punchouts are tethered to an absurd 171 Ks in just 114 ⅓ IP on the...continue reading

Matt Shoemaker (LAA ,SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker returned from his elbow injury with five innings of shutout ball against the Rangers, needing only 62 pitches to impress in his first MLB start since March 31. He scattered two hits and a walk throughout the start and draws a road date with the White Sox on Sept. 9 next. Be aware of the pitch count -- he had made just one rehab start in which he gave up...continue reading

Wei-Yin Chen (SP, MIA) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: After an ugly 16 starts through the months of May, June, and July in which he produced a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 77.2 IP, Wei-Yin Chen has caught absolute fire for the fish with a 1.44 ERA and 0.798 WHIP over his last five starts Though his last few seasons have been hampered by health issues and subsequent inconsistency, does his success during August and the start of September mean Chen is poised for a strong...continue reading

Sam Gaviglio (TOR, SP) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of leagues ANALYSISToronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio has had his up and downs all year, as he has struggled to string together two solid performances in 2018. That trend will likely continue this week with Gaviglio first facing the Rays at home and then the Indians at home. Gaviglio will see the Rays in the first game of the week. Tampa Bay is 22nd in runs scored (564 runs in 134 games) and 23rd in team wOBA...continue reading

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SDP) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi has allowed two earned runs, or less, in four of the past five games. He has also punched out at least six batters in five consecutive appearances. With two starts on the docket this week, there are a lot of reasons to pick him up in deeper leagues. Lucchesi will face the Diamondbacks in his first outing of the week. Arizona is sixth in team strikeouts (1,212) this season. However, both...continue reading

Matt Harvey (SP, CIN) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSISCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey has found a new home in Cincinnati this season with mixed results. He has been a boom-or-bust streaming option this year and we’re hoping for more of the “boom” this week. Harvey has allowed two earned runs in four of the past six games, but also allowed five earned runs in the other two appearances. On the bright side, Harvey has punched out at least five batters in four...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, OAK) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Trevor Cahill continues to be under-owned in fantasy leagues. He has allowed three earned runs, or less, in four of the past six performances and punched out at least six batters in three of the past six outings. Considering the strong defense for the Athletics and the spacious O.co Coliseum helping to depress offense, Cahill has had his most productive fantasy season in years. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Cahill is a two...continue reading

Michael Fulmer (SP, DET) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer is not the type of player that you think that you would find on the waiver wire in September. It has been a rough few outings for Fulmer recently and his ownership levels have tanked. He has allowed at least seven earned runs in two of the past three starts.

On the bright side, Fulmer is a two start pitcher this week, facing the White Sox in

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Trevor Williams (SP, PIT) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 46% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams continues to prove that he is more than just a streaming option in the fantasy baseball world. He has allowed one earned run, or less, in four straight outings and struck out at least four batters in three consecutive contests. Furthermore, he is a two start pitcher this week and will face the Reds and Marlins at home. Miami is 30th in runs scored (505 runs in 135 games). They’re...continue reading

Anthony DeSclafani (SP, CIN) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani is back to showing why fantasy owners waited for him through his injury-riddled 2017 and poor start of 2018. After posting a 5.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in eight starts during the first half of the season, DeScalfani has a 3-2 record and 3.35 ERA in the second half. He has pitched at least six innings in each of the last five starts and, while he has allowed four earned runs in each of...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP, TEX) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor is 10-7 with a 4.33 ERA this season and has been pitching much better of late. While he does not have the same stellar ratios as last season (2.65 ERA and 1.02 WHIP), he has still registered four quality starts in his last five appearances. His strikeout rate may be down more than 8% from last season (28.7% to 20.3%), but he is still a strong streamer. Since the beginning of July, the...continue reading

Mike Minor (SP, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor has pushed through a stiff back to manage 29 ⅔ innings since the All-Star break, in which he has allowed opposing hitters to triple slash a paltry .181/.211/.327 with 25 strikeouts against four walks.These numbers are  coming against the lineups of Oakland (x2), Houston, the Yankees and the Orioles. While those numbers above are truly impressive, Minor's struggles earlier this season give reason for pessimism. We will see if he can collect his fifth...continue reading

Wei-Yin Chen (MIA, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was no where near the fantasy radar before the last month or so. Would you have honestly guessed that Chen has a 2.86 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over the last month? Believe it, buster. His 10-strikeout outing against the Braves has been in the works for a while now thanks to his fastball now sitting in the 92-93 mph range starting on June 27. In 10 starts since the end of June, he...continue reading

Framber Valdez (HOU, RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez is slated to start again on Friday against the Angels after scoring good marks on his first test in Houston’s rotation. His first major-league start yielded five innings of one-run ball against said Halos, and this came just five days after 4 ⅓ innings of scoreless relief (and the win) against the Mariners. His raw stuff is worth tuning in for and the strikeouts should come up soon, but his command is not quite...continue reading

David Hess (BAL, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher David Hess being on a waiver wire list shows how deep you need to dive this late in the season. Would you believe that Hess has delivered three straight quality starts and gets to face the Royals in pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium next? Well, believe it! Now, Hess put together a similar three-start stretch back in late May, only to fall apart with at least five earned surrendered in each of his next four starts, so...continue reading

Erasmo Ramirez (SEA, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez has been in and out of the Mariners rotation over the last few years, but he is back starting for the Mariners and thriving. Since rejoining Seattle’s rotation on Aug. 12, Ramirez has allowed two earned runs over 16 innings across three starts. He is still not a big strikeout guy -- he has rung up 12 in those 16 frames -- but he has not allowed a homer in any of these...continue reading