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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - Starting Pitcher (SP)

 
To help you dominate all of your 2019 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2019 fantasy baseball starting pitcher (SP) draft sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other draft resources and tools shown in the icons below.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Deeper NL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 4

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

4 hours ago

Luke Weaver (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-team leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Luke Weaver has pitched well in back to back outings after striking out nine Braves in five innings Thursday. So far this season, Weaver is sporting an impressive 27.3 percent strikeout rate against only a 5.7 percent walk rate. After a disappointing season last year, Weaver... Read More

2 days ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Leagues ANALYSIS: With a 2.35 ERA and dual eight-strikeout performances against the Mets and Nationals, Caleb Smith has been making waves to start the 2019 season. In 2018, Smith wan an early-season darling, when he showed moments of brilliance. Smith also suffered from some of the... Read More

3 days ago

Mike Soroka (SP, ATL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Health was the biggest concern for the 21-year-old Soroka heading into 2019. That, plus Atlanta's multitude of starting pitching options, made him a risky choice in redraft leagues this season. Soroka overcame the late spring shoulder injury that pushed him out of... Read More

3 days ago

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Time flies when you're having fun, but it's important to remember that we're still in the first month of a six-month odyssey. Difficult as it may be to watch your team struggle out of the gate, you might just be making matters worse by doing something drastic to your roster. That doesn't mean you can't... Read More

3 days ago


Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull is through four starts, and is now being recommended as a deep league add in his third week this season. That's due to this 3.43 ERA (3.16 FIP) as well as his 26.7% K rate and 7.8% walk... Read More

4 days ago

Diego Castillo (RP/SP, TB) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Diego Castillo has emerged as a terrific late-inning arm for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Gaining a promotion after being used as an opener in 2018, the right-hander has flourished in his new end-game role and has earned two saves and... Read More

4 days ago

Jeff Samardzija (SP, SF) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: A veteran of the MLB since 2008, no one has ever questioned Jeff Samardzija's athleticism or physical makeup. At 6-5, 240 lbs and a former wide receiver for the Notre Dame football team, no one has ever accused Samardzija of being a less-than-imposing presence... Read More

4 days ago

Robert Stephenson (RP/SP, CIN) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: Robert Stephenson has been a highly-touted, eagerly-awaited prospect within the Cincinnati Reds organization for what feels like (especially to Reds fans) a million years. The Reds organization seems to have an unfortunate habit of identifying fantastic relief pitcher qualities...in starting pitchers. Stephenson has seen... Read More

4 days ago

Deeper NL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

5 days ago


Deeper AL-Only Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Every week in baseball, a significant player will hit the disabled list, slip into a slump, or get traded out of a good spot. How fantasy owners adapt to these situations can make or break the season as a whole. One lousy add might not hurt the long-term standing of a team, but failing to... Read More

6 days ago

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

As tempting as it may be if your squad is off to a slow start, resist the urge to make an overabundance of drastic roster decisions. Remember - the fantasy baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. That doesn't mean you can't tinker on the edges, which is precisely what this column is designed... Read More

1 week ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith is an inning away from starting off the 2019 campaign with three straight quality starts, having only gone five innings in his season debut. His last outing was a beauty, tossing six shutout innings with only one hit... Read More

1 week ago

Trevor Richards (SP, MIA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: There has been much ado about the Marlins young pitching staff to kick off the 2019 campaign, and it is easy to see why. Of that group, right-hander Trevor Richards may have the most promise, but also the most volatility. Case in... Read More

1 week ago

Tyler Mahle (SP, CIN) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Reds came into 2019 counting on big comeback-seasons for starting pitchers Luis Castillo and off-season acquisition Sonny Gray. One player that was in equal need of a bounce-back campaign, and who could also have a significant impact on the Reds' season, is... Read More

1 week ago


Brandon Woodruff (SP, MIL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A quick glance at Woodruff's numbers through his first three starts isn't going to make you run to the waiver wire. He boasts a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP after giving up four earned runs in each of his last two... Read More

2 weeks ago

Domingo German (SP, NYY) – Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 26% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a surprisingly effective 2018, German entered the pre-season without a clear spot in the Yankees' rotation. After Luis Severino’s injury, however, the Yankees rewarded the 26-year-old by naming him their fifth starter. In two outings, he has two wins, a 1.64... Read More

2 weeks ago

Yonny Chirinos (SP/RP, TAM) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most often used as a "follower" last season by the Rays, Yonny Chirinos made a strong case for himself as a traditional starter with his 2019 debut. The 25-year-old dominated a dangerous Astros lineup last Sunday, allowing just two hits and striking out... Read More

2 weeks ago

Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: If you read this column last week, you would have seen a suggestion to pick up Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull, even after a rocky first start on the season. For those of you who listened, you were rewarded with an outstanding second... Read More

2 weeks ago

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Being only a week and a half into the season, drastic measures are to be avoided. None of us are happy with Yu Darvish right now, for example, but kicking him to the curb after two starts amounts to fantasy malpractice in most situations. That doesn't mean you can't tinker on the edges, which is... Read More

2 weeks ago


Aaron Sanchez (SP, TOR) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: Most fantasy owners didn't want anything to do with the risk associated with Sanchez -- 141 innings the last two years due to finger injuries -- but we can't forget his 15-2 record, 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 2016. It's also become increasingly... Read More

3 weeks ago

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues Miami Marlins starters may not seem like valuable fantasy assets, but Caleb Smith has become an intriguing option in 2019. In his first start this season against the Mets, Smith did what he does best: get strikeouts. He punched out eight batters over... Read More

3 weeks ago

Kyle Zimmer (SP/RP, KC) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Royals' bullpen is, predictably, a mess. Brad Boxberger, Wily Peralta, and Jake Diekman all sport ERAs of 8.00 or higher, and while both Boxberger and Ian Kennedy have successfully nailed down a save, they've each blown one as well. None of the... Read More

3 weeks ago

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 33% of leagues ANALYSIS: Eflin was fantastic in his season debut on Tuesday against the Nationals, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings while walking only one and striking out a career high-tying nine for his first win of the 2019 campaign. The right-hander, who will turn 25 on... Read More

3 weeks ago

Ian Kennedy (SP/RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 2

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-only and 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After back-to-back disappointing seasons as a starter, it appears that Ian Kennedy may have found his new niche in Kansas City. He debuted this season in the eighth inning, preserving the team’s two-run advantage by throwing a clean frame. In... Read More

3 weeks ago


Brandon Woodruff (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups Week 1

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After throwing 42.1 innings down the stretch for the Brew Crew last year, Brandon Woodruff looks set to build upon a strong rookie campaign after earning a starting spot coming out of the spring. There were questions that he might slot into the bullpen,... Read More

3 weeks ago

Domingo German (SP, NYY) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Pre-season injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Luis Severino thrust young right-hander Domingo German back into a rotation spot, where he will slot in at No. 4 and start Monday's game. German posted some intriguing numbers last season, despite his 5.57 ERA and... Read More

3 weeks ago

Spencer Turnbull (SP, DET) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: There was a fair amount of helium regarding Spencer Turnbull after it was announced he would get the No. 3 starter job in Detroit following an excellent spring training (1.80 ERA, 15/2 K/BB ratio). While his first start wasn't great (5.0 IP,... Read More

3 weeks ago

Sergio Romo (SP/RP, MIA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Despite starting a few games last season, make no mistake, Romo was a closer last year. He earned 25 saves with a 10.02 K/9, a 2.67 BB/9 and a 4.14 ERA - with a 3.32 SIERA. He is now in line to be... Read More

4 weeks ago

Zach Eflin (SP, PHI) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of leagues ANALYSIS: After a handful of lousy starts in 2016 and 2017, Zach Eflin rode increased fastball velocity last year to an excellent first half wherein he produced tidy ratios (3.15 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) along with close to a strikeout per inning and nearly five strikeouts... Read More

4 weeks ago


Diego Castillo (SP/RP, TAM) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Diego Castillo emerged as a key cog in the Rays' bullpen after Tampa traded away Alex Colome last season. Over 56.2 innings of work, he posted a 3.18 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, with 64 strikeouts against just 18 walks. He performed especially well... Read More

4 weeks ago

Ross Stripling (SP, LAD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 180 CURRENT ADP: ~215 overall ANALYSIS: Entering his age-29 season, Ross Stripling will begin the year locked into a rotation spot for the first time in his career. Stripling showed us an excellent first half in 2018 that led to his first ever All-Star selection. An injury-riddled second half put... Read More

1 month ago

Merrill Kelly (SP, ARI) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 415 CURRENT ADP: ~445 overall ANALYSIS: It’s almost becoming a trend for players to travel overseas to play baseball after struggling to make it in the MLB, only to end up back in the Majors better than before. In 2017 it was Eric Thames and last year it was Miles... Read More

1 month ago

Chris Paddack (SP, SD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~280 overall ANALYSIS: Paddack has been a popular player in dynasty/keeper leagues and why not? He’s produced outstanding minor league numbers when healthy, is near-MLB-ready, and he has the stuff to be a mid-rotation arm or better. As of the writing of this piece, the young hurler had... Read More

1 month ago

Anibal Sanchez (SP, WAS) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~300 overall ANALYSIS: Outside of followers, wins can be found relatively cheaply with a job-secure but lesser-quality starter on a good team. A perfect example would be Anibal Sanchez, the clear fourth rotation arm in Washington. The Nationals' top three starters--Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, and Stephen Strasburg--are being drafted... Read More

1 month ago


Freddy Peralta (SP, MIL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 280 CURRENT ADP: ~320 overall ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta only had a 6-4 record and 4.25 ERA after being called up from the minor leagues in 2018. In his 14 starts, he allowed at least three earned runs in seven of them and walked multiple batters in... Read More

1 month ago

Trevor Williams (SP, PIT) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~390 overall ANALYSIS: After being acquired by the Pirates from the Marlins in 2015, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams made his MLB debut in 2016 and then pitched 150 1/3 innings in 2017.  His 7-7 record and 4.36 ERA in 99 first half innings in 2018... Read More

2 months ago

Kevin Gausman (SP, ATL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 165 CURRENT ADP: ~190 overall ANALYSIS: No pitcher benefited from a mid-season trade more than Kevin Gausman in 2018. During his time in Baltimore, Gausman had posted a 4.43 ERA, five wins, and a 1.52 HR/9. Following his move to Atlanta, those numbers changed to an ERA of 2.87, five wins,... Read More

2 months ago

Tyler Glasnow (SP, TB) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~175 overall ANALYSIS: The Rays acquired Tyler Glasnow at the end of July in the Chris Archer trade. Glasnow was only used out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh, racking up 56 innings before the trade. Despite his below average ERA of 4.34 pre-trade, he managed to strike out... Read More

2 months ago

Andrew Heaney (SP, LAA) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 150 CURRENT ADP: ~165 overall ANALYSIS: The Angels have two promising southpaws in their rotation, but Heaney, in particular, is generating a lot of buzz for the 2019 fantasy baseball season. Andrew Heaney pitched 180 IP last season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 180 SO. The numbers... Read More

2 months ago


Mike Soroka (SP, ATL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 275 CURRENT ADP: ~295 overall ANALYSIS: Although he only threw 25.2 big league innings last year, there’s a lot to love about Mike Soroka. The fact that he already received his Major League call-up in May this past season says enough in itself that he’s a top-tier talent. Soroka’s season... Read More

2 months ago

Joey Lucchesi (SP, SD) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 175 CURRENT ADP: ~200 overall ANALYSIS: In his rookie year, left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi made an instant impact. He allowed a total of four earned runs over the first four starts, posting a 25:4 K:BB ratio. It appeared that Lucchesi might be a legitimate candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. An... Read More

2 months ago

Dylan Bundy (SP, BAL) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 250 CURRENT ADP: ~280 overall ANALYSIS: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy took a bit of a step forward in 2017 with a 13-9 record and 4.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, priming him for a potential breakout in 2018. We know how that turned out, as what followed was a... Read More

3 months ago

Jesus Luzardo (SP, OAK) - Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleepers

BALLER MOVE: Draft target ~pick 235 CURRENT ADP: ~255 overall ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo has yet to pitch a big league inning, yet the 21-year-old is being as hyped up as any rookie starter coming into 2019. While hype can easily lead to disappointment, the young Peruvian has allowed just 43 earned runs... Read More

3 months ago

Felix Pena (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena burned some of you (...us) by getting hit for six runs over four innings in Oakland on the 19th, but he rebounded with a quality start against Texas at home and will get to redeem... Read More

7 months ago


Zach Davies (MIL - SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Some of you simply need wins, and while Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies has taken two straight losses at the hands of the Pirates, he and the Brewers take on the Tigers at home on Sept. 28 in their quest for... Read More

7 months ago

Trevor Richards (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards will face the Mets in New York for his final performance of the 2018 season, and while the Mets have shown more life in the second half, they’re still batting .228 as a team with an... Read More

7 months ago

Antonio Senzatela (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela is another doozy for the SP/RP crowd, as the young Rockie will face the Phillies on Sept. 27 as Colorado fights for its playoff life. He’s won his past two starts with two combined runs allowed... Read More

7 months ago

Cody Reed (CIN, SP/RP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: Those of you who specifically like getting SP/RP eligible starters to shoehorn into your lineup should be all over Cincinnati Reds pitcher Cody Reed, who faces the Royals at home as he looks for his third straight strong outing. Reed struck out... Read More

7 months ago

Thomas Pannone (TOR, SP) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Thomas Pannone is now 4-1 with four quality starts in five starts for Toronto in ‘18, with a particularly impressive stretch of limiting the Indians, Yankees and Rays to just two runs each in recent weeks. It’d... Read More

7 months ago