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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.

We recommend MLB starting pitchers for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.

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.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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Francisco Liriano (SP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: One of the most unpredictable pitchers in the league, Liriano is often feast-or-famine. He had the most forgettable first start of the season among all pitchers when he couldn't last more than one-third of an inning against the Rays while giving up five runs. He then proceeded to whiff 10 Orioles in his next start and blank the Red Sox for 5 1/3 after that. While Liriano's ratios still aren't pretty, his 4.08 xFIP isn't too bad and his 9.7 K/9...continue reading

Chris Devenski (SP/RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 60% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski burst onto the scene last season as a 26-year-old right-hander split between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He posted a 2.16 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.20 K/BB rate that was fourth in all of baseball (min. 100 IP), and has somehow improved upon those numbers in 2017— 1.35 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 25.00 K/BB rate. Obviously that stat line will not hold up over the course of a season, but Devenski has...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lynn is ramping back up after missing last season due to Tommy John surgery, and while his first few starts weren’t disastrous, he showed clear signs of rust. The good news is that Lynn has improved in his past two starts, pitching deeper into games, striking out more batters, and generating more groundball outs. In his first two starts, Lynn induced 18 swinging strikes and struck out eight batters. In his most recent two starts, he has induced 29 swinging strikes...continue reading

Antonio Senzatela (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team, NL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: A pair of rookies dispelled the myth last year that you can't start Rockies pitchers at Coors. This season it has been another unexpected rookie who is continuing the trend. Antonio Senzatela was a surprise addition to the rotation late in the spring, having never seen Triple-A ball, but he has been untouchable in his first three starts. He started with five scoreless innings against Milwaukee and then passed his first home test by tossing seven innings...continue reading

Lance Lynn (SP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 50% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lance Lynn missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he’s a full 18 months removed from the procedure. He certainly didn’t look rusty in his first start this year, pitching 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the defending champion Cubs. Lynn owns a career 3.37 ERA and 8.7 K/9, and has averaged 15 wins in his four full MLB seasons as a starter. While he's never been an asset in terms of...continue reading

Kendall Graveman (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed and AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 51% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kendall Graveman enjoyed a solid sophomore season in 2016, posting a 4.11 ERA across 186 innings, but he has made some offseason adjustments. The 26-year-old has essentially eliminated all off-speed pitches from his repertoire — 99 percent of his pitches this year have been either a two-seamer or a cutter — and it has paid dividends thus far. Graveman has allowed three runs and struck out 12 batters over his first 13 innings of work, even...continue reading

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers (Week 2): Head-to-Head Leagues

Now that it's Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season, rotations are all jumbled up, and we can really get to streaming. Time to get rid of that bench bat off to a slow start or that middle reliever you have hanging around. Instead, maximize your starts with some pitchers who have two starts this week and are probably still available in your league. Here are the top two-start pitchers to stream for Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season. This can be especially helpful for head-to-head (H2H) leagues, where every start...continue reading

Daniel Norris (SP, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 13% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Daniel Norris was one of just 19 starters who logged a strikeout per inning and walked fewer than three batters per nine. Most of the guys in that group are bona fide aces. Of course, Norris was the only player in the group who failed to log 100 innings, and he also had trouble with home runs and hard contact. But the former top prospect is just 23 and carries plenty of upside.

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 20% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The former first-round pick hasn't quite lived up to the hype, but Mike Foltynewicz has improved every season in the big leagues. He also seems to have developed his changeup into a viable third offering, which should allow him to stick in the rotation. His blazing fastball and slider have led some to conclude his future is in the bullpen. If the Braves were to make that move, Folty could be in line for some saves....continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 0-25% Owned Pickups

Baseball is finally back. In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Here are the best players who are owned in 0-25% of Yahoo leagues. You can see our column on 25-50% owned players as well. These are your deeper Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already been completed. Deep League Waiver Wire Adds Catcher: Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies (16% owned) Rupp is mainly keeping...continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 25-50% Owned Pickups

Wow, we're really here. After all this time, baseball is truly back. Happy Opening Day RotoBallers! In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Today, we'll look at players who are owned in 25-50% of Yahoo leagues and see who stands out. You can see our deeper leagues list of 0-25% owned players as well. These are your Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (NYM, SP) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 397 ANALYSIS: It’s been a long, arduous journey back to the mound for the former sixth overall pick, but Zack Wheeler is finally ready to once again take the ball for the Mets. The 26-year-old hasn’t competed in a Major League game since 2014, when he compiled 185.1 innings and posted a 3.54 ERA. With Steven Matz hitting the DL to start the season, Wheeler, who was originally expected to begin the year in an extended spring training, was officially...continue reading

Michael Pineda (SP, NYY) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160 CURRENT ADP: ~192 ANALYSIS: Pineda has been a difficult pitcher to figure out over the past few seasons. The results say that he probably doesn’t deserve to be the Yankees third starter.  However, the advanced stats show he has gotten unlucky and is due for some positive regression this season. With his mid-90s fastball and excellent slider, Pineda can generate a ton of strikeouts. His 10.61 K/9 rate was fifth among qualified starters last season, and his K-BB rate 20.4% placed him seventh. With stats like that,...continue reading

Draft Values: The 2017 All-Bargain Team

This article first appeared on the Metro news publication. Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon. After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team. Best Draft Values in 2017 Catcher: Brian McCann, Houston Astros McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in nine straight seasons, and has averaged 135 games played over the...continue reading

Joe Musgrove (SP, HOU) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260 CURRENT ADP: ~298 ANALYSIS: Musgrove made his MLB debut last year out of the bullpen, striking out eight over 4.1 innings. In his first start he threw seven innings, allowing one earned run with six strikeouts and no walks. His biggest asset has always been his control; from Double-A on through the minors he never had a BB/9 higher than 1.20, and in the majors last season it was only 2.32. Despite his eight-strikeout debut, Musgrove hasn’t been known to be a big strikeout pitcher throughout his minor league...continue reading

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

 

 

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