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

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

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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Ian Kennedy (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues

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

Luis Castillo (SP, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Week 16 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

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

Mike Foltynewicz (SP, ATL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Carlos Rodon (SP, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Week 15 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

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

Mike Clevinger (SP, CLE) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Carlos Rodon (SP, CWS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Week 14 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers

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

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Jeff Hoffman (SP, COL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Mike Fiers (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

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

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

Brad Peacock (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

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

Ariel Miranda (SP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners pitcher Ariel Miranda broke onto the scene with a 3.54 ERA in 10 starts with the Mariners last season and has been a solid part of Seattle's team this season. His ERA jumped to 4.17 after allowing six runs in four innings against the Twins on June 15, but, prior to that start, he had not allowed more than two runs in a start for six consecutive starts. In fact, in 10 of his 14...continue reading

Jordan Montgomery (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery had allowed two runs or fewer in four consecutive starts coming into June 15 start against the Athletics and, even though he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in Oakland, is still a good addition to fantasy rosters. Montgomery has struck out at least five batters in five consecutive starts (striking out 66 in 69 innings this season) and has held batters to a .236 batting average in his rookie...continue reading

Brandon McCarthy (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last five starts and is one of the top waiver adds. McCarthy has seen his ERA drop to 3.14 over his hot streak and, even though he has lost each of his last two decisions, he now has a 1.10 WHIP this season. He has also allowed three hits or less in four of his last five starts, seeing his batting average...continue reading

Jimmy Nelson - (SP, MIL) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Jimmy Nelson is on track to post a career best season across nearly every fantasy category, yet has not received much attention from the fantasy community. According to the ESPN Player Rater, he is the 48th best starting pitcher this season, held back by his wins and WHIP. However, given the current pitching landscape, he is a viable streamer in most formats and a must-add in deeper mixed or N.L. only leagues. While Nelson’s velocity has remained similar...continue reading

Brad Peacock (RP/SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Brad Peacock continues to impress in his return to the rotation this season. What was supposed to be a temporary stay could turn into a permanent one if he keeps up his current ratios. Peacock is posting a 3.15 ERA, supported by a 3.38 SIERA. He's also inducing soft contact 25% of the time and striking out 33.6% of the batters he faces. Thanks to a superior slider that he throws one-third of the time, he is inducing a...continue reading

Chase Anderson (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 53% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chase Anderson has spun three consecutive gems, tossing 21.2 scoreless innings with 22 strikeouts over that span. He is inducing weaker contact than ever before, and has posted a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and a 6.4 HR/FB— both career highs. The 29-year-old has been particularly dominant at home (1.69), and his road numbers are inflated by one dreadful performance against the Cubs in May. A 4.31 xFIP indicates there may be some regression in Anderson’s future,...continue reading

Junior Guerra (SP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra has now made two starts since returning from the disabled list and has allowed one run in 11 2/3 innings, seeing his ERA drop to 1.84 for the season. The Brewers' Opening Day starter had a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 121 2/3 innings last season, so this hot start is not a shock. He missed a month and a half with a calf injury after allowing two runs in three...continue reading

Dinelson Lamet (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet has won each of his two major league starts, striking out 16 batters over 10 innings against the Mets and Cubs. He has allowed two home runs in his 10 MLB innings, but his 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, including only three walks, show that he is ready for the big leagues. While it is over a small sample size, 36.4% hard hit ball is not good, but his 13.6%...continue reading

CC Sabathia (SP, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has turned around his season in a big way over his last three starts, firing four quality starts and winning each game. In his last four starts, Sabathia has tossed 24 1/3 innings, pitching to a 1.48 ERA while striking out 28 and walking just six. The performance improves his record to 6-2 while his ERA for the year is down to 4.12. While he is on a hot streak, fantasy...continue reading

J.C. Ramirez (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 47% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: J.C. Ramirez got roughed up in his most recent outing against the Twins, allowing seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. However, prior to that, he had a run of five straight outings in which he pitched six or more innings and allowed two runs or less in four of those starts. As a result, his ERA as a starter is at 4.01 even with a few blowup outings mixed in. Ramirez has a concerning combination in his profile of low...continue reading

Dan Straily (SP, MIA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 28% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily is proving that last year's performance was no fluke. The journeyman earned back-to-back wins this past week and has allowed a total of seven earned runs in his last four starts. Most importantly, he is one of the biggest strikeout risers of the week with 14 punchouts in the last two games. Straily lowered his ERA to 3.38 with a 1.07 WHIP, making him worthy of a rotation spot in mixed...continue reading

Matt Andriese (SP, TB) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Andriese has a 2.89 ERA over the last 30 days, posting 8.20 strikeouts per nine, and now is a viable fantasy option. Andriese saw his ERA dip to 3.24 for the season after his last start against the Angels, while his WHIP dropped to 1.27. This was the fourth straight decision that Andriese (5-1) has won, and he now has five quality starts in his 10 starts this season. A...continue reading

Sean Manaea (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 54% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea is 3-3 on the year with a 4.35, but his 1.11 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings tell another story. Manaea's walk rate was 4.46 per nine coming into Friday's dominant start against the Yankees, showing that his low WHIP is particularly impressive. He has allowed only 13.5% line drives this season his hard hit ball percentage has dipped from 33.6% in 2016 to 32.4% this season. Fantasy owners also...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley originally made it to the big leagues in late 2015 for a short stretch in which he looked like a pretty good pitcher. He went 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through six starts, and it seemed like the jump from Double-A to the bigs might not be too much of a problem for him. He started 2016 in the minors again, bouncing from Double-A to Triple-A in short order. In Triple-A, Godley...continue reading

Drew Pomeranz (SP, BOS) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 49% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: It’s easy to overlook Drew Pomeranz due to his 4.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. However, he has already tallied four wins and has struck out 56 batters in just 44 innings, making him worth a deeper look. In order to improve his ratios and become a must-start option, Pomeranz must improve his walk rate and his ability to keep the ball in the park. Control has always been a struggle for him, as he has consistently posted a...continue reading

Matt Shoemaker (SP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: On the surface, Shoemaker is pitching like a replacement-level starter. A 3.97 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 2.39 K/BB and remarkably mediocre. These ratios aren't too off last year either (3.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), but the control is not the same (4.77 K/BB). The difference is that Shoemaker is walking 9.8% of batters, more than double last year's total. He's also allowing 1.59 HR/9 with a 38.3% hard contact rate that is the highest of his career. This may be enough to scare...continue reading

Zack Godley (SP, ARI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Godley has a sharp seasonal line (2.45 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 20 K in 25 2/3 innings) over his first four Major League starts of 2017 to match his 24 innings of work at Triple-A (2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 23 K’s) prior to the promotion. He’s missing bats at an elite rate (15.2 percent) but he’s also riding an unsustainable .186 BABIP while walking a few too many hitters (3.5 BB/9) for anyone’s liking. Godley pitched against the...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler took a two-season hiatus following 2015 Tommy John surgery, but is finally back on the mound for the Mets, and has actually been one of their more reliable starters. Through eight starts, the 26-year-old righty owns a 3.74 ERA, a 21.7 percent strikeout rate and a 10.9 percent walk rate. He has fallen victim to the long ball a bit (14.7 percent HR/FB), but has limited opposing batters to just a .222 average. Wheelers’s...continue reading

Nate Karns (SP/RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: While Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Nate Karns has yet to break double-digit wins in his career, his 10.71 strikeouts per nine this season (40 1/3 innings) just builds on his high strikeout profile. Karns struck out 9.64 batters per nine in 94 1/3 innings last season for Seattle and has struck out 9.4 / 9 IP in 305 2/3 career MLB innings. With strikeout numbers like that, Karns should be owned in fantasy leagues, but...continue reading

Charlie Morton (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 56% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: It is rare that a pitcher finds velocity as a 32-year-old, but that is what happened last season for the then-Philadelphia Phillie Charlie Morton and the starting pitcher has brought those gains to the Houston Astros this season. Morton has struck out 10.72 batters per nine in 45 1/3 innings this season, posting a 3.97 ERA and 1.37 WHIP to go along with his 5-2 record. Even better for those looking at Morton, his FIP sits...continue reading

Sean Manaea (SP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 56% Yahoo ANALYSIS: At first blush, it may seem strange to recommend a guy with a 5.52 ERA who just returned from the disabled list as an add in all formats. But with approximately three million pitchers injured right now, the wire is pretty thin these days. In any case, there's plenty to like about Sean Manaea. Let's start with the fact that only five starters in MLB have a higher swinging strike rate, while only three starters have induced a higher rate of...continue reading

Nate Karns (SP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Look past Nate Karns’ 4.58 ERA and you'll realize that he’s got a 1.22 WHIP with over a strikeout per inning (36 in 35 1/3 IP, including 17 in his last 12 1/3 IP) and gets a rather K-happy team in the Orioles (21.8 percent as a team) next. Karns and his 3.56 SIERA is worth some attention, but just be sure he’s maintaining his solid control. Also, keep an eye on his ground-ball rate...continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: It's fair to be skeptical of any Mets pitcher nowadays, but so far so good for Zack Wheeler this season. Wheeler hadn't pitched in the majors for two whole seasons until coming back in 2017. While it hasn't been perfect, there are some encouraging signs in his return from arm troubles. Wheeler currently sports a 4.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across six starts. His strikeout numbers are just league-average while his 3.9% BB% is slightly higher. The...continue reading

Charlie Morton (SP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: A boost in velocity at the end of 2016 has seen Charlie Morton become one of the breakout strikeout pitchers in baseball, posting a 9.98 strikeout per nine mark in 39 2/3 innings. Morton struck out 19 batters in 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies this season, but has been even better this year, adding a 3.63 ERA to those high strikeout totals. He does have an elevated 1.36 WHIP this season, mainly because of his...continue reading

Trevor Cahill (SP, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

OWNED IN: 52% Fleaflicker BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have been resistant to buying into Cahill’s hot start as the right-handed starter is just 52% owned despite having very impressive numbers. Cahill has done a very good job of limiting home runs, he has allowed just .51 HR/9 to this point, thanks to a high groundball and strikeout rate. The high groundball rate is nothing new or unexpected as he has a groundball rate at 55% for his career. His strikeout rate is quite different, however, as his 30%...continue reading

Jose Berrios (SP, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 23% Yahoo ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners are unlikely to have forgotten how poorly Jose Berrios performed as a rookie. The 22-year-old posted ghastly ratios (8.02 ERA, 1.87 WHIP) over 14 starts, in which he averaged just over four innings per. Berrios struggled in all facets of the game; he had serious issues finding the strike zone, and when he did, hitters teed off. As debuts go, there have been few worse. However, Berrios clearly has nothing left to prove in the minors, as he's...continue reading

Patrick Corbin (SP, ARI) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Like many pitchers, Corbin didn’t enjoy his start at Coors Field on Saturday night, which inflated his ERA to 3.89 and WHIP to 1.40. Putting those numbers aside is important, however, as Corbin is currently posting a career-best 11.5% swinging strike rate, leaving upside for Corbin to boost his strikeout numbers as the season wears on.  Likewise, his first pitch strike rate is also a career best, meaning he has been able to put the ball where he wants it....continue reading

Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Zack Wheeler has struck out nearly a batter per inning (25 in 26 1/3 innings), but has yet to register a quality start in his five starts of 2017 and has a 4.78 ERA this season. An issue of late for Wheeler has been walks, he has walked multiple batters in each of his last three starts, but his 64% strand rate shows that he has been a bit unlucky, particularly with a 51% ground ball...continue reading