Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

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 to help you do. Whether you're looking for injury reinforcements in a shallow league or on the hunt for a diamond in the rough in a deeper format, every week in this space we'll discuss some of the best arms on the waiver wire.

As a reminder, this column focuses on players who are below 50% owned in Yahoo leagues, and standard 5x5 scoring. Your mileage may vary, in terms of availability or league settings. Using that cutoff point for ownership rate, however, these are your starting pitcher waiver wire targets and adds for Week 2 of the 2019 fantasy baseball season.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!

 

Pickups for Shallow Leagues

Domingo German (SP, NYY) — 48% Owned

Don't worry too much about German's most recent turn in the rotation being skipped - his job remains secure. The workload management may give you pause, and that's fair, but you drafted him (or more likely, added him in-season) knowing what the score was on that front. German has won both of his starts while allowing just two earned runs, and on Saturday gave owners who were aware enough to leave him active two scoreless innings, four strikeouts, and a third victory. Even if German loses his rotation spot eventually - no sure thing given the age and health risks of the Yankees' SP crop - he could flourish in a Josh Hader-type role.

Merrill Kelly (SP, ARI) — 32% Owned

The Red Sox may not be firing on all cylinders, but eight innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and just four baserunners is still impressive against that collection of talent. Though his turn against the Padres on Saturday was much less so, Kelly still has solid ratios (3.79 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)  and a 17:3 K/BB over 19 innings.

Brandon Woodruff (SP, MIL) — 30% Owned

The ratios (6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) admittedly aren't great, but Woodruff has 20 punchouts over 15 innings in his first three starts of the season. He's also allowed just four walks and one home run. Really we're just waiting for the .385 BABIP and 58.3 LOB% to normalize a bit, as they ought to soon enough.

 

Pickups for Deeper Leagues

Frankie Montas (SP, OAK) — 22% Owned

If and when you add Montas, you have to do so with the understanding that volatility is the price of admission. Montas isn't getting the increase in whiffs one might have hoped to see with his new splitter - in fact, his inflated home run rate so far suggests it's very much a work in progress - but with a high-90s sinker, he just needs to throw enough good splits to keep the ball in the yard. That'll make him a decent back-end fantasy starter with potential for more.

Nick Margevicius (SP, SD) — 21% Owned

Margevicius is probably not a season-long asset, as his sparkling ratios are mostly a function of excessive fortune in a tiny sample. He doesn't throw hard or miss many bats, and he's making the jump from A-ball to the majors. That said, the reeling Rockies in Petco as his next start? You could opt for much worse options when streaming.

Trevor Cahill (SP, LAA) — 15% Owned

The Cubs are off to a rough start, but it's because of horrendous pitching - their lineup has been piling up runs. So a date with them today at Wrigley sounds like a matchup to avoid. But then, you could have said the same thing (and I did, last week) about his tilt with the Brewers on Monday, and Cahill threw six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. He's also one of the few pitchers who have performed well against the surprising Mariners in the early going.

Caleb Smith (SP, MIA) — 15% Owned

Smith earned his first win of the year against the Phillies on Saturday, and is now 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and a 21:6 K/BB in 17 innings. He's faced the Mets and Braves as well, so none of these matchups were cakewalks. His next one isn't either, as Smith will finish his tour of the East with a game against the Nationals next weekend.

 

For Your Radar

Vince Velasquez (SP, PHI) — 14% Owned

The major stumbling blocks for the talented but frustrating Velasquez, to this point, have been bouts of wildness and a vulnerability to the long ball. Well, last season he produced his first sub-1.00 HR/9 ever, and this season he's yet to walk a batter in two appearances (one start). He'll turn 27 in June, so he may be "young" anymore, but we've seen lesser-skilled arms take longer to put it together.

Jeff Samardzija (SP, SF) — 5% Owned

Shark was ignored in fantasy drafts this spring, which yours truly previously suggested might represent some profit potential. The veteran has allowed just three runs in his first three starts, all to the red-hot Rays. You'd like to see better strikeout and walk numbers (13 K, 6 BB in 16.2 innings) but the fact that he has yet to surrender a home run is encouraging.

Jordan Lyles (SP, PIT) — 4% Owned

As mentioned above, the Cubs' lousy record can't be laid of the feet of their batters. That makes Lyles' 10-strikeout performance against them at Wrigley on Wednesday all the more impressive. The veteran flashed some sneaky upside for the first time ever last season, and Pittsburgh is a friendly place for pitchers.

More Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers


Check out RotoBaller's entire fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups and sleepers list, updated daily!




More Recent Articles

 

Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 7

The New England Patriots continue to roll through the competition. Tom Brady managed to trounce the New York Giants with 334 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns, vulturing goal line work from Sony Michel who failed to eclipse 100 yards despite carrying the football 22 times. Each team's top receiving option produced exceptional fantasy days,... Read More


Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Joe Mixon, John Brown, Calvin Ridley

Will Week 7 be a lucky week for fantasy football players? Fantasy players will not have to worry about Jameis Winston throwing interceptions, Baker Mayfield missing receivers by miles, or backup quarterbacks ruining JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fantasy value thanks to their teams being on bye. Fantasy players will still have to win by picking the perfect... Read More


Week 7 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Week 7 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that bye weeks are in full swing; streaming becomes a more viable and almost necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions throughout the season could easily be the difference in winning a championship. Each week, I... Read More


Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 6 Analysis

Wide receivers are essential components toward your ultimate goal of securing league championships. As the season unfolds, an expanding collection of tools are available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge. Those results provide the foundation for this weekly statistical breakdown of the wide receiver position, which is designed to help you fulfill... Read More


Jets Offense Ready for Takeoff - Le'Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson

The Jets picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, a rousing two-point victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Sam Darnold was the big story, returning to revive an offense that had scored 23 points in three games without him. Suddenly optimism is reigning in New York/New Jersey after the franchise QB came back... Read More


Running Back Start/Sit Advice - Week 7

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the running back position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit among those in RB3 or flex consideration. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest... Read More


Wide Receiver Start/Sit Advice - Week 7

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the wide receiver position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit among those in WR3 or flex consideration. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest... Read More


Tight End Start/Sit Advice - Week 7

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the tight end position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit in order to give you the best advantage to win your weekly matchup. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on... Read More


Quarterback Start/Sit Advice - Week 7

Pierre Camus and Chris Mangano break down the quarterback position to help with tough fantasy football lineup decisions for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. They decide who to start or sit in order to give you the best advantage to win your weekly matchup. Like and subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube... Read More


Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 7

The bye week difficulties continue this week with Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay all getting their rest in Week 7. It should be noted, however, that just because a player is currently in their bye week, doesn't mean you should avoid them on the waiver wire. In fact, this is often the easiest way... Read More


Week 7 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Below are RotoBaller's Week 7 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 7 of the NFL and fantasy football season. In case you missed it, this is our seventh year now writing this weekly column. Our weekly tiered defense rankings are a guide to making waiver... Read More


The King's Week Seven Lineup Rankings and Analysis (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers!  Below you will find my Week Seven fantasy football lineup rankings. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions, especially on the weekends. Skill Position analysis versus the FantasyPros industry Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR)... Read More


Keenan Allen - Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody on your bench. Disaster Recovery is to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting, and deciding if you should be panicking at all about... Read More


NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 7) - Targets and Avoids

Another week, more upsets. The Cowboys, Chiefs and Chargers all went down knocking out about 15-20 percent of remaining entrants in survivor pools, including myself. The Baltimore and New England wins were never in doubt, but the Redskins and Packers just barely squeaked out wins. If you've made it this far, you've done a job... Read More