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]

Week 19 Waiver Wire - Starting Pitchers


To quote a certain legendary regional manager, "My heart soars with the eagle's nest." You know why? Because Trevor Cahill dominated and he's owned in over 30% of leagues again, which means I don't have to beg everyone to pick him up. Everything else here is secondary to that. We've got some veterans going on tears, some younger arms making noise and fresh prospects ready for their close-up. Let's get it!

If you want to chat more about additional arms/bats/whatever, you can find me on Twitter @NMariano53 and ask any follow-up questions.

We're using Yahoo ownership levels and cutting things off around 30% this week. Here are my starting pitcher waiver-wire targets for Week 19.

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!

 

Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire Targets

German Marquez (COL - SP): 26% owned

I won’t blame anyone for wanting to avoid Marquez’s start today (Wednesday) since it’s at Coors, where he’s posted a 6.63 ERA versus a beautiful 3.09 ERA on the road. But do consider that Pittsburgh is one of eight teams with a collective wOBA under .300 in the last two weeks, won’t you? Or how he’s won his last two home starts with QS’s against Arizona and Oakland. His last six outings have yielded four wins, five QS, a 2.45 xFIP and a 2.73 SIERA with a 57.1% groundball rate and 29.6% strikeout clip. I know Coors can counter even the greatest of numbers, but do consider breaking the mold for Marquez.

Joe Musgrove (PIT - SP/RP): 26% owned

Are we just locking in seven innings of one- or two-run ball with two strikeouts for Musgrove now? He’s done that in three straight outings versus tough match-ups (@CLE and @COL) as well as good ones (vs. NYM). It’s hard to get upset at three clear-cut quality starts, but six strikeouts over 21 innings is a dangerous level of “production” that puts a strain on your other pitchers to generate whiffs. Even though I don’t buy Musgrove as a long-term asset at this rate, it’s hard to pivot away from him with his next start coming at spacious AT&T Park on Aug. 11. Even just four strikeouts over seven innings would elevate his viability, so keep those fingers crossed.

Mike Fiers (OAK - SP): 22% owned

Fiers was done dirty by a second-inning liner that drilled his shin and ended his run of five straight quality starts. Point to the lower K counts all you like because what I’m adding him for is ratio relief that has landed in one of the best ballparks a homer-prone pitcher can call his own. Sorting specifically by homers on the FantasyPros park factor tool, Comerica Park stands at 13th while Oakland is 26th, and Oakland’s defense is a true top-10 unit per Fangraphs’ defensive leaderboard. I won’t be surprised by a rogue blow-up here and there, especially on the road, but Fiers should continue to be solid down the stretch.

Derek Holland (SF - SP): 17% owned

I want to believe you've all already begun to take Holland and his 2.73 ERA, 3.46 FIP and 3.24 xFIP with a 67-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 56 innings seriously, but maybe you’re still jaded by a few dreadful seasons. I get it, but you need to live in the now. Two months of stellar pitching is enough to forget the past, especially when it comes in step with a marked change in approach -- moving on the pitching rubber to the first-base side. Sure, part of the deal is that San Fran doesn’t let him go deep into games, but I’ll take 85-90% of his potential given the strong peripherals and pitcher-friendly home ballpark.

Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP/RP): 16% owned

The Rays have to be ecstatic. Glasnow’s second start for Tampa Bay yielded nine strikeouts over four innings of one-run ball, allowing just two baserunners before being lifted. His two “openings” for Tampa combine for a line of 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 14 K. Sure, facing the Orioles is as easy as the AL East is going to get for a Tampa pitcher, but Glasnow’s got the upside to dominate even the best of lineups when he can command his stuff. Perhaps Tampa has unlocked his potential here, or he just needed a change of scene. I don’t like banking on what I can’t quantify, but what I can quantify looks freakin’ sweet. He should face the Blue Jays in Toronto next.

Michael Kopech (CWS - SP): 11% owned

I have nothing new to say here. Kopech had been dominating when we wrote about him last week and his latest turn on Aug. 5 was another solid one. He struck out nine while walking none and giving up two runs on eight hits with two wild pitches across seven innings. Everyone’s ready for Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech to get some run in the bigs, and with the way each of them is performing, I would make sure they’re stashed now for any September call-up (if it takes that long).

Ryan Borucki (TOR - SP): 8% owned

Borucki cruised through eight strong innings against the Mariners to notch his first Major League victory on Saturday. This gives him six quality starts in seven career outings, though his next opponent (Boston) was the one non-quality start. The modest punchout tally (30 strikeouts in 43 IP) and being stuck in the AL East are going to cap his upside in ‘18, but he’s earned the right to be a streamer in 12-teamers.

Robert Stephenson (CIN - SP/RP): 2% owned

Stephenson is set for one of the cushiest 2018 MLB debuts ever: a road date with the Mets. All Big Rob has done is go 11-6 with a 2.87 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 113 frames at Triple-A this season, so I’d say the promotion is well deserved. Many had been wondering when his next chance was going to be, and there’s no reason he doesn’t finish out ‘18 in the rotation as long as he avoids disaster here.

Touki Toussaint (ATL - SP): 1% owned

Those unfamiliar with the embarrassingly-rich stable of young Braves arms are learning a lot in 2018. There are rumblings of Toussaint getting a spot start with Max Fried hitting the 10-day DL, and even the most distant rumblings mean you need to pay attention with a talent like Touki. The 22-year-old tore through Double-A with a 2.93 ERA/1.19 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 86 IP before a promotion to Triple-A, where he’s posted a 2.01 ERA/1.18 WHIP with 32 whiffs in 31 ⅓ IP. His swinging-strike rate has sat around 13% in the upper minors and should carry over to the swing-happy bigs, where he could post a 25% strikeout rate out of the gate.

Brett Kennedy (SD - SP): 1% owned

Opportunity merits discussion, as the Padres are calling up Kennedy to make his MLB debut on Wednesday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. That’s not a great matchup at all, but the 24-year-old does have a sparkling 10-0 record with a 2.72 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 16 Triple-A starts so I get why people are buzzing. The low walk rates around 6-7% are notable, but the 10.2% swinging-strike rate and subsequent ~22% strikeout rate in the Minors will probably take a hit with the jump in competition because his stuff really isn’t overpowering. Temper expectations and don’t be surprised if his plus command isn’t enough to navigate the bigs.

Jacob Nix (SD - SP): N/A

Yup, Nix isn't currently in the player database on Yahoo but beat reporter AJ Cassaveli asserts San Diego is calling their No. 14 prospect up for a likely turn against the Phillies. Nix has posted a combined 1.84 ERA over 10 starts (nine in Double-A, one in Triple-A), but his strikeout rates are even lower than Kennedy's. He has 44 strikeouts in 58 2/3 IP on the farm this season with a swinging-strike rate below 9%, though he makes up for that with a walk rate just a shade above 4% and his fastball can touch 97 mph. I like him more than Kennedy, but sadly, I'm not sure he'll be available to scoop before his any debut is made.

 

More Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers




More Recent Articles

 

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

It is almost inconceivable that we are progressing into the second week of fantasy postseason matchups. Congratulations to those of you whose teams are still competing in the playoffs. Your meticulous planning during the draft process and the regular season has been rewarded with an opportunity to win your leagues' championships. This critical week provides the opportunity to... Read More


Week 15 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

If your fantasy football season is over, either because you did not make your league’s playoffs or because you have had enough of failing in DFS contests, then this column is not for you. Congratulations if you HAVE qualified for your fantasy league’s playoffs! To reach the postseason you must have received some decent play... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

Week 15 is upon us, which means that even the holdovers who play in leagues with four team playoffs and no byes are now in fantasy playoff mode. This is it: the home stretch. Are there any wide receivers left on the waiver wire who can help you in the playoffs? Let's look at some... Read More


Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 15

The first week of the fantasy playoffs in almost in the books, and if you're fortunate enough to have advanced then it's already time to start thinking about Week 15 lineups, especially for those who stream quarterbacks. Luckily, there are plenty of viable options available as eliminated owners have stopped making moves, and if you... Read More


Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

You have to love fantasy football. You have to, otherwise you would have given up by now. In a week that most likely represented the first matchup of the fantasy playoffs or a must-win in some form for the vast majority of players, we were treated to the following: Alvin Kamara netting three fantasy points,... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

An injury-laden Week 14 decided many matchups, with several big names going down in a Red Wedding-esque affair. Not only was Josh Jacobs was a late inactive, but Jared Cook, Devante Parker, Albert Wilson all left with concussions, Mike Evans pulled up with a hamstring injury, Calvin Ridley and Ryan Griffin hurt their ankles, Derrius... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 14 Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Jared Cook has been ruled out of the game after... Read More


Week 14 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 14... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More


Updated Week 14 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 14 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 14 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 14. Adam Thielen (hamstring) has officially been ruled out. Le'Veon Bell... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Q&A for Week 14

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 14

Welcome to our Week 14 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Monday Night Fantasy Football Starts/Sits - Week 14

Finally, we had a good fantasy matchup last week. And now, as punishment, we get this. The Eagles against the Giants is a good rivalry game. But for fantasy? Not so much. Even key players Saquon Barkley and Carson Wentz have been severely disappointing in 2019. The game is not going to be something to... Read More


Wide Receiver Matchups To Target In Week 14

In Week 13, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill were the high-end options that had great matchups. Adams had a huge two-touchdown game while Hill only came up with 55 scoreless yards, falling victim to game flow as the Chiefs led from start to finish, scoring a defensive touchdown in the process. Several of the wide receivers... Read More


Week 14 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 14-16 Playoff Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

The playoffs are here, and that means we're going to do things a little differently. I want to take a look at the playoffs as a whole (and in this case we are considering Weeks 14-16) and determine which DSTs you can ride all the way through and which ones you should stream this week.... Read More