Must Have Starting Pitchers; MLB Waiver Wire Targets
Week 3 of the fantasy season is coming to an end. For some of you, your season may have started off on the wrong foot, but luckily there are still intriguing options left on the waiver wire. Good pitching is hard to find, so capitalizing on these must have starting pitchers could be the key to turning your team around.
Here is a look at three pitchers who are less than 50% owned in most fantasy leagues that could help your team.
Drew Pomeranz – San Diego Padres
Drew Pomeranz is owned in just 35% of yahoo leagues, but that number should be going up with his recent play. In three starts he is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.04 and 25 strikeouts. He doesn’t pitch deep into games, but his strikeout potential makes up for it, averaging 13 punch-outs per nine innings.
Pomeranz is an injury risk, but he should be owned in most leagues while he’s playing well.
Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays
Snell is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He has a 2.51 ERA with 21 strikeouts in his three starts with Triple-A this season. He is expected to get the start on Saturday against the Yankees and depending on his performance, the team may be forced to keep him in the rotation.
This could just be a spot start for Snell, but he is worth a speculative add as his potential is too high to pass up. If you are in a keeper or dynasty league, he should be added to your team immediately, you may not get another shot down the road.
Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles
Gausman is currently on the disabled list, but he expected to be activated and start against the Rays on Monday. He hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far in his career, but he is still only 25 years-old, so there is still plenty of time for him to reach his full potential.
Gausman has a strong arm with good velocity which should translate to plenty of strikeouts. Playing in a hitters ballpark will hurt his ERA a bit, but with a great lineup behind him, he will get more than enough run support to win on most days. He is worth a look and at the very least should be on your watch list.