Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitching Waiver Wire Options!

It’s another week of Fantasy Baseball and no matter when your week began or ended you still need starting pitching. There isn’t very much out there at the beginning of the week but here are the best options for you to consider.


Brett Anderson Los Angeles Dodgers: Anderson and the Dodgers are in Atlanta to take on the Braves for a Monday evening matchup. Over his past 4 starts Anderson is 2-1 and has posted a very good 2.77 ERA and good 3.35 FIP and even better 2.65 xFIP. Average 1.19 WHIP and his BABIP with 25 strikeouts, 5 walks and 3 bombs over 26 innings pitched. The Braves have a 22 percent strikeout ratio at home to go along with a wOBA of .308 and wRC+ of 94. This could be a good night to stream Anderson.


Nathan Karns Tampa Bay Rays: Karns and the Rays are in Philadelphia for a Tuesday night game with the Phillies. Over his last 3 starts Karns is 0-2 with a 5.21 ERA, 2.92 FIP and xFIP of 3.16. Over his last 19 innings pitched Karns has 22 strikeouts, 4 walks and 2 bombs to go along with a 1.42 WHIP and .389 BABIP. The Phillies have a 22 percent strikeout rate at home with a wOBA of .297 and wRC+ of 84. This one is all about the strikeouts and Karns could wind up with double digit strikeouts on Tuesday.

Wei-Yin Chen Baltimore Orioles: Chen has a Tuesday road start against the Yankeesand a Sunday road start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Over his last 4 starts Chen has posted a 2.48 ERA with a 5.08 FIP and xFIP of 3.97. Chen has struck out 19, walked 6 and given up 6 bombs in 29 innings pitched. Excellent 1.05 WHIP and .205 BABIP over that same 29 innings. You might want to consider starting Chen against both the Yankees and Rays this week.

Kendall Graveman Oakland Athletics: Graveman has a Tuesday home start against theBlue Jays and a Sunday road start against the Giants. Over his past 3 starts Graveman is 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 3.13 FIP with a 4.33 xFIP. Graveman has 10 strikeouts and 7 walks with zero bombs over his last 19.2 innings pitched. Decent 1.22 WHIP and fairly decent .288 BABIP over that same 19.2 inning stretch that was mostly due to a tough outing in Cleveland. I would consider starting Gravemann on both Tuesday against the Blue Jays and on Sunday against the Giants.


Robbie Ray Arizona Diamondbacks: Ray and the Diamondbacks are at home against theMiami Marlins for a Wednesday evening contest. Over his past 3 starts Ray has a 1-2 record with a 2.75 ERA, 2.01 FIP and 4.20 xFIP . Ray has 15 strikeouts, 3 walks and zero bombs over 19.2 innings pitched. Great 0.97 WHIP and .267 BABIP. The Marlins strike out 26 percent of the time on the road with a wOBA of .298 and wRC+ of 86. Ray should be good in all scoring categories against the Marlins on Wednesday night.


Drew Hutchison Toronto Blue Jays: Hutchison and the Jays are in Oakland for a Thursday afternoon game with the A’s. Over his past 3 starts Hutchison is 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA, 2.29 FIP and xFIP of 3.57. Hutchison has 18 strikeouts, 7 walks and zero bombs with a 1.83 WHIP and .467 BABIP over 15.1 innings pitched. He’ll face an A’s team with a 14 percent strikeout rate to go with a wOBA of .338 and wRC+ of 120 at home. Hutchison should be a good source on Thursday for strikeouts and maybe a win.

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