It’s hard to believe that if you’re in a weekly head-to-head league, the first week is coming to a close already! That means its time for the Sunday scramble, where any roster flexibility you have should be put to use trying to get as many points or wins as you can. Starting Pitching is a key to finishing the week strong and fortunately there’s some good options on the waiver wire.
Each day in our starter spotlight (archive here), we highlight some of the best options on the waiver wire for the following day (less than 50% owned). Here’s my picks for Sunday and how we’ve done so far this week:
Sunday Starters to Think about
Jhoulys Chacin-Colorado Rockies: (2.7% owned in ESPN Leagues) The Rockies host San Diego in the finale of their three-game set as Chacin looks to get his second win while facing the Padres light-hitting lineup. Coming into Saturday’s action, the Padres had scored two runs or fewer in three of their first four games and ranked 25th in the league in runs. Chacin will look to continue his solid start to the season after he got a no-decision in Milwaukee earlier this week. He allowed just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings while giving up three hits, three walks, and striking out six. He has shown flashes of potential and is only 25. This is a great matchup for him and he should be able to help your fantasy team close the week. Even though he’s not the biggest name on this list, the matchup he’s in makes him my top option.
Justin Masterson-Cleveland Indians: (11.6%) Masterson looked great against the Blue Jays in his first start working around four walks and three hits to only allow one run in six innings while striking out five. Walks have been an issue for him in the past since it limits how deep into games he can go as well as putting runners on base. He’ll face the Rays in Tampa on Sunday looking for a similar performance but with less walks which would make him a great pickup for today and as long as he continues to be effective.
Hisashi Iwakuma-Seattle Mariners: (43.0%) Iwakuma is more of a long-term pickup than a one-start option as he takes on the White Sox and Chris Sale today. He was dominant in his first start holding the A’s to just a run and two hits in six innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven on his way to his first win of the season. He was battling a blister but overcame it just fine which he’ll look to do again Sunday in Chicago. Depending on the weather US Cellular can be pitcher or hitter friendly, so he’s not the greatest one-start candidate (due to risk), but he’s the right pickup if whoever you add is going to be on your roster for a while going forward.
Jose Fernandez-Miami Marlins: (8.1%) With the Marlins in need of starting pitching, they have decided to go young and let Fernandez give it a go. He’s only 20 years old and will be on an innings count, but he has electric stuff and opens his MLB career on Sunday in spacious Citi Field. He’ll be matched up with Aaron Laffey making him a strong candidate for a win if he can have a solid outing. His strikeouts and overall contributions could pay off, but he’s a risky pickup since this is his MLB debut. Even if you choose a different direction, be aware of how this start goes since he may be worth picking up if he can show he’s good to go at this level.
Results of Past Picks
|Rick Porcello||4-Apr||5 1/3||3||2||6||2||0||1|
|Miguel Gonzalez||4-Apr||6 1/3||2||4||5||2||1||0|
|Dan Straily||5-Apr||6 2/3||2||11||5||0||1||0|
|Kyle Kendrick||5-Apr||5 2/3||5||3||8||2||0||1|