After a 10-day hiatus, Starter Spotlight returns with starting pitcher pickups for your fantasy abseball team. I apologize for the absence, but will do my best to get you my daily picks going forward. Each day, we take a look at options across the Major Leagues who are scheduled to start and make good pickups from the waiver wire if you are looking to find either a streaming option or a spot starter. In order for a starter to qualify, he must be available in at least half of ESPN leagues. Here’s my picks for this Thursday:
Felix Doubront-Boston Red Sox: (owned in 4.5% of ESPN leagues) Doubront has pitched better in his last five outings allowing three earned runs or less in each while going six innings in all but one start. He’s a good source of strikeouts with 63 in his 61 1/3 innings this season, but he has been shelled a couple times this season, so there’s definitely some risk here. He and the Sox play the Orioles in Baltimore Thursday in the opener of a four-game set. Of the 18 starting pitchers that are scheduled to start, though, he’s the best of the mostly unowned options.
Mark Buehrle-Toronto Blue Jays: (3.7%) Buehrle has four quality starts in a row allosing three earned runs or less and going at least six innings. He’s won only one of those games, though, and gets the start Thursday against the Rangers in Texas. He’ll be opposed by Yu Darvish meaning a win will be difficult to come by, but he could still help you with a solid start.
Ross Detwiler-Washington Nationals: (11.1%) Detwiler returns from the DL Thursday in a less-than-ideal situation as the Nats play the Rockies at Coors Field. Before going on the DL, Detwiler was solid with a 2.76 ERA despite some signs that regression is imminent with a .306 batting average against and a 1.45 WHIP. Taking him in his first start back is a big risk, but there are limited options for Thursday.