Welcome back to “Off The Deep End”, where I will give you fantasy baseball tips on who to pick up in deeper leagues. For people who play standard leagues, drop/add columns are easy for you to find, but for those of you that love deeper leagues, advice can be harder to come by. That is where I can help. All of these players are available in 85% or more of ESPN leagues.
This piece will focus on starting pitchers worth picking up in AL or NL only leagues, or 20 team leagues. Any league in which more than 200 players are owned. Tune in tomorrow for the relief pitchers!
Kyle Gibson, Twins: I assure you that this is not a case of homer-ism. Gibson has been brilliant in the early going, giving up just two earned runs in 19 and a third innings, which computes to a 0.93 ERA. While Gibson will never wow you with gaudy strikeout numbers, he is getting a lot of outs. If your league doesn’t count K/9, he is a very valuable commodity right now, and is available in almost 98 percent of leagues. With a start against the hapless Rays on the docket for this week, he is a great streaming option, even in standard leagues.
Zach McAllister, Indians: McAllister was wild in his first start against Oakland, but since then he has given up just one earned run in 13 and a third innings. This including handcuffing a solid Detroit lineup, so it wasn’t like he had faced two patsies. McAllister should headline the group of two start pitchers that are widely available next week. He gets the struggling Royals on Monday, and a date at San Francisco over the weekend. He is a great option in any non-standard league.
Wily Peralta, Brewers: Peralta has not given up more than two runs in any start this year, an impressive feat considering he has faced three playoff teams from last year already in the Red Sox, Pirates, and Cardinals. Assuming his back tightness that got him lifted from his last start is a non-issue, he is a must-start against the struggling Padres and Cubs next week.
Edinson Volquez, Pirates: Check out Matt Shetler’s post here: http://fantasycpr.com/2014/04/19/fantasy-baseball-pirates-edinson-volquez-must-add-pitcher/ for more information on Volquez.
Mike Leake, Reds: Leake still has bouts of wildness, and usually doesn’t strike out a lot of batters, but he has won his last four starts against the Pirates, whom he draws again on Monday. If you are looking for a solid streaming option, he is on the list. As for his outing against the Braves next weekend? Use at your own risk!
Roenis Elias, Mariners: Haven’t heard of him? You aren’t alone, but Elias has a 2.16 ERA in his first three starts, and gets the Marlins tonight. Elias won’t rack up strikeouts, but he is a solid candidate for a win, and doesn’t give up many runs. He is a decent streaming option.
Chris Young, Mariners: He won’t put up huge numbers for you, but he does record outs. Wins may be hard to come by in Seattle, but you can do worse. Young is worth an add until James Paxton comes off the DL.
Tyson Ross, Padres: Ross has allowed just one run in his last fifteen innings. Ride this hot streak while it lasts!