We are halfway through our series of available players than can help you chase specific categories in roto or H2H category leagues. The next few days will focus on the pitchers.
I will give you three players each for standard, moderate, and deep leagues. Standard league players will be available in 10-50 percent of leagues. Moderate league players will be available in 50-90 percent of leagues. The deep leagues will focus on players owned in ten percent of leagues or less.
This installment will focus on the pitchers that are racking up the wins. A lot of people hate having this category in leagues because it is not a true measure of a pitcher’s worth. I happen to agree, but unless this category starts changing in 5×5 leagues, we have to chase it, right?
Alfredo Simon, Reds: His transitions from the bullpen to the rotation has gone better than the Reds could have ever hoped for. Aside from being hammered by the Rockies back on May 10th, all of his other starts have been quality starts. Those eight quality starts have yielded him six wins, yet he is still available in almost half of ESPN leagues. Two months is no longer a fluke, folks. While he may slow down some, he should continue to pitch well enough to keep his team in games.
Jason Hammel, Cubs: Hammel is another relative unknown that is having a great start to the 2014 season. The fact that Hammel has been able to win five games with the Cubs is no small feat in itself. He had a rough outing against the Cardinals on May 15th, but has given up three runs or less in all of his other starts. He should continue to get win opportunities if he can keep pitching well.
Tyson Ross, Padres: Ross had a rough stretch at the end of April, but has righted the ship in May. Ross has given up only one earned run in each of his four starts this month. That has only yielded him two wins, giving him five for the season, but how can you not ride the arm of someone pitching this well?