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 time around we will do things a little differently. I will only do one position at a time, but I will give you advice on who to drop as well.
Here are the previous installments: The catchers are here. The first basemen are here. The second basemen are here. The shortstops are here. The third basemen are here. The first outfield piece is here. The second outfield piece is here.
We have finally made it to the pitchers! Today will deal with starting pitching, while tomorrow will deal with the relievers.
Chase Anderson, Diamondbacks: He was not one of the big name prospects within the organization, but he has provided quality innings for the Diamondbacks so far. He has only given up more than two runs in one of his seven starts. He won’t provide a lot of strikeouts, but the 5-2 record with a 3.18 ERA will help you in deep leagues.
Danny Duffy, Royals: Aside from back-to-back starts at the end of May in which he gave up five runs in each, he has been brilliant. He has not given up more than three runs in any of his other seven starts. He has a 1.75 ERA in June, so it’s time to hop on and see where he takes you.
Kyle Gibson, Twins: Gibson has not given up a run is his last 21 innings. And before you go saying he played lousy teams, that just is not true. He had an outing at Detroit and another at Boston in that stretch. He has given up just nine hits in those 21 innings, while striking out 16. He was the best pitching prospect in the Twins’ system for the better part of two years, and he is showing why now. He can really help you over the rest of the season.
Matt Shoemaker, Angels: He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts. He has been particularly impressive over his last two starts, striking out 16 in 15.1 innings, while giving up only three runs. He could be serious help to your deep league rotation right now.
Jake Odorizzi, Rays: Unlike the other names on this list, Odorizzi has been lit up a few times this year, mostly in April. That said, he has struck out 20 and only given up three runs in his last three starts. This is the kind of strikeout potential you usually have to trade for at this point in the season. You can take the occassional blowup for his 91 striketouts in 77.2 innings pitched.