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Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 17, 2014

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Apr 11, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman (46) throws in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Global Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been an exciting week for fantasy baseball owners with double-headers, rain-outs, injuries, and suspended games making scheduling your week ahead of time a little tricky.  Some starters have been pushed back or skipped entirely while other players have gotten some extra time due to the circumstances their team has been in.

If all the turmoil has left you searching for starting pitching, this coming weekend is vital to finishing your week strong.  To get a jump on the weekend, you can add a starter who is scheduled to pitch Thursday and get that much further ahead of the scramble on the waiver wire.  There are 11 games on the slate for Thursday, but many feature aces or widely-owned pitchers.  There are a few options that I like though that can help you off the wire.

Each afternoon, you can find my starting pitcher pickup post here on Fansided where I highlight a few options that can help your fantasy staff in the short term or on a more permanent basis depending on your need and their opportunity.  You can see how my past picks have fared on the final slide of the post.  All of my selections are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses. For our full fantasy baseball coverage, click here, or you can click here for just our starting pitcher focus.

Here are my picks to pickup who are scheduled to take the mound Thursday:

Scott Feldman-Houston Astros (40.1%)

Feldman is back of the bereavement list after being away from the team for a few days and should make his scheduled start against Kansas City.  He’ll look to continue his torrid start to the season that has seen him allow just one earned run in 20.2 innings.  He could easily be 3-0 but the Astros lineup couldn’t score him any runs in his last outing.  He allowed just two hits in seven innings to the Rangers although he did walk four while striking out three.

He comes in with a sparkling 0.44 ERA and a  .106 BAA (batting average against), so grab him while you can as he continues his hot start.  I doubt he’ll sustain fantasy relevance all season, but he’s definitely worth a look in the short-term against the Royals who are probably the lightest hitting lineup he’s faced after going against the high-powered Yankees, Angels, and Rangers in his first three starts.

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