Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 18, 2014

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Apr 13, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Friday is a great day to go shopping for some starting pitcher value on your league’s waiver wire.  After a thin selection Thursday, Friday has several potential pickups with promise.  In fact, today I’ve listed six potential pickups that I think can help your team which is the most I’ve recommended on any day this season.

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 also 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 the pitchers I think are worth looking at on most leagues waiver wires going into Friday night’s loaded MLB schedule:

Martin Perez-Texas Rangers (16.0%)

Perez has been a regular in my picks this season and has usually delivered.  In two of his three starts, he has allowed allowed two runs or fewer and is coming off his best outing of the year against the Astros.  He held Houston scoreless for eight strong innings striking out two and giving up five hits and three walks picking up his second straight win.

He and the Rangers take on the White Sox on Friday who are 2-4 on the road this season while Texas is a solid 6-3 at home.  Perez is my favorite overall pickup since there’s a good chance he gets the win and should be able to give you some good innings as well. 

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