Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 19, 2014

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Apr 15, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr throws in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday wraps up another busy week of fantasy baseball with a full day of options. If you need help from the waiver wire for starting pitching, today doesn’t have any great potentials but there are three options who who are still widely available who could pay off even though they do represent some risk.

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 wire heading into Sunday’s schedule:

Robbie Ross-Texas Rangers (4.5%)

Ross starts for the Rangers as they host the White Sox looking to continue their hot start at home.  Ross has been part of their good start going 1-0 in his first three starts with an ERA of 1.00 allowing just two earned runs in his 18 innings of work.

His last start was his best of the season as he held the Mariners scoreless for 7.2 innings while allowing just five hits and not walking anyone.  It was a vast improvement over his previous start where he struggled with his control walking six although he managed to work around the baserunners and not allow an earned run.

I don’t fully trust Ross yet, but he’s in a nice matchup against Chicago as he faces Erik Johnson who has struggled early on going 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA.  If you need a win and some solid innings, Ross is the best widely available option although he typically doesn’t pile up tons of strikeouts. 

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