Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-April 29, 2014

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Apr 24, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) delivers in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After half the League had an off-day Monday, Tuesday brings us a return to the full slate of Major League Baseball action with al 30 teams scheduled to play under the lights on Tuesday night.  With everyone back on the diamonds, there are plenty of options to look at if you’re looking to bolster your fantasy baseball rotation with a waiver wire pickup.  Many of these options to add are also scheduled to pitch Sunday so you may be able to get a two-start star for the price of one waiver wire acquisition.

There are several pitchers who have been featured in this post throughout the early going who may still be available in your league–Scott Kazmir, Martin Perez, and Jason Vargas.  They are still nice pickups if you can get them, but they aren’t featured here today since they are available in less than half of ESPN leagues.

Whenever you are planning on hitting the wire for a starting pitcher, check my daily post here on Fansided (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). You can also see how my past picks have fared on the final slide of the post.  All of my choices are available in at least half of ESPN leagues and their ownership percentage is included in parentheses and for each selection I’m including my perspective of the risk and reward for the pitcher on a scale of 1-5.

Here are the pitchers I think you should consider for Tuesday:

Corey Kluber-Cleveland Indians (11.9%)

Kluber and the Tribe are in LA to take on Jered Weaver and the Angels on Tuesday night as Kluber looks to build on the momentum from his last start.  He was absolutely lights’ out against the Royals holding them to just one unearned run on four hits while picking up 11 strikeouts and not issuing a walk.  In fact, he hasn’t walked anyone in three of his last four starts.

Kluber came into the year with plenty of promise but had a couple of rough outings early on in the season.  If he’s truly turned things around, he could be an option that sticks and stays on your team providing solid strikeout and innings numbers the rest of the season.  The risk in grabbing Kluber is that he is on the road for this outing and facing a tough Angels lineup, so he could revert back to his poor form from earlier in the season.  He isn’t the safest available option (see next slide) but his higher upside earns him the nod in this top spot.

Risk-3, Reward-4

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