Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 3, 2014

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Apr 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws the ball during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday is always a great day for fantasy baseball with every team usually in action and games spread throughout the afternoon and evening.  This Saturday, there are five afternoon starts, a 6:05 first pitch in Cleveland and nine games starting tonight at 7:00 or later.  In general, starting rotations fall nicely for fantasy owners this weekend with plenty of options available if you’re in need of pitching help from the waiver wire.

Each afternoon on Fansided, I post my daily pickup options (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates). You can also see how my past selections 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. For each selection, I also include my perspective of the risk and reward for the scheduled start on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest risk and the highest reward.

Here are the four options to look at if you need a Saturday starter:

Tanner Roark-Washington Nationals (10.7%)

Roark hasn’t allowed a run in either of his last two starts improving to 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA on the season.  His last start was a complete game shutout in which he allowed just three hits while blanking the Padres at Nationals Park.

He won’t be at home for Saturday’s start, but he’ll be facing the Phillies and A.J. Burnett which is a pretty decent matchup. Last season, he only faced the Phils for two innings but did get them six up and six down.  Roark is rolling right now and is the best option on most leagues waiver wires.

Risk-2, Reward-5

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