Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 9, 2014

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Apr 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman (46) pitches during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ll be focused on the NFL Draft tonight, don’t worry your fantasy baseball team doesn’t need to suffer. Here’s a quick look at the best starting pitchers scheduled to take the mound tomorrow who are widely available and can give your team a boost.  Check ‘em out, pick ‘em up, plug ‘em in, and hope your NFL team makes the right moves just like you do.

Whenever you need some starting pitching help, make sure to check back each day for my daily starting pitcher pickups (archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates).  To see how my recent selections have fared, check the chart 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 pickups to check out for Friday although each one does carry some serious risk for a variety of reasons:

Scott Feldman-Houston Astros (8.6%)

Feldman was off to an impressive start to the season before landing on the DL with bicep tendonitis. He’ll make his return this Friday against his former team as he takes the mound in Baltimore.

Before his injury, he logged 26.2 innings in four starts and went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  His peripheral numbers show he may be due for some regression and his first start back could be rough, but he’s still a good pickup and could be worth holding onto if he can get back to the dominance he displayed early in April.

Risk-3, Reward-4

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