Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 16, 2014

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Friday the whole league is back in action which means there are opportunities out there on your league’s waiver wire who can help you get your fantasy baseball weekend off to a good start.  The Cubs host an afternoon game which means you’ll need to make your moves early in order to beat the roster lock if you need to add a starter from the waiver wire.

Whenever you’re searching for starting pitching, check out 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 done, 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.

Tanner Roark-Washington Nationals (5.8%)

Roark has been exceptional in three of his last four starts with the one outlier an ugly outing in Philadelphia on May 3. In that game Roark was pounded for seven runs in four innings, but he has allowed one one run total in his other three starts spanning 23.1 innings.

He and the Nats are back in DC for Friday night’s game against the Mets.  Roark has yet to allow a run in 15.2 innings at Nationals Park and has held opponents to just a .182 average.  He’s also already beaten the Mets this year allowing two runs in six innings at Citi Field. Roark isn’t quite risk-free, but he’s been reliable enough to count on at home.

Risk-1, Reward-5

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