Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-May 17, 2014

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Major League Baseball gets the weekend underway with a nice Saturday slate filled with a full complement of 15 games starting at 2:15 in the afternoon and running all the way through the last West Coast games which won’t wrap up until around midnight. With so much hardball on tap, make sure your fantasy baseball team’s lined up for success by picking up the right pieces for your starting rotation.

Each day, I give you my picks for streaming starters or spot starters who are widely available and able to step in and deliver meaningful stats for your fantasy team. Check out my picks archive here where you can also set a bookmark for the daily updates.  To see my recent results, 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 options to check for Saturday:

Jordan Lyles-Colorado Rockies (45.5%)

Lyles has been impressive so far in his first season in Colorado after the Rockies picked him up in the Dexter Fowler trade from the Astros.  So far, Lyles has gone 5-0 in his eight starts with a 2.66 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and 32 K’s in 50.2 innings.

He’s turned in five straight quality starts and picked up the win in his last outing which came in Cincinnati.  He’ll take the mound Saturday night against the offensively-challenged Padres at Coors Field.

If you can still get Lyles, he’s a great start especially since Colorado has been so good at home (13-5 coming into Friday night’s games).  He won’t rack up a ton of strikeouts, but he’s by far the best available option in the 50% of leagues where you can still get him.

Risk-1, Reward-5

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