After a couple of tough days for fantasy baseball starting pitchers, Wednesday looks like there are some nice options on the waiver wire. With rain and warmer weather starting to cause ERA’s to rise, getting good starting pitching is becoming a tougher task but it’s even more vital as we hit the dog days of your fantasy season.
Hopefully my daily starting pitching pickups can be a help to you through the summer, and your team can get on a roll . You can find an archive here of my past picks, and you can also drop a bookmark on that page where my new post will appear each afternoon. You can also see my recent results on the final slide of this post. My choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues, and each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name. I also include a risk and reward ranking for each pick on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.
Here are my favorite waiver wire options for Wednesday’s full, 30-team schedule:
Tanner Roark-Washington Nationals (27.4%)
Roark continues his successful 2014 campaign although fantasy owners are still slow to buy in as a whole which is why he’s still so available.
More starts like his last one would definitely change that as he dominated the Padres allowing just three hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out 11 to improve to 4-4 on the season. He really has had only one ugly start this year and has eight quality starts in his last ten outings. On the year, he has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP while holding opponents to a .221 average.
Wednesday night, Roark will face the Giants in San Francisco as he opposes Matt Cain in game three of this East vs West series. Roark has been better at home than on the road, so there is some risk in picking him up. Still, I think he’s the best option based on his recent form and the fact that the Giants are a team that doesn’t typically explode offensively.