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

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Jun 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday is always a premium day for starting pitching shopping on the waiver wire since most pitchers taking the mound on Tuesday will make a second start next Sunday.  Even with Tanner Roark officially off the table for Tuesday since he’s owned in too many leagues, there are still some nice two-start options available on most leagues wires.

Whenever you find yourself looking for a spot starter or a streaming starter, you can find my daily starting pitching options right here on Fansided (archive here). Here are the basic ground rules: recent results are on the final slide of this post, and my choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues (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 suggested pickups for Tuesday:

Jonathon Niese-New York Mets (39.9%)

Niese has been exceptional this season despite getting a lack of fantasy attention mostly due to his 3-3 record.  The Mets lineup has done him no favors, but he’s the top option early in the week if you need a quality start.

Niese has made 13 starts this season and he has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any outing.  He has been stopped short of the six innings required for an official “quality start” three times, but he has been especially effective lately and has gone at least seven innings in four of his last five outings. In three June starts, Niese has a 1.99 ERA but has yet to get a decision.

The Cardinals aren’t an ideal matchup, but Niese has been so good lately he’s still worth picking up if he’s available.  He did have a good start against St. Louis earlier this season holding them to a single run in 6.2 innings and getting a win.  Expecting a win from Niese is tough with the lineup behind him, but even with that being the case, he’s my top pickup for Tuesday.

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