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Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-June 29uw, 2014

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Jun 23, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another fantasy baseball week comes to a close on Sunday with 14 games across the Major Leagues. The Cubs and Nationals get a rare Sunday off-day after playing a scheduled double-header Saturday to avoid conflicting with Chicago’s Pride Parade, but all of the other teams are scheduled to take the field leading up to a Bronx showdown on Sunday Night Baseball.

If you need starting pitching help to finish the week,  a good place to start is my daily 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 when I pick them (each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name).  I also include a risk and reward ranking for each selection on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.

Here are the options I like who are widely available and scheduled to start Sunday:

Edinson Volquez-Pittsburgh Pirates (2.7%)

Volquez bounced back from a bad outing and dominated the Rays in his last outing getting those that looked at him as a two-start option for this week off to a good start.

Volquez struck out just one batter but held Tampa to one run on five hits in eight innings while crusing to his fifth win of the season. In his last seven outings, Volquez has turned in four quality starts and was only really crushed in his start on June 18 against his former team, the Cincinnati Reds.

Fortunately for Volquez and his owners, Sunday’s matchup looks to be much less formidable as the Pirates host the Mets who Volquez pitched well against earlier this season at Citi Field. If you are have to make a move for Sunday, Volquez is the first name you should check for even though there is risk as always with a waiver wire play.

Risk-3, Reward-4

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