Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 19, 2014

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Jul 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB has another big weekend in store for all its fans and Saturday’s 16-game slate is a fantasy baseball owners’ delight.  With the Tribe and Tigers playing two, there are a total of 32 pitchers that are scheduled to start meaning there are sure to be some options on your leagues waiver wire who will contribute fantasy-relevant stats.

Before we get to my suggested pickups for Saturday, first some general rules for this daily post (archive here): 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’s my top targets for Saturday:

Dillon Gee-New York Mets (32.5%)

Gee came back from a two-month absence and looked sharp as he picked up his fourth  win of the season against the Braves.  He allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings while walking just one and striking out four.

On the season, Gee’s started a total of nine games and is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA. He doesn’t pile up strikeouts but is an effective pitcher and limits baserunners which is demonstrated in an impressive 1.06 WHIP.  Gee has durability concerns, but as a one-start pickup he’s a very nice option in favorable matchups.

The Mets are in a favorable matchup Saturday as they take on the Padres in Petco, but they will have to take on Tyson Ross who has been a great fantasy pickup especially when he’s dealing at home.  Gee should be able to limit the San Diego offense, but I think it’ll be a low-scoring game with both starters turning in good lines.

Risk-1, Reward-4

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