Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 22, 2014

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Jul 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is back to its usual schedule after last week’s hiatus which means there’s a full slate of 15 games on tap for Tuesday night with every team scheduled to be on the field.  A schedule like that means fantasy baseball owners can definitely get their fix this week, and if you need some starting pitching help there’s sure to be some options on the waiver wire. Whether you need a value for your daily league, a spot starter for a one-day pickup, or a streaming option for your rotational roster slot, there are some intriguing options for Tuesday.

Whenever you have to hit the wire for starting pitching, you can find my picks here on Fansided each afternoon (archive here). If you want to see how my selections have done recently, check out the chart on the final slide of this post.  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 favorite Tuesday options:

Jacob deGrom-New York Mets (35.1%)

In my mind, deGrom is clearly the top widely available option heading into his start in Seattle Tuesday night, but not only because he gets to pitch at Safeco.

In his last two starts before the All-Star break, deGrom was extremely impressive going seven innings in each start and allowing a total of just one run on 12 hits while picking up 19 strikeouts.  Both those starts did happen at Citi Field where deGrom has been better than on the road, but I still think he’s worth a look despite a couple of rough road starts.

While he’s no lock, deGrom’s strikeout potential and overall success this season (3.18 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) mean he’s the top pickup target for Tuesday night as he takes on the Mariners in Seattle.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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