Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 30, 2014

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Jul 11, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Several of Wednesday’s scheduled starters should be written in pencil with trade rumors swirling as we near the non-waiver trade deadline. While there may be pieces in motion, there are three options worth taking a look at adding to your rotation as spot starters or streaming start options for Wednesday.

Whenever you need to improve or supplement your starting rotation, you can find my top picks here on Fansided most afternoons (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, and 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 top three options for Wednesday:

Danny Duffy-Kansas City Royals (26.0%)

Duffy has been excellent this season, but he has gotten horrible run support and his record has suffered as a result.  He comes into Wednesday’s start just 5-10 on the season despite a 2.47 ERA.

His last start he allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings but received a no-decision since Corey Kluber was just as effective for the Indians. In his last eight starts, Duffy has allowed multiple earned runs only twice and has turned in six quality starts.  He has the peripherals to support his nice ERA with a 1.08 WHIP and a .202 BAA (batting average against). The only downside to Duffy besides the lack of wins is that he doesn’t rack up big strikeout numbers.  That being said, he has had at least five K’s in six of his last eight starts.

On Wednesday, Duffy takes the mound against the Twins who he has three appearances against this season (one start, two out of the bullpen).  In a combined ten innings, Duffy has allowed just one earned run while going 1-0 and holding Minnesota to a scant .118 average.  Even if Duffy’s luck doesn’t turn, he’s been pitching so well that he’s the top widely available option in most leagues.

Risk-1, Reward-4

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