Jul 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-August 5, 2014

After a limited schedule Monday, fantasy baseball owners will be glad to see the whole schedule full with 15 games on Tuesday providing plenty of options for those searching for starting pitchers on the waiver wire.  With 30 scheduled starters, there are five options who are mostly unowned in ESPN standard leagues who are worth considering based on your team needs. Here’s where to start your search for Tuesday’s spot starters or streaming options:

1

Danny Duffy

5-10, 2.42 ERA, @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Duffy has gotten some of the worst run support in the Majors as evidenced by his win-loss record.  He’s continued to be a worthwhile spot starter though and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine outings despite going 2-5 over that span.  He struggled with walks in his last start, but he should be able to get a win on the road against the D-Backs if he can put together another quality start.
2

Brett Anderson

1-3, 3.12 ERA, vs Chicago Cubs

In his last three starts, Anderson has been impressive allowing a total of three earned runs in 20.1 innings. In those starts, he’s allowed 17 hits while striking out 18. He struck out a season-high nine in his last outing which also came against the Cubs who he’ll face again Tuesday. Since he is starting at Coors Field, Anderson is a bit high-risk, but he also has a pretty high-reward if he can continue piling up the punchouts.
3

Charlie Morton

5-10, 3.54 ERA, vs Miami Marlins

Morton’s season has been better than his record would indicate like Duffy’s, and he’s in a good situation as he takes on the Marlins at home at PNC Park. His home stats  are pretty solid (3-3, 2.18 ERA), and he fared well against the Marlins in an earlier start against them this season going seven innings and allowing two runs while picking up six K’s. Morton has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts which both came on the road, but coming home and facing the Fish and the struggling Brad Hand should lead to productive fantasy numbers again.
4

Rubby De La Rosa

3-4, 3.64 ERA, @ St. Louis Cardinals

De La Rosa is one of the Red Sox arms who will get a long look down the stretch and has shown some promise despite being a little inconsistent in his nine starts this season. In his last six starts, he’s turned in four quality outings including a really nice outing on the road against Oakland in late June.  He’ll look to have a similar start this Tuesday as he takes on the Cards in this interleague tilt.
5

Jimmy Nelson

1-2, 4.30 ERA, vs San Francisco Giants

Nelson is one of the best pitching prospects in the Majors and is worth a look even in a tough matchup against the Giants.  His last start was his best of the season as he held the Mets to a pair of runs on five hits in seven innings with six strikeouts.  Nelson has at least 5 K’s in all four of his starts this season and most of the damage to his ERA came against St. Louis in his first start after being recalled.  Nelson is a must-add in keeper leagues if he’s available based on his long-term upside, and in all leagues he’s worth monitoring for the rest of the season to see when he’ll be ready to stick at the MLB level.

 

Tags: Boston Red Sox Brett Anderson Charlie Morton Colorado Rockies Danny Duffy Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Jimmy Nelson Kansas City Royals Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates Rubby De La Rosa Spot Starters Starting Pitchers Streaming Starters

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