Pick up Drew Pomeranz and Wily Peralta if you need ERA help.


We are halfway through our series of available players than can help you chase specific categories in roto or H2H category leagues.  The next few days will focus on the pitchers.

I will give you three players each for standard, moderate, and deep leagues.  Standard league players will be available in 10-50 percent of leagues.   Moderate league players will be available in 50-90 percent of leagues.  The deep leagues will focus on players owned in ten percent of leagues or less.

For hitters, batting average is here, runs scored here, home runs here, RBI here, and stolen bases here.

Pitchers that can help you in the wins category are here.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta (38) pitches in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Standard Leagues:

Drew Pomeranz, Athletics: Pomeranz has had three starts since joining the Oakland rotation, and he has won all of them.  He has yet to go deeper than five innings in any of those starts, but he has not allowed a run either.  His dominance from the bullpen has translated into the rotation as well, and his season ERA now sits at a sterling 0.94.  While some correction is likely in order, he has a great chance to keep his ERA in the low threes for the entire season.

Wily Peralta, Brewers: Peralta has not given up more than three runs in any start this season.  This has his ERA sitting at 2.18 for the season.  Even in starts where he hasn’t had his best stuff, he has still been very good.  He has only failed to go at least six innings in two of his eight starts.

Alfredo Simon, Reds: Simon has a 2.31 ERA to go along with his lofty win total (see yesterday’s post).  Every time I think his dominance may be over, he comes back and throws some more shutout innings.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese (49) throws during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Moderate Leagues:

Jon Niese, Mets: Niese has gone largely unnoticed because he plays for the Mets, thus limiting his win total.  Niese has not given up more than three runs in any start, leaving his season ERA at 2.70.  Niese is a good candidate to keep up this kind of production as well.  He won’t wow you with strikeouts, but he won’t hurt you either.

James Paxton, Mariners: Yes, I know he is hurt.  However, he is slated to begin his rehab assignment at AAA Tacoma this weekend, and if all goes well could be back in the Seattle rotation by the first week of June.  Paxton is 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in six career starts.  Yet he is owned in just 12 percent of leagues.  He can really help you out!

Trevor Bauer, Indians: Bauer has been very good in his two spot starts so far this year.  So good that this time around Cleveland is going to keep him in the rotation.  He will audition for a permanent rotation slot against the Orioles on Sunday.  If he pitches well there, he could be a very nice pickup.  He has allowed three runs in 12 innings so far this year at the major league level.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (32) throws the ball against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Deep Leagues:

Danny Duffy, Royals:  Our Seth Richtsmeier has Duffy as one of his streaming options this week, and for good reason.  Duffy has given up just two runs in 17 innings in his first three starts since joining the starting rotation.  Don’t let the little hiccup against a good Angel team deter you.  He was the hottest Royals’ pitching  farmhand since Zach Greinke while he was in the minors.  We are seeing why.

Gavin Floyd, Braves: Floyd has a 2.49 ERA in four starts this year since coming off of the disabled list.  He has pitched well enough to relegate Alex Wood to bullpen duty, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  He allowed just two runs in 7.2 innings to the Rockies last night.  He is worth adding until he cools off.  If he cools off!

Erik Bedard, Rays: We have seen flashes of brilliance from Bedard before, and we are seeing another one here.   Bedard has give up only three earned runs in five starts since joining the Rays’ rotation.  He will not go deep into games, but he is pitching very well.  Well enough for you deep leaguers to give him a shot.

Come back tomorrow when we take a look at pitchers that can help you in the WHIP category!