Waiver wire pitchers to add and two start pitcher rankings for week 10 of fantasy baseball.
Steven Matz (SP – New York Mets)
Ownership: Yahoo 48% ESPN 39% CBS 76%
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has started ten games this season. And despite giving up six runs without recording an out in one of those starts against the Phillies, Matz holds a 3.55 ERA and 9.06 K/9 on the season. Outside of that terrible start, Matz has only given up more than two runs twice, with two starts of three earned runs allowed. Matz has recorded a quality start in five of his ten outings. The 4.71 FIP and 4.15 XFIP indicate he’s pitched slightly worse than the numbers show but regardless, I think he should be owned in all 12 team leagues and deeper, especially points leagues where innings and strikeouts play up.
Lance Lynn (SP – Texas Rangers)
Ownership: Yahoo 43% ESPN 26% CBS 73%
Texas Rangers pitcher Lance Lynn has been on quite a good run over his last seven starts. Since April 28th, Lynn has gone 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 3.55 XFIP, and 53 strikeouts in 46 innings. Lynn has pitched at least six innings in all of those starts, including three consecutive starts of seven innings. All but one of his last seven starts have been quality starts, making Lynn a top ten pitcher in points leagues over the last month.
Wade Miley (SP – Houston Astros)
Ownership: Yahoo 47% ESPN 29% CBS 83%
Houston Astros starter Wade Miley has put together a strong season with a 5-3 record and 3.25 ERA in 12 starts. The strikeouts haven’t been there for Miley with only a 7.01 K/9, although he has struck out 17 batters over his last two starts coming against the Red Sox and Cubs. Miley has pitched seven quality starts and has given up more than three runs once, consistently putting him in position to pick up a win on an excellent Astros team. He’s a two start streamer for me in 12 team leagues and a pickup in anything deeper.
Jimmy Nelson (SP – Milwaukee Brewers)
Ownership: Yahoo 15% ESPN 7% CBS 70%
The Milwaukee Brewers will be calling up starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson from his AAA rehab assignment to start on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. You couldn’t ask for a better matchup to come back to than the Marlins. Nelson has been on the long road back from a shoulder injury that cut his 2017 breakout season short in which he had all the makings of an ace with a 3.49 ERA, 10.21 K/9 and 50.3% ground ball rate. Between the subpar performance of the Brewers pitching staff outside of Woodruff and injuries to Chacin and Gonzales, the Brewers could really use Nelson if he’s able to pitch anything like his 2017 self. The 10.88 K/9 and 3.75 ERA in AAA this season is a good sign and if he’s still available anywhere he should be picked up.
Griffin Canning (SP – Los Angeles Angels)
Ownership: Yahoo 39% ESPN 17% CBS 77%
I was skeptical about Los Angeles Angels starter Griffin Canning when he got the call up but he seems to be getting better and better with each start. In his last three starts he has given up only one run or less, with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings in his most recent start against the Athletics. Canning now has a 3.06 ERA and 9.46 K/9 in six starts and has gotten more efficient with a six and seven inning performance in two of his last three outings. The way pitching has gone this year I think it is time to add Canning anywhere he is available.
Two Start Streamers of the Week
Martin Perez (Minnesota Twins) @ CLE, @ DET
Perez struggled in his recent outing against the Tampa Bay Rays but he’s a softer schedule this week against the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers on the road, two offenses pitchers have been able to exploit.
Griffin Canning (Los Angeles Angels) vs OAK, vs SEA
Griffin Canning looks to build upon his recent strong outings with two starts at home against the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners. Canning should be widely available and makes a good streaming option the you wouldn’t necessarily drop after this week.
Two-Start Pitcher Rankings
- Blake Snell – @ DET, @ BOS
- James Paxton – @ TOR, @ CLE
- Stephen Strasburg – vs CWS, @ SDP
- Aaron Nola – @ SDP, vs CIN
- Charlie Morton – @ DET, @ BOS
- Luis Castillo – @ STL, @ PHI
- Walker Buehler – @ ARI, @ SFG
- Noah Syndergaard – vs SFG, vs COL
- Kyle Hendricks – vs COL, vs STL
- Masahiro Tanaka – @ TOR, @ CLE
- Shane Bieber – vs MIN, vs NYY
- Chris Paddack – vs PHI, vs WAS
- Madison Bumgarner – @ NYM, vs LAD
- Mike Minor – vs BAL, vs OAK
- Max Fried – @ PIT, @ MIA
- Robbie Ray – vs LAD, @ TOR
- Zach Davies – vs MIA, vs PIT
- Jon Lester – vs LAA, vs STL
- Frankie Montas – @ LAA, @ TEX
- Eduardo Rodriguez – @ KCR, vs TBR
- Griffin Canning – vs OAK, vs SEA
- Wade Miley – @ SEA, vs BAL
- Dylan Bundy – @ TEX, @ HOU
- Martin Perez – @ CLE, @ DET
- Daniel Mengden – @ LAA, @ TEX
- Eric Lauer – vs PHI, vs WSH
- Jakob Junis – vs BOS, vs CWS
- Pablo Lopez – @ MIL, vs ATL
- Wade LeBlanc – vs HOU, @ LAA
- Trevor Cahill – @ CHC, vs SEA
- Ryan Weber – @ KCR, vs TBR
- Clayton Richard – vs NYY, vs ARI
- Shaun Anderson – @ NYM, vs LAD
- Genesis Cabrera – vs CIN, @ CHC
- Corbin Martin – @ SEA, vs BAL
- Ryan Carpenter – vs TBR, vs MIN
- Drew Smyly – vs BAL, vs OAK