Week 10 is on the horizon and it’s getting to that point in the season where you’re either looking to pick up an arm to tide you over over for an injury or just looking to go in a different direction. Depending on the size of your league, you’ll have a good chance of getting a few productive starts out of these five pitchers. Whether your league is points-driven or based on categories, we have you covered.
John Means (SP) – 41.9% Owned
Owned in well under half of leagues, Means posted phenomenal fantasy numbers in his last go against Detroit. His two bookend starts in the month of May were like this, posting 52 fantasy points on 5/6 and 50.6 5/29 (ESPN). He’s averaging 18.6 points on the year, so he’s not a flashy pickup and he’s likely available in your league under the radar. In his last game pitched against the Tigers, he produced 12 called strikes and 13 swinging through 103 pitches, endings the day with 7 K’s. He allowed only three homers in the month of May. Means is slated to go against the Rangers June 5th, who have a .253 BA as a team on the year. Means has 5 wins on the year, so he’s certainly going to help you out in the win category. On top of this, he has an impressive ERA of 2.80 for someone who’s only owned in 41.9% of leagues.
Griffin Canning (SP) – 16.7% Owned
The 23 year old is rostered by only a meager 16.7% of fantasy teams, and that’s including the recent 6.5% jump he made. I’d argue he should be on more radars, as apart from his rough start to the season for the Angels, he’s been pitching very well. In his last start against the Athletics, he allowed only one run and three hits through six innings and put up 5 strikeouts. He’s had two huge starts on the year fantasy production-wise, and the rest have been solidly good numbers aside from one outing against Baltimore where he gave up 3 long balls. Canning isn’t a Ryu, obviously, but if you’re scrambling to find a quality arm who will at least push you forward in your point-totals and occasionally have a big-time production game, he’s your guy. In just six starts on the year, Canning has put up 34 SOs, so he’s averaging 5.67 per start. He can help in the punch-out category, but also in ERA (3.06 on the year) and WHIP (0.959).
Dylan Bundy (SP) – 24.7% Owned
The second Oriole to make the list is the 26 year old right-hander Dylan Bundy. He’s a rare enigma of pitcher who despite going 2-6 on the year and being relatively unproductive for the O’s, he’s a solid fantasy pickup. He’s given up 31 runs over 11 starts for an ERA of 4.58 on the year, yet he gives up relatively few walks and has 60 strikeouts on the year, which makes for good fantasy numbers. With two starts producing negative fantasy points in the beginning of the year, Bundy has been relatively consistent in putting up quality points. He’s averaging 17.0 points per start (ESPN), but that’s significantly weighed down by the two rough gos he had early on. His next outing will be against the Rangers on 6/4, and if you’re in a pinch and he’s available in your league, I’d recommend pulling the trigger. Bundy doesn’t have the most impressive record (3-8) or ERA (4.58), yet he hasn’t had a start all year where he’s given up more than seven hits, so he could still help in the WHIP category (WHIP of 1.237 on the year).
Jose Urena (SP) – 6.5% Owned
When it comes down to it, this is the point of the season where two things matter: the pitcher being available, and the pitcher having a positive outcome on your weekly totals. Jose Urena, rostered by only 6.5% of teams, is certainly those two things and then some. Despite opening the year on a bad start, he hasn’t had a start finishing with negative fantasy points. His last start against Washington was phenomenal, going 7 innings and giving up just 4 hits and 2 runs. Over his last three starts, his fantasy point production has been steadily increasing. He’s not the flashiest player to add to the lineup, but he will definitely get the job done. He’s gone at least six innings in all of his starts after his third of the season. The 4.11 definitely won’t do much for the ERA category, but if you have a crowded league and are struggling to find available pitchers, Urena’s 43 strikeouts on the year will certainly help with that category.
Ryan Pressly (RP) – 20.2% Owned
Starters aren’t the only important thing in fantasy. Ryan Pressly is a relatively not talked about reliever who despite living in the shadow Osuna, still puts up great numbers. He has a 0.34 ERA on the year and is putting up good fantasy numbers pretty consistently. He typically pitches 3-4 times a week for one inning at a time and is averaging 11.3 points per appearance (ESPN). In the month of May, he only had one go where he ended with negative points on the day, so he’s definitely a viable option if you’re looking for solid relief appearances. If you’re concerned with categories, Pressly is going to help a lot with WHIP, as he’s posted a WHIP of 0.570 on the year thus far. Owned by just 20.2%, he’ll likely be there if you’re looking for a reliever to start your week.
Checkout our 2019 MLB closer depth chart for a look at each team.