MLB Fantasy Waiver Wire Pitcher Pickups Week 12

Another week has come and gone, and with it pitchers have performed well and they’ve performed poorly. We’re here to give you the scoop on a few pitchers to look out for. Whether you’re in a roto league or points-based, we’ve got you covered.

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Zach Plesac (SP) 54.8% Owned
Plesac didn’t have the best start on 6/12, but as you can see his ownership rate went up in the last week. Either a lot more people than I thought read my Waiver Wire, or there’s a trend. The young right-hander shows immense promise. In his 6/12 start against the Reds, he went 5.1 innings and gave up 3 HRs which is detrimental in a roto league or points-based. That being said, he did record 6 Ks and allowed just 5 hits. I still recommend taking the young pitcher, as I think this start is a blip in what will be a long career to come. He’s going to continue starting games and getting more opportunities to show his stuff.

Lance Lynn (SP) – 36.9 % Rostered
Lynn continues to be one of the more underrated pitchers in the league. He had another solid start this week, going 6.0 innings with 8 Ks and allowing 3 runs. It was a no decision, but Lynn continues to give the Rangers good chances at winning games. He tends to give up runs, but he can help in the K category and has only given up 1 home run in his last 5 games. I’ll reiterate what I said last week, get him while you can!

Pitchers To Pick Up

Griffin Canning (SP) – 22.5% Rostered
Canning had a great outing this week against the Dodgers. He went 6.0 innings giving up just 3 runs, which is quite the feat against his cross-town rival Dodgers. He also notably didn’t offer up any homers against a lineup filled with big bats. He fanned 5 and allowed 5 hits in what ultimately was deemed a no-decision. In 44.1 innings pitched on the season, he has 47 Ks, a WHIP of 0.99, and an ERA of 3.65. His WHIP and Ks will be helpful in that category, and in standard ESPN points-based leagues, he scored 35.4 points in his last start.

Jon Duplantier (SP) 1.7% Rostered

Currently on the 10-day IL, Duplantier will certainly be available in your league. He’s got a good, young arm and has shown impressive stuff so far in Arizona. His last start against PHI wasn’t great, but looking back to 6/5 against the Dodgers he fanned 7 in 5.0 innings and allowed just 3 hits, giving up 1 HR. Those Ks make a nice addition to the category, and for the points-based leagues, it was a solid 27.9 point start in a standard ESPN league.

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After suffering a career ending injury as a high school freshman B-team quarterback, Emmett has completely devoted himself to sports fandom. A Chicago (suburb) native, he is loyal to all his teams. He is currently a junior at Chapman University in Southern California and thoroughly enjoys Microsoft Excel.

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