With Week 20 coming to a close, the fantasy baseball playoffs are quickly approaching. Whether you need a little boosts to secure your spot in the post-season, or you simply need a few strong arms to help you go on a championship run, we’ve got you covered. We’ll revisit a few pitchers from last week’s Waiver Wire and also suggest a few new arms.
Brendan McKay (1B), (SP) – 17.9% Rostered
McKay made his MLB pitching debut on June 29th for the Rays on June 29th against the Rays. Since being called up from Triple-A, his fantasy ownership numbers have skyrocketed up to 42.2% at their peek. They’ve currently fallen to just 17.9, a 1.9% dip in last week’s numbers. It makes sense, though, seeing as his last go against the Padres ended with him posting a 9.00 ERA through just 4 innings of work. If you need him for the strikeout category, he’s still a good option as even though he struggled, giving up 5 hits and 4 runs, he still fanned 7 on the shortened outing.
Elieser Hernandez (SP), (RP) – 0.9% Rostered
Hernandez is a pichter who’s techinically marked as both a starter and a reliever, so he can fill the reliever spot nicely when he’s getting starts. His last start came against the Dodgers, where he unfortunately got rocked for 6 earned runs and 8 hits through 6.0 innings of work. It’s worth noting that he also gave up 4 home runs to that stacked Dodgers team, a stat that isn’t usually very favorable in most fantasy leagues. That being said, I think he still has a few quality starts in him for the remainder of the year. On 8/8 he went 6.0 innings against the Braves allowed 0 earned runs and picking up 7 Ks on the day. Baseball can just be like that sometimes.
Pitchers to pick up
Adrian Houser (SP), (RP) – 3.1% Rostered
Don’t look now, but Milwaukees Adrian Houser has quietly been putting up some pretty solid numbers in his last few starts. On 8/10 against the Rangers, Houser went 6.0 innings giving up just 1 earned run and fanning 10 on the day. His WHIP over his last two starts? 0.62. On ESPN, he’s currently rostered in just 3.1 percent of leagues, so I’d hurry up and grab him before it’s too late. He had another great start on 8/16 against the Nationals where he went 7.0 innings giving up just 2 hits and 1 earned run. Similar to Elieser Hernandez, Houser is listed as both a starter and a reliever, so getting a start out of him in a relievers spot adds that much more to his value.
Logan Webb, (SP) – 0.2% Rostered
Webb made his Major League debut on 8/17 against the Diamondbacks. While he isn’t a lock to stay on San Francisco’s roster, he certainly looked solid in the 3.0 innings they allowed him to throw today. He gave up 3 hits and fanned 4 over the span of 9 outs. He’s consistently put up good numbers in Double-A all year and threw 7.0 solid innings in his Triple-A debut on 8/12. If he sticks around this Giants club for the remainder of the season, I have a feeling you’ll be glad you have him.