Fantasy Baseball: Week 3 Pitching

Mets Zack Wheeler

Week 3 pitching help is here for your fantasy baseball team. Zack Wheeler, Lance Lynn and Nick Pivetta could help your squad the rest of the way. There are a few names that can help you this week and another name to monitor for potential help later in the season.

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Zack Wheeler | 18% Owned on Yahoo!

The New York Mets Zack Wheeler is a young pitcher who has flashed before but due to injuries and ineffectiveness has never really gained serious traction in fantasy baseball. That may be changing. In his first outing of the season Wheeler looked great over seven innings allowing one earned, walking one, and striking out seven Marlins. You want to take outings against the Marlins with a grain of salt but it was definitely a positive sign.

This week he gets a tough Nationals lineup who have been tough on righties to start the season. They have a top 10 OPS against righties thus far. That said they are above average when it comes to swings and misses against right handers. If Wheeler performs well in this match up, his ownership will skyrocket. Jump on board before this ship leaves the station.

Lance Lynn | 57% Owned in Yahoo!

The Minnesota Twins Lance Lynn is starting to find form after getting a late start to the spring. He was dominant in his last outing, tallying nine strikeouts over five innings. He allowed no earned.

The 10 walks over the two outings are concerning. Lynn is a 3 BB/9 pitcher over his career so it’s not shocking. I would expect a strikeout per inning with ERA around three. The Twins are also a strong team that should give Lynn a good chance at the win on most nights.

Nick Pivetta | 21% Owned on Yahoo!

Nick Pivetta has already made three starts this season and has gotten better with each outing. He is building up his arm, going deeper in games and racking up the strikeouts. He has 19 Ks on the season with 16 of those coming in the last two starts. He also only has two walks in the last three outings.

This week Pivetta heads to SunTrust Park which is currently the second most favorable park for runs scoring. If you want to avoid Pivetta this week, I wouldn’t blame you but I think he is worth of rostering for the long haul.

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Trevor Williams | (21% Owned on Yahoo!)

Tuesday vs Colorado Rockies

This is an interesting spot for the Pirates Trevor Williams. While the Rockies do have a potent lineup, facing them away from Coors field is always a plus. He gets a sizeable bump pitching at home, Park Factor has PNC as the 22nd most favorable park for runs.

The Rockies are currently third in MLB for strikeouts and are batting .219 against right handers thus far. This is an opportunity for Williams to continue building on his 2018 season.

Andrew Triggs | (17% Owned on Yahoo!)

Wednesday vs White Sox

Andrew Triggs is a pitcher I’m getting excited about this season. This week he has an awesome opportunity to prove he may be ready to graduate from the streamers class. He gets to face a strikeout prone White Sox team that is currently 4th in the MLB. He has 17 strikeouts and 6 walks, through three outings this season.
Triggs should put up a solid strikeout total, avoid major damage and have a decent shot at getting the win. Stream away with Triggs this week.

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Nick Tropeano | 2% Owned on Yahoo!

The Angels Nick Tropeano made his 2018 debut on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. He held them scoreless over 6.2 innings, tallying up six strikeouts. This was especially impressive considering he hadn’t pitched since 2016. He spent the last season plus recovering and rehabbing from a UCL tear in his right elbow.

This week he faces the San Francisco Giants at home. In the standard 10/12 team league I’m not using Topeano but in deeper leagues he is definitely worth a look. That said, if things go well, Tropeano could be a streaming option the rest of the season.

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