Fantasy Baseball: Tyson Ross tops waiver wire rankings

The major league season is a long slog and we are only just a third of the way through it. However, we are now starting to learn which pitchers good starts are for real and who may be starting to turn things around. We are seeing some interesting tactics from the always thinking Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Louis Cardinals are demonstrating once again just how stacked their pitching prospect system is.


1. Tyson Ross, SD (52% owned)

Ross is rolling back the years in 2018. Through 10 starts, Ross has a 3.13 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings pitched. At this point Ross is a pitcher who I would look to start in pretty much every matchup outside of starts in Colorado.

2. Jack Flaherty, STL (59% owned)

Flaherty has now had four good outings out of his five major league starts. In 29 1/3 innings, Flaherty has a 2.15 ERA with 31 strikeouts. There are couple of reasons I have dropped Flaherty behind Ross. Firstly, of his 31 strikeouts 22 have come in two of his starts. In his other three starts he has had two, three and four strikeouts respectively. The second reason for concern with Flaherty is the return of Alex Reyes. Reyes has been fantastic in his rehab starts and will make his season debut on Wednesday. If Reyes is lights out in the majors then Flaherty could find himself back in the minors.

3. Junior Guerra, MIL (31% owned)

Since returning from the disabled list Guerra has been impressive. If it was not for two bad starts at home to Pittsburgh and Cleveland it could have been even better. Guerra has a 2.98 ERA through 48 1/3 innings with 44 strikeouts. I do have a few concerns around his control but he did not give up a walk in his last outing against the Mets, the first time this season he has managed that feat.

4. Ross Stripling, LAD (43% owned)

After a rough first start Stripling has been really good as a starter for the Dodgers. In his last four starts, he has given up three earned runs in 22 innings with 31strikeouts and two walks. Stripling makes for an interesting upside gamble given the number of question marks around the health of the Dodgers rotation. The only concern is that once they do have a number of healthy pitchers Stripling may go back to his bullpen role. However, the way he is pitching right now he might have a chance to hold onto his rotation spot.

5. Ryan Yarbrough, TB (6% owned)

Since giving up five earned against the Atlanta Braves, Yarbrough has been a pretty effective pitcher. His stats look a little strange because he has not started the previous two games he has appeared in. The reason for that is the new tactic the Rays are employing where they used a reliever to start the game and then bring in the “starter” to replace him. In his last three outings, Yarbrough has given up three earned runs with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings. Yarbrough not officially starting game has a lot of value in leagues with a starts limit and really increases his worth to your fantasy team.

6. Kyle Freeland, COL (45% owned)

Since I wrote about Freeland last week he had a three earned run outing in Los Angeles. However, Freeland has generally been good this year with a 3.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. As I said last week I still have nerves about starting him at home but he is getting closer to being a guy you can trust in most outings.

7. Daniel Mengden, OAK (39% owned)

Since starting the season giving up 11 earned runs in his first three starts, Mengden has been a decent pitcher. In the following eight starts, spanning 50 1/3 innings, he has a 1.79 ERA with 31 strikeouts and just four walks. The lack of strikeouts limits Mengden’s upside for your fantasy team, but in deeper leagues if you need a solid pitcher who has good control then he is a good bet.


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