Fantasy Baseball: Tyler Skaggs Riding High in Waiver Wire Rankings

We are now to a point where we have to trust the numbers we have seen from some of the surprise guys of 2018. It is hard to keep questioning guys who have 10-plus solid starts and over 70 innings of decent production. The sae goes the other way for pitchers who have now struggled through that many start and innings. Here are this week’s waiver wire rankings.


1. Jack Flaherty, STL, (60% owned)

Flaherty is the best pitcher on this list an after seven starts he has been impressive. Flaherty has now pitched 39 1/3 innings, struck out 42, has a 3.42 ERA, 3.53 FIP and a 3.57 xFIP. Alex Reyes heading back to the disabled list has pretty much ensured he will keep a rotation spot, and he should be owned in all leagues.

2. Tyler Skaggs, LAA (54% owned)

The Tyler Skaggs breakout continues to rumble on through 13 starts. Through 73 innings, Skaggs has a 3.08 ERA and 9.62 strikeouts per nine. The numbers suggest there is some potential regression but nothing massive, as indicated by a SIERA of 3.59. I see no reason not to buy into this start from Skaggs and if Flaherty was one percent more owned Skaggs would be my clear number one.

3. Tyson Ross, SD (59% owned)

I did have a few concerns when Ross stumbled in not one but two starts against Miami. However, the body of work this season for Ross is good enough for me to buy in. He currently has a 3.43 ERA with similar a FIP and xFIP, 78 strikeouts and 28 walks through 76 innings. I expect Ross to keep rumbling on and be a solid pitcher on a staff in most leagues.

4. Clay Buchholz, ARI (34% owned)

Buchholz has been one of the surprises of the season so far. When the Royals gave up on Buchholz he caught on with the Diamondbacks. After struggling through 11 2/3 innings at Triple-A with the Diamondbacks, he got promoted to the majors. Through four starts and 24 innings he has a 1.88 ERA with 21 strikeouts and three walks.

5. Kyle Gibson, MIN (26% owned)

Gibson has been someone I have paid very little attention to this season but his results have been quite impressive. Through 75 2/3 innings he has a 3.45 ERA and a major league career best 9.28 strikeouts per nine innings. Three of Gibson’s 13 starts have surrendered four or more earned runs and two others have surrendered three. That means eight starts have had less than three earned runs which is an extremely promising level of consistency. Interesting Gibson has been far better at home than on the road but he is worth an add because if this is his breakout year you do not want to jump in too late.

6. Mike Leake, SEA (19% owned)

Leake has the advantage of pitching in Seattle which is a pitcher friendly park. However, his splits look very similar both at home and on the road. Generally I am going to looking to use Leake at home, and the two games he struggled most in are both ones I had concerns about prior to the start. Of the 21 earned runs he has conceded at home 10 came in those two games, and given both were avoidable starts for fantasy purposes I am not holding them against him. If you add Leake you are not just blindly starting him, you are picking and choosing your starts. My concern this week is the Boston start could be messy but their lineup is a little weakened right now.

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