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Tim McCullough Managing Editor April 8, 2017 12:34AM EDT
As we enter Week 2 of the season, teams will begin rotating some of their No. 5 starters into their pitching rotations. In some cases, this may present an opportunity to the savvy Fantasy owner to pick up a decent starting pitcher off the waiver wire at little or no FAAB cost. We’ll look at some of these starting pitchers to begin this week’s waiver wire listing, then we’ll move on to some options at the rest of the positions.

Raul Alcantara, Athletics – The book on Alcantara is that he tends to be “wild in the strike zone,” which results in too many pitches left out on the fat part of the plate. He’s got very good control but he only has two pitches he can throw consistently for strikes. For now, keep an eye on him but don’t bother wasting a roster spot until he shows he’s taken a step forward in his development.

Brett Anderson, Cubs – Anderson had a solid 2015 season for the Dodgers but a back injury derailed his 2016 season, as he only made three starts. He won the No. 4 starters job with the Cubs this spring despite his 5.31 ERA and batters hitting .352 off him in his 20.1 spring innings. Given the defense behind him and the run support he will likely enjoy, Anderson might be worth a $1 FAAB investment in deeper NL-only leagues as long as you’re not expecting much in the way of strikeouts. Mixed leaguers will want to stay away.

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