Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – 2011 Strikeout Kings Vol. 5
Brought to you in honor of Strikeout for Troops.
Some reasonably available players to assist you in the Strikeouts category. Realize that some of these will come with high ERAs & WHIPs because if a Pitcher has low numbers in those categories and a good K total, they’re already spoken for.
Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins: Baker is 3-0 in his past three starts with 22 strikeouts in 24 innings (8.2 K/9), a 1.50 ERA, and a 0.79 WHIP. On the year he’s 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 91-2/3 innings (8.6 K/9). Scott is owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues, a number that will quickly change if he keeps pitching the way he has been. His next start is Friday against Milwaukee.
Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs: After resembling a dumpster early on, Dempster has come around. He’s 1-1 in his past three starts with a 1.96 ERA, a 1..25 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings (10.3 K/9). He’s still just 5-6 with a 5.46 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 92-1/3 innings (8.6 K/9) on the year, but he’s headed in the right direction. Ryan is owned in 68 percent of Yahoo! and 43.8 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Kansas City.
Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres: Stauffer is 1-1 in his past three starts with a 0.41 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 22 innings (7.4 K/9). He won’t get put up a gaudy strikeout total, but he has had at least five strikeouts in eight of his past eleven starts. On the year he’s 2-5 with a3.13 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts in 92 innings (7.1 K/9). Tim is owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! and 14.6 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Atlanta.
Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds: Volquez is 1-1 in his past three starts with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings (9 K/9). On the year he’s 4-3 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts in 69 innings (9.3 K/9). Edinson is owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! and 32.9 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Friday against Baltimore.
Chris Narveson, Milwaukee Brewers: Narveson is 2-1 in his past three starts with a 3.60 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings (7.7 K/9). On the year he’s 4-5 with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and 76 strikeouts in 85 innings (8.0 K/9). Chris is owned in 14 percent of Yahoo! and 9.6 percent of ESPN leagues. His next start is Sunday against Minnesota.
John Danks, Chicago White Sox: After losing his first eight decisions, Danks is 3-0 in his past three starts with a 1.23 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 22 innings (7.0 K/9). On the year he’s 3-8 with a 4.29 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts in 92-1/3 innings (6.1 K/9). John is owned in a little over half of all fantasy leagues. His next start is Saturday against Washington.
Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians: Carrasco is 3-0 in his past three starts with a 0.42 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21-2/3 innings (7.1 K/9). On the year he’s 7-3 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 79 innings (5.6 K/9). Carlos is owned in about a quarter of fantasy leagues. His next start comes Friday against San Francisco.
High Strikeout Middle Relievers (Stats based on past 15 days)
Fernando Rodriguez, HOU: 8-2/3 IP, 14 Ks, 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
Ramon Ramirez, SF: 6-1/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
Tyler Clippard, WAS: 7 IP, 11 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Cory Luebke, SD: 9-2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP
Bobby Parnell, NYM: 6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
David Robertson, NYY: 6 IP, 9 Ks, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
Jeremy Affeldt, SF: 6-1/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
Joel Peralta, TB: 7 IP, 9 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Hisanori Takahashi, LAA: 8-2/3 IP, 9 Ks, 1.04 ERA, 0.46 WHIP
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