Fantasy Baseball: Value Strikeout Options

Feb 24, 2010

So you didn’t invest an early pick on Tim Lincecum or Justin Verlander. That doesn’t mean the well is dry for strikeout pitchers. Here are some good value options.

Brett Anderson: A popular “sleeper” pick that gaining popularity. I’m afraid the cat is out of the bag, but he still should come at a nice value…this year.

Jorge de la Rosa: He’s averaged 9.17 K/9 over the past two years with Colorado. There is still a stigma being a pitcher in Colorado. One that you can use to your advantage.

Ryan Dempster:  He’s averaging 179.5 strikeouts over the past two years. His numbers took a step back last year, but were still solid. He should be better in 2010.

Ricky Nolasco:  The 5.06 ERA he posted last year should scare some owners off. He’s a very talented pitcher though, and was much better in 2008. He could easily return to form and rack up 200 Ks.

Marc Rzepczynski:  Made the most of his time last year racking up 60 Ks in 61.3 innings. 160+ Ks should be within reach.

Jonathan Sanchez:  He can be downright nasty, even unhittable at times, but comes with control issues.

Max Scherzer:  The transition from the National League to the American League could be a difficult one. We’re still talking about a kid with immense talent though. He should have no problems making hitter miss.

Randy Wolf:  Wolf has averaged 161 strikeouts the past two seasons. He’s added double-digit wins and a respectable ERA. Should be solid for Milwaukee.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I can’t really consider Brett Anderson or Max Scherzer value picks, just because they are already on everyone’s radar.

    The two I love are de la Rosa and Rzepczynski. Rz is the one that is really flying under the radar everywhere, but could really emerge as a top option in Toronto.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I hear you, though they are going after some pitchers who won’t produce as many Ks.

  3. RJMUZ
    March 7th, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    How about Ben Sheets? He’s been going pretty late in drafts and should get a lot of strikeouts, especially in the AL where he’s lesser-known and there are a lot of free swingers.

  4. LestersLegends
    March 7th, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I just can’t trust that he’ll be healthy, but you’re right he could be a great value.

  5. tristian
    March 9th, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    what about ervin santana?

  6. LestersLegends
    March 9th, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Not bad. Risky, but you’re right Santana could be a nice value.

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