3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups Following Zack Wheeler Injury

Max Staley
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Zack Wheeler has been inconsistent this year, but he's remained on fantasy baseball rosters despite his up-and-down season. Unfortunately, for his fantasy owners (the right-hander is owned in 91 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues), he's been placed on the IL due to shoulder fatigue.

With his fantasy owners now in need of a viable replacement, here are three waiver wire pickups that could help replace Wheeler following this injury.

3. Andrew Cashner, Boston Red Sox

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Andrew Cashner is the Boston Red Sox's newest acquisition, giving the righty a big uptick in value. He's been fantastic as of late, surrendering just five earned runs in his last 32 innings pitched (1.41 ERA) and is likely to get more run support with his new team. Cashner should provide quality wins potential as long as his non-counting stats hold steady. He's owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, so there's a coin-flip chance that he's still available on the waiver wire.

2. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright has been on fire over the past 30 days, tallying a 2.63 ERA with 28 Ks in 24 innings pitched. If Wainwright's recent performances are any indication, he could actually be an upgrade from Wheeler, not just a viable replacement. Owned in just 16 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Wainwright continues to fly under the radar.

1. Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics

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Similarly, Brett Anderson has also been on a tear of late. Over the last 14 days, Anderson is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and a 7-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 13 innings pitched. Even if Anderson can't maintain that pace, he has a 3.79 ERA on the year, making him a seemingly reliable option going forward. Available in 72 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, the left-hander could seamlessly replace Wheeler in fantasy lineups.

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