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3 Two-Start Waiver Wire Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball Semifinal Playoffs

Mike Esposito
Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets
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As we make our way through the head-to-head fantasy baseball playoffs, there are seemingly fewer and fewer two-start pitchers that make for quality streaming options for those in need of pitching help.

However, we've crunched the numbers and found three pitchers likely worth a waiver wire pickup for the fantasy playoffs.

1. Trevor Williams, Pittsburgh Pirates

Trevor Williams has come on strong since late August and looks like a solid two-start streaming pickup for those of you in your league's fantasy playoffs. The 27-year-old righty has a favorable road start against a San Francisco Giants, a club that sports a .707 OPS in 2019 (No. 28 in MLB). Williams will make another road start against the Chicago Cubs later in the week, which will likely be a much tougher challenge, but there's plenty of strikeout potential in that start since the the Cubs average almost nine strikeouts per game on the season.

2. Jordan Lyles, Milwaukee Brewers

Jordan Lyles has been excellent since joining the Milwuakee Brewers at the trade deadline (5-1, 2.56 ERA) and should be a serviceable two-start streamer this week. The 28-year-old righty has a favorable road start against a Miami Marlins club that sports a collective .667 OPS in 2019 (No. 30 in MLB). His second start, against the St. Louis Cardinals, could pose a tougher task, but Lyles has been effective against the Cards this season. The 28-year-old owns a 2-1 record and has averaged 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings in three starts against St. Louis in his career. Available in 55 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, Lyles could make a difference in your fantasy playoffs this week.

3. Johns Means, Baltimore Orioles

John Means has been one of the lone bright spots of the season for the Baltimore Orioles and he could be one for your fantasy playoffs as well. Means does face the Los Angeles Dodgers when he first toes the rubber this week, but it's his second start, against the Detroit Tigers that is very favorable. Means is available in 60 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and could tally enough counting stats to be worth a waiver add this week.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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