3 Waiver Wire Pitchers to Pick Up And Start in Fantasy Baseball on MLB Opening Day

By Kevin Nardone
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Streaming pitchers is a daily occurrence in fantasy baseball and there's no better time to start than MLB's Opening Day.

Here are three pitchers, owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues, that you might want to consider picking up and starting as we kick off the MLB and fantasy baseball season.

3. Eric Lauer

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The new-look San Diego Padres send left-hander Eric Lauer to the mound against the San Francisco Giants this afternoon. Lauer might have just 23 starts under his belt, but he has a first-round pedigree and pitched well enough this Spring to earn the Opening-Day nod. He also started against San Fran three times last season, racking up 14 strikeouts in 16 innings to go along with a 3.94 ERA. That's just good enough to make him a streamer on Opening Day.

2. Marcus Stroman

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Marcus Stoman had by far the worst season of his career in 2018. But lucky for fantasy owners, his struggles have likely resulted in an opportunity to buy low on Stroman. He is just one year removed from a season that saw him pitch to a 3.09 ERA and finish in the top 10 in the AL Cy Young Award voting for the Blue Jays. Additionally, he is facing the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day, a team that finished last in the American League in home runs, total bases, on-base and slugging percentage (OPS) last season, so he could be a great value play with upside to kick off the season.

1. Trevor Cahill

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Trevor Cahill had a bounce-back year in 2018, posting a 3.76 ERA in 20 games started for the Oakland A's last season. Look for him to parlay last year's success into a strong outing against his former team. Oakland had a tough start to the season, traveling all the way to Japan just to drop its first two games of the season. Oh, not to mention the game is in Oakland and Cahill was absolutely lights out pitching at home last season with the Athletics, sporting a 5-1 in and a 1.84 ERA and an 0.91 WHIP in 11 starts at Oakland Coliseum.


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