In deeper fantasy baseball leagues, finding useful pitchers on the waiver wire can be a very difficult task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners in deeper or AL/NL-only leagues often have to dig at even less popular pitchers for fantasy production. Here's a look at five pitchers owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 15.
SP Carlos Villanueva, Toronto Blue Jays (5% owned*)
Statistics*: 44.1 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 49 K, 3.05 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Starting off the season as a reliever, Villanueva has recently been given the opportunity to start for the Blue Jays after a semi-successful stint starting in 2011. Still expecting to be in the rotation after the All-Star break and expected to get the last start in a series against the Cleveland Indians, Villanueva has looked sharp in his two starts and could be a breakout performer in the second half of the season.
SP/RP Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (5% owned)
Statistics: 93.0 IP, 6 W, 0 SV, 57 K, 4.35 ERA, 1.49 WHIP
Collmenter has had an up-and-down season in 2012. Starting off the season as a struggling starter, he has held various roles in the bullpen before finally earning his first win of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6. Following his rough stretch to start the season, Collmenter should be a member of their rotation past the break and could be a viable NL-only option for the second half of the season.
SP Drew Pomeranz, Colorado Rockies (4% owned)
Statistics: 35.1 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 27 K, 3.06 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
Against a very good Washington Nationals team, Pomeranz shut them down for his first win of the season and is someone to keep an eye on. As a member of the four-man rotation in Colorado, he will have more opportunities to have two-start weeks and certainly has the ability to become the best starter for the team.
RP Ronald Belisario, Los Angeles Dodgers (2% owned)
Statistics: 29.1 IP, 3 W, 0 SV, 21 K, 0.95 ERA, 0.81 WHIP
Aside from his reliable numbers as a setup man to closer Kenley Jansen, Belisario is also second on the team behind Josh Lindblom with 10 holds. A sinkerball pitcher with an excellent ERA and WHIP, he would also be the first man in line for saves if Jansen were to get injured.
RP Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles (0% owned)
Statistics: 18.2 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 18 K, 1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
In the first start of his major league career, Gonzalez paid homage to former teammate Nick Adenhart by wearing a glove gifted to him against the Los Angeles Angels and pitching in dominant fashion. With various injuries to the Orioles rotation, Gonzalez could see a couple more starts before the team has to make a decision with him. Give him a shot in AL-only leagues if you're confident in what he displayed in his first start this season.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of July 7, 2012. IP: Innings Pitched, W: Wins, SV: Saves, K: Strikeouts, ERA: Earned Run Average, WHIP: Walks + Hits / Innings Pitched.
Josh Collmenter Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Drew Pomeranz Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Los Angeles Dodgers Statistics Pitching Holds, Yahoo! Sports
Miguel Gonzalez News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball
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Austin Chang is a lifelong baseball fan, San Francisco Giants supporter, and fantasy baseball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 70% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.
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