To stay ahead of other teams in your fantasy baseball leagues, it is important to scour the waiver wire and free agent pool to pick up pitchers that will help your team succeed in the present and future. Here's a look at five pitchers owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 20.
SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets (30% owned*)
Statistics*: 30.0 IP, 2 W, 0 SV, 34 K, 3.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
After losing his last three starts in valiant efforts, Harvey became a winner once again in his longest outing of his short major-league career. Throwing 7 2/3 innings against a very good Cincinnati Reds team on August 16, he has been a very good starter for the Mets since joining the roster a month ago. Up against the Colorado Rockies in Week 20, Harvey is a top-notch young pitcher whose effectiveness makes him a very good fantasy option.
Statistics: 42.0 IP, 2 W, 6 SV, 31 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
With Huston Street on the disabled listed with a strained left calf, Thayer has once again stepped in as the Padres closer. With no timetable on when Street returns, Thayer appears to have his role for the long haul, especially since he is 6-for-6 in save opportunities. While his strikeout numbers aren't stunning, his WHIP is decent and he is an available option for saves on the waiver wire.
SP Daniel Straily, Oakland Athletics (15% owned)
Statistics: 17.0 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 12 K, 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
Like Harvey, Straily is a highly-regarded pitching prospect that made his major-league debut within the past month. With his first career start at home against the Minnesota Twins in Week 20, he'll be in a great spot to possibly earn his second career win on Tuesday, August 21.
SP/RP Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks (14% owned)
Statistics: 65.0 IP, 5 W, 1 SV, 54 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
Another young pitcher who made his major league debut this season, Corbin has been quite successful in the month of August. With a 3-0 record and 2.77 ERA in four August starts, he has been solid since getting recalled from Triple-A. With a Week 20 start against the Padres, fantasy owners will hope Corbin provides a win and a decent number of strikeouts.
SP Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (11% owned)
Statistics: 140.2 IP, 5 W, 0 SV, 95 K, 4.29 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
After struggling to last in his last three starts, Leake put everything together and produced an efficient complete-game start against the Mets in Week 19. In Week 20, he'll be a two-start option against the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. While the matchups will not be easy, he'll have a great chance to build off his good start and put together a productive Week 20.
Other Week 20 waiver wire adds of interest: Chicago Cubs SP/RP Jeff Samardzija (49%), Atlanta Braves SP/RP Kris Medlen (41%), Toronto Blue Jays SP/RP Carlos Villanueva (25%), Los Angeles Dodgers SP Aaron Harang (19%), Houston Astros SP/RP Lucas Harrell (13%)
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball leagues and player statistics accurate as of August 18, 2012. IP: Innings Pitched, W: Wins, SV: Saves, K: Strikeouts, ERA: Earned Run Average, WHIP: Walks + Hits / Innings Pitched.
Matt Harvey Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Dale Thayer News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Patrick Corbin 2012 Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Mike Leake Game Log, 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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