Points League Waiver Wire Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 (2024) (2024)

Points League Waiver Wire Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 (2024) (1)

Welcome, RotoBallers, to our pitcher waiver wire pickups for points leagues heading into Week 11 (June 3 to June 9). It’s been a wild season so far for starting pitchers in fantasy, as several waiver wire options have become reliable fantasy pieces.

Just look at what Luis Gil is doing for fantasy managers who picked him up earlier in May. He has been the best fantasy pitcher over the last 30 days and has serious potential to be this year’s league winner.

While most pitchers on this list might not be long-term options, there are some pitchers listed below who can be. So, without further do, here are the best starting pitchers to pick up heading into Week 11. All pitchers on this list are rostered in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues.

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Points League Waiver Wire - Best Choices

Taj Bradley, Tampa Bay Rays

Yahoo: 49% ESPN: 20%

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley continues to be one of the most under rostered players in Yahoo leagues. Bradley is only rostered in 49% of Yahoo leagues, yet in his first four starts, he has been impressive. The right-hander has a 3.13 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP so far this season.

In all four of those outings, Bradley has also scored above 20 fantasy points in standard Yahoo leagues. So, the 23-year-old has real fantasy appeal moving forward. He has struck out at least six batters in every start too while giving up two runs or less in three of them.

Taj Bradley's 6th, 7th and 8th Ks.

Thru 3. 😲 pic.twitter.com/NDDMYReZEv

— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 20, 2024

Bradley will surely face a couple of challenges in his next few starts, especially against a tough Orioles offense in Week 11. But this is a pitcher who has looked great on the mound this year and delivered six strong innings against the New York Yankees earlier in May. His long-term value makes him a nice add going into next week.

Ryan Weathers, Miami Marlins

Yahoo: 29% ESPN: 15%

The potential has always been there for Miami Marlins pitcher Ryan Weathers. He was a former top-10 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and now fantasy managers are finally seeing some consistent production from the left-hander.

He has given up just one earned run with 19 strikeouts over his last three starts. In those three outings, Weathers threw a combined 21 innings pitched and scored at least 29 fantasy points in Yahoo leagues in each game. With the recent success, he is a pitcher who fantasy managers should be looking to add immediately.

He not only has pitched extremely well recently, but he also has some favorable matchups approaching -- after his Week 10 start against the Texas Rangers. He’ll face the Cleveland Guardians in Week 11, the Washington Nationals in Week 12, and the St. Louis Cardinals in Week 13. Pick him up now and see if his strong stretch continues.

Ben Brown, Chicago Cubs

Yahoo: 36% ESPN: 13%

Chicago Cubs rookie pitcher Ben Brown has bounced around from the starting rotation to the bullpen in 2024. However, we could certainly see the right-hander stay in rotation following a career night against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

Brown gave up zero hits with 10 strikeouts across seven dominant innings in his latest outing. If it wasn’t for his pitch count -- which sat at a career-high 93 pitches -- there was a good chance that the rookie was going to make history in just his sixth career start. He also threw four scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves one start before on May 23.

Ben Brown is making his 6th Major League start.

He has 10 strikeouts and a no-hitter through 7 innings! pic.twitter.com/ob39IMvAWp

— MLB (@MLB) May 29, 2024

With Brown, there are going to be plenty of ups and downs throughout the season. But if he can stay in the Cubs’ rotation, there is a good chance he can provide solid fantasy value for the rest of the year. Take a chance on the rookie in fantasy.

Points League Waiver Wire - Next Choices

Ben Lively, Cleveland Guardians

Yahoo: 37% ESPN: 13%

Cleveland Guardians pitcher Ben Lively has come out of nowhere to provide solid fantasy value in the early going. Lively currently has a 2.80 ERA while allowing three runs or less in every start this year. That alone should make the right-hander a popular waiver wire pickup heading into Week 11.

Now, will Lively keep this up? It’s hard to tell. His metrics don’t totally back up his numbers, as his expected exit velocity (91 mph), chase rate (2%), and hard-hit rate (41.9%) all don’t rank particularly well. However, it’s hard to ignore what the Guardians pitcher has done so far this year. That’s why he is worth a shot in fantasy right now, especially with a start against the Miami Marlins upcoming.

Michael Wacha, Kansas City Royals

Yahoo: 45% ESPN: 14%

If you’re looking for a pitcher who can just eat innings and pitch deep into games, Kansas City Royals pitcher Michael Wacha could be a nice pickup. He has thrown at least six innings in four of his past five starts and was certainly headed for a fifth straight time on Friday -- if not for a wild sixth inning against the San Diego Padres.

Still, he has given up two runs or less in five straight outings, which has boosted his fantasy value. While Wacha won’t finish with high strikeout numbers, he will make up for it by pitching into the sixth and seventh innings. So, in that regard, the veteran is a solid pickup for most fantasy managers. He is lined up to face the Cleveland Guardians next week.

Points League Waiver Wire - Two-Start Choices

Tyler Anderson, Los Angeles Angels

Yahoo: 46% ESPN: 27%

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Anderson might be the best two-start pitcher rostered in under 50% of Yahoo leagues in Week 11. Despite struggling against the Yankees his last time out, Anderson has pitched well for most of May. He threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Texas Rangers on May 17 and then delivered eight innings of one-run ball against the Houston Astros on May 22.

Like Wacha, the strikeout numbers won’t necessarily be there. The left-hander has struck out only 16 batters over his last four starts. But he’ll make up for it by going deep into games and not allowing many runs. Anderson has a 2.47 ERA across 69 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Hey contending teams looking for starting pitching: take a look at Tyler Anderson’s bWAR. 👀

Second among all starting pitchers in MLB. https://t.co/lJ78pcOIes

— AngelsWin.com (@AngelsWin) May 30, 2024

With Anderson expected to have two starts next week, he should be a pickup in most formats. The southpaw is lined up to face the San Diego Padres on Monday and the Houston Astros on Sunday, two matchups that aren’t terrible for the 34-year-old veteran in fantasy.

Matt Waldron, San Diego Padres

Yahoo: 13% ESPN: 5%

One month ago, San Diego Padres pitcher Matt Waldron had no business being on a list like this. Nonetheless, a lot can change in baseball, especially considering Waldron’s success on the mound over the last few weeks.

The right-hander has a 1.96 ERA over his last four starts and pitched fantastic against two powerhouse offenses in the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers during that stretch. In all four outings, the 27-year-old has given up two runs or less while striking out at least six batters. Now, with a two-start week approaching in Week 11, he should be a popular waiver wire add.

Waldron is lined up to face the Angels on Monday and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, two matchups that could result in a lot of swings and misses on his knuckleball. That's why you should add him now before your league mates do.

Points League Waiver Wire - Deeper Choices

Tylor Megill, New York Mets

Yahoo: 9% ESPN: 3%

The last pitcher I want to talk about here is New York Mets starter Tylor Megill. Megill started off the 2022 campaign with some strong performances and entered May of that season with a 1.93 ERA. However, the right-hander was unable to sustain that success, as he dealt with different injuries.

That strong start has taken place again for Megill after he delivered seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. That dominant performance was only his third start of the year, so there is a small sample size here. But things could be different for the 28-year-old in 2024. We could be seeing a true breakout from the young pitcher. That’s why he is at least worth a waiver wire add in deeper formats.

1) Tylor Megill has been a bright spot for the floundering Mets in his short stint this season, posting a 1.69 ERA and 1.93 FIP in 16.0 IP

He added velocity and has introduced a nasty splitter, aptly named the “American Spork”, inspired by Kodai Senga’s Forkball pic.twitter.com/VOY1jJijtU

— Thomas Nestico (@TJStats) May 31, 2024

His expected batting average against (.196), expected ERA (3.09), strikeout rate (31.3%), and hard-hit rate (36.1%) also all rank particularly well so far this year. Again, it has only been three games, so there isn’t much to go off of it. However, in those three starts, he has looked like a potential long-term fantasy option.

Points League Waiver Wire - More Options

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  • Robert Gasser- 30% rostered
  • Kyle Gibson- 24% rostered
  • Bailey Falter- 12% rostered
  • Spencer Arrighetti- 5% rostered

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Points League Waiver Wire Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 (2024) (2024)


What are fantasy points for baseball pitchers? ›

Pitchers are ranked in order of their Forecaster/Daily Notes projected fantasy points (FPTS), using ESPN's standard scoring system (2 points per win, minus-2 per loss, 3 per inning, 1 per K, minus-1 apiece per hit or walk allowed, minus-2 per earned run allowed).

How does the waiver wire work in fantasy baseball? ›

Waivers put temporary freezes on unclaimed players, giving everyone a chance to make a claim on them. If multiple claims are filed, the manager with the highest waiver priority gets the player. Unclaimed players not on waivers are Free Agents and anyone can add them without waiting.

How many points is a strikeout in fantasy baseball? ›

Type of pointsPoints
Inning Pitched (IP) The pitcher gets 3 batters outs. The pitcher gets 1 point per out3
Strikeout (SO) The pitcher throws three strikes to get a batter out2
Earned Run (ER) Run conceded by the pitcher-3
Hit Allowed (H) When the batter reaches 1st base-1
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What does points league mean in fantasy baseball? ›

Well, in a points league, each statistical category is assigned a point value (think DFS – typically, a single is usually worth one point, a home run is worth four points, etc.), and that's all you care about. Unlike in a rotisserie league, where you get your stats does not matter in a points league.

How many bench players should you have in fantasy baseball? ›

League Structure

Most fantasy managers will draft seven starting pitchers and two closer (pitchers who pitch in close games that earn saves) for their starting pitching lineup. The seven bench spots can consist of any players you desire.

What determines waiver wire order fantasy? ›

Managers are ranked from high to low to determine who wins a waiver claim. The initial priority rank is determined by the league's draft: Live and Autopick Drafts - The last draft position gets 1st rank. Offline Drafts - The last to register gets 1st rank.

How to do waiver wire? ›

Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) Waivers

When you want to add a player from the waiver wire, you submit a blind bid, stating how much of your budget you're willing to spend on that player. The team with the highest bid acquires the player and has the bid amount deducted from their budget.

How does the waiver order work in fantasy baseball ESPN? ›

Once a team is awarded a claim they get moved to the last possible position on the waiver order and everyone else moves up a slot, so if you didn't win your claim at least you're a one rung further up the ladder for next time. FAB waiver order is determined in the same fashion as non-FAB.

How many closers should I have in fantasy baseball? ›

The best way to put yourself in position to get sufficient saves is to use two of your first 10 picks on closers. Many other drafters seem to agree with this approach too. Per ADP, 19 presumptive closers are among the first 150 picks.

What is the max innings pitched in fantasy baseball? ›

Private Leagues - Commissioners can set custom limits in their league's settings. Public Free and Public Prize Leagues - Pitchers have a max usage of 1,400 innings. Whenever a pitcher records an out they're credited with ⅓ of an inning.

What does 5x5 mean in fantasy baseball? ›

5x5 means a roto league with five hitting categories and five pitching categories. You try to finish at the top of the league in as many of those categories as possible. The most common hitting categories are: batting average, runs, RBI, home runs and steals.

How do baseball pitcher stats work? ›

When analyzing a pitcher's statistics, some useful categories include K/9IP (strikeouts per nine innings), K/BB (strikeouts per walk), HR/9 (home runs per nine innings), WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), and OOPS (opponent on-base plus slugging).

How does a pitcher get a win in fantasy baseball? ›

A pitcher receives a win when he is the pitcher of record when his team takes the lead for good -- with a couple rare exceptions. First, a starting pitcher must pitch at least five innings (in a traditional game of nine innings or longer) to qualify for the win.

How do points work in ESPN fantasy baseball? ›

The statistics your positional players generate in their real games are collected, and fantasy points are awarded based on these numbers. The better your players perform, the more fantasy points accrue for your fantasy team. Ultimately, these points determine a winner in seasonal leagues.

How many points is a grand slam in fantasy baseball? ›

To sum up the table above, a solo home run equals six points if you account for the RBI, the run scored, and the total bases. So, a grand slam will equal nine points. Now, in a lot of mock drafts I've done, I'm seeing high-SB guys going much earlier.


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