Deep league pitching options on a budget

On Thursday's edition of Fantasy Baseball Today, Scott White and I focused on a few of the pitchers we liked from the list of Most Viewed players in leagues. I've been among the many owners who have been looking into Chris Capuano, who has enjoyed some success since joining the Yankees' rotation less than two weeks ago.

The veteran lefty initially appeared to be a bad fit to pitch in the AL East, but he has mitigated his flyball tendencies in his three starts for the Yankees, and he has improved his command as well. Capuano is a two-start pitcher in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17), facing the Orioles and Rays on the road, yet he is still owned in just 6 percent of our leagues. In FAAB leagues, he could probably be acquired for a minimal bid.

If Capuano is already spoken for in your AL-only league, it's worth taking a flier on Carlos Carrasco or Trevor May. Carrasco is already scheduled to start for the Indians this Sunday, and May could be up for the Twins by the end of the week as well. Neither is guaranteed a rotation spot over the long haul, but each has the potential to make a small investment pay off.

Owners in NL-only leagues don't have the same quality of options, but David Buchanan and Brad Penny could be there for the taking. Buchanan is slated for a two-start week, and he has been doing a nice job of keeping walks and extra-base hits to a minimum over his last six starts for the Phillies, posting a 3.16 ERA in the process. After a decade-long hiatus from the Marlins, Penny could be back in their rotation as soon as Saturday, and if Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) needs a long DL stint, he could stick around. Penny hasn't been a reliable starter in Fantasy for several years, but he has performed well in Triple-A and could be worth a low-cost gamble.

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Al Melchior has been playing Fantasy Baseball since 1994, getting his start in the Southern Maryland Anthropomorphic Baseball League (SMABL). He has been writing about Fantasy Baseball since 2000, getting... Full Bio

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