If you're into streaming pitchers or simply have a hole to fill in your lineup, Scott White has 10 recommendations for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 85 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They're no substitute for some of the universally rostered pitchers, of course, but these are the best you'll be able to do off the waiver wire.
All information is up to date as of Sunday afternoon.
Josiah Gray SP
WAS Washington • #40 • Age: 26
Gray has turned his season around by upping his breaking ball use, but he leaned on his fastball more in his latest start and still dominated. With a 2.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 in his past six starts, he's looking like a must-start in a two-start week.
Jon Gray SP
TEX Texas • #22 • Age: 32
Now free from the thin air of Colorado, Gray is getting more movement on his slider, and it's beginning to show up in the results. The Athletics are basically running a Triple-A lineup out there, so he should make easy work of them.
ARI Arizona • #29 • Age: 35
Kelly is sort of the ultimate streamer pitcher, generally good for a quality outing but rarely dominant. His matchups this week are shaky (Giants and Padres), but hey, there's two of them.
NYM N.Y. Mets • #23 • Age: 28
Peterson has made better use of his slider in recent starts, his whiff rate spiking as a result. He's coming off a shaky outing at Cincinnati, which might make you nervous about his upcoming start against the Braves, but both them and his second opponent (Cubs) are vulnerable to strikeouts.
Jose Urquidy SP
HOU Houston • #65 • Age: 28
Urquidy is riding a streak of five straight quality starts, including three with just one run allowed. He still has his vulnerabilities, but they're unlikely to sink him against an Athletics offense that ranks second-to-last in runs scored.
Zach Plesac SP
LAA L.A. Angels • #34 • Age: 29
Plesac had his streak of seven straight quality starts snapped Sunday. He had put together a 2.14 ERA during that stretch but also averaged just 6.9 K/9. He was performing over his head, clearly, but I'd still bet on him beginning a new streak this week against a Tigers offense that ranks dead last in runs scored.
Chris Flexen SP
CHW Chi. White Sox • #77 • Age: 29
Flexen's overall numbers are lackluster, but he has been fairly steady over his past eight starts, allowing no more than three earned runs in any of them for a 3.09 ERA. It feels like it could all come crashing down at any moment, but with two starts this week, including a particularly favorable one at the Nationals, he's worth a roll of the dice.
Nick Lodolo SP
CIN Cincinnati • #40 • Age: 26
Lodolo sizzled in his first start back from the IL, showing all the bat-missing potential you'd expect from a top prospect. It came against the Mets, which is part of the reason I might risk using him against a Cardinals offense that rates similarly. He'd rank higher with a better matchup, of course.
Josh Winder RP
MIN Minnesota • #74 • Age: 27
Winder hasn't been missing bats like he was earlier in the year, before losing time to a shoulder impingement, but the results have remained decent. With a roster rate of only 16 percent, he's almost certainly available in your league and has a particularly favorable matchup against the White Sox in a two-start week. I have to throw one in for the deep leaguers, right?
Alex Cobb SP
SF San Francisco • #38 • Age: 36
A couple of IL stints have prevented Cobb from finding a rhythm, but the underlying numbers remain excellent, good for a 2.79 xFIP and 2.70 xERA. It's why you shouldn't completely dismiss him in a week when he's scheduled for two starts, including one against the Diamondbacks.