The 2012 National League CY Young Award Winner has been absolutely atrocious this fantasy season. The knuckleballer currently has a 5-7 record and an even worse 4.66 ERA through 83 innings of work. He also has a 1.31 WHIP and has seen more batters trot around the bases than head back to the dugout.
It is a far cry from the 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA Dickey had with the New York Mets in 2012. His knuckle ball was picture perfect for the majority of last season, as the journeyman put together perhaps the best season of any knuckleball pitcher. However, this season he simply doesn’t have the same command over baseball’s most unpredictable pitch.
Dickey may look like he is finally settling down, as he just pitched 8.1 scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants earlier this week. However, in the two starts before that Dickey allowed 12 earned runs on 20 hits and four walks. He has simply been far too erratic to start on a regular basis.
He has also been unable to keep the knuckleball from floating up in the strike zone and when that happens it tends to leave the ballpark in a hurry. He has given up 12 home runs through just 13 starts this season, which is on pace to be much higher than the 24 he allowed over 34 appearances in 2012.
Dickey is still worth a roster spot in all fantasy formats, but he in no way deserves to be started while he is pitching so inconsistently.