Fister has an 11-7 record and his respectable 3.81 ERA has been somewhat misleading for fantasy owners. Fister started the year with a 2.38 ERA and a flawless 4-0 record in the month of April. However, since the opening month of the season the pitcher has had seven starts in which he has allowed over four earned runs.
In his most recent start, Fister was absolutely rocked. He lasted just five innings in a loss to the Oakland Athletics and had problems staying ahead in the count all game. Now Oakland isn’t exactly stacked offensively, but the team still shelled Fister for seven earned runs and 13 hits.
Fister was throwing the ball all over the strike zone and couldn’t hit any of his targets. It was a mess and that kind of start is not promising heading into the most important fantasy matchup of the season.
Let’s look at his starts this week:
9/2 @ Boston Red Sox
9/8 @ Kansas City Royals
Fister will get two starts next round, but he will be on the road for both games. He will also be facing two red-hot offenses and that alone has to be a warning sign for fantasy owners.
Fister may be on a team with some of the best run-support in baseball, but he is simply too risky to give the nod this scoring period. There are plenty of other options this week, so make sure to look elsewhere in this round of the fantasy playoffs.