2014 Fantasy Baseball: Scott Feldman is a Player to Watch

By Bill Pivetz
Scott Feldman
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Scott Feldman has found new life as a member of the Houston Astros. After years with the Texas Rangers and making a pit stop in Chicago and Baltimore, Feldman is pitching the best he’s ever pitched in his career.

In three starts, Feldman has allowed just one earned run. In 20.2 innings and, he has a 0.44 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP with a 2-0 record. While he isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher, he has just seven on the year, Feldman has a young defense behind him to field any batted ball.

In 2013 with the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles, his 3.86 ERA was his best since debuting in 2005. If Feldman continues his hot start, there’s no doubt he’ll have a new career high. Switching from the National League to the American League East hurt Feldman’s numbers, but not by much.

In Feldman’s three starts, he’s defeated some quality offenses in the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers. Feldman’s next start on Thursday will be against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are one of the worst offenses in all of baseball. There are 18th in batting average (.243), 30th in home runs (four) and 28th in RBI (40). If Feldman can pitch like he has against the previous starts, then a 3-0 record with a sub-0.40 ERA is very likely.

Feldman is still available in over 45 percent of ESPN.com leagues. He’s a great option in deeper leagues. In smaller, 10-team leagues, Feldman is a great source for ERA and WHIP in roto leagues. Right now, Feldman is someone to start every chance you get. Once he starts to slip, then Feldman becomes a great streaming options against lower-quality opponents.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.

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