2014 Fantasy Baseball: Add Jonathon Niese Now

By Bill Pivetz
Jonathon Niese
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As a member of the New York MetsJonathon Niese has been flying under the radar in a lot of fantasy baseball leagues. He is currently ranked as the 45th-best starting pitcher according to ESPN.com’s Player Rater. Niese has a 2.20 ERA and 1.04 WHIP thanks in part to his last three outings. With two starts coming up this week, Niese should be owned in all leagues.

Niese started out the season on the wrong foot. In his first two starts, Niese pitched in 13 innings, allowing 12 hits and five earned runs for a 0-1 record. Since then, Niese has turned it around.  He has allowed just one earned run in each of his last three starts and improved to 2-2 on the season.

The 27-year-old lefty is starting to come into his own. He has much better command on the ball, with only eight walks allowed. Niese pitches twice this week in two winnable games. On Monday, he and the Mets will travel to Florida to take on the Miami Marlins. Then on Sunday at home, the Mets welcome in the Philadelphia Phillies.

Marlins Park is a very pitcher-friendly ballpark, giving Niese an advantage over the home team. While Citizens Bank Park is known to be hitter-friendly, the Phillies aren’t doing much hitting. They are 21st in home runs (22) and 22nd in RBI (109).

Niese can easily finish Week 6 with a 4-2 record. He has been consistently great over his last few starts and should continue this week. Niese is available in over 85 percent of ESPN.com leagues and is worth a stash in deeper formats and even standard 10-team leagues.

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

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