With the fantasy baseball season winding down, owners are looking to make a late surge for the playoffs by scouring the waiver wire for a flash in the pan. The one player owners should be targeting to pick up is Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers.
Fiers is in his fourth year with the Brewers, but it’s just now that he is getting the respect he deserves. With Matt Garza out for longer than 15 days, Fiers will get a few more opportunities to earn himself a rotation spot next season.
Fiers had a great outing last week, going six innings with three hits, one walk and 14 strikeouts. It would have been a better start if he was able to keep his pitch count down. If he was able to make it through eight innings, he could have gotten 20 strikeouts.
Over the last 15 days, Fiers ranks 6.95 on the ESPN Player Rater. Fiers ranks ahead of Doug Fister and Felix Hernandez. He doesn’t have starting pitcher eligibility just yet, so if you play in a league where relievers and starters are separate, be careful. Don’t drop a top closer for him, but if you picked up a set-up man, then drop him for Fiers.
Fiers next start will be Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are fourth in team batting average and slugging percentage. Miller Park is a hitter-friendly park, which could hurt Fiers facing a dangerous Toronto lineup.
Fantasy owners are already taking note on Fiers. He is owned in just over 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues, with a huge increase of 49.8 percent. Fiers can help you in a few categories, like strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. If you are close to a playoff spot and have the roster spot available, then take a chance on him.