The hottest waiver wire pickup in fantasy baseball this past week was easily Milwaukee Brewers SP Mike Fiers. In one week, he went from being owned in less than 1% of ESPN fantasy leagues to being owned in 60% of leagues. Fantasy fans were literally tripping over themselves to add the 29-year-old control specialist off the waiver wire.
Fiers has now won three straight starts for the Brew Crew. He has thrown over 100 pitches in each start and has lasted at least six innings. The right-hander owns a sizzling 0.86 ERA over that stretch as well. He is truly throwing gem after gem.
His best start of the year was against the Chicago Cubs last week. He pitched six shutout innings in the victory, while allowing only three hits and fanning 14 batters. He has now fanned 25 batters in 21 innings of work and has quietly developed into a strikeout pitcher.
Fiers started out in the bullpen this season, but he has shined since taking the hill as a starter. The veteran has emerged as a legitimate fantasy starter and will be worth a roster spot for the playoff push. Now he will eventually come down to earth, but he will still do enough to warrant a spot as a SP6 or SP7 for the rest of the 2014 season.