There's no replacement for a high-end hurler, of course, but if you're looking to stream pitchers, you've come to the right place. Scott White has 10 recommendations for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. Most likely, they're the best you'll find off the waiver wire.
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All information is up to date as of Sunday afternoon.
James Paxton SP
BOS Boston • #65 • Age: 34
It's taken some time for Fantasy Baseballers to come back around to 34-year-old Paxton, but his roster rate has risen to a point that he just barely qualifies for this list. If you still have a chance to buy in, you'll want to take advantage of his two-start week against the road-bound Rockies and the Aaron Judge-less Yankees.
Bailey Ober SP
MIN Minnesota • #17 • Age: 28
Ober is a WHIP machine who has actually seen his whiffs go up in recent starts. His matchup against the Brewers this week isn't the sort that should scare you away.
MIN Minnesota • #37 • Age: 25
Varland had his first misstep against a relentless Rays lineup early in the week and then another stumble against the Blue Jays over the weekend. But he figures to get back on track in Week 12 against the bottom-ranked Tigers offense.
CLE Cleveland • #41 • Age: 25
Allen had been trending up lately with three straight quality starts to drop his ERA below 3.00, but then he encountered some difficulties against the Astros over the weekend. He's still worth using in Week 12 against a Padres lineup that remains a surprisingly favorable matchup.
ATL Atlanta • #62 • Age: 20
A.J. Smith-Shawver looked capable in his first major-league start Friday, striking out just two but allowing no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old still has much to prove after speeding through basically the entire minor-league system this year, but you can feel good about using him against a bad Tigers lineup in Week 12.
Reese Olson SP
DET Detroit • #45 • Age: 24
Armed with a slider that he spins at 3,000 rpm, Olson was overpowering in his final two minor-league starts and was solid enough in his first two major-league starts (one, technically, since the other followed an opener). It makes him a tempting choice with two starts this week even though the matchups could be better.
LAA L.A. Angels • #43 • Age: 26
Sandoval is coming off two of his worst starts of the season, but the majority have been decent enough, just underwhelming in terms of strikeouts and length. Against a Royals lineup that ranks in the bottom three in runs scored, he should fare well enough.
Dane Dunning SP
TEX Texas • #33 • Age: 28
Dunning has looked a little more vulnerable in recent starts, which were spaced out more because of his paternity leave. He still boasts a 2.52 ERA overall, though, so we should continue to show him deference in a two-start week.
LAA L.A. Angels • #47 • Age: 27
Canning continued his good work over the weekend, giving him four strong starts in a row thanks in large part to fading his fastball. His matchup at Kansas City this week is the most favorable he's had during that stretch.
Dean Kremer SP
BAL Baltimore • #64 • Age: 27
Kremer is fairly combustible, but he's capable of going six when he's on and is backed by a good lineup and bullpen. He'll have two chances to secure you a win this week if you don't mind accepting the ERA and WHIP risk.