Week 23 Pitcher:
Mike Fiers (Owned in 34.8% of ESPN Fantasy leagues)
The only place where fantasy owners can trust Fiers to pitch decently is in a pitchers park. This is a pitcher who gives up an average of 1.5 home runs per nine innings, his highest total since a short-sampled 2013.
The soft-tossing right-hander has had some trouble in 2016. In 25 appearances, Fiers has a 4.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He is also at his lowest strikeout per nine innings average since 2013.
This is not a very good combination going into a very important week for the team as a whole. However, Fires has already had two starts at O.Co Coliseum this season. In his 10.2 innings of work, he gave up eight earned runs on 12 hits and three walks. Those are not good numbers, but what really stands out is that he only has given up one home run in those 10.2 innings. Also, his strikeout numbers are much higher, striking out 10.
In his last seven outings, Fiers has been much better. He has a 3-2 record with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 42.1 innings.
Although he may still be on his way out, Fiers has time to prove to the front office that he deserves starting consideration. A stellar end to 2016 would warrant that. This is a perfect game for him to start that.
**Statistics provided by Baseball Reference and MLB.com**