This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This is the last in my series of potential fantasy trades.
This week, I will feature starting pitchers. Without question, starters are the most unpredictable fantasy players to manage. We have to be aware of injury potential. We have to factor in home park advantages and disadvantages. And in many leagues, we have to know the tendencies of the field mangers. Will he let his pitcher get out of his own jams? Will he let him go five innings to get a win? How about six innings for a quality start?
Managers don't look at pitching the same way we do. They worry about practical matters. We worry about fantasy categories.
The pitchers below could help offer you depth for your roster. None is a likely Cy Young Award candidate, making most of them available for trade. Expect five innings a start, and hope for more.
Dane Dunning, RHP, Rangers
Rotation Slot: 5th
Dunning was part of the horrible deal the Nationals made when they traded Dunning, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to the Chicago White Sox for Adam Eaton. Then the White Sox traded Dunning to the Rangers for veteran Lance Lynn.
While I believe in Lynn, in the long run, Dunning may have been a steal. This guy can pitch.
He was worn out last year with the White Sox. Having just returned from Tommy John surgery, Dunning ran out of gas, but was still used too often down the stretch.