Fantasy Insight: Doug Fister

Tigers pitcher Doug Fister can finally rest easy as he scooped up the win last night versus the Rangers , his first since June 26th. Marking only his fourth win of the season, Doug Fister has pitched deceivingly well but played for the Mariners the first 1/2+ of the season, equaling negative run support and just as many W’s. Last Saturday, Fister was officially traded to the Tigers, along with reliever David Pauley; in return Mariners receiving pitcher Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, third base prospect Francisco Martinez, and a player to be named later.

Posting a 3.33 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through 21 starts with the Mariners, the trade brings deliverance for the young starter and can only equate to a deeper playoff run for the first place Tigers as Fister fills a huge hole in the rotation for them. Fister gets by with masterful pitch-to-contact control rather than a great strikeout rate and moving to a pitcher friendly venue in Detroit (who can actually score runs)  exponentially raises Fister’s fantasy stock for the remainder of the season.

Thrown into the fire in his first start with his new team, Fister faced the offensive powerhouse Texas Rangers and managed to emerge victorious granting no walks, and striking out not a soul. He faced 29 batters and every single one put the ball in play, with Fister coaxing a staggering 16 ground-ball outs against just seven fly outs.


His trade may have flown under the radar but Fister’s fantasy value should not and if he’s available and you’ve got a spot on the roster, snag and start. Jim Leyland made it clear he isn’t keen on designating a starting pitcher as a No. 1, a No. 5 or anything in between. The Detroit Tigers manager simply wants five reliable starters and Fister fits right in.

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