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2014 Stats: 2 W, 0.66 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 4 K (13.2 IP)
Let's get this out of the way up front: you're not going to get a ton for Scott Feldman.
He could be considered, however, an enticing secondary piece tacked onto a package deal. Or, frankly, he could be an addition-by-subtraction starter; that is, a pitcher who could hurt you more than help you when he's on your roster, so you should move him to someone else's.
For now, though, Feldman, 31, is the man with the matching—and minuscule—ERA and WHIP (0.66). Also? He's an Astros pitcher with two wins in two starts, which just might make him eligible for some sort of medal. He's done all this, by the way, while having whiffed all four batters, the same number he's walked (and only one more than he's hit!).
Feldman's early success despite such a microscopic strikeout rate is reminiscent of what Jake Westbrook somehow pulled off last April-May, when he went 2-1 with a 1.07 ERA despite striking out just 4.8 per nine innings (Feldman's has a 2.6 K/9 through two starts). After that came the reckoning, as Westbrook's ERA was 6.07 throughout the rest of the year.
This is not to say that Feldman is going to go through the same drastic dropoff, because he actually was fine—even useful—in 2013 (3.86 ERA, 1.18 WHIP split between the Cubs and Orioles). But expecting more than 10-12 wins in total or more than 125 strikeouts overall is wishful thinking. Wins are still a category in most fantasy formats, and strikeouts are a must given how many there are in the game today. You're better off taking a gamble on a higher-risk/higher-reward player.
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