Picking up strikeout pitchers off the free-agent wire is an effective way to turn a mediocre fantasy team into a good one.
As ESPN's Matthew Berry pointed out, the best way to improve your team midseason is to focus on the counting stats, especially on the pitching side.
A savvy owner will load up on starting pitchers, who contribute to four of the five pitching categories, and minimize his relievers, who really only help with saves.
Since starting pitchers only play once every five games, a team with lots of starters can rotate the players through the starting lineup to maximize production. More starts equals more chances at wins and more strikeouts while not necessarily impacting ERA and WHIP.
The strikeout-to-walk ratio is a stat I'll zero in on—a two- or three-to-one ratio is a sign of good command. Combined with a high ERA, a strong ratio is often an indicator of bad luck that could easily turn around soon.
Here are 10 widely available pitchers than can help your team rise in the standings.