Morton looking like vintage self after slow start

Chris Crawford analyzes Charlie Morton's recent improvement and why managers should scoop him from the fantasy waiver wire if available.

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CHRIS CRAWFORD: Charlie Morton has been one of the more consistent starting options over the past few years. But fantasy managers had to wonder over the first few months of the campaign, whether or not Morton had finally lost his relevance at his age 38 seasons. Over his first 12 starts of the year, the veteran had an era of 5.67, but to say things have improved since the middle of June is the understatement of understatements.

Over his last five outings, Morton has gone seven innings in four of those, while allowing no more than two runs and striking out 42 hitters against eight walks. That seen his era drop to 4.21, and there's reason to believe there's going to be more good than bad over the final half of the year. He still generates as much spin on his stuff as the overwhelming majority of hurlers, and is whiff and strikeout percentages are still well above average as well.

He's been mediocre at avoiding hard contact, but so much of that is based on his struggles early in the year. These numbers continue to climb as the season gets deeper. He may not be the same pitcher as the year before, but the word version we have seen from Morton over the last few weeks suggests he will be an outstanding option going forward. Go get him if he's still available.