Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was able to stretch out his pitch count to 82 while working five scoreless innings Sunday against the Astros. The plan was to try to get to 85 pitches, so he came close enough.
A year ago this time, the 39-year-old Dickey was the reigning Cy Young winner and a borderline top-10 fantasy SP. His first go-round in Toronto didn't go all that smoothly (4.21 ERA), but his second half was proof that he's got something left: 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.0 K/9. - Jason Catania
R.A. Dickey knows he has a heavy workload ahead of him this season, and that's one reason why his spring is off to such a busy start. Dickey threw 65 pitches over the course of four innings vs. the Phillies on Tuesday night. It was just his second outing, but Dickey's already a full inning beyond what any other Toronto pitcher is throwing at this time of the year.
Dickey remains in the impact performers category because his 1.24 WHIP suggests he was a little unlucky and because 185 strikeouts from the game's best knuckleballer isn't a stretch. Dickey will have a new battery mate this season, and it will be interesting to see how these guys click. I am confident Dickey bounces back this season, and that's why I'm targeting him in rounds six thru eight in a 12-team format. - Paul Bonfiglio
Dickey's first Toronto year was a letdown: 14 wins, 4.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 177 strikeouts. The ratios did get better in the second half, if that matters to you. If you can't find a similarly-priced pitcher with a better upside, you're not looking hard enough. - Scott Pianowski