Why no love for R.A. Dickey, Mets staff?

Updated: July 20, 2011, 4:17 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
As a fantasy owner, knuckleball pitchers scare me, and apparently that's the case for many other fantasy owners as well, because New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey is owned in a mere 4.7 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) leagues despite being pretty good over the past month. Sure, Dickey has just one win in the past 30 days -- he is, after all, on the Mets -- but his 2.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 34 innings stack up well otherwise. They also look a lot like his fine, underrated 2010 work.

Dickey is slated to start tonight on Wednesday Night Baseball against Kyle McClellan -- you don't want this converted reliever anymore -- and the St. Louis Cardinals, and as spot starters go, I'd call the knuckleballer a pretty good one. Dickey is only 1-6 at home, but I rarely look at records; his home WHIP for the season is a cool 1.19, which is more telling for future performance. Perhaps a little luck -- and run support -- would help.