Well, this is it, the final streamers of the 2015 season (cue the Europe)! Yes, once more into the breach, dear friends, as we bid adieu to this fantasy baseball season. Before we dig in to this weekend’s streamers let us take a look at last weekend’s recommended pitchers. I’m not gonna lie; it is gonna be tough topping last weekend’s streamer as the five recommended pitchers went 5-0, with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and a 6.81 K/9. Sure the K/9 could have been higher, but it is plenty fine when paired with the rest of those numbers. They weren’t all gems, there were ins and, well, a what have you…
|Rich Hill||Red Sox||9||2||1||0||10||W|
|Carlos Rodon||White Sox||6||5||5||2||4||W|
|What Have You|
Alright, dem’s the apps, now onto your last main course of streamers for 2015…
Henry Owens, Red Sox (at Indians) – Yes, yes the FIPpials point to some regression in ERA for young Henry, but for now, it either has to happen in this game or next season. My money is on next season, and I will tell you why! I mean why wouldn’t I tell you? It is kind of my job here after all. Okay, well two of his last three starts have been quality which, I understand, won’t blow you away, but he has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last four starts. Bit more enticing, yeah? Overall, Owens has only allowed more than three earned runs in three of his ten starts so far, so there’s that. Also, this start is on the road where Owens has yet to allow more than three earned runs any one time out. On the road, Owens has (albeit in a miniscule-like sample size) a 1.99 ERA and a 2.83 FIP, so right now this is my main reason for liking the southpaw on Friday.
(19.1% owned in ESPN, 13% owned in Yahoo!)
Erasmo Ramirez, Rays (vs. Blue Jays) – Somewhat conducive on the Blue Jays clinching the AL East prior to this matchup, but only somewhat. Erasmo has rattled off three consecutive quality starts, allowing only four runs over his last 21.2 innings. Now granted, the Jays can hit baseballs pretty darned well and Erasmo has not made his way out the fifth inning in any of his three starts against Toronto. Silver lining here (if you really look for it) is that Erasmo only gave up one run in each of his last two starts against the team from the Great White North. Plus, as I sort of alluded to at the start of this paragraph, some Jays starters may be resting come Friday if they are already your 2015 AL East champs. Erasmo has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four home starts either, so stick that in your respective craws! Sorry, that was aggressive. Anyways, if you need some fantasy goodness, go ahead and get Erasmotivated!
(26.6% owned in ESPN, 31% owned in Yahoo!)
Jake Peavy, Padres (vs. Rockies) – Looks like Jake is gonna fall short of my preseason prediction and not be owned in more than half of all ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. I am not making excuses, but there was an injury in there that kind of mucked thing up for me, and I guess more importantly, Jake. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but since rejoining the abled list, Peavy has been pretty darned good. Since that time, Peavy has made 16 starts; ten have been quality, and in only four did he allow more than three earned runs. Not to mention Peavers is especially cruising right now with four straight quality starts, and he missed making it five by just a third of an inning. I don’t even care that the Rockies are hitting well lately; Peavy was my Streamy McStreamerson before the season began, so I am gonna ride him to the end! Okay, that could have possibly been phrased better, but you know what I mean.
(33.0% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!)
Erik Johnson, White Sox (vs. Tigers) – Erik only has five starts in 2015, but he has not allowed more than three runs in nary a one of them! Sample size is small for sure, but it’s what we have, so roll with it, will ya? The FIPpials point to that 3.45 ERA being wildly unsustainable, but we just need him to hold it together for one more start in 2015, right? Right. Now, while overall the FIPpials have pointed to some possibly wild luck, in Johnson’s one start against the Tigers his FIP was 3.31 as he threw six solid innings, allowing just two runs and striking out nine. Anything can happen in the final weekend, but I am leaning towards E.J. in this one.
(15.0% owned in ESPN, 6% owned in Yahoo!)
Adam Conley, Marlins (at Phillies) – Conley is just starting to get on people’s fantasy radars as the season closes. So sad. Well, I mean Conley is still not on a lot of people’s radars (judging by the ownership percentages), but I’m splitting hairs here. Anyways, Conley has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last seven starts and will try to end his 2015 campaign with four consecutive quality starts. Barely standing in the way of that task are the Phillies. The Phillies have had hitting issues quite a bit this season and I have fully documented that several hundred times (hyperbole alert!) in this very space. Well, they are crawling to the finish line and Conley already has two high quality starts against the Phils this season. In each of those starts Conley went six innings and allowed one run on three hits. Quite frankly, it’s a bit uncanny. I won’t predict a third straight outing against Philly with those numbers, but a quality start should be on the table come Sunday.
(22.6% owned in ESPN, 11% owned in Yahoo!)
Nick Tropeano, Angels (at Rangers) – Tropeano has a 3.82 ERA – which is nothing to really write home about, but he has a FIP of 2.61. None too shabby, right? Of course Tropie’s xFIP is 3.65, but that is still respectable. Nick has only allowed more than three runs in two of his seven starts this season and more than four runs in just one of those starts. Sure that is less impressive when you hear Tropeano only went more than six innings in three of his seven starts, but look, this is the last day of the regular season and there is not much streaming to be had, so let’s focus on the good, shall we? More good is that Tropie strikes out more than a batter an inning, so he could get you some cheap Ks on Sunday. Plus, maybe the Rangers have their playoff fates locked up and rest a few guys making it all the better for Nicky T. Yeah this is kind of out on a limb, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
(4.0% owned in ESPN, 1% owned in Yahoo!)
Folks, it has been a pleasure streaming with you again this year. Thanks for putting up with my so-called “humor” all season, and make sure to keep reading your Fantasy Assembly all year round!
Alright, that is all. Go on, get outta, go stream!
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