Field of Streams; Week 11 Weekday Streamers

Field of Streams logoWhelp, another week of streamers are in the books – that along with one third of the fantasy season. I know, where does the time go. With those two months gone we’ll start to see teams make changes to their roster, weeding out the dead weight for new and exciting young players. Good news for all you streamers out there as we’ll soon have a new crop of under-owned pitchers to tout in this space.

Before we get to the new blood, there is a small matter of last week’s streamers. Last week’s seven pitchers went 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 6.54 K/9. Overall not bad, but those few outs really skew what would have been a terrific week. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look for yourself at the Ins, Outs and What Have Yous…

Ins IP H BB ER K W/L
Tyler Chatwood
Rockies
8 1 4 1 5 W
Juan Nicasio
Pirates 5 3 2 1 7 W
Miguel Gonzalez
White Sox
6 3 0 1 5 W
Martin Perez
Rangers 6 4 4 2 2 W
Outs
Williams Perez
Braves 4.1 7 0 6 2 L
Jesse Hahn
Athletics 3.2 8 2 4 1 L
What have you  
Nate Karns
Mariners 4.1 2 5 1 5 ND
Total 37.1 28 17 16 27 4-2-1

Now that the appetizers have been served; on to the main course.

MONDAY

Chase Anderson, Brewers (@ Giants) – Chase Anderson may also be worth a go to start the week. Yes, Chase has been frustrating this season, but he has allowed more than two runs just once over his last six starts, and over his last three starts he has only allowed two runs…total. The xFIP of 4.20 doesn’t point to the ace like performances necessarily continuing, but his FIP in those last three games was under four so, better lucky than good, sometimes.

The Giants are not exactly crushing the ball right now (26th in runs scored, 29th in batting average, last in OBP in June), plus San Fran is pitcher friendly which certainly doesn’t hurt. I like Chase slightly less than Suarez here, but in a pinch he could be a sneaky good stream.
5.4% owned in ESPN, 7% owned in Yahoo!

Albert Suarez was originally listed here, but the Giants will now activate Matt Cain from the Disabled list and he will start Monday’s game sending Suarez back to the bullpen. Since this is a last-minute curveball, I took a quick look at the remaining potential streams for Monday and there are a few you might want to consider.

  1. R.A. Dickey has been somewhat solid over his last three starts and faces a weak hitting Phillies team.
  2. Matt Boyd against the While Sox is a dart throw given his limited track record, but the Sox have been struggling so it’s something to consider.
  3. Jered Weaver has been either halfway decent or really bad, so this start is more about the quality of the opponent than the pitcher. I’m not a Weaver fan, but I don’t fear the Twins offense.

Monday streams are thin and while I can’t fully endorse the above players, they do represent the best remaining options should you need a stream today.

TUESDAY

Brandon Finnegan, Reds (@ Braves) – I think it is pretty common knowledge that the Braves are very much a team to stream against. Their offense is, well, let’s just say not good. They rank last in most offensive categories, so really any pitcher that is pitching halfway decent should put up good numbers against them (more often than not). But, in the off-chance you are looking for a bit more, well, Brandon Finnegan has thrown a quality start in three of his last four starts, allowing two or fewer runs in those quality starts – so he’s got that going for him, which is nice. Granted, the FIP and xFIP point to future regression, but in the here and now – it’s the Braves!
11.5% owned in ESPN, 11% owned in Yahoo!

Martin Perez, Rangers (@ Athletics) – Yes, I realize the advanced statistics make it seem like Perez’s current 3.22 ERA is not sustainable, but deserved or not, the job is getting done. Perez has only allowed more than three earned runs in two of his 13 starts this season, and 10 of his starts have been quality. I also realize that one of those starts where he gave up more than three runs was in Oakland, but he still went seven innings in that one and only allowed four, so it’s not like the Athletics tattooed him or anything. Plus, the Athletics have been struggling a bit offensively as only four teams have scored fewer runs than Oakland these last two weeks, so I think Perez is still good to go.
15.2% owned in ESPN, 12% owned in Yahoo!



WEDNESDAY

Anthony DeSclafini, Reds (@ Braves) – Boy, the Braves do tend to make this job easy for me, don’t they? Yes, I understand this will only be Tony D’s second start after coming off the DL, and as I type this the first start has not happened, but I don’t care. I would like DeSclafini in decent matchups regardless of his opponent. The ERA was a shade over four last season, but the FIP show that he’s probably capable of an ERA in the mid-to-high threes. Those numbers scream streamer, and facing the Braves is just the icing on the cake. I am writing this before he takes the hill for the first time this season, but I don’t even care about the results of that outing because, say it with me now…”it’s the Braves”.
14.7% owned in ESPN, 25% owned in Yahoo!

Junior Guerra, Brewers (@ Giants) – Well, if you looked at Chase Anderson you would know that the Giants offense is not at its peak right now – putting things mildly. Fortunately we don’t need to focus too much on those things, since Junior has been doing a decent a job in his own right. Guerra has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts, and four of those starts have been quality. Over Guerra’s last five starts he has a 2.67 ERA with a 3.52 FIP and 3.96 xFIP – all numbers that are playable for our purposes. Plus, over those five starts he is striking out almost a batter an inning, which I especially like. All in all, I’d say rolling with Junior will get you some fantasy goodness.
17.4% owned in ESPN, 14% owned in Yahoo!

THURSDAY

Bartolo Colon, Mets (vs Pirates) – Bartolo certainly isn’t flashy, and while he may not always get you an ace-like outing, he’ll rarely kill your team numbers. In fact, Colon has only allowed more than three earned runs in one of his twelve starts this season. He also hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last four starts, and when  something the size of Bartolo gets rolling, well…. look out! It also doesn’t hurt that the Pirates have been in the bottom third of the league in ISO and wOBA over the past couple of weeks. Colon carries a low implodability factor with him, and I think at the very least you get a quality start from him here.
27.5% owned in ESPN, 32% owned in Yahoo!

Matt Andriese, Rays (vs Mariners) – It’s kind of hard to ignore a starter with a sub-three ERA, isn’t it? Well, the FIP is close to the ERA, but the xFIP and SIERRA are closer to four, so I think you can expect some decent regression in the future. That being said, this start is at home where he still has the sub-three ERA, but also carries a 3.69 xFIP. Over his last three starts his xFIP has been 3.07 which is darned good…. Darned good, folks! The Mariners are hitting the ball pretty good in June, but I think home sweet home will help give Matty the edge (and a quality start) in this one.
42.5% owned in ESPN, 46% owned in Yahoo!

Editors Note: it was announced today that Blake Snell will be recalled and start Thursdays game against the Mariners. Feel free to stream him instead of Andriese who will be shifted to the bullpen.

 

That’s all I got, go on, get out of here, go stream!

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Will loves numbers & baseball, so it is no surprise that he has been addicted to fantasy baseball for over two decades. That’s right, Will was playing fantasy baseball since before the internet provided up to the minute stats and standings and you had to get your hands inky checking box scores in the newspaper.
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