The fantasy season is winding down, making how you stream of the utmost importance. You will need to be very careful choosing your streamers, but lucky for you, you have me. Let’s just see how you would have fared using last week’s streamers.
The five streamers from this spot, last week, went 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a 6.82 K/9. Dem’s some highly decent numbers. Now, before we take a look at who I think will get you some more highly decent numbers in this upcoming week, let’s check the Ins, Outs and What Have Yous of last week…
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Alright, you got your apps, let us get to the main course!
Jon Gray, Rockies (vs. Giants) – I never really stepped off the Jon Gray bandwagon, but for a short time I was not as all in on him as I once was. The good news is he is back doing good things for fantasy owners across the globe. His last two starts have been quality, as he has allowed just two runs to cross the plate over his last 12 innings. In those two starts he has a scary good 13.50 K/9 and a 2.15 FIP. So, yeah, Gray has been working it, and even more of a plus is not only the fact the Giants are something of a middling offense this season, but Gray already tossed a gem against them in 2016. How much of a gem, you ask? Well, how’s seven scoreless innings of one hit ball with two walks and five strikeouts grab ya? It grabbed me pretty darned good!
35.4% owned in ESPN, 35% owned in Yahoo!
Jerad Eickhoff, Phillies (at Marlins) – This is not Jerad’s first time in the Field of Streams, and with good reason as he has been generally serviceable. I know that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but he is still a streamer, after all! Eickhoff has allowed more than three earned runs in just three of his last nine starts, and a 4.09 FIP on the season points to that aforementioned general serviceability. So, he is not necessarily always a good start, but against the Marlins? You bet he is! The Marlins have not been so great at the plate of late. Over the past two weeks only the Phillies have scored fewer runs than the Fish. On top of that, Eickhoff’s last start in Miami saw him allow one run over seven innings while striking out eight. The way it’s going for the Marlins, I think a similar outing should be in order.
26.4% owned in ESPN, 46% owned in Yahoo!
Ryan Vogelsong, Pirates (vs. Cardinals) – Every single time I put Ryan Vogelsong in this space, I have to mention that I am not now, nor have I every really been, a fan of his work. But, you know what; sometimes the matchup dictates streaming him. This is kind of one of those matchups. Vogs has allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last six starts. Over his last seven starts he has a 3.25 ERA and a 4.28 FIP, so a nice ERA and a serviceable FIP. Now the Cardinals have actually had some minor difficulties scoring runs recently, which I think bodes well for Ryan. He also has a 2.55 ERA at home which I guess tips the scale a bit more in his favor, right? Still a bit of my gut going here, but I think a quality start is in the cards against the, um, Cards. What? Like you didn’t see that coming?
11.0% owned in ESPN, 16% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Giants) – Much like his aforementioned teammate, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson looks to be righting the ship a bit with just two runs allowed over his last two starts (11.1 innings). Anderson also has 15 strikeouts over those last two starts which is a better pace than the nice 8.26 K/9 he is posting on the season. Anderson’s lone start against the Giants this season was quality, but not, you know, overwhelmingly great. I think a quality, but not spectacular, start will be what you get from Anderson against the Giants once again.
20.4% owned in ESPN, 19% owned in Yahoo!
Alex Reyes, Cardinals (@ Pirates) – It’s only been two starts thus far, but Reyes has looked good in both. Over those two starts Reyes has allowed just three runs over 10.2 innings and posted a quality start last time out. He has a 2.77 FIP and has struck out just over a batter an inning as a starter which is pretty good. The sample size is small, so we shouldn’t be reading too much into it, but against the Pirates I expect those good numbers to continue since, you know, the Buccos have been suckos at the plate lately. Okay, that was harsh and rude, but the Pirates have not been great offensively, lately. Over the most recent fortnight they are 26th in wOBA and 25th in both ISO and runs scored, so I think Reyes has an excellent shot at a quality start in this one.
32.9% owned in ESPN, 38% owned in Yahoo!
Jeremy Hellickson, Phillies (@ Marlins) – Although Hellboy’s last couple of starts have been less than stellar, I love his chances against the Marlins. Hellcat has faced the Fish four times already this season, and his last three have been quality. Hellickson just missed all four being quality starts by a third of an inning. His ERA and WHIP in four starts against the Marlins is 2.13 and 0.87, so it appears that Jeremy Hellickson, not Jeffrey Loria, that owns them, am I right? Okay, well, what I am saying is give yourself Hell…ickson this week as a streamer.
43.2% owned in ESPN, 49% owned in Yahoo!
Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies (@ Padres) – Good ol’ Jorge has allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his last eight starts, and over those eight starts he has posted a 3.04 ERA. In fact, in five of those last eight starts he has allowed two or fewer earned runs, helping the ERA of those fantasy owners savvy enough to take a chance on him. Okay, the FIP is over 4.61, so it’s not all puppies and rainbows, but this matchup is against the Padres. It’s no secret that the Padres don’t exactly sport the heftiest of offenses; over the last couple of weeks the Padres have scored more runs than just three other major league teams, so I think Jorge should be set for some fantasy goodness in San Diego.
5.5% owned in ESPN, 4% owned in Yahoo!
Joe Musgrove, Astros (@ Indians) – The Joe Musgrove experience has been a mini rollercoaster ride thus far. There were two quality starts followed by two not so quality starts. And now Musgrove is coming off a nice outing against Oakland where he threw five and a third scoreless innings while striking out seven batters. Seems like you just have to find the right matchups, and now I will tell you why the Indians are just that. Over the past couple of weeks, the Tribe are 21st in wOBA, 24th in ISO and 26th in runs scored, making them ripe for the plucking – or at least the streaming.
27.7% owned in ESPN, 30% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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