The season is winding now, so very little streaming left to be had. It’s okay, I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, and there is still streaming ahead of for some of us. But before we look ahead, let’s look back to last week’s streamers.
The seven streamers recommended in this space last week went 0-3, with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, and an 8.25 K/9. It could have been worse; some shoddy defense negated seven would be runs. There were was some good, some bad, and of course some Ins, Outs and What Have Yous..
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Alright, now that I have whet your appetite, let us get to the main course…
Martin Perez, Rangers (vs. Angels) – Earlier in the season Perez was a streaming delight, rattling off quality starts left and right. There was a bit of a regression – that we certainly saw coming, but now he has rattled off three straight quality starts. His ground ball rate has been 50% or above in his last three starts as well, which has seemed to be a big factor in him producing some fantasy goodness. Now his last start against the Halos was not so good, but his two starts prior to that against the Angels were both quality. More good news is the Angels are struggling to score runs. No team has scored fewer runs than the Angels over the past two weeks, so I like Marty for a quality start.
12.1% owned in ESPN, 12% owned in Yahoo!
A.J. Cole, National (@ Marlins) – Yes, the ERA, FIP and xFIP are in the high fours, but let’s not look at A.J.’s entire body of work in 2016. No, no, let’s look at his last start instead. The last start didn’t provide fantasy greatness as he allowed three earned over five innings, but there’s a bit more to it than that. He induced ground balls at a 50% rate and struck out six helping achieve a sub-two FIP. Obviously one start does not a trend make, but the ground ball rate has been above 45% in his last two starts and he struck out 14 over ten innings. Those are things that should soon translate into fantasy goodness sooner than later. In fact, could be as soon as Tuesday in Miami. Why is that you may ask? Well, the Marlins are struggling at the plate of late. Over the past two weeks they are 27th in wOBA, dead last in ISO, and 27th in runs scored, making this a prime spot for a very nice start.
11.6% owned in ESPN, 9% owned in Yahoo!
Joe Musgrove, Astros (@ Athletics) – Musker is coming off of two consecutive quality starts, and both the FIP and xFIP were pretty nice in the last one. I am not fully on board buying stocks of Musgrove for the long haul just yet, but those last two starts are promising and he gets the Athletics this time around. Musgrove’s last outing against Oakland saw him toss 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out seven. Sometimes it’s hard to duplicate fantasy goodness when seeing a lineup for the second time, but the Tuesday streaming options are a bit thin. This one could be a tad risky, for sure, so use your guts – my gut is telling me go with Joe.
16.1% owned in ESPN, 19% owned in Yahoo!
Tom Koehler, Marlins (vs. Nationals) – Koehler easily falls off people’s radars, and with good reason as he is by no means a fantasy ace. TK won’t give you sexy strikeout numbers, but he can help elsewhere. Eight of his last 11 starts have been quality, and he has allowed more than three earned runs in juts two of those starts. In fact, five runs is the most he has allowed in any of those 11 starts, giving him a very low implodability factor. That factor may be even a bit lower against the Nationals, given his previous starts against them. Granted only one of his three starts against the Nats in 2016 has been quality, but he has gone at least five in all three starts and has allowed no more than two runs in any of them. All three starts were towards the beginning of the season, but I am banking on the Nats still struggling to figure out Koehl Train.
26% owned in ESPN, 29% owned in Yahoo!
Alex Cobb, Rays (vs. Yankees) – Cobb seems to have been forgotten after missing most of 2016, but the three starts since his return have been pretty good with the last two even being quality. Cobb has been solid in the past and is not showing too much rust coming off the DL. The FIP is near four which will give one pause, but I like that 3.29 FIP in his last outing as a jumping off point. The Yankees bats are not exactly abysmal or anything, but they are 23rd in runs scored over the past couple of weeks. I think Cobb is gonna finish 2016 strong and should get you at least a quality start in this one.
19.2% owned in ESPN, 19% owned in Yahoo!
Tyler Chatwood, Rockies (@ Dodgers) – Chatterbox has been my undoing on more than one occasion this season, including his last starts, but I am going back to the well. Today I am going to throw the overall numbers out and focus on Chatterly’s one start in Chavez Ravine this season. In that start facing the very same Dodgers he will see Thursday he threw eight innings of one-hit one-run ball. Maybe that is not much to go on, especially since he has been less than spectacular against the Dodger blue in Colorado, but why not add the Dodger’s recent offensive struggles to the mix. Over the past couple of weeks, the Dodgers are 25th in wOBA and 24th in runs scored, making this a nicer matchup for Chatwood.
17.9% owned in ESPN, 26% owned in Yahoo!
Mike Fiers, Astros (vs. Angels) – If I like Joe Musgrove against the Angels bats then I love Mike Fiers against the Angels bats. Okay, love is a bit strong. Maybe like-like? That work? Good, let’s continue. Fiers last start was a train wreck, but it was against the Cubbies so I am choosing to toss that aside. The four starts prior to that saw Fiers allow just seven earned runs over 23.1 innings, post a 3.31 FIP and a respectable 7.71 K/9. Those are numbers we can work with right there. I already pointed out that the Angels are not exactly world beaters at the moment, but I should also mention Fiers one home start against the Angels was quality. There were barely any strikeouts, but a solid seven innings nevertheless. Thursday could be a bit rough, but if you have to stream, Fiers and Chatterbox could get you some cheap fantasy goodness.
31% owned in ESPN, 38% owned in Yahoo!
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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