Hopefully, you’re still fighting for that top spot. Unfortunately most of my teams are going to be finishing in third place. If you are in a H2H categories or points league then you might want to consider streaming some guys now instead of waiting until the final weeks. Below are some guys that stand out to me in the first half of the week as being worth taking a chance on.
Before we move on to this weeks streamers we need to take a look back. Last week’s streamers went 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 8.87 K/9. Those numbers fall into streaming range, but unless you hit on all the Ins you got hammered by the Outs.
Now that we’ve had our review, let’s see what I came up with for this week.
*Ownership rates under 50% in Yahoo and ESPN
I really like Jon Gray against the Angles, but his ownership rate is close to 70% on ESPN – 75% on Yahoo. Maybe everyone in your league is sleeping and you’ll get lucky.
Zach Eflin vs Washington Nationals
Eflin was a popular waiver add about a month ago. He’s coming off two bad starts including an absolute beat down by these very same Nats. Eflin is still having a solid season overall with an ERA under 4.00, and he has also been one of the big velocity gainers this year. A lot of fantasy players worry about a starting pitcher going back up against the same team two times in a row, but the numbers don’t really show this as changing very much. The Nats are not as good offensively as you are trained to think, ranking an average 13th in wOBA. Given how slim the picking are I think Eflin might be the best stream.
Odrisamer Despaigne vs Colorado Rockies
Did I mention that Monday has really slim pickings? Because it really, really does. I liked Despaigne a long time ago as I was fired up about Cuban imports and he had shown a unique propensity to elicit ground balls. This is a bit of a desperation stream, but the Rockies are worse on the road for obvious reasons, so it’s a shot to take if you need to take one. He is also likely to be a two start pitcher if that can potentially help you out as well.
Anthony DeSclafani vs Milwaukee Brewers
I’m going to go all Joe Morgan here on you with this one. I did a road trip to Cincy and Kentucky a few weeks back because this author loves bourbon and baseball. I got to see “Disco” shut down the D-Backs. I had amazing seats right behind home plate and I got to see just how electric his stuff was. Everything was moving. He struck out 9 Diamondbacks that day and started to restore some of the hype I’ve had in my heart for this young arm for about 3 years now. He had a mini-clunker at Wrigley, giving up 4 runs, but I feel like we should forgive that given that he only gave up 2 in the previous 21 innings. His home park isn’t exactly cavernous, but the Brewers lineup is far more middle of the pack than you might realize, ranking 15th in team wOBA. I would take a chance on DeSclafani dazzling.
Junior Guerra @Cincinnati Reds
Mr. Guerra was a popular breakout pick a few years ago, but that didn’t quite happen. He is owned in under 30% of ESPN leagues which is kind of surprising since he is having a pretty nice year. His ERA is 3.72 and he’s averaging close to a strikeout per inning. The Brewers also tend to give him pretty good run support and have a great bullpen. Cincy isn’t exactly a pitcher’s park and their offense is reasonably good. I still like his chances for a win and a decent start.
Felix Hernandez @San Diego Padres
The hay days of “King” Felix are over. He was one of the two or three best pitchers of his generation but has endured a steady decline. Felix has still been able to be spot started and even managed 6 strikeouts against the Astros last start. Luckily he’s not facing the ‘stros this time. He’ll be facing the Padres, the team with the worst team wOBA in baseball. It’s a pitchers park and an NL lineup so he’ll get to pitch to an opposing pitcher as well. All streams are risky, but I would give this one a shot. Felix should also be a two start pitcher as well if that’s of any particular advantage for you as well (his second start is at Oakland).
Matthew Boyd @Kansas City Royals
I recommended Boyd last week and am sticking with him. Like Eflin, Boyd is a big velocity gainer this year, picking up almost two ticks on his fastball. Boyd is coming off of 6 shutout innings against the White Sox where he also managed 6 Ks. The Royals are even worse than the White Sox with the 4th worst team wOBA in the majors. Boyd has had bouts of being fantasy useful over the years and seems to be in another one of those stretches. KC also sports a very pitcher friendly park which is another reason I feel pretty comfortable rolling with Boyd.
C.C. Sabathia vs Chicago White Sox
C.C. continues to be owned in under 40% off ESPN leagues despite a pretty solid season. He has a 3.30 ERA on the year and is going to be pitching against the weak White Sox lineup. Sabathia just took advantage of a great matchup with Baltimore last week and I would expect him to do the same again here. Sabathia is coming off of an 8-K outing and has had 27 strikeouts in his last 17.2 innings. There’s a lot of swing and miss in this Abreu-less White Sox lineup which sports the 8th worst team wOBA in the bigs. This is a great chance for a win and a really good start for C.C. I would stream with confidence here.
John Gant vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Gant is owned in under 10% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues despite doing a very serviceable job filling in for the injured Michael Wacha for quite some time now. He’s coming off of a start where he stymie the Rockies at Coors and has a 3.56 ERA on the year. The K rate is a bit alarming as it’s just shy of 20%, but everything else checks out. He has a strong offense backing him up as well as a great pitcher’s park. The Pirates are also no longer a top 10 lineup and have settled more into the middle of the pack. Gant does a pretty good job of getting weak contact as well so I think this could be a pretty safe stream. I like Gant’s odds to have a decent start while avoiding a blow up type of start.
That’s all I got… go on, get out of here… go stream!
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