Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers Week 24
A strategy that I have used with success in deeper leagues is streaming starting pitchers. That is, if you miss out on one or more of your high-end targets, you can piece together a fairly solid pitching staff by picking up guys each day and starting them in advantageous matchups to give you solid results.
We’re going to set a 30 percent threshold for ownership and we’ll use ESPN to get us there. Feel free to guide us in the comments section if you think there’s a better way.
Monday, Sept. 11
Brandon Woodruff (MIL) – v. Pittsburgh Pirates (7.3 percent ESPN)
We really wanted to go with Hyun-jin Ryu here against the Giants, but the ownership numbers didn’t pan out. Woodruff against the Pirates is a fine consolation prize, as the 24-year-old righty has been very good through four starts: 20-9 K/BB ratio in 23.2 innings, .200 BAA and 1.10 WHIP. It’s obviously too early to know if it’ll continue, but it doesn’t hurt to be facing a wretched Pirates offense (86 wRC+, 27th in MLB).
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Kyle Gibson (MIN) – v. San Diego Padres (18 percent ESPN)
Don’t let his 5.00-plus ERA fool you; Gibson has been absolutely terrific almost two months now. Since his start on July 22, Gibson has posted a 3.19 ERA, .682 OPS against and 38-11 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. The Padres offense (84 wRC+, 29th in MLB) is a huge boost here. Go get your guys!
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Martin Perez (TEX) – v. Seattle Mariners (13.4 percent ESPN)
The Mariners offense is fairly stout (100 wRC+, ninth in MLB) but we’re clinging to Perez, who has been pretty solid recently as this is another day with limited options. Perez has been terrific over his last four starts: 2.45 ERA, 15-5 K/BB ratio in 25.5 innings and lots of grounders. He’s still giving up plenty of hits — 32 in that stretch for a .305 average — but keeping them on the ground limits the damage. I don’t hate Seth Lugo here either, though the Cubs are a tougher matchup and it’s on the road.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Brett Anderson (TOR) – @ Minnesota Twins (1.7 percent ESPN)
Anderson’s numbers are really, really ugly (6.42 ERA), but he’s been pretty good in two starts with the Jays: four earned runs in 11.2 innings, six strikeouts, no walks and 19 grounders induced. He’s facing a Twins offense that is bordering on average — 100 wRC+ as of this writing — but spent much of the season struggling against lefties.
Friday, Sept. 15
Chad Kuhl (PIT) – @ Cincinnati Reds (9.8 percent ESPN)
Kuhl should be available in almost every league, and has looked pretty solid all season with a 4.32 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 141.2 innings. Kuhl shut down the Cubs last time out — seven scoreless innings, four hits, eight strikeouts and two walks — and has allowed more than three earned runs just twice in his last 10 starts. The Reds offense (98 wRC+) is pretty ordinary outside of Joey Votto, besides.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Kyle Freeland (COL) – v. San Diego Padres (20.2 percent ESPN)
Freeland has been good for much of the season despite shaky peripherals — 3.99 ERA but 1.45 WHIP — so what we’re really preying on is the lousy Padres offense here. Freeland has struggled of late — just 7.1 innings over his last two starts — but again, most of the value here is in exploiting the Padres. Bartolo Colon against the Blue Jays at home is worth a look, too.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Kyle Gibson (MIN) – v. Toronto Blue Jays (18 percent ESPN)
As much as we prefer not to double up when possible, we’ll have to do it here. There’s just a paucity of options at this point in the season, and if Gibson is still rolling like he has been the last few weeks, he’s a slam-dunk start here against a fading Blue Jays team. If you can get Sean Manaea in your league — he’s a bit over 30 percent — that’s not a bad start, either. He’s facing the Phillies offense, which has been brutal this season.