Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 8

May 18, 2019

Danny Duffy may be back to his old ways of dominating hitters

Here we go with the eighth week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that rotations are still dicey early in the season, so most of these streaming options are projected starters who aren’t set in stone. That especially holds true for games played later in the week, so be sure to double-check the official announcements as we move closer to each date. Got it? Good!

Take note that we are looking for pitchers who are owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. Occasionally a recommendation will exceed that threshold if they are in a particularly favorable streaming situation.

Now let’s dive into the good stuff!

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Monday, May 20

Wade Miley (HOU) vs. Chicago White Sox (29%)
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Miley’s ownership rate is below our arbitrary 30% streaming threshold. He has been reasonably solid while allowing eight earned runs with 14 strikeouts through 18 innings over his past three starts. Getting excellent run support doesn’t hurt either, as Miley found himself in the win column for each of those appearances. He should be in line for another quality start and victory in this home meeting against the White Sox. Miley is also starting twice this week (Saturday vs. BOS), so that doesn’t hurt the streaming rationale.

Other Options: Shaun Anderson (SF) vs. ATL (3%)

Tuesday, May 21

Gio Gonzalez (MIL) vs. Cincinnati (29%)
The Brewers’ move to bring in Gonzalez has paid off, and you should consider signing up the left-handed veteran to your fantasy squad. Gonzalez allowed just two earned runs over his past three starts, racking up 13 strikeouts through 16.1 innings. That’s impressive considering his last two starts came against the Cubs and Phillies. He should be able to handle Cincinnati in this home date on Tuesday, and there’s a strong possibility Gio will find himself in the win column.

Other Options: Spencer Turnbull – DET vs. MIA (42%), Julio Teheran – ATL at SF (45%)

Wednesday, May 22

Daniel Norris (DET) vs. Miami (3%)
Norris has been up-and-down this season, pinning down Minnesota’s dangerous offense (6.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 K) before getting shelled against Oakland (5.1 IP, 6 ER, 2 K) in his most recent outing. I’m thinking we’ll see his good side against an inept Miami lineup. The Marlins are easily the worst hitting team in the league with a wRC+ of 64. As a comparison, the next worst team in Toronto at 75. Miami also carries the eighth-highest strikeout rate at 25.2%. In other words, this is a strong bounce-back opportunity for Norris.

Other Options: Merrill Kelly – ARI vs. SF (10%), C.C. Sabathia (NYY) at BAL (27%)

Thursday, May 23

Corbin Martin (HOU) vs. Chicago White Sox (45%)
At the time of writing this article, Martin is prepping for his start at Boston on Saturday, May 18. His ownership rate could swing depending on how that goes. Regardless of how he handles the Red Sox, Martin will step into a comfortable home matchup against the White Sox on Thursday. Similar to his teammate, Miley, the rookie hurler should be in line for a win with quality start potential. Martin flexed some strikeout upside in his MLB debut (9 K’s through 5.1 IP vs. TEX), and it’s nice to have that upside to fall back on.

Other Options: Jordan Lyles (PIT) vs. COL (48%)

Friday, May 24

Reynaldo Lopez (CWS) at Minnesota (18%)
This is probably one of the riskiest suggestions of this article, so definitely take inventory of your pitching needs before adding Lopez. Minnesota represents one of the best offenses of this young season, so Lopez could find some trouble on the road. However, the White Sox pitcher is coming off a sharp 7.2 inning, one earned run, six strikeout performance against Cleveland last Monday. He has been a strikeout machine at several points this season (14 K vs. DET on 4/28), which is something to monitor as Lopez tries to find consistency.

Other Options: Brad Peacock (HOU) vs. BOS (53%), Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) at CHC (27%)

Saturday, May 25

Kyle Gibson (MIN) vs. Chicago White Sox (35%)
Here we go again with Gibson, the unofficial mascot of this column. “Gibby” was shaky last Tuesday against the Angels, but he still earned a win while racking up five strikeouts with three earned runs over 5.2 innings. That speaks volumes, as he was somewhat shaky and still patched together a solid fantasy line. Gibson will start on Sunday at Seattle (May 19) before settling into this home draw with the White Sox. I mentioned this last week, but this could be the final call to jump on the Gibson bandwagon.

Other Options: Wade Miley (HOU) vs. BOS (29%), Mike Fiers (OAK) at SEA (19%)

Sunday, May 26

Danny Duffy (KC) vs. New York Yankees (9%)
Duffy’s ownership rate confuses me. He has shown the ability to be a solid pitcher over the last few years, and he seems to be gravitating towards that form while racking up 17 strikeouts with seven earned runs through 17.2 innings over his past three starts. Sure, those numbers aren’t shiny, but Duffy has been a serviceable fantasy pitcher since making his season debut on April 26. He’s facing an injury-plagued Yankees team this week, and it helps that this one is played in Kansas City’s spacious ballpark.

Other Options: Spencer Turnbull (DET) at NYM (42%)

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