Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 15
Here we go with the 15th week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that pitching rotations are always fluid (especially following the All-Star break), 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!
Monday, July 15
Jakob Junis (KC) vs. Chicago White Sox (9%)
Junis is the highlighted option of the day, which should be your first sign that streamers are difficult to come by. Mondays aren’t great for finding a hidden pitching gem, and that certainly rings true this week. As mentioned earlier, the White Sox rank 19th in wRC+ with the fourth-highest strikeout rate. That, combined with Kansas City’s pitcher-friendly ballpark, puts Junis on the map as a viable streaming option. However, you are probably better off waiting for more promising opportunities if you have limited roster adds.
Other Options: Chase Anderson (MIL) vs. ATL (19%)
Tuesday, July 16
Eric Lauer (SD) at Miami (15%)
Part of me wanted to include Pittsburgh’s Dario Agrazal for Tuesday, but his high-contact tendencies worry me. I’ll need to see more before recommending him in this column. Meanwhile, Lauer has been a sneaky-good contributor as of late. The San Diego southpaw has allowed just three earned runs across 17 innings with 13 strikeouts over his past three starts. His recent six-inning, six-strikeout performance at the Dodgers on July 5 adds some confidence to the equation. Facing one of the worst hitting teams in baseball (Miami) doesn’t hurt either.
Other Options: Sandy Alcantara (MIA) vs. SD (14%)
Wednesday, July 17
Logan Allen (SD) at Miami (17%)
Allen cruised through his first two starts while allowing just two earned runs with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings against Baltimore and Milwaukee. Then he ran into a snag vs. San Francisco of all teams, coughing up six earned runs across four frames. Allen can regain his confident form in this encouraging matchup against a poor Miami offense in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park.
Thursday, July 18
Dinelson Lamet (SD) at Miami (21%)
This is definitely a week to keep an eye on San Diego pitching. A series at Miami is ideal for streaming purposes, and that extends to Lamet. You remember this guy, right? Tommy John surgery sidelined him for nearly two years, but Lamet has a career 11.01 K/9 rate that is worth monitoring. He flexed those skills with seven strikeouts through five innings against the Dodgers last week, and there’s upside for more against a non-imposing Marlins offense.
Friday, July 19
CC Sabathia (NYY) vs. Colorado (30%)
Here we go again with Sabathia, which is another reason to add him (and stash) before his first start of this long scoring period. The Rockies pose more of a threat than his draw against Toronto, but Colorado’s offense has struggled on the road this season. Overall, the Rockies still rank 25th in wRC+ on the year. Sabathia could turn in his second helpful outing of the week next Friday.
Other Options: Merrill Kelly (ARI) vs. MIL (32%)
Saturday, July 20
Trent Thornton (TOR) at Detroit (8%)
This is another recommendation where the needle points closer to risk than reward. Thornton’s 4.85 ERA on the season doesn’t inspire confidence. However, his 97 strikeouts through 94.2 frames have my attention. Facing one of the worst hitting teams in baseball doesn’t hurt either. Thornton tossed six scoreless innings with five strikeouts against the Orioles in last Sunday’s start, and that momentum could spill into this ideal matchup at Detroit.
Sunday, July 21
Anthony DeSclafani (CIN) vs. St. Louis (16%)
DeSclafani’s fantasy viability seems to come in waves. His ownership rate approached 50% during a hot streak earlier this season. The Cincinnati righty hit a rough patch to finish May, and he was somewhat mediocre through June. However, DeSclafani has flexed upside over his last two starts with two earned runs allowed and 13 strikeouts across 12 innings combined against the Cubs and Indians. He’ll face the Cardinals, who have struggled at the dish lately. In fact, St. Louis ranks 29th in wRC+ over the past 30 days.
Other Options: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. TEX (7%)