Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 16
Here we go with the 16th week of finding ignored pitchers turned serviceable for a day. Please take note that pitching rotations are always fluid (especially with trades looming), 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 22
Chase Anderson (MIL) vs. Cincinnati (15%)
Anderson will have a realistic chance to earn a victory on Monday. You see, the Brewers are facing Cincinnati at home, and Anderson is fresh off an impressive scoreless outing (5.2 IP, 3 Ks) against a tough Braves offense Wednesday. It probably won’t be a flashy, efficient performance dipped in strikeouts, but Anderson could piece together a serviceable line to give your fantasy squad a shot in the arm to begin this week.
Tuesday, July 23
Merrill Kelly (ARI) vs. Baltimore (31%)
Kelly has been up and down recently, but I still believe in his long-term value. In other words, try to add and stash him if your fantasy squad has room for another starting pitcher. Kelly bounced back from a string of mediocre performances, firing seven noble innings (1 ER, 6 Ks) against the Brewers last Thursday. He’ll have the privilege of hosting Baltimore on Tuesday, and the Orioles’ offense ranks 27th in wRC+ with an above-average strikeout rate (23.9%) to boot.
Other Options: Dakota Hudson (STL) at HOU (32%)
Wednesday, July 24
Vince Velasquez (PHI) at Detroit (6%)
Here we have “Wild Wednesday,” as all three streaming options have the stigma of volatile pitching commodities. Luckily we catch most of them in appealing matchups, which reduces some risk. Velasquez will face a Detroit offense that ranks last in wRC+ (77) with one of the highest strikeout rates in baseball at 26.1%. That’s definitely enough to get my attention, and Velasquez is coming off a seven-strikeout exhibition in 4.2 innings against the Dodgers in his previous start. There should be more where that came from in this mouth-watering draw.
Thursday, July 25
Anibal Sanchez (WAS) vs. Colorado (45%)
You could look towards Griffin Canning or Brett Anderson if truly desperate, but Sanchez is a much better streaming option if you find yourself in the 55% of leagues where he’s available. Sanchez has been solid this season with a 3.80 ERA following Saturday’s matchup at Atlanta. He’ll catch the Rockies away from Coors Field here, and Colorado ranks dead last (by a long shot) in wRC+ over the last 30 days.
Friday, July 26
Jeff Samardzija (SF) at San Diego (36%)
Samardzija is another guy you may want to add and stash if you have the luxury of making that happen. Sure, he stumbled in his most recent start Saturday against the Mets, but the San Francisco righty has otherwise flexed impressive form over the past month. He’ll be greeted by a pitcher-friendly park in San Diego while facing a Padres offense that holds the highest strikeout rate (26.2%) in baseball.
Saturday, July 27
Alex Young (ARI) at Miami (45%)
Young was recommended as a two-start pitcher last week, and his ownership keeps climbing as he continues to dazzle. Already at 45%, that number could ascend if he feeds this heater (0.96 ERA in 18.2 IP) Sunday against Milwaukee. Regardless of how that one plays out, you’ll want a piece of the Arizona southpaw in this matchup next Saturday, as the Marlins are tied for last in wRC+ this season.
Other Options: CC Sabathia (NYY) at BOS (29%)
Sunday, July 28
Cal Quantrill (SD) vs. San Francisco (2%)
Quantrill serves as an anticlimactic finish to the week. For better or worse, the San Diego hurler mirrors the write-up of Anderson. I guess this article is tied together by a pair of humble bookends. However, both pitchers are mediocre arms coming off strong outings while looking towards decent matchups. For Quantrill, that comes in the form of San Francisco in Petco Park. The Giants have looked better lately, but they still rank 28th in wRC+ at 83 as of Saturday.