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Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 17

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jul 23, 2021

Let’s get right into it this week.

Here’s how I did last week:

Not a bad week overall, especially with so much uncertainty about how rotations would line up after the All-Star Break. You don’t like seeing the four-earned marks, but Sandoval provided the strikeouts to balance them out, and Suarez’ had two runs charged to him after he left the game. In all, we’ll take it.  

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

Let’s get to it for Week 17.

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Monday, July 26

Kyle Muller (ATL) at NYM 20%
So it’s typically smart not to stream against good teams. Common sense, right? Well, there aren’t a lot of other options who have the upside that Muller possesses. He’s yet to throw 20 big-league innings, but the rookie has looked good so far this season. He only lasted four innings his last time out, but he’s shown the ability to pitch into the six and carries a nice strikeout upside.

Other option: Paolo Espino (WSH) at PHI 2%

Tuesday, July 27

Jordan Holloway (MIA) at BAL 1%
Holloway got the call for the Marlins Thursday night, and while he only lasted 3.2 innings against the Padres, he’s shown promise throughout the season that he can be a viable streamer. This one is purely matchup-based, as Holloway gets to face the Orioles. He’s better in 15-team leagues.

Other option: N/A

Wednesday, July 28

Tylor Megill (NYM) vs ATL 19%
Maybe it’s due to the shift of attention going toward fantasy football like we see every year, but Megill being rostered in just 19 percent of leagues is a little confusing. He’s been fantastic all season and is the absolute perfect replacement for Jacob deGrom for not only the Mets but fantasy managers, too. After this week, we may not see him on this list again as he’ll be over 30 percent rostered.

Other option: N/A

Thursday, July 29

Alec Mills (CHC) vs. CIN 4%
There aren’t a ton of great streaming options today, so we’ll turn to Mills, who has been a solid streamer since returning to the Cubs rotation. Mills has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his seven starts this year.

Other option: N/A

Friday, July 30

Touki Toussaint (ATL) vs. MIL 9%
Oh boy. Here we go again. Another year, another chance to buy into Toussaint, only to be hurt again. Toussaint was fantastic in his season debut, with five strikeouts and only one run allowed in 6.2 innings against the Padres. Yes, the Padres are what make this so good. We shouldn’t buy in fully, as you can see by his rostership, but the upside is there to make him an intriguing streamer option in deeper leagues.

Other option: Patrick Sandoval (LAA) vs. OAK 26%

Saturday, July 31

Josiah Gray (LAD) at ARI 14%
While the outcome isn’t what you hoped for – four runs in as many innings – we saw Gray flash the impressive, overpowering stuff that makes him such a fun pitching prospect. We’ll likely see him used as a bulk pitcher again this upcoming weekend, but he can hopefully pitch five innings against the lowly Diamondbacks and put himself in position for a win.

Other option: N/A

Sunday, August 1

Dane Dunning (TEX) vs. SEA 12%
There’s nothing at all exciting about Dunning, as he’s a high-floor pitcher, which is fine. The most exciting part about Dunning here is the matchup against the Mariners. Since the beginning of June, the Mariners are hitting .218 with an on-base percentage of .294 as a team, both of which are the worst marks in baseball.

Other option: N/A

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Michael Waterloo is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Michael, check out his archive and follow him @MichaelWaterloo.

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