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Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers: Week 18 (2021)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jul 30, 2021
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Let’s get right into it this week.

Here’s how I did last week:

Total: W 3, L 2, QS 2, ER 12, K 39, BB 11

I’m happy with this week overall. We had great outings from Sandoval, Megill, and Davies that led the way, as well as a great showing from Webb against the Dodgers. The Holloway and Mills starts dragged us down a bit, but that’s what happens when you recommend people you really don’t want to use.

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, August 2

José Suárez (LAA) at TEX 10%
This is more process of elimination than anything for today, as he’s the only usable streamer who meets the threshold and projects for a positive return. That’s good on you all for rostering Tylor Megill in more than 30 percent of leagues now. It’s been tough sledding for Suárez in his past couple of outings, but the Rangers offense just became an even better stream option with the Joey Gallo trade.

Other option: N/A

Tuesday, August 3

Luis Patiño (TB) vs. SEA 10%
We’ve heard about Patiño’s upside for a long time, and we saw it in action his last time out in a major way. Patiño struck out eight Yankees and allowed three hits in six innings. Expect some inconsistency from him going forward, but the dude can flat-out shove.

Other option: Adrian Houser (MIL) vs. PIT 12%

Wednesday, August 4

I tried. I really did. I wanted to find someone for today, but I couldn’t justify anyone here. The closest is Kolby Allard, but he’s been rocked as of late. 

Other option: N/A

Thursday, August 5

Joe Ross (WAS) vs. PHI 30%
Ross picked up where he left off against the Phillies in his first start off the IL with elbow inflammation. The Nationals have no reason not to push Ross as far as possible after their fire sale.

Other option: N/A

Friday, August 6

Kyle Muller (ATL) vs. WAS 22%
Muller just continues to impress for Atlanta, with the only real criticism being that he can’t go deep into games. His strikeouts have ticked down his past two starts, too, but I like him to bounce back in a major way against the depleted Nationals this week. 

Other option: Logan Webb (SF) at MIL 24%

Saturday, August 7

Vladimir Gutierrez (CIN) vs. PIT 5%
So I don’t really like this call here, but it comes down to viable options and matchups. Gutierrez has the best matchup on paper against the Pirates, who just dealt one of their top two hitters in Adam Frazier

Other option: N/A

Sunday, August 1

Kyle Freeland (COL) vs. MIA 6%
You’re witnessing history here, folx. For the first time in three years writing this column, I’m recommending a Rockies pitcher at home, and I absolutely hate it. But, Freeland is on quite a roll of late, including allowing just three total runs in 17 innings pitched at home. He has a great matchup against Miami, so let’s hope the good fortunes continue for him or we’ll never, ever recommend a Rockies pitcher at home again.

Other option: N/A

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