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Fantasy Baseball Streaming Pitchers & Waiver Wire Pickups (Week 8)

Fantasy Baseball Streaming Pitchers & Waiver Wire Pickups (Week 8)

There are some big-name prospects getting the call to make their MLB debuts. This type of news is better than the injuries that never seem to end for pitchers this season. Some of the prospects might be streamers soon, but let’s see what we are dealing with first.

First, here are my results from April 29 – May 5:

Totals: 35 2/3 IP, 18 K, 7 BB, 2.27 ERA

*The ERs and IP were ok, but man really missed out on the Ks

*Martin Perez‘s start was pushed back, and the opponent changed, so his stats were not included.

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Streaming Pitchers: Week 8

(Rostered Percentage is based on the average of ESPN, YAHOO, and CBS leagues)

Monday, May 13th

Trevor Williams (WSH) at CHW 25%

With a 1.96 ERA, 30Ks in 36.2 IP, 1.06 WHIP, and a 4-0 record, Williams has been, simply put, out-performing expectations. I don’t see him reinventing himself or having a breakout season. You might as well enjoy the numbers now before reality catches up. Williams has allowed zero home runs this year and currently has a 49% ground ball rate. I’ll take that all week against one of the worst offenses in the league.

Other Option: Jose Soriano (LAA) vs. STL | 10%

Tuesday, May 14th

Mitchell Parker (WSH) at CHW | 34%

Parker has been a fun add and watch for owners. In shallow leagues, he’s probably been more of a matchup-based add. He’s only pitched over six innings once this year, so he’s not a guarantee for a QS and/or win. His last two games were against good opponents in Texas and Baltimore. He held his own and didn’t show any signs that he should be cast aside. In both games, he started the fifth but was unable to finish. He’s my pick here because of the matchup. If he keeps pitching the way he has been, he should get through this White Sox lineup and get his second quality start.

Other Option: Joe Ross (MIL) vs. PIT | 8%

Wednesday, May 15th

Griffin Canning (LAA) vs. STL | 23%

I mentioned Canning not long ago in a previous streamer matchup. He always seems to put together a series of good starts during the season and gets owners to buy in that this is what he can do. Perhaps, he’s finally putting it together. Even though he lost his last matchup, Canning recorded a QS and had five strikeouts against a good Cleveland team. He now faces the Cardinals, a team that is in the bottom five of BA, SLG, OPS and OBP. Can’t ask for a better matchup. Canning should take advantage of this.

Other Option: Alec Marsh (KC) at SEA | 21%

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Thursday, May 16

Taijuan Walker (PHI) vs. NYM | 38%

Thursday is streaming day! Only six games on the slate. Walker’s roster ownership has risen since he came off the IL. This could be the last week in which he’s eligible for being a streamer. Walker is now 2-0 and had matching his IP and pitch counts in his first two starts. His last start was better and resulted in a QS. This matchup isn’t a slam dunk, as the Mets can be sneaky good at times. For a small slate of Thursday matchups, I would roll the dice on Walker and see if he continues to progress.

Other Option: Cooper Criswell (BOS) vs. TB | 8%

Friday, May 17th

Simeon Woods Richardson (MIN) at CLE | 26%

Richardson has pitched at least six innings in two of his four starts. He keeps the BBs in check with a 1.06 WHIP. He has only allowed a total of four earned runs and has 21 Ks in 20 2/3 IP. The Guardians are a league average hitting team, and now they don’t have Steven Kwan. Richardson shouldn’t have too much trouble against the Guardians. They actually have a batting average against right handers that sits below the league average of .240.

Other Option: Mason Black (SF) vs. COL | 10%

Saturday, May 18th

JP Sears (OAK) at KC | 28%

Sears is 3-2 on the year and has pitched six frames in four out of eight starts. He probably won’t get a lot of strikeouts here, but, with the way Oakland has been hitting, the run support should be there. Kansas City has hit just below league average against left handers. This could turn into a high-scoring game, but Sears can put together a good quality start and, of the streamer picks for this day, has the best chance for a win.

Other Option: Bryse Wilson (MIL) at HOU | 8%

Sunday, May 19th

Jose Butto (NYM) at MIA | 40%

I had a hard time picking a streamer for Sunday. At first, I didn’t think Butto would be under 50%, but here we are. He also has a great matchup against the Marlins. His walks can be sporadic, but the Marlins have drawn the fewest free passes in the majors. They also rank near the bottom in batting average along with an OBP under .300. As long as Butto can keep the walks down, he should be able to go at least six innings. He also has a 40-percent groundball rate, and the Marlins happen to rank second worst in the majors in grounding into double plays.

Other Option: Hayden Wesneski (CHC) vs. PIT | 13%

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