Tanner Roark @ PHI, @ CIN (59% owned ESPN)
Monday, May 30 & Sunday, June 5
Roark has been a revelation this season for the Nats. In six of his ten starts this year, Roark has allowed one run or less. And in eight of those ten, he's gone 6 innings or more. He's proven to be a solid #3 in the rotation this year and he gets the poor-hitting Phillies on Monday. The Phillies have a wRC+ of 68 at home this year, second lowest only to the Padres. They have struggled mightily over the past half-month: hitting .251/.301/.351. He also gets the Reds later in the week on Sunday. Roark looks like a solid two-start streamer this week.
Joe Ross @ PHI (60% owned ESPN)
Tuesday, May 31
Minus the game he left due to a blister on 4/20/16 @ MIA, Ross has gone 5.2 inning or more in each start he's made this season. His most recent outing was a gem vs the the St. Louis Cardinals where he went 7 strong and allowed only a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz. Shutting down the hottest NL team during the month of May says a lot. His next start comes against the Phillies who he had his best start of the season against back in mid April: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5K. Expect Joe to come out and prove that his first outing in PHI was no fluke.
Michael Fulmer vs NYY (15% owned ESPN)
Thursday, June 2
I'm going to start Fulmer until he blows up. After a rough few starts for the young man in his debut season, Fulmer looks like he's figuring it out. His last two starts have been magical. Combined: 14.2 IP, 7 H, 1ER, 2BB, 14 K, 0.61 ERA, and 3.23 xFIP.
It definitely looks like Fulmer is getting comfortable. I like his matchup against the Yankees who have sported a .242/.308/.400 slash-line in the month of May. They also rank 13/15 in the AL for wRC+ against RHP all year. Fire up Fulmer until he gets rocked (which is looking unlikelier by the start).
Nick Tropeano @ PIT (20% owned ESPN)
Saturday, June 4
Sticking with another recently-hot pitcher, take a look at Tropeano this week. Tropeano has been just as impressive as Fulmer if you take into account the quality of opponent he's faced. His last two starts (one game @ TEX and one game vs LAD) have been great: 13.2 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10K. Note: Tropeano facing HOU during the writing of this column.
The Pirates are good at home and also pretty good vs RHP, but I'm taking my chances here and going with the pitcher that none of the active Pirates have faced in their careers. Trust in Trop this week, he has a solid chance to get an inter-league quality start.
Jeremy Hellickson vs MIL (20% owned ESPN)
Saturday, June 4
Hellickson has been pitching like he was in his old Tampa Bay days, this season. He has his xFIP and SIERA down to 3.44 and 3.52 respectively. That's good for 22nd and 25th amongst qualified starting pitching in the majors. He's quietly been really good among what we know now as a pretty good pitching staff in PHI. Hellickson gets his start this week in the comfort of his own home against a poor hitting MIL ball club. Although he hasn't pitched too well at home this year (4.87 ERA), I expect this match up to even out his splits. His xFIP at home (3.18) would support that. Give Jeremy a shot this week if you need a good spot start.