clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Fantasy Baseball Pitching Streamers for Week 26

Need pitching options for your fantasy baseball championships? Heath has you covered!

MLB: Game One-Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Not meant to be an epic, the Streamer Report will provide you with three starting pitcher selections and then call it a proverbial day. The criteria is starting pitchers who are 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues. We’ll consider matchup, track record versus opponent, recent performance, and more.

How did previous streamers fare?

Johnny Cueto vs. PIT: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 1 W
Chase Anderson at MIA: 4,0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 0 W
Justus Sheffield vs. CIN: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 0 W

I keep giving Chase Anderson these layups and he keeps missing.

Streamers vs. League Average

WHO ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
WHO ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
STREAMER STATS 4.58 ERA 1.28 WHIP 7.67 K/9 3.09 BB/9
LEAGUE AVERAGE 4.53 ERA 1.32 WHIP 8.54 K/9 2.96 BB/9

Either my K/9 is going up alongside the ERA, or my ERA, WHIP, and BB/9 marks get better at the expense of my K/9. Perhaps the offseason will allow for more time to study up. I’d like to walk into next season with a good handle on the best situations to attack for streaming purposes.

For giggles, my combined streamer performance has the ERA of Joe Musgrove, the WHIP of Trevor Bauer, the K/9 of Marcus Stroman, and the BB/9 of Homer Bailey. Those are some decent names...right? Of course I’m picking and choosing. I just wanted to see where my marks landed. You could say that the overall performance has been similar to Jon Lester, perhaps. I’ve amassed 14 wins with a 4.58 ERA, while Lester has 13 wins along with his 4.59 ERA. Lester is better in K/9 and BB/9 though.

Anyway, moving on. There will be much to decipher in the offseason. For now, here’s a weekly version of the Streamer Report, suitable for your use all week long in your fantasy baseball championships.

Monday’s Streamers

LHP John Means @ Detroit Tigers (48% owned)

Means has been the ace for Baltimore all season long, and deserves some sort of 2019 achievement award for his 10 wins and 3.47 ERA. Means has a 2.53 ERA over his last five starts, and is still in the running for AL Rookie of the Year—wouldn’t that be a nice end for Baltimore this year?

RHP Tanner Roark vs. Kansas City Royals (46% owned)

I’m not happy about this either, but there’s a lack of options for Monday. I’d rather have Roark at home in Oakland than Davies in Miller Park against the Padres.

Tuesday’s Streamers

RHP Zach Plesac vs. Detroit Tigers (34% owned)

Detecting a trend here? A matchup against Detroit, and he’s coming off of a complete game shutout against the Halos? Amen!

LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. San Diego Padres (17% owned)

Again with a lack of options. I wouldn’t be excited for Gio, but there weren’t a ton of other options for Tuesday. You could consider Mitch Keller at home against Seattle, but despite encouraging peripherals we just haven’t been able to trust him this year.

Wednesday’s Streamers

RHP Adam Wainwright vs. Washington Nationals (36% owned)

The fountain of youth? Waino has 12 wins along with his 4.00 ERA, and has struck out 141 hitters over his 155 13 innings. Nothing extraordinary, but a quality streamer for sure.

RHP Sandy Alcantara at Arizona Diamondbacks (33% owned)

On the road in Arizona isn’t ideal, but for as bad as Alcantara was early in the year (I know, I overpaid for him in TGFBI) he has righted the ship lately. Only one run allowed over his last 16 innings (two starts) and he’s trimmed down to a 3.93 ERA on the season.

Thursday’s Streamers

RHP Jordan Lyles vs. San Diego Padres (45% owned)

Lyles has been the ace for Milwaukee since he got traded. Classic change of scenery doing someone good.

RHP Joe Musgrove vs. Seattle Mariners (36% owned)

Always a dicey move, but he is coming off a dominant outing against the Giants (I know). The Mariners are equally non-threatening on offense, so perhaps Musgrove can improve upon his 4.52 ERA.

Friday’s Streamers

Anthony DeSclafani vs. New York Mets (40% owned)

He’s been really solid of late, and I love his sparkling 155:47 K/BB ratio. He’s carrying a 3.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the season.

Merrill Kelly @ San Diego Padres (27% owned)

I’ve been riding Kelly in the right matchup in TGFBI all season long. This is the right kind of matchup. Kelly’s coming off of seven shutout innings against the Reds, too.

Hope this overview can at least point someone in the right direction for their Week 26 research. Good luck in those championship matchups!