Here it is, folks. My last regular season fantasy baseball article of 2017. Next week, I’ll do some kind of wrap-up article, and then it’s on to bigger and brighter things. Details at the end. Guess you’ll have to slough through this article to find out what it is….
Well, we made it, fam! Here we are at the end of the season. Only 5 days left, which means fantasy leagues everywhere are reaching their critical finish line. Get those last second lineup tweaks in now. I assume that most of you have some solid offenses in place if you’re in the title hunt, so this article will be solely focused on everybody’s favorite topic…STREAMERS!
So, whether every last strikeout counts for your Roto league or you’re just trying to edge your opponent in quality starts in the H2H finale, this is your guide to streaming your butt off in the last 5 days.
9/27 WEDNESDAY (that’s today…)
One of my favorite options tonight is Garrett Richards (47% owned) of the Angels. I know. He’s almost too widely owned to be included in this article, but I promise more traditional streamers will follow. He gets the White Sox in Chicago, and outside of Jose Abreu and the streaking Tim Anderson, no one in that lineup scares me. Richards has been slowing building his stamina back up since returning from injury, so he hasn’t gone very deep into games so far. However, after his last 6 inning start against the Astros, I’m more comfortable saying he’ll last long enough to be worth a start here. He dominated the aforementioned Astros last week by holding them to a single hit through 6 IP, and the White Sox are certainly not as talented. He’s a smart play tonight, and I still say he’s a sneaky late-round flier for 2018.
Also tonight, we have Kendall Graveman (12% owned) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (16% owned) squaring off against each other in Oakland. You could justify starting both, but it’s not really an ideal matchup for either. Graveman is coming off a so-so outing where he went 7 innings, K’ed 4, walked 3 and gave up 1 ER on 6 hits against the Rangers. Although he’s managed to string together some decent outings, his K:BB ratio leaves a lot to be desired. Seattle isn’t exactly world beaters, but there’s a lot of risk here.
Ramirez, on the other hand, is coming off his best start of the year where he surprisingly struck out 10 Cleveland hitters, didn’t walk a soul, and gave up 1 run on 3 hits. Through 8 innings! To the Indians! Also, when you consider he now has 7 quality starts in his last 8 outings, Ramirez appears to be the hot hand and the horse I’d rather be hitched to in this matchup.
Not a whole lot here as many teams travel in preparation for their last series of the season. In fact, there’s more here that I would avoid rather than start. Brent Suter (6% owned) vs. Sal Romano (5% owned) in Milwaukee could be interesting, but they both have their inherent risks. If I had to pick between the two of them, I’m going with Suter as he has pitched very well in his last two outings against Pittsburgh and Chicago. Neither gives you much hope in strikeouts, so this would be chasing a quality start or win if anything.
If you’re feeling lucky, you could roll with Dillon Peters (5% owned) at home against the Braves. In fact, he’s probably the only gamble I’ll personally be taking with this slate. He hasn’t given me any reason to believe in him lately after being roughed up in two straight outings, but the Braves present a juicy opportunity for the young pitcher. Also, Peters has been rocked by playoff bound teams while faring well against those staying home this fall. The Braves are the latter, so I’ll take my chances.
If you are truly desperate and want to stake your fantasy well-being on the Thursday slate, then check out Dylan Covey (0.4% owned!!!) at home against the Angels and Edwin Jackson (6% owned) at home against the Pirates.
Ok, now we’re getting down to it. The final series of the year for all 32. I really like Luiz Gohara (7% owned) here on the road at Marlins Park. If you need strikeouts, this is your guy. He struck out 9 Phillies in his last start and has K’ed 6 or more in 3 of his last (and only) 4 starts. His career is just getting going at the Major League level, so he’s tough to predict at this point. However, outside of Stanton jacking a dong, I think he will have the upper hand against a squad that has been out of it for a few weeks now.
While Gohara is my favorite stream of the day, I think you can get some juice out of the Tigers’ Matt Boyd (9.6% owned) in his final start at Minnesota. While he has struggled at times this season, his last two outings have been tremendous. In fact, he posted a line of 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 6 K his last time out against these same Twins. Before that, he was only 1 hit shy of a no-hitter in a complete game shutout against the White Sox. He’s streaking here at the end of the year, and while the Twins are hungry and fighting for the playoffs, I think Boyd is a safe bet for at least a decent quality start with about 5 strikeouts.
If you are feeling frisky, you could justify rolling out Ben Lively (7% owned) against the Mets or Jordan Lyles (literally 0% owned on ESPN) at San Francisco. Lyles has the softer matchup, but he literally has a 7.23 ERA on the year. I’m starting neither, for the record.
Two days left! This is the nitty-gritty. I really like Luke Weaver (77% owned) at home against Milwaukee here. Because of his ownership percentages, he shouldn’t really be mentioned in this article, but I’ll leave him in just in case his owner panicked and dumped him after that disaster in Chicago this past week. I’m much more confident in his abilities against Milwaukee on Saturday.
As far as other options on Saturday, I will be focusing in on the San Diego at San Francisco game. I can’t imagine anyone will be soaking up their fall Saturday afternoon at or watching this game between bottom-dwellers, but it could matter in fantasy. For San Francisco, we have Chris Stratton (10% owned) who has been maddeningly tough to predict this season. Last month, he had outings where he struck out 10 Diamondbacks and 10 Nationals. On the flip side, he’s also had outings where he got shelled by the Tigers and 7 outings where he failed to cross the 4 K plateau. It’s a good matchup for him here, though, so I’m ok with the stream.
Stratton’s opponent will be Jhoulys Chacin (21.5% owned), who can’t seem to do anything right away from PETCO Park this season. He has a 6.93 ERA on the road, but keep in mind he plays in the same division as the Rockies, D’backs, and Dodgers. The road is not kind. However, this is the Giants and they play in a pitcher-friendly park. Championships are won with gambles like this one!
Other than that, I think you could justify some Hail Marys with Lucas Sims (2% owned) at Miami and his opponent Odrisamer Despaigne (1% owned) if you just need warm bodies to accumulate stats.
The final day of the regular and fantasy season. Sad day. Here are some streamers for the penultimate day.
Josh Tomlin (27% owned) gets to face the White Sox at home on Sunday, which provides a good matchup for the Tribe as they head into the playoffs. From a fantasy angle, I’m going hard after Tomlin. Before getting hit hard by the Twins last night, he had posted 4 decent, almost quality starts in a row that followed almost identical scripts: just shy of 6 IP, 6-7 hits, 2 runs, and about 5 Ks. Not great, but usable. He hasn’t been walking anyone, and if all you need is a quality start or win with about 5 Ks, he’s your guy.
I also really like Seth Lugo (4% owned) at Philadelphia on Sunday. He’s coming off a great outing against the Braves this past Monday where he struck out 7, didn’t walk anyone, and gave up 2 hits with 0 ER in 6 IP. Excluding his start at Wrigley against the Cubs, he’s been pretty good in his last 4 starts, and I expect the good times to keep rolling with a good matchup here in the finale. Like Richards, he’s a guy who spent most of the year injured who could make for a sneaky play heading into 2018.
It’s Sunday, and there is no tomorrow, so also check out dart throws like Luis Perdomo (7% owned) at the Giants, AJ Cole (2% owned) at home vs. Pittsburgh, Jose Urena (41% owned) at home vs. Atlanta, and Nick Pivetta (7% owned) at home vs. New York Mets.
So that’s what I’ve got. At this point, we’re throwing caution to the wind because flags fly forever. Hopefully, you’ve got the wheels turning, and you can get a hold of some of these last second streams. In a perfect world, they all work out for you. Good luck, and bring home the title!
Oh, and now it’s time for my announcement! As I said, I will be writing just one more fantasy baseball article in 2017. After this, I will be switching over to cover the 1A sport to my 1B love of baseball, COLLEGE FOOTBALL! There will be a fancy title for my weekly article soon, so stay tuned. If you love Saturdays in the fall as much as I do, then you’ll want to read my stuff. Maybe.
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