Archive for Strategy

Streaming Starters (2016): August 22-28: Carlos Rodon, Tom Koehler & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week, though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce (please note all stats are through Friday, unless otherwise noted):

 

Monday, August 22
Zack Godley – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Atlanta
The overall numbers don’t look all that impressive (4.85 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), though he’s posted back-to-back strong starts (3 ER over 12.2 IP).  He also has an extremely favorable matchup and the underlying numbers indicate stronger results:

  • Strikeouts – 11.7% SwStr% (despite 6.75 K/9)
  • Control – 2.60 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 53/0%

Between the numbers and the matchup, he’s well worth the gamble in most formats. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: August 22-28: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

When it comes to pitchers taking the mound twice in a week, things could go either really good or really bad. There are certainly advantages to be gained by maximizing your starts, but if you do so with the wrong pitchers it can quickly turn into a disadvantage. With that in mind let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank.

Tier One:

  1. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; vs Atlanta
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at San Diego; at LA Dodgers
  3. David Price – Boston Red Sox – at Tampa Bay; vs. Kansas City
  4. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Baltimore; vs. Colorado
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Oakland; at Texas

Tier Two:

  1. Chris Archer –  Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Boston; at Houston
  2. Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners – vs. NY Yankees; at Chicago White Sox

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: August 15-21: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

We are cruising through August and September will be here before we know it, meaning there is not as much baseball left as you make think. If you are looking for some extra strikeouts or to gain ground in wins or quality starts, then starts must be maximized. With that in mind let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice and how they rank.

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Toronto
  2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at Colorado; at Atlanta
  3. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – at LA Angels; vs. Milwaukee
  4. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Milwaukee; at Colorado

Tier Two:

  1. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs. Kansas City; vs. Boston
  2. Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox – at Cleveland; vs. Oakland
  3. Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals – at Detroit; vs. Minnesota
  4. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – at Arizona; at San Francisco
  5. Kenta Maeda – LA Dodgers – at Philadelphia; at Cleveland
  6. Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs – vs. Milwaukee; at Colorado
  7. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – vs. St. Louis; at Baltimore

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Streaming Starters (2016): August 8-14: Luis Severino, Jose Berrios & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week, though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce (please note all stats are through Friday, unless otherwise noted):

 

Monday, August 8
No recommended option

 

Tuesday, August 9
Robbie Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks – at New York Mets
Yes the Mets added Jay Bruce at the trading deadline, but they are without Yoenis Cespedes and are extremely left-handed at the moment.  They are a bottom-ten offense in the second half (.376 SLG), which only helps to add to the appeal of Ray.  He’s also been a significantly better pitcher on the road this season: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: August 8-14: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

The non-waiver trading deadline has past, but all that means is that trading deadline for your fantasy league is likely upon us. It is decision time as the clock is begin to tick a little bit louder on the 2016 season. If you are trying to make up some ground in wins and strikeouts, each inning is quite important. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice week and how they can help, or hurt, your fantasy team. This week’s second tier doesn’t have the same pedigree as we have seen in other weeks, but they are worthy options nonetheless.

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Kansas City; at Miami
  2. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Miami; vs. Baltimore
  3. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. San Francisco; vs. Chicago White Sox
  4. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at Colorado; vs. Detroit
  5. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at NY Mets; at Boston

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Streaming Starters (2016): August 1-7: Eduardo Rodriguez, Tyler Anderson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week (though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce):

 

Monday, August 1
Logan Verrett – New York Mets – vs. New York Yankees
The Yankees are among the lowest scoring teams in July (94 runs) and are also among the worst offenses on the road (.373 SLG is the fourth lowest in the league).  Verrett is obviously not a sexy name, with limited strikeout stuff (6.17 K/9 on the season, 6.10 as a starter), but he’s generally been solid as a starting pitcher.  Over his past three starts he’s allowed 7 ER over 18.1 IP, making him worth considering if you are in need.  The fact that the Yankees appear primed to rebuild, so who knows what their lineup will look like, only adds to the potential appeal. Read more