Archive for Strategy

Streaming Starters (2016): June 27 – July 3: Robbie Ray For 2, A Pair Of Braves & 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, June 27
Robbie Ray (ARI) vs. Philadelphia
We talked about Ray in detail over the weekend (click here to view), and his sudden change in approach (more fastball oriented) certainly appears to be working.  The Phillies entered Sunday with a league worst average against LHP (.225) and the second worst SLG (.327).  With home runs being the biggest concern when it comes to Ray and the Phillies having just 9 HR against LHP on the year, there is definitely reason to believe. Read more

Interleague Impact (2016): June 27 – July 3: Carlos Santana, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Joyce (Sleeper) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look (all stats are through Friday unless otherwise noted):

 

Cleveland at Atlanta (3 games)
While Carlos Santana is the Indians’ primary DH, he’s capable of playing the field and isn’t going to be on the bench for these three games.  He’s played 22 games at first base this season (132 games there last year), and that’s most likely where he’ll find his playing time in this series.  Those starts would come at the expense of Mike Napoli, and it’s likely that Santana starts at least 2 of the games.  With a 7-game week, the other four games come in Toronto, Santana remains a must use option for the coming week.  As for Napoli, it all depends on your alternatives but in most formats he’s a borderline play.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: June 27 – July 3: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Time really flies when you are having fun. This upcoming week takes us into July, and the All-Star break will be here before you know it. While Major League General Managers will wait another month to make moves, fantasy owners should be a little more proactive . The time is now to identify whether your team should be a buyer or a seller, and what assets you are going to move to improve your team. That also goes for your strategy with pitchers, and whether or not it is time to start streaming. Let’s take a look at who will be taking the mound twice this week should streaming be your preferred strategy:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Cincinnati; at New York Mets
  2. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – at Washington; vs. Chicago Cubs
  3. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at New York Yankees; at Minnesota
  4. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Atlanta; At Toronto
  5. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Cincinnati; at New York Mets

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Streaming Starters (2016): June 20 – 26: Tim Lincecum, Daniel Mengden, Cody Reed & 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, June 20
Shelby Miller – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Philadelphia
We are always skeptical about rolling out a starting pitcher in their first outing off the DL.  That said, if you are in need of someone there is reason to be optimistic with Miller.  Over 12.0 IP in his two rehab starts all he did was post 19 K vs. 1 BB, which is impressive regardless of the level (he was pitching at High-A).  Obviously how bad he was earlier in the season is going to give cause for concern, but he’s better than that and also has a favorable matchup.  Don’t be afraid to roll the dice. Read more

Interleague Impact (2016): June 20-26: Peter O’Brien, Jose Peraza & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look (all stats are through Friday unless otherwise noted):

 

Kansas City Royals at New York Mets (2 games)
Kansas City will be without the DH for a pair of games, which likely means Kendrys Morales finding himself pinned to the bench.  If he was hitting better it may be a different situation, but Morales continues to struggle and the Royals are only scheduled to play five games for the week.  While he has performed well against southpaws, two of the weekend games are against RHP, leaving him virtually unusable for the week.

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: June 20-26: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

While we haven’t reached the halfway point of the season yet, the time to make a move is coming closer and closer. At this point you can accurately assess what needs to be done and where you stand in the pitching categories, and it is time to act. However, that doesn’t mean you should overreact and go with sub-standard option just because they are taking the mound twice. While they certainly could help you, they also could provide twice the hurt. In head to head leagues things are a bit more interesting, as the slate is loaded with top options. With that in mind let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week.

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. Washington; at Pittsburgh
  2. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at Pittsburgh; vs. Philadelphia
  3. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. Kansas City; at Atlanta
  4. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Pittsburgh; vs. Philadelphia
  5. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Atlanta; vs. Chicago Cubs
  6. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at LA Dodgers; at Milwaukee
  7. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Boston; vs. Toronto

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