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Interleague Impact (May 23 – 29): Tommy Joseph, Ryan Raburn & 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):

Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers (3 games)
The Phillies get to add a DH for three games, which could mean Tommy Joseph (who was 0-4 with 4 K against RHP in the Majors prior to yesterday) could get his first real exposure.  If he has a good series it’s possible he gets at least two starts later in the week against the Cubs (he’ll definitely start against Jon Lester), making him an intriguing player to watch this week.  It’s not like Ryan Howard has had a big season, hitting .164 with a 30.5% strikeout rate, and for over a year it’s felt like Philadelphia was looking for a reason to replace him.

Granted, he’s going to certainly play in the Detroit series and it’s very possible that the team opts to use the spot to rest another regular (like Maikel Franco).  That would limit Joseph to maybe 3 games this week, meaning in most formats there’s too much risk to utilize him.  Instead watch closely, because this could prove to be his chance to seize an increased role moving forward. Read more

Streaming Starters (2016): May 23 – 29: A Pair Of Brewers, Mike Clevinger, Matt Shoemaker & 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, May 23
Mike Clevinger (CLE) at Chicago White Sox
Clevinger made his MLB debut recently and was solid (5 K and 1 BB over 5.1 IP) against the Reds.  Obviously the White Sox offer a much more difficult matchup, but the upside is there for him to produce.  He was an under-the-radar prospect entering the season, after having struggled with the Angels prior to coming to Cleveland in ’15 (he posted an 8.26 K/9 and 2.28 BB/9 at Double-A).  A return to his old mechanics was credited for the improvement, and it’s certainly hard to argue with the results.  Home runs could potentially be an issue, though the White Sox actually find themselves in the bottom third of the league in HR (31) and SLG (.384) against RHP.  It’s a gamble, but if you are willing to roll the dice it’s one to take.  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: May 23 – 29: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point, the only way Chris Sale will be listed as anything else but the best starter of the week is if Clayton Kershaw is taking the mound. Of course that is the case this week. As usual, we have a myriad of options taking the mound with a few streaming options available depending on your league depth and roster situation. Let’s take a look at how they rank.

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. Cincinnati; at NY Mets
  2. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cleveland; at Kansas City
  3. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. NY Mets; vs. St. Louis
  4. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – vs. San Diego; at Colorado
  5. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – vs. LA Angels; vs. Pittsburgh

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Streaming Starters (2016): May 16 – 22: A Pair Of Pirates, Alex Wood & 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, May 16
Jonathan Niese – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Atlanta
Pick on the Braves!  That’s going to be a common theme around here, when the opportunity presents itself, and despite Niese’s struggles this season this is another chance to exploit one of the worst offenses in the league.  Not only are the Braves bad overall, just look at some of their numbers against left-handed pitching:

  • Strikeouts – 107 (most in the league)
  • Average – .212 (second lowest)
  • SLG – .258 (by far lowest)
  • OBP – .269 (lowest in the league)

No one is going to want to trust Niese, but if there was a time to do so this would be it. Read more

Interleague Impact (May 16 – 22): Nelson Cruz, Albert Pujols, Carlos Santana & 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:

 

Cincinnati at Cleveland (May 16-17)
The Reds get to add a DH for two days, but they don’t have a bat sitting on the bench that will be a clear beneficiary.  Instead they will likely use the spot as a way to give someone like Joey Votto or Zack Cozart a partial day of rest.  That likely means AB for Ivan De Jesus Jr., though this is obviously not a situation that is worth considering.

Cleveland at Cincinnati (May 18-19)
Things get more interesting when the Indians are forced to give up their DH for a few games.  Carlos Santana isn’t going to sit out both games and will certainly see at least one start at 1B over Mike Napoli.  Will he see two?  It’s unlikely, as Napoli has been the better hitter thus far in ’16: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: May 16 – 22: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

It doesn’t get any better than some of this week’s top tier options. Clayton Kerhshaw, Max Scherzer or Madison Bumgarner can make your week, or break it if you are going against them, but fear not if you don’t have one of the big three.  There are still some very worthy options out there. Let’s take a look at them and how we have them ranked.

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. LA Angels; at San Diego
  2. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at San Diego; vs. Chicago Cubs
  3. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at NY Mets; at Miami
  4. Noah Syndergaard – NY Mets – vs. Washington; vs. Milwaukee
  5. David Price – Boston Red Sox – at Kansas City; vs. Cleveland
  6. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Tampa Bay; at Minnesota
  7. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians – vs. Cincinnati; at Boston

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