Every week feels like a struggle for our fantasy baseball teams when searching for pitching streamers. Week 11 might be the biggest struggle. The quality of pitchers to stream is dwindling. We need to try and take calculated risks, because if there are enough bad streamers who are picked up and started, those bad stats can add up and be detrimental.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Trevor Richards – Miami Marlins
ESPN: 12%, Yahoo: 29%
6/14 vs. PIT
It’s really too bad that the Marlins’ offense is so horrendous, because they have a few starting pitchers that could be used more confidently if they there’s a better chance at getting the win. Richards is one of them. Looking at his game log, you’d be surprised that his ownership isn’t higher if he was on a team with a better offense. 10 out of 13 Richards’ starts this season yielded in three or less earned runs – he gave up less than one earned run in seven of these games. The K-rate is decent, as he’s getting 8.35 K/9. His next start comes against the Pirates, at home. For the month of June, the Pirates are 2-5, and are currently using to the Brewers. Start Richards.
Jakob Junis – Kansas City Royals
ESPN: 11%, Yahoo: 7%
6/11 vs. DET, 6/16 @ MIN
This suggestion shows the lack of streamer depth for Week 11. Junis’ 5.63 ERA is probably enough for people to see, and move on to the next. But, if you’re desperate, would you consider using him against the Tigers? He has a two-start week, but has the Twins for the second start, which anyone wouldn’t recommend. Junis faced the Tigers for his second start of the season, by going six innings, giving up three earned runs, and getting eight strikeouts. If you need him, you’d be happy with a line similar to that. Try to avoid him as much as possible for the start against the Twins.
Dakota Hudson – St. Louis Cardinals
ESPN: 7%, Yahoo: 13%
6/11 @ MIA, 6/16 @ NYM
Hudson is also a pitcher, who if you looked at his game log, you might be surprised that he isn’t owned in more leagues. The Cardinals have a decent offense, and while most of their starting pitching isn’t very desirable, Hudson is bright spot. Sure, he doesn’t get many strikeouts, but six of his last seven starts were quality starts. He’s only given up more than three runs just once. For Week 11, Hudson has a two starts. Both are on the road, against the Marlins and Mets. He hasn’t had back-to-back road starts yet, but these ballparks make it easier to make a decision. Hudson over Junis, for sure, if you need a two-start pitcher.
Shaun Anderson – San Francisco Giants
ESPN: 1%, Yahoo: 3%
6/12 vs SDP
Digging deep, we have Anderson. He’s done alright since being called up with the Giants, with just five starts on the season. Anderson will be pitching at home against the Padres. They’re a team that hasn’t scored much in 2019, ranked 25th in MLB, but have hit the 9th most home runs. Pitching at Oracle Park should help with minimizing any home runs allowed. The Padres strikeout the most as a team, doing so 27% of the time, so Anderson might have a chance at getting a couple more strikeouts than normally expected. He’s not exactly safe, but has been pitching at least five innings consistently, and giving up an average of 2.6 runs per start. Start him if you need to.