Our Week 11 fantasy baseball steamers did well, with three out of four of them having successful starts. Week 12 feels like a little better than Week 11. While options are not plentiful, the matchups seem a lot more favorable.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Zach Plesac – Cleveland Indians
ESPN: 53%, Yahoo: 38%
6/18 @ TEX, 6/23 . vs. DET
Plesac goes into Week 12 with two starts; the first is on the road against the Rangers, and at home versus the Tigers. With just four starts under his belt, Plesac’s ownership climbed quickly. The last start against the Reds was a rocky one, but he should bounce back. Plesac’s pitched into the sixth inning in all four starts, and only given up two earned runs or less in three of them. The tougher start for Week 12 will be in Texas. The Rangers are without Joey Gallo, and strikeout 25.2% of the time, which is third most in MLB. They should still be treated with care. The start against the Tigers doesn’t really need an explanation.
Adrian Sampson – Texas Rangers
ESPN: 13%, Yahoo: 21%
6/18 vs. CLE, 6/23 vs. CWS
Sampson has been on my radar, and I’m finally pulling the trigger. From May 17th, Sampson had pitched in six games, stringing together five wins and a no-decision in his last start against the Red Sox. He gets an ok amount of strikeouts, and is able to keep walks to a minimum. I’ve been apprehensive about him because Rangers had used an opener for three of these wins. Sampson was certainly getting starter-like innings, and the Rangers were winning games. As a fantasy owner, there’s more assurance if he’s named as a starter, and there are leagues where you need to get “x” amount of starts per week. It looks like he’s in the starting rotation, for the time being. It’s nice that both of his Week 12 starts are at home, as his home-road splits favor home starts. Start him for both starts.
Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles
ESPN: 26%, Yahoo: 12%
6/20 @ SEA
Bundy has been decent as of late. Since April 11th, he’s pitched five innings or more. He has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his last ten starts, while getting a strikeout per inning for the season. Bundy has recently had “good” starts against the Astros, Rangers, and Yankees. His Week 12 matchup looks like a more favorable one, in Seattle against the Mariners. The Orioles offense and lack of run support is a worry, especially at T-Mobile Park. If you decide to stream Bundy, you do it fully knowing that he might not get the win, and that there is potential for a blowup start. I’m leaning towards Bundy having another decent start, and take the strikeouts. The Mariners are striking out 25% of the time as a team, which is 4th most in MLB.
Tommy Milone – Seattle Mariners
ESPN: 1%, Yahoo: 2%
6/17 vs. KCR, 6/22 vs. BAL
Digging deep, we have Milone, who might just have the best two-start week in Week 12. Both are home starts, against the Royals and Orioles. Milone has pitched in five games so far this season, with three starts. Like Sampson, he was getting starter-like innings in the games he didn’t start in. In 26.1 innings pitched, Milone has 26 strikeouts, which is nice strikeout upside for a streamer. The Mariners offense has cooled off since their hot start, so I wouldn’t count of Milone to get the win, rather, he should eat up some innings and continue getting strikeouts.