Week 17 for fantasy baseball will keep you on your toes, as the one and only trade deadline is on Wednesday, July 31st. This could impact any possible streamers, so as always, keep up to date with any news.
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 Williams – Pittsburgh Pirates
ESPN: 15%, Yahoo: 19%
8/2 vs. NYM
I wrote about Williams before, but the hype and ownership has died down since then. He had a rough month or so, but his last two starts have been good. Normally not a strikeout pitcher, Williams had seven K’s in each of his last two starts, and got the quality start in his loss against the Mets. He’ll get a chance for the win, as his Week 17 start is a home game against the Mets. They currently have a winning record this month, with a bunch of close wins, despite scoring the fourth fewest runs in July. Williams is one of the safer, lower owned streamers.
Reynaldo Lopez – Chicago White Sox
ESPN: 7%, Yahoo: 27%
7/30 vs. NYM, 8/4 @ PHI
I’ve mentioned Lopez before, and it’s hard to skip over him for Week 17. His last three starts came against the Marlins, Rays, and Athletics, and they have been brilliant. Lopez has been pitching deeper into games, going eight, seven, and six innings, respectively. He’s only given up three earned runs in these starts, and have 25 strikeouts, combined. Week 17 is a two-start week for Lopez. With a home game against the Mets, and an away game against the Phillies, if you need the starts, he should be close to the top of your list. The Mets have already been summed up, but the Phillies are a slightly tougher matchup, sans the DH. If you need to make up some ground in your league, take a chance on Lopez to close any gaps.
Vince Velasquez – Philadelphia Phillies
ESPN: 4%, Yahoo: 8%
7/31 vs. SFG
Velasquez has made his way back into the starting rotation, but it’s hard to put a finger on which starts will be to his favor. He hasn’t been consistent, even against weak offenses. His Week 17 start is at home, against the Giants. The Giants are on a roll, and they’ll get a major park upgrade at Citizens Bank Park. Despite his home park, for the most part, Velasquez has better numbers at home, and his overall 10.67 K/9 is hard to pass on for his low ownership level. He’s only pitched six innings once, back in April. If you need a quality start, you should probably look elsewhere.
Daniel Norris – Detroit Tigers
ESPN: 2%, Yahoo: 2%
7/31 @ LAA
Digging deep, Norris has a start in Anaheim, against the Angels. His sub-five ERA is ugly, but that shouldn’t be the only reason for avoiding him, if you decide to. At this stage of the fantasy baseball season, it’s become more important to know how a pitcher has been trending, as well as their opponents. While multiple high ERA outings in a row indicate something, his overall, 4.89 isn’t showing the three earned runs he allowed in his last two starts. Also in those starts, he struck out three and eight batters. Looking at his game log, you’ll see that he starts where he’s struck out six or more batters. It’s not consistent, and rarely seen in back-to-back starts. The Tigers don’t have anything to play for, except for being the spoiler. The Angels are five games out from the Wild Card, after losing three of four to the Orioles. As mentioned with Lopez earlier, you can take a chance on Norris to close any gaps.