How could I not mention Aaron Sanchez and his combined no-hitter with his first start with the Astros, and potential fantasy baseball implications? He’ll be mentioned along with four other starters for Week 18.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Steven Matz – New York Mets
ESPN: 38%, Yahoo: 37%
8/7 vs. MIA
Matz has a great matchup in Week 18, against the Marlins. For the month of July, the Mets had a winning record for the first time in 2019 (if you don’t count March). It’s starting out the same way for August, and have a chance at extending it with this four-game series. It’s tough to run Matz out there for every start, so he’s a spot starter at best. This is a home game, and Matz’s splits this season are exceptional at home. If he’s available, start him.
Brad Keller – Kansas City Royals
ESPN: 21%, Yahoo: 35%
8/9 @ DET
Like Matz, Keller has a great matchup. It’s an away game for the Royals, in Detroit. The Tigers are a bit weaker, after the trade of Nicholas Castellanos. Keller has a string of five game starts where he’s pitched into the seventh inning. Today’s (Sunday) start was no exception. The Royals have lost sixth straight, but Keller did pitch well again. As a team for the season, the Tigers are striking out at a rate of 26.2%, which is the highest in the majors. Keller doesn’t have a great K-rate, but the Tigers could help with that.
Aaron Sanchez – Houston Astros
ESPN: 7%, Yahoo: 31%
8/10 @ BAL
Many figured that Sanchez could turn things around with the Astros, but I think it’s safe to say that we didn’t put our bets on him pitching in a combined no-hitter in his first start with his new team. He just couldn’t get right withe the Blue Jays, and a change of scenery is what he needed. It looks like his Week 18 start will be against the Orioles, in Baltimore. While the ball park is not ideal, Sanchez and the Astros offense should come out on top. If you need to pick up a pitcher to keep on your roster going forward, Sanchez is a strong candidate.
Dinelson Lamet – San Diego Padres
ESPN: 5%, Yahoo: 13%
8/6 @ SEA, 8/11 vs. COL
Lamet is a two-start pitcher for Week 18. The first is probably the better of the two, which is at Seattle, and later in the week, he’ll face the Rockies at home. Lamet only has five starts this season, since July 4th. He hasn’t been going deep into games (yet), pitching just four or five innings in each. Hopefully, he can hang in there for the win in Week 18. He hasn’t pitched terribly, and has just an 0-2 record to show for it. His ERA looks like you’ll want to avoid him, but remember, he has only made five starts. What you’ll want to get in on is his 11.74 K/9. If you need to dig deep for a two-start pitcher, Lamet should be available.
Vince Velasquez – Philadelphia Phillies
ESPN: 5%, Yahoo: 13%
8/5 @ ARI, 8/10 @SFG
I had mentioned Velasquez in Week 17’s write-up, which you can read here. My thoughts still apply, although both starts in Week 18 come on the road. I’m a little surprised that his ownership hasn’t risen, considering how finding pitching streamers are far and few between.