This is one of the few weeks of the fantasy baseball season where I feel like there are options. Week 19 has better matchups for potential pitching streamers, and you might not have to dig too deep for them.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Yusei Kikuchi – Seattle Mariners
ESPN: 47%, Yahoo: 30%
8/13 @ DET, 8/18 @ TOR
At best, Kikuchi is a spot starter, which means he might be available in your leagues. He has a two-start week for Week 19; both road starts at Detroit and Toronto. The better of the two is the first start against the Tigers. As the season goes on, they are still an offense you’ll want to target if you get the chance. Kikuchi’s last start against the Tigers came at home and it was a good one. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up just two earned runs, and struck out four batters. Kikuchi doesn’t have strikeout upside, so plan ahead for that. The Blue Jays have hit 25 home runs in August, that’s second best in MLB. If you can, stay away from this start and the negative park shift.
Andrew Heaney – Los Angeles Angels
ESPN: 33%, Yahoo: 29%
8/15 vs. CWS
The Angels’ starters are on an IL rotation. Heaney is back, so let’s use him when we can. He only has 10 starts for 2019, and first start back from the IL was actually ok. While only pitching 3 2/3 innings, he gave up just one earned run and struck out four. Hopefully, he’ll be a little more stretched out for his start at home, against the White Sox. With that being said, go into this one without expectations of the win. Overall, Heaney’s strikeouts have been something to look forward to, as he currently has a 10.51 K/9 this season.
Dustin May – Los Angeles Dodgers
ESPN: 24%, Yahoo: 45%
8/14 @ MIA
There’s a lot of hype with May, but you’ll see a discrepancy his ownership between ESPN and Yahoo (don’t forget, ESPN’s standard game is a 10-team league). The Dodgers have pitching options, so it’s unclear how long of staple May will be in their rotation. Like Heaney, while we have the chance, you’ll surely want to roster him for Week 19. His start comes against the Marlins in Miami. Like the Tigers, the Marlins are near or at the bottom in many offensive categories. May has pitched in to the sixth inning in both of his starts, collectively giving up four earned runs and striking out 10 batters. With the Dodgers offense providing the runs, May should be in line for a nice start.
Brendan McKay – Tampa Bay Rays
ESPN: 20%, Yahoo: 37%
8/12 @SDP, 8/18 vs. SEA
With six starts under his belt, McKay has been pitching some good baseball. His ERA is high, but as I mentioned in previous articles, don’t let ERA be the only reason for not streaming a pitcher. McKay had one “bad” start, against the White Sox, where he only pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up six earned runs. He hasn’t pitched six innings since his first start against the Rangers, so if you need the quality start, just know that he may not deliver on that stat. But, with a two-start week, he has two tries at it. McKay’s first start comes on the road against the Padres, and the next is at home against the Mariners. The Padres haven’t been as good as maybe they should be, offensively. The Mariners have fallen off the deep end. With McKay’s 10.01 K/9 and two good matchups, he needs to be streamed for Week 19.
Other low-owned streamers to consider
Homer Bailey – Oakland Athletics
ESPN: 5%, Yahoo: 8%
8/14 @ SFG
Trent Thornton – Toronto Blue Jays
ESPN: 2%, Yahoo: 4%
8/17 vs. SEA