Week 22 of our fantasy baseball seasons are either bringing us down the home stretch in roto leagues, or going hard in head-to-head playoffs. The start of fantasy football may also give us some opportunities that are overlooked by those who are spending more time on football, rather than baseball. Don’t get caught slipping!
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
Brock Burke – Texas Rangers
ESPN: 36%, Yahoo: 20%
9/6 @ BAL
Burke is getting his first taste of the majors with the Rangers, and it’s been pretty good so far. He’s made starts against the Angels, White Sox, and Mariners; all offenses that you could target against. Burke’s Week 22 opponent is no different – the Orioles. This game will be in Baltimore, which is of understandable concern. Burke hasn’t given up any home runs, and only allowed three earned runs in his previous three starts. I think his K/9 is higher than what it’s currently at now, which is 5.5. It’s hard to pass up on streaming a pitcher against the Orioles, so you should look deeper into what Burke can offer your fantasy team.
Alex Wood – Cincinnati Reds
ESPN: 22%, Yahoo: 32%
9/3 vs. PHI
Wood spent most of the season on the IL, making his first start on July 28th. He’s been ok. He’s not dazzling, but there are some opportunities. Wood’s 7.57 K/9 is decent for what you’ll find amongst streamers. While home runs have been an issue for him, hopefully, the Phillies’ won’t find their power. In August, they hit just 33 and that ranked them at 21 out of 30 MLB teams. First place, the Yankees with a whopping 74 home runs. With this game being at home for Wood, it might be good to know that the Phillies have a losing road game record. This is a riskier streaming option, considering where we are in the season. Make sure you have room for any ERA inflation.
Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
ESPN: 14%, Yahoo: 23%
9/2 vs. SFG, 9/8 @ PIT
It feels a little bit gross to mention Wainwright. He does have a two-start week for Week 22. A home game against the Giants, and road game against the Pirates, actually makes for a decent week. Wainwright’s splits are more favorable at home. PNC Park is similar to Busch Stadium in terms of park factor, so Wainwright should fare better there than he would at hitter-friendly parks. He’s able to pitch long enough for the win as long as the Cardinals can score some run support. Wainwright’s K/9 is a bit below a K per inning, at 8.59. If you need a two-start pitcher, Wainwright may be your go-to.
Mitch Keller – Pittsburgh Pirates
ESPN: 4%, Yahoo: 9%
9/3 vs. MIA, 9/8 vs. STL
With the lowest ownership numbers of the pitching streamers mentioned in this article, Keller might be the one to give you the most upside. He has two starts, both at home, against the Marlins and Cardinals. Keller has a total of seven starts this season, with four of them in August. His starts have been either good, or not. Hopefully, that won’t be the case this week and both will be good or better. Keller’s 11.78 K/9 throughout these starts is impressive. He hasn’t allowed more than two walks in a start, yet. As long as he can avoid blow up innings, I think he’ll be alright. If you need the strikeouts, he should be worth the stream.