If you’re still competing in your fantasy baseball league(s), congratulations! For some, the season has ended, while it’s still trucking on for others. There might be some changes to projected starters, so be sure to keep up with any news of those changes. If you’re playing in a daily league, try to approach it like DFS. Keep track of how many transactions or innings you have left for the week. Also take note of your opponent’s starts in head-to-head leagues. For the most part, stream your best available option. It’s not a time to get cute, but you’ll know when you have to just go for it.
Pitchers to stream will be listed with their team, their probable opponent(s) for the week, and their ownership percentages on ESPN and Yahoo.
John Means – Baltimore Orioles
ESPN: 33%, Yahoo: 48%
9/16 @ DET, 9/21 vs. SEA
Honestly, I’ve been passing over John Means without giving it a second thought. Week 24 may be the toughest yet, for streaming pitchers. Means has a two-start week, in Detroit and at home against the Mariners. While the Orioles and their opponents have been bad offenses, so streaming Means, means (sorry, I had to) that the win isn’t a given. His last four starts have been against the Dodgers, Rangers, Royals, and Rays – all were good starts. Mean’s pitched in at least 6 1/3 innings in each start, gave up two earned runs or less, and allowed just one walk. Pretty impressive, since we’re probably not expecting much out of the Orioles. Means gets an ok amount of strikeouts for a streamer, at 7.14 K/9 on the season. If you need a two-start pitcher who is trending in the right direction, highly consider Means for a spot in your rotation.
Tanner Roark – Oakland Athletics
ESPN: 22%, Yahoo: 41%
9/16 vs. KCR
Roark and the A’s have a series at home against the Royals in Week 24. He switched from the NL to AL midseason, but seems to be his usual self. Roark had a couple of sub-three ERA seasons with the Nationals, but what we’ve been seeing from his is more of who he is, and it’s not a bad thing. Ideally, we can expect him to be a spot starter/streamer. With his next start against the Royals, and A’s offense clicking, you’ll want to pick up Roark before his start on Monday.
Merrill Kelly – Arizona Diamondbacks
ESPN: 15%, Yahoo: 27%
9/20 @ SDP
Kelly is a streamer that I’ve mentioned before, and I’m surprised that his ownership is as low as it is because of his last three opponents being against the Padres, Mets, and Reds. This week’s start is against he Padres again, but in San Diego. Going from Chase Field to Petco Park isn’t a huge park shift, as you can see from this chart on FantasyPros. With all three of Kelly’s last starts being quality starts, he should be solid for the win as long as the Diamondbacks can provide run support. Also of note, he gave up just three earned runs, all in the Mets start on September 9th. Kelly should be highly considered.
Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles
ESPN: 25%, Yahoo: 10%
9/17 vs. TOR, 9/22 vs SEA
Another Orioles starter, and another two-start week. I’ve mentioned Bundy as a pitching streamer before, and here we are again. Don’t look at his 6-14 record, or his 4.99 ERA. Bundy had a start in August against the Astros, where he gave up two earned runs and struck out six batters, and took the loss. His most recent start was against the Dodgers, and was another two earned run and six strikeout performance, while getting the loss, again. Bundy can have a good outing, but not get a win to show for it. He goes into this week with a K/9 of 8.90. In the last 30 days, the Blue Jays and Mariners offenses are amongst teams with the highest strikeout rate, and that puts them in the top 10 in MLB. Have more caution with when it comes to streaming Bundy.