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We’ve run into another one of those weeks when it’s probably best to avoid two-start streaming.  It’s not as despicable as we’ve gotten this season, but there are really only four or five realistically streamable options in week 14.  Meanwhile, there are roughly 1,000 two-start turds for the week ahead.  If you’re lucky enough to get your greedy hands on one of the few gems, good for you.  But if you’re late to the party, don’t bother.  Steer clear of this mess and roll with your core arms.

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

Clayton Kershaw (@COL, @SF); Stephen Strasburg (MIL, SD); Jordan Zimmermann (MIL, SD); John Lackey (SD, @LAA); Doug Fister (@TOR, @CLE)

  • Start ‘em.  Do it.

FIRST TIER

R.A. Dickey (DET, MIN); Matt Moore (@HOU, CWS); A.J. Griffin (CHC, @KC); Jeff Locke (PHI, @CHC); Patrick Corbin (@NYM, COL); Lance Lynn (@LAA, MIA); Kris Medlen (MIA, @PHI)

  • We’re a little lighter than usual in terms of big upside, waiver-available guys this week, but you’re not completely out of luck.  If you’re scrounging, start with A.J. Griffin (51% owned in Y! leagues), who’s coming off of his best start of his young career.  I expected big things from Griffin this year, but he’s been rather uninspiring throughout the first half.  I’m hoping that he’ll ride Wednesday’s completo to more consistent production — starts against the Cubs and the Royals in week 14 should help in that regard.  Surprisingly, Jeff Locke (76%) is still floating out there on waivers in far too many leagues, but I imagine no one in those leagues is reading this site.  The rest of this first tier is most certainly owned.  As usual, everyone from this group is a quality option and should be started.

SECOND TIER

Jered Weaver (STL, BOS); Roberto Hernandez (@HOU, CWS); Andy Pettitte (@MIN, BAL); Justin Grimm (SEA, HOU); Jose Fernandez (@ATL, @STL); Yovani Gallardo (@WAS, NYM); Jeremy Hefner (ARI, @MIL); Homer Bailey (SF, SEA);

  • Tier two offers a few more options for those of you exploiting the two-start scene.  Both Roberto Hernandez (2%) and Justin Grimm (4%) are worth a look given the juicy match-ups.  I actually toyed with the idea of slotting Jeremy Hefner (3%) in tier one, but thought better of it — his upside just doesn’t meet first tier expectations.  Still, Hefner has been steady for a couple months now, and he’s been especially reliable in the month of June.  I’m definitely comfortable using him in the coming week.  In shallow leagues, you might be able to snag Andy Pettitte (47%) or Jose Fernandez (64%), but I doubt much else is available from this group.

THIRD TIER

Jason Hammel (@CWS, @NYY); Chien-Ming Wang (DET, MIN); Joe Saunders (@TEX, @CIN); Luis Mendoza (CLE, OAK); Erik Bedard (TB, @TEX); John Danks (BAL, @TB); Scott Kazmir (@KC, DET); Phil Hughes (@MIN, BAL); Samuel Deduno (NYY, @TOR);
Robbie Erlin (@BOS, @WAS); Jason Marquis (@MIA, @WAS); Tim Lincecum (@CIN, LAD); Scott Feldman (@OAK, PIT); Cole Hamels (@PIT, ATL); Bronson Arroyo (SF, SEA); Wade Miley (@NYM, COL);

  • We have a crowded third tier this week, and I’d do my best to avoid all of these dudes, but there are a few guys here that might warrant consideration in unique scenarios.  Robbie Erlin is an intriguing rookie with superb command.  He likely would’ve worked his way into the second tier if it weren’t for the tough start versus Boston to begin the week.  Erlin’s teammate, Jason Marquis, avoids the Red Sox in his two-start slate, drawing Miami instead.  He’s a tough guy to trust, but the match-ups are quite favorable.  Bronson Arroyo, too, is the beneficiary of a nice week 14 schedule.  There are others here who might help with counting stats, but this group, as a whole, will only make your ratios suffer.  There’s not much mixed league material in these parts.

DON’T START

Jose Alvarez (@TOR, @CLE); Scott Diamond (NYY, @TOR); Dallas Keuchel (TB, @TEX); Shaun Marcum (ARI, @MIL); Tom Koehler (SD, @STL); Roy Oswalt (LAD, @ARI); Wily Peralta (@WAS, NYM)

  • Sit these fools.

 

  1. Allan says:
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    Hey scott whats your thoughts on streaming jordan vs mets tomorrow?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The stream-o-nator doesn’t like it, but he’s done enough good work in the minors to justify a stream versus the Mets…

      • Allan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks man thats what I was thinking.

  2. Matthew says:
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    I don’t care what anyone says, and even if he does get lit up by STL or ATL, Jose Fernandez is a must start. This kid is getting NO credit because Miami gets no respect when it’s Loria who deserves the scrutiny.

    This kid is a future ACE and a clear # 1. He’s pitching just as well, if not, better than Miller and Corbin if you ask me. Sad thing, I own him in 1 of 4 leagues and didn’t realize he was available in another last week, ha.

    Obviously a Fish fan and a J Fer Nuthugger.

    Anyhow, I grabbed Cingrani AGAIN in all my leagues, good idea?

    And when will Erasmo finally get called up? He sits 4% owned on my bench : ( can’t wait!!! You think he will do better than Cole, Wheeler, Cingrani???

    Thanks!!!!

    • chunk says:
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      @Matthew: Yahoo says he is starting at home vs SD on monday, who is right?! Starting him regardless.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Yahoo is right… Miami shuffled things up & he get’s SD now… that improves the outlook somewhat.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Jo-Fer is a first tier guy most weeks, but tough match-ups this week knock him down a peg. And I’ve been touting Fernandez since this time last year, so cut me some slack!

      Yeah, good scoop on Cingrani w/ the Cueto injury.

      Very soon on Erasmo, but it’s tough to pinpoint these arrivals. More polished than the other rookies, so expect steadier production from the Eraser.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Scott Evans: Haha thanks Scott. I was more so joking and not pointing fingers at you. I watch MLB Network as much as possible and it’s all about Corbin, Wheeler, Miller, but not J Fer love, ya dig?

        Yeah, SD seems like a tough outing for anyone right now, EXCEPT Jacob Turner. Is an analysis coming out on him soon? Haha, maybe I missed it.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Not sure… hopefully JB can do a profile on Turner before long!

  3. Red says:
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    Your thoughts on starting David Price (at HOU, CWS) next week?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, looks like he’ll replace Hernandez as a two-starter. Tier one guy in his first week back.

  4. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Rendon@nym gee or panda@colorado de la rosa? It’s Canada day weekend up here. Make sure you hosers have some maple syrup at some point today eh

    • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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      Sorry about bieber and nickleback

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        It’s okay. Thank you for hockey. #BLACKHAWKS

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Rendon. I’ll skip the maple syrup & go straight to the Labatt, if that’s cool…

  5. c0wfunk says:
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    Love these posts.. I’m wondering if you could add the SON rating to the details along with the matchup? It’d save a bit o clicking around. Thanks for all you guys do!

    • Jason says:
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      @c0wfunk: that’s an awesome idea

    • Jason says:
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      @c0wfunk: that’s an awesome idea

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’ll start including some SON insight for the Monday/Tuesday starts, but it won’t look ahead as far as the weekend games… Thanks for your input!

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Scott Evans: awesome, thanks!

  6. The Red Cyclones says:
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    It looks like Dickey’s last start has given you enough confidence to put him at Tier 1 even though he faces Detroit. As a Dickey owner, this soothes my nerves.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The start versus the Twins kinda balances things, but yes, I was very encouraged by Dickey’s most recent outing.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: i’m encouraged as a dickey owner also, but not enough to put him in the 1st tier this week. Dickey should be 2nd tier unless he can actually ONCE this season put up decent or better starts at least twice in a row. It’s not like he’s playing in a good park for a pitcher or anything.

  7. Yeshcheese says:
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    Poor cole hamels, down in the third tier…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s not giving us any reason to trust him is he?

  8. shawn of the livid says:
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    Dickey in the first tier? Against the Tigers in one? I’ll take that bet sir, oh I’ll take it. His level of inconsistency this year makes him ineligible for 1st tier in my opinion. He’s second at best and lucky to be there, especially with Hamels in the third. I bet at least one of Dickeys starts is a complete meltdown.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m out on a limb with him there, but his start Wednesday was hugely encouraging. Stuff had life… I’m hoping he’s put some lingering back/neck issues behind him & he’s ready to return to form.

      • shawn of the livid says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yeah I hear ya. Dickey has that Cy Young pitcher in him somewhere, who knows when it may come back. My guess on him is next year he will be blowing people away again, but this year might be one of those off years that can plague some pitchers/knuckleballers.

  9. Huge Caulk says:
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    12 team 6×6 keeper OBP K9 QS

    Goldy, Veras, Joyce vs Rizzo, Gordon, Romo, Burnett…

    Who won…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Rizzo side wins.

  10. jose says:
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    scott edwin encarnacon for buster posey and manny machado which side wins?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Posey/Machado

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Scott Evans: Easily

  11. Mariner Mike says:
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    Depending on Wheelers start today if poor again thinking about a drop and pick up Erasmo like that idea? Have Kershaw and Corbin two starting this week so won’t need Erasmo right away. Heard anything on Longo? Have Bautista going kinda slow show patience RIGHT? Once again many thanks for your thoughts!!!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If it’s a particularly bad outing you can consider it… seen nothing new on Longo… patience, indeed.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Longoria just had a flare up with his plantar fasciitis, possibility because he had a couple days off. Ironically, inactivity can be bad for the condition. Maddon.said he would at least miss the weekend and I think we could see him DH’ing first thing next week.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Thanks for update!

  12. Jake Stone says:
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    It looks like Hughes lost a 2 start week . Nova a spot start. When is the next prospect power rankings?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Power ranks up on Wednesday. Thanks for the update on Hughes!

  13. MattW says:
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    Please rank top three ROS in H2H redraft league from this list:

    Griffin, Lackey, Colon, Wood, Tillman, Dempster, Peavy, Parker

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Peavy, Colon, Lackey

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott,

    Which of these streamers do you like best for tomorrow: Eovaldi vSD, Lohse @PIT, Fife vPHI, Hellickson vDET, Porcello @TB

    Right now im torn between Lohse and Eovaldi

    - both pitchers parks
    - Eovaldi has the higher ceiling and Lohse higher floor
    - Lohse has better pitching match up (Mortson v Cashner)
    - Last 7 days, PIT has a .382 wOBA versus .284 wOBA for SD
    - I have Cashner going as well, so almost guaranteeing a win if I stream Eovaldi

    Thoughts? I know im overthinking this, but I see positives in both and Im probably slightly leaning towards Eovaldi. Thanks for your insight.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Eovaldi. Lohse has been much more useful lately, but the Bucs are hot.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thanks Scott. Grey picked Gee for today’s stream which obviously worked out really well.

  15. malamoney says:
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    Would you give up Goldschmidt to get Strasburg in a H2H points league where we can keep any 4 players?

    • Psychedelic says:
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      @malamoney: depends on what you need, Goldshiz is a 5 cat producer at 1B with great ratios and power. It’s risky trading an excellent bat like that for a brittle SP like stras but if you need pitching I can see how this would make sense.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I could see it in a roto where needs are more plain & simple, but in points, go with the scorer & that’s Goldy…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Likely not…

  16. Psychedelic says:
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    Hey buddy, I was offered Denard Span and Edwin Jackson for Alcides Escobar/Alen Hanson in a dynasty league. Both those guys are not performing up to expectations so far but Span should bounce back, his career numbers are pretty steady above what he’s done so far. Jackson is just baffling this year, his peripherals are a lot better then his base stats, but his drop in velo seems to be messing with him. Thoughts? I like Hanson as a prospect but Escobar is pretty meh and I have other SS options. Sorry for the long post/question

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Jackson/Span end, although it’s kinda close… too much risk wrapped up in Hanson, even though he’s the highest upside guy in the deal.

  17. Jay says:
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    Hey there, who do you like better John Lackey or Locke this week?

    also for rest of the season who do you like better Greinke or Ervin Santana

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Locke, Greinke

  18. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott,

    Hols Rollins or drop for Asdrubal or Aybar? Thanks man

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold

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