Wouldn’t say this is crunch time as much as this is “Your nuts are in a cracker and the season’s closing in and squeezing tight so you better just throw any pitchers that are available because you need stats — stat!” time.  The line for last week was 80 IP, 4.05 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 50 Ks and 3 wins.  Not a great line, but if you throw out Lannan and Francis because you had better sense than me and didn’t start them.  The line comes down to 3.42 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.  To recap, these aren’t guys I’d drop anyone worthwhile to get, these starters are meant for streaming purposes and all of their ownership in ESPN is under 50%.  These streamers are in no particular order.  Also, in the final month of the season, managers juggle their lineups more, so there’s no guarantee all of these guys are listed on the right day.  Anyway, here’s some borderline starters for this week in fantasy baseball:

Friday, September 16th

Philip Humber – It’s really slim pickins on Friday for under 50% owned starters.  I’m not a huge fan of Humber but compared to some of the other schmohawks, well, here he is.

Jeff Locke – On Friday, Locke goes against the Smoke Monster in chess and the Dodgers’ weak offense.

Saturday, September 17th

Jeanmar Gomez – Gets the Twins, has only given up 3 earned in the last 17 and a third innings and when you say his first name it causes phlegm.

Rick Porcello – Don’t trust Porcello at all but he goes to a -co stadium and faces the A’s.

Chris Volstad – In his last three starts, 17 1/3 IP and 3.12 ERA.  Here he takes on the Nats and Strasburg’s three to five innings of work.

Sunday, September 18th

Joe Saunders – In 22 innings vs. the Padres, he has a 2.05 ERA and a .190 BAA.  Kill me now for recommending Saunders.

Matt Harrison – 1.84 ERA vs. the Mariners, though I’m not sure there’s any pitchers with a 2+ ERA vs. the M’s.  Maybe Liriano or Danks.  Schmohawks.

Brad Lincoln – Gave a pretty yawnstipating start last time out, but here I am going back to the well like Baby Jessica.

Monday, September 19th

David Huff – I never said the names on this list were gonna be pretty.  There’s only a few teams I could see starting Huff against:  the Mariners and the Mariners minor league affiliates.

Mike Minor – He just dismantled the Marlins (with a four walk performance in 5 2/3 innings — technicalities!).

Tuesday, September 20th

Jason Vargas – Choices aren’t Grade A when I’m taking on a Mariners starter, but it was between him and To Be Announced.  And I don’t like To Be Announced’s matchup.

Edwin Jackson – Highest compliment I can give any guys on this list is when I think one should be owned in more than 50% of leagues.  Jackson’s one of those guys.

Derek Holland – Last three starts (when this was written), 1.77 ERA and 21 Ks in 20 1/3 IP.

Wednesday, September 21st

Dana Eveland – He/she gets the Giants in Chavez Ravine.  Giants have a .236 average vs. lefties, which is only slightly worse than what they’re batting against righties.  As for the lack of other options today, they were kinda Plouffey.  I almost put down Brett Cecil, but he’s all over the map and not in the good traveling circus kind of way.

  1. zombie says:

    During this critical week+ ahead, I have the always uncomfortable Gio at home vs. Det Saturday, then @ LAA on Friday. Would you rather start Porcello @ As then home Bal., or maybe Billingsley home Pit then @ SD? & a little surprised that Atlanta’s Delgado didn’t make the cut @ Fla on Tuesday.
    && agreed from this morning on how you should address people from now on! Thanks so much for the guidance.

  2. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    I love RotoWorld’s condemnation of the umpire tossing Kershaw:

    Welke was wrong for giving the quick hook without a warning to the 23-year-old southpaw and Cy Young Award candidate.

    Riiiiiight… because it’s clearly written in the rules that, should a pitcher get his tits in a tizzy, he’s allowed one free, 90+ MPH, purposeful throw of a baseball at a virtually defenseless human being just 60 feet away. Especially if the pitcher is having a great season.

  3. Rodger-Dodger says:

    @Grey: Kill you now??! I just picked-up Saunders in anticipation of Sunday. I didn’t want any other streamers posting-me-up for the win! I’m actually really looking forward to that game, but now you have me second-guessing myself. And this is NO time to be second guessing your/myself at this point in the season.

    I’m thinking about dropping Neil Walker too (someone dropped Swisher who looks good to go now) as I don’t think he’s likely to put up any homers or steals in the final couple of weeks… however, I’m very reluctant to drop my last 2B eligible player and counting on Rickie Weeks fresh off of a sprain. It’s time to drop either Walker or Cliff Pennington, who I think is slightly more likely to be useful in the stats… but potatoes to chips… I don’t think it really matters if either of them get played or get dropped. Meh!

  4. FilthyRich says:

    You recommended Huff against SEA. My league has weekly lineups, so if I start Huff I also get him against MIN later in the week. Would you still start him for both?

  5. Aaron says:

    Does “cyclops with a monocle” deserve to be included in a weekly segment? Similar to what the “story of the donkeycorn” does for closer report?

  6. James says:

    Grey, thoughts on streaming Dickey on Saturday against Atlanta?

  7. MrHappyTime says:

    Choo or Fowler for the rest of the playoffs?


    Wow… Nationals scored 10 runs today and Morse had nothing to do with it going 0-5. That sure helps during championship week… aaaaangry.

  9. Howard says:

    @YIKES What a ticker tease!

  10. Wilsonian says:

    Stanton is starting game 2 tonight. FYI…

  11. Wilsonian says:

    And f**k Ian Desmond. I definitely needed a 5/6 day out of my opponent. Especially when I was already 6 hits down and about .050 points down in AVG.

  12. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Hey man, hope all is well in your world as of late. As always, brilliant work down the stretch and I’ll surely be reading through the offseason as usual. That being said; I hadn’t worried about speed more of the season, but now I’m in need.

    With the JR’s (E Young Jr & Tony Gwynn Jr) scarcely playing( and not contributing elsewhere (I have them purely for SBs), are they still worthy of a roster spot? I’m in 3rd now and not too concerned about wasting a spot or two. If so; which one?

    Also, time to cut bait with Lind? Or roll him out to the end?

    Many thanks Grey and all the best dude,

    The Spaceman

  13. peter says:

    MLB.com is reporting that Jay Bruce, in his 2nd straight season of 140+ games, is getting a rare night off.

    Really? I could have sworn he’s taking off plenty of nights this year. For weeks at a time, even.

  14. Wilsonian says:

    Pick Utley back up now that he might be ok-ish? Or roll with Howie?

  15. The Spaceman says:


    Thanks Grey, I think cutting Lind (sadly) sounds about right. I get what you’re saying about the Juniors. (There is literally nothing better on the waiver wire but I don’t want to keep both) So what do you say; E Young or Gwynn? I will assume E Young? ;)

    Thanks again and have a good one man!

    The Spaceman

  16. Steve says:

    F*** that. Wasted an add on De Aza and he’s not even playing!


    (Suffering from lack of sleep)

  17. swisher???

  18. Steve says:

    Great – Howard is sitting for Game 2. Thanks for the 0-4 in the first game.

  19. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Rays score 4 runs after Scutaro misses Upton’s grounder while avoiding being hit by the broken bat.

  20. VinWins

    VinWins says:


  21. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I hate yahoo so much….I just checked my team,the one i currently have in the chamionship and where I am desperate for every bit of offense.Yahoo has Fowler,Beltran and Sandoval all out of the lineups.First I got really mad,then I figured I better check another site.I saw that all three were indeed playing….then I got kind of embarassed for getting so angry.Damn,I really that this s**t seriously.

  22. Thor says:

    Roll with A. Sanchez @ ATL, @ WAS, or roll with D. Holland @ OAK, @SEA?

  23. Steve says:

    Jeez – my H2H team – yeah, the one that’s in the damn playoffs – has FIVE hits over the last two days.

  24. Whiskey Diet says:

    What’s up?

    For Friday which one would you stream if it was crunchtime and you had to?

    Lannan vs FLA
    Locke @ LAD
    Capuano @ ATL

    Always a pleasure reading, Grey.

  25. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    wow….Lee had Jose Lopez 0-2 w/ 2 outs in the 9th….and he hit a HR to tie it 1-1.Which means I just lost 15 points,and unless the Phillies score in the bottom I lose 25 points.and just to put it in perspective,Im currently leading that points league by 28 points.yeah,Jose f**king Lopez may have just cost me that league.

  26. Anthony says:

    Grey – Why dont you answer on twitter? Should i Pick up Fister & Colon to pitch tomorrow ? I would have Shields/Fister/Colon pitching.. CBS says pitch Colon in deeper leagues only sooo im not sure.

    Shields @ Boston – Fister @ Oakland ( nobrainer ) Colon @ Toronto ? Thoughts??

    My opponent is throwing Beckett & Jaime Garcia out there

  27. Anthony says:

    Oops sorry about that.

  28. Jeff says:

    Hanging on by a thread in H2H points playoffs.

    Drew Pomeranz vs. San Fran or Jeanmar Gomez @ MIN on Saturday? (or dark horse McDonald @ LA)

    Saunders or Harangatan on Sunday?

    and for my desparation drop-Worley-for-one-more-start move, Moscoso v. Verlander, or Chen @ ChiSox Danks?

    QS is worth more than a Win, btw.

  29. Steve says:

    Big Daddy Howard saves the day. Sort of.

    Sorry Marmol owners, but I need a Kazam of gigantic propotions here…

  30. chata says:

    yahoo and it’s shat – tracker ….
    on the fritz ?

  31. chata says:

    the 2nd out recorded in the 5th inning
    is chacin’s 1st strike-out of the night .

  32. Steve says:

    Sorry Mike Adams owners, but I need a meltdown of gigantic proportions.

  33. Eddie says:

    So is Aaron Crow ever pitching again?

  34. chata says:

    scherzer is a bum

  35. Jeff says:

    thanks. yah, Worley’s been fantastic in teh RP-SP role, and as a phils fan I couldn’t be happier. Hoping my regulars (Gio, CJ, Yovanni) step up and I don’t need to make the move. I agree that Chen and Moscoso are both horrid options. Any chance you believe in Swarzak’s last two starts and think he’s the better RP starter of the three? (going again jeanmar, but QS are worth 6 points, wins 4.)

  36. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Scherzer is such a tease… I sit him for two starts to make sure he hasn’t lost his stuff (he goes 14 IP, 2 QS, 2 ER), and then he reams me when I’m confident to put him back in my lineup. And he gets the Royals next time out to make writing him off even harder. FMFBBL

  37. Steve says:

    C’mon Kemp. Don’t lose interest now. Just a few more days, big guy.

  38. Lincoln got his brains blown out all over my stats.

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