We’re creeping closer and closer to the all-star break, so now’s the time to make a serious push in your leagues. By streaming, you can get a leg up on your competitor in a head-to-head league or boost your counting statistics in a roto league. We’re at about the halfway point in terms of fantasy and you simply can’t fall too far behind at this juncture. All this talk is making me giddy, so let’s get to some of our plays.

Two-Start Pitchers 

Yusei Kikuchi, SEA (vs. KC, vs. BAL) 

The Streamonator absolutely loves Kikuchi this week, as he happens to be the highest priced two-start streamer of the season. In fact, it has him projected to provide $53.7 worth of value, which is the equivalent of a Top-10 pitcher for the week. Overall, the Streamonator has him projected to accrue a 2.85 ERA and 1.01 WHIP while striking out 12.9 batters across 11.6 innings. Those are simply elite statistics and his early-season form shows why he’s a great option. Over his first 11 appearances, Kikuchi pitched to a 3.43 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. What makes him so enticing this week are his matchups, as he gets two home starts against terrible offenses. In fact, Kansas City ranks 24th in runs scored, 24th in OPS, 25th in xwOBA and 28th in xSLG while the Orioles sit 19th in K rate, 26th in runs scored and 29th in wOBA. 

 

Joe Musgrove, PIT (vs. DET, vs. SD) 

Recent form makes me wanna puke when recommending Musgrove but it’s hard to argue with these matchups. Not only does Musgrove get two home starts in a pitcher’s park like PNC, he faces two of the worst offenses in the Majors. Detroit currently ranks 27th in wOBA, 29th in runs scored and 29th in K rate while San Diego sits 27th in K rate, 28th in xwOBA and 26th in OBP. We’re talking about a pitcher with some serious upside too, as he pitched to a 1.54 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his first six appearances. The last eight starts haven’t been as pretty but he still does have three stellar starts in that span. The Streamonator agrees that Musgrove is a fantastic pick-up this week too, projecting him to provide $18.1 worth of value 

Lance Lynn, TEX (vs. CLE, vs. CWS) 

This is not a guy who I had much faith in coming into the year but he’s shown some flashes of brilliance recently. It’s two bad outings that have really skyrocketed Lynn’s numbers, as he’s actually allowed three runs or fewer in all of the other 12 starts. All but one of those were quality starts, with the one non-quality start falling one out shy of that threshold. His recent form is what’s really encouraging, with Lynn posting a 3.39 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over his last nine starts while striking out 69 batters across 58.1 innings. That K rate is extremely enticing and it’s clear that he’s in top form considering he’s thrown at least six innings in all nine of those outings. These matchups are simply the icing on the cake, with Cleveland ranking 22nd in OBP, 25th in OPS and 23rd in both wOBA and runs scored. Chicago’s not much better, sitting 21st in wOBA and 22nd in both runs scored and K rate  

One-Start Pitchers 

Chris Bassitt, OAK (vs. BAL) 

Bassitt is another player whose recent form has lowered his ownership but there’s a lot to like about this talented righty. His early-season form is what’s really promising, with Bassitt posting a 1.93 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over his first five starts. While his last six starts haven’t been as impressive, Bassitt is still pitching to a 3.68 ERA and 1.19 WHIP for the season. Those are still very good numbers and it pairs beautifully with his 23 percent K rate. The reason we believe he can recapture that early-season form is because of this matchup. Not only do we expect Bassitt to enter this game as a –200 favorite in a pitcher’s park like Oakland Coliseum, he also gets to face a Baltimore team that ranks 26th in runs scored and 29th in wOBA. That’s why the Streamonator has him projected to provide $24.2 worth of value, which is easily the highest total of any one-start streamer.  

Michael Pineda, MIN (at KC) 

Many people forget just how good Pineda has been at times in his career and it’s hard to argue with his lofty floor. We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t allowed more than three runs in six straight starts. His 5.04 ERA is nothing impressive but his 1.21 WHIP and 3.46 career xFIP indicates that he’s been pretty unlucky. Getting a three-run floor from a streamer is a huge plus and it would be hard to imagine an offense like the Royals cracking that three-run wall. In fact, Kansas City currently ranks 24th in both runs scored and OPS while ranking 28th in xSLG.  

Zach Plesac, CLE (vs. DET) 

Plesac has been one of the best pitchers in the minors since the beginning of last season and his results at this level indicate that it’s no fluke. Over his first four starts in the Majors, Plesac is pitching to a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. The only thing that’s held him back are homers but facing Detroit limits that risk. The reason for that is because the Tigers currently rank 29th in total dingers, which is actually what they rank in both runs scored and wOBA. That simply means they’re one of the worst offenses in the league and that puts Plesac squarely in line for another solid outing. He’s actually likely to enter this game as a –2000 favorite and the Streamonator has him projected to provide $15.5 worth of value.  

  1. KrazyIvan says:
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    I like all your suggestions except I cannot get onboard any Pirates pitcher. The way Searage is running (more like ruining) everything is a sad state of affairs.

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      Can’t say I disagree with your assessment but I think Musgrove is worth the risk. this week I dont know whats happening with Arher though.

      I do believe I made a mistake though. I dont think Musgrove will make two starts after all

  2. baby seal says:
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    Added the Kuch! I missed M Kelly unfortunately. Someone else got em. Surprised you didn’t mention him!

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      He was honestly the last player I cut out when filtering out my picks. For whatever reason, I just dont trust him, especially the way the Rockies are raking right now

      • baby seal says:
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        That’s fair, I don’t pay close enough attention to how well the opponent has done recently. Thanks JB! Hopefully the Kuch gets the job done for me this week. =)

        Going to take a look at Streamonator and see if anything else looks interesting. Otherwise, Mercado looked good this week and Senzel might be nicked up, so may go that route…

        • The Real Joey Bart

          The Real Joey Bart says:
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          Yeah, as for hitters, I like Tex, Cle n Hou,

  3. Stumanji! says:
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    Plesac also going @Tex on Tuesday. What’s the confidence level throwing in the Texas heat? At least Gallo and Mazara should be absent…

    • The Real Joey Bart

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      That starts scares me which is why I didnt include it but if you have to lock it in for the week, I think its worth taking the gamble with the DET start on Sunday. If you can, Id sit him for that Texas start though, anyone in Globe Life scares me

  4. assy says:
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    Looks like Pineda is facing Boston at home his next start…still worth the risk? Obviously a better offense than KC

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      Like I said for the Plesac respinse, I probably only want him for the KC start. I would be very hesitant to lock him into both of these starts. In fact, dont play him if you have to do the BOS start too.

  5. Halp says:
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    Stream 1 in each league

    League 1

    Pivetta @WSH
    Kikuchi
    Hudson vs LAA

    League 2

    Pivetta
    Plesac
    Hudson
    Lynn
    Bassitt

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      Kikuchi for the first

      and Id sayBassitt for the second. Pivetta and Plesac are just behind

  6. quinnmatt83 says:
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    SON has Duffy at $23.2 vs SEA and Fiers at $17.2 vs BAL. both are sitting on the wire as I’d expect, but would you prefer either option if I miss out on Musgrove or Lynn? Please rank the 4 options. Thanks!

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      I actually really like Fiers tomorrow if he’s available. More than Duffy, I think Duffy is a good option too for a QS if you’re in need.
      Id rank them Fiers, Lynn, Musgorve and Duffy since it looks like Musgorve is only making one start

      • quinnmatt83 says:
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        Thanks JB!

        • The Real Joey Bart

          The Real Joey Bart says:
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          No worries. Thanks for reading~

  7. Chucky says:
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    I m off my rocker for considering Archer v SD? Over the likes of [email protected] Texas? Pablo @ StL? Nola @ Wash or ERod @ Minny?

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      I dont think your craxy, those are all veru tough matchups. Archer has sucked but he should be good for 7-8 Ks in that matchup

  8. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    The Streamanator seems to be OK with most of my pitchers. It loves Bauer, Flaherty, and Snell. It’s pretty high on Fried and MadBum; however, it is not really high on Porcello. My other two SPs are Framber Valdez and Trent Thornton who were great but this week might bring them back to Earth?

    F.Valdez @NYY on Thursday. Ugh.
    Thornton goes to Fenway Park on Friday. Ugh.

    Do I keep either one or are they just streamers to drop when they have bad matchups from here on in a 14-team QS league?

    Free Agents with positive numbers according to the Streamanator….
    LeBlanc vs BAL
    Brett Anderson (also Baltimore at home but might get another start against TB)
    Quantrill vs MIL
    Homer Bailey @SEA
    Sabathia vs TB
    Wacha vs MIA

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      Yeah Valdez n Thornton are probably worth dropping in matchups like those.

      I do like B Anderson of he gets BAL. The others all scare me honestly.

  9. Edgar Gonzalez says:
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    How confident are you with Tommy Milone today against the Royals? He pitches today against the Royals and presumably is lined up for a 2nd start.

    • The Real Joey Bart

      The Real Joey Bart says:
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      Im actually using him in a couple of DFS lineups because of his dirt cheap price, so I do have some confidence in him to throw a QS.

      • Edgar Gonzalez says:
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        Milone pitched pretty good tonight.

        • The Real Joey Bart

          The Real Joey Bart says:
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          Ya that WHIP was fantastic, hope u used him!

  10. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto

    Can you rank these streams from your favorite to least favorite?

    Fiers v. BAL
    Mikolas v. MIA
    Kikuchi v. KC
    Musgrove v. DET
    Bassitt v. BAL

    I’m on pace for IP and could start all of them if I wanted to. But, my ERA and WHIP are both last in the league and I really need best possible starts from here on out. Thoughts?

    • The Real Joey Bart

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      Wow, all those guys are in this article except Mikolas

      Id go Fiers, Bassitt, Kikuchi, Mikolas n Musgrove. If you get the two starts from Kikuchi, bump him to the top

  11. The Real Joey Bart

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    Dammit Kikuchi, letting us down

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