Fantasy Baseball: Streamers for Week 12

Tommy Milone

Streamers for Week 12 have the potential to impact your fantasy baseball team this week. It features some names that used to be fantasy mainstays, but also features potential last chances to buy in on some young studs that are exploding. These guys can help in multiple categories and most have a solid chance at getting a win.

Tommy Milone – Minnesota Twins *Two Start Week
(Monday vs Chicago White Sox and Sunday at Milwaukee Brewers)

Tommy Milone has been pitching much better as of late, which is a welcome sign to fantasy owners and Twins fans. His best outing of the season came this past Wednesday, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed 5 hits and 1 earned while tallying 5 strikeouts. If forced to pick one matchup, it would be the Sunday game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They’re a team that is currently 6th in majors in strikeouts as a team. The White Sox matchup is tempting, especially at home but I would expect a lower strikeout total. Both starts have the potential to help your team this week, making Milone a great two start opportunity this week.

Kendall Graveman – Oakland Athletics
(Wednesday at Texas Rangers)

Kendall Graveman has been impressive as of late. HIs last three starts he has only allowed 4 earned runs. He also has 19 strikeouts to 3 walks. Graveman tends to be a ground ball pitcher, but he has given up more home runs than owners may like. Graveman will need to keep the ball on the ground to avoid a big inning, but has the potential to have another impressive outing against the Rangers. He should allow 2 earned runs or less and get 5 to 7 strikeouts over 7 plus innings in this outing.

Taijuan Walker – Seattle Mariners
(Friday at Anaheim Angels)

This is likely your last chance to jump on the Taijuan Walker hype train. Earlier this season, he was a guy who I would only use at home. As of late, he has shown the ability to take his game on the road. In his last three starts, two of which being road starts, he has been awesome. He only allowed 5 earned runs in those starts, while racking up 23 strikeouts and only two walks. He should have another impressive outing again this week against the Angels.

Robbie Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks
(Friday at San Diego Padres)

Robbie Ray has been what most would quantify as “fine” this season. He is a guy who was spot starter that has developed a full time role out of necessity. At his best, Ray will go 6 or 7 innings and allowing 2 earned runs or less. He is also a guy that doesn’t tend to rack up the strikeouts, but in certain match ups, like the one he has on Friday, he can rack up 6 or 7 K’s. He gets to face the San Diego Padres, who are currently third in the majors for strikeouts as a team. I wouldn’t expect a gem from Ray, but the potential is there for very few earned runs, 5 plus strikeouts and solid counting stats with a potential win.

Jeremy Hellickson – Arizona Diamondbacks
(Saturday at San Diego Padres)

Outside of one poor start at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeremy Hellickson has been strong this season. He has allowed 2 or 3 earned runs in 5 of 6 starts, winning 4 of those. He is starting to regain the command that made him so intriguing in Tampa Bay. He has 17 strikeouts and 3 walks in his last three outings. He is battling a bit of a back injury, which he pitched through on Sunday. He only allowed two earned runs and had 7 strikeouts in that performance. Keep an eye on him this week to make sure he doesn’t have a setback, but he should pitch well against a free swinging Padres lineup, likely outdoing his teammate Robbie Ray.

Tread lightly: Potential rough waters ahead

Chris Sale

This week can be a rough one for Chris Sale, tread lightly.

Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
(Wednesday at Minnesota Twins)

I know, I know, Chris Sale has been incredible lately. How on earth could I suggest things might not go well against the Minnesota Twins. This season Sale has 6.35 ERA against the Twins in three starts. Minnesota is a team that hits lefties better than most other teams. If I have a starts cap or are considering him for DFS, I would steer away. Can he have another impressive outing? Sure, but would bet against it.

Scott Kazmir – Oakland Athletics
(Saturday vs Kansas City Royals)

Scott Kazmir has been solid as of late and his ownership is creeping back near 100%. But this matchup against a Royals team that does not strike out would have me a little nervous. If you have a starts cap, I may look elsewhere.

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