Fantasy Baseball: Streaming Options Week 15

Aaron Nola has the potential to be a useful streaming option this week.

The fantasy baseball streaming options for Week 15 offer plenty of potential,  even thought the week technically started on Friday because of the All Star Break. For those whose lineups have already locked, sorry for the delay. This week features a Major League debut, some names that continue to be under owned, and legit strikeout potential. I also feature two names that are studs but have me concerned for this week and owners should think twice before automatically placing them in their lineup.

Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies
(Tuesday vs Tampa Bay Rays)

Aaron Nola will make his big league debut this Tuesday in a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He is 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA between AA and AAA. He has the strikeout potential that could be very useful. In his last 10 starts, he struck out 53 batters while walking only 12. Nola has been touted for sometime and Tuesday provides potential against a Rays lineup that doesn’t scare you. Owners may want to add him, even if you don’t use him. A good outing could make him a nice piece to move in exchange for more proven potential.

Chris Heston – San Francisco Giants
(Tuesday at San Diego Padres)

This is a great opportunity for Chris Heston to have himself a day. The Padres only trail the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros for the league lead in strikeouts. Those who play DFS should look to Heston, who has a ton of potential and should be relatively cheap. The Giants bats are starting to come back especially with Hunter Pence in the lineup giving Heston a good shot at getting a win. He has the ability to allow 2 runs or less while approaching double-digit strikeouts and getting a win. A great risk with so much potential upside.

Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs
(Wednesday at Cincinnati Reds)

I like the potential for Kyle Henricks in this matchup, but I don’t love it. In his last four starts, Hendricks has only allowed 1 earned run. He also has racked up 21 strikeouts over that span. The Cincinnati Reds don’t strike out as much as you would like, but the potential for a handful of strikeouts is there. Hendricks should continue to roll in this outing and help his team get another win.

Dan Haren – Miami Marlins
(Friday at San Diego Padres)

Dan Haren was hit around in his last outing, but prior to that had been pretty solid. He had allowed 1 earned run in each of the two starts prior to the Phillies start. He has potential to have an impressive outing against the Padres. While the strikeout totals can come and go with Haren, he should tally a good number against a San Diego team that strikes out with the best of them. He may allow 2 to 3 earned runs in the process but it should be a solid outing with a good chance of getting a win.

Marco Estrada – Toronto Blue Jays
(Saturday at Seattle Mariners)

Marco Estrada like Dan Haren has been up and down this season. The good thing about Estrada however is the potential in a great start is much higher. In his last start Estrada went 8 innings, allowing only 3 hits and racking up 5 strikeouts in the process. Estrada has a chance to have an excellent outing against the Mariners. Seattle was in the top 10 for strikeouts in the month of June and Estrada should take advantage of that. If he can avoid the big inning which tends to come easier in Safeco Field, he could have a strong performance.

Jose Fernandez has a questionable match. May want to look towards a streaming option.

(USATSI)

Tread Lightly, Rough Waters Ahead

Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins
(Wednesday at Arizona Diamondbacks)

This matchup at the very least gives me pause. Fernandez has been impressive since returning from the disabled list, but this feels like a dangerous spot for him. The strikeout potential is there with the Diamondbacks being in the Top 12 most in the month of June. But the potential for the Diamondbacks hitters to hit him around, especially at Chase Field should be a real concern. Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Yasmany Tomas and company have the ability to score runs in bunches. Id avoid him in DFS or if you have a starts limit. He may be worth a gamble in traditional rotisserie.

Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
(Saturday at Colorado Rockies)

Johnny Cueto has been really impressive this season, even out dueling Max Scherzer. However, his last two outings have left fantasy owners clamoring for more, especially in the strikeout out total. He had only 4 in those starts which is way below typical Cueto numbers. A match up at Coors Field should make his owners at least think about not using him this week. If the strikeout numbers bounce back, a crooked number in the earned runs category may not hurt quite as bad, but that is a big if. He is definitely a pitcher to avoid for those playing DFS.

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