Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 Pitching Streamers

(Source: MLB.com)

(Source: MLB.com)

Week 11 pitching streamers, coming in hot! Remember, rotation schedules are tentative and subject to change based on weather, injury and a variety of other factors. Per usual, ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.

Brandon Finnegan (6/14 @ATL) – 15% owned

Lefties against Atlanta are always a smart play so this one is pretty obvious. Not only are the Braves dead last in OPS against southpaws; they’re the only team under .600 in that category. And if the match-up isn’t enough to convince you, consider that Finnegan has a 2.65 ERA over his last four starts and has gone at least six innings in each of those outings.

Nathan Karns (6/15 @TB) – 25% owned

Karns has appeared in this column perhaps more often than any other pitcher so this pick shouldn’t come as much of a surprise either. Now if you buy into recentcy bias you may have to sit this one out as we’re dealing with a pitcher who’s walked five and failed to make it out of the fifth inning in each of his last two outings. That said we know Karns’ control wavers from start to start and the Rays are a team that will chase their fair share of pitches outside the zone. Throw in the revenge game narrative here and I’m on board.

James Paxton (6/16 @TB) – 24% owned

Paxton’s return to the majors didn’t generate much buzz initially, but that quickly changed once he started hitting triple digits on the radar gun and racking up strikeouts left and right. So while I get that Tampa hits lefties well, if Paxton can pitch the way he has in his last two start it won’t really matter who he’s facing. The lack of track record here still makes this a relatively risky option, but the strikeouts provide a solid floor and the upside is considerably higher than with most waiver wire streamers.

Zach Davies (6/17 vs. LAD) – 33% owned

We already promoted Davies here last week, but since he’s still available in 67% of leagues there’s no reason why we can’t do it again. While most of Davies’ stellar recent performance has been at home, Miller Park is an extreme hitter’s park so the road match-up is actually a favorable draw in that sense. Additionally, the Dodgers as a team are hitting only .235 against righties.

Matt Moore (6/18 vs. SF) – 18% owned

It seems like every time we’re ready to buy into Matt Moore he lets us down. At the same time, he’s also a player that’s hard to totally give up on. So while I’m not saying he’s back, I’m willing to take the gamble here and hope that he can carry over whatever it was he figured out in his last start. The Giants are a relatively neutral match-up for lefties, but since this is an interleague game Moore should have a slight advantage in the sense that he will be facing hitters who are largely unfamiliar with him.

Week 10 Report Card

Nice bounce back performance here after a couple sub-par weeks. Davies is intriguing as that’s now four straight great home starts and seven out of eight overall. He’s certainly worth an add in 12-team mixed and deeper. Bauer may also be worth an investment since we’ve always been aware of the upside and now we’re finally seeing some improvement in terms of control and consistency.

Zach Davies: 6IP, 3H, 1BB, 7K, 0ER

Archie Bradley: 5.2IP, 5H, 4BB, 5K, 4ER

Bartolo Colon: 7IP, 8H, 0BB, 2K, 1ER

Junior Guerra: 6.2IP, 5H, 3BB, 2K, 1ER

Trevor Bauer: 8IP, 9H, 1BB, 3K, 3ER

Combined: 31.1IP, 2.60 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 19K’s

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