Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 Pitching Streamers

(Photo by Carlos Soria - Photosalad Photography)

(Photo by Carlos Soria – Photosalad Photography)

Here are your week 12 pitching streamers. Remember, rotation schedules are tentative and subject to change based on weather, injury and a variety of other factors. As always, ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.

Bud Norris (6/21 @MIA) – 2% owned

I know that we generally like to target guys pitching against the Braves rather than for them, but hear me out on this one. Norris has a 2.65 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings since re-joining the Atlanta rotation and while walks are still an issue, he’s only given up 10 hits combined over those three starts. Miami isn’t necessarily a standout match-up for righties, but given Stanton’s recent struggles this isn’t the same offense we’re used to seeing. And while having to face-off against Jose Fernandez all but negates the win probability here, Norris should still deliver a quality outing.

Daniel Mengden (6/22 vs. MIL) – 3% owned

While Sean Manaea has been the Oakland prospect generating the most buzz, Mengden may actually be the better fantasy option at the moment. The young righty has impressed in his first two starts and gets an extremely favorable matchup with the Brewers this week. Not only does Milwaukee lead the league in strikeout percentage against right-handed pitching, but also the ballpark factor here should mitigate some of their power. So despite not having overpowering stuff, Mengden’s deceptive delivery and terrific mustache should be enough for him to him to succeed in this spot.

John Lamb (6/23 vs. SD) – 1% owned

This is going to be a tough sell because to be honest I don’t actually like Lamb very much. That said there are only nine games on the Thursday slate so our options are extremely limited. On the bright side, Lamb is coming off his best strikeout game and the Padres whiff almost 24% of the time against lefties. Additionally, his season-long numbers are disproportionally affected by two extremely bad outings so there’s more good than bad here. To be clear this is far from a safe play, but if you’re desperate for innings Lamb is not the worst option.

Jake Peavy (6/24 vs. PHI) – 7% owned

I never thought I’d be recommending Jake Peavy as a fantasy option in 2016 and that unpredictability is one of the things that make baseball so great. By hook or by crook the crafty veteran has four quality starts in his last five outings and a sparking 1.79 ERA across 30.2 innings during that stretch. The strikeouts are still hit or miss, though Peavy did whiff eight Rays in his last game. And of course there’s the match-up. If the Phillies can’t score runs at home, what do you think they’re going to do in spacious AT&T Park?

Jeremy Hellickson (6/25 @SF) – 22% owned

Though he’s a two-start option this week, Hellickson is still available in over 75% of Yahoo leagues. I guess that’s not a huge surprise given his recent struggles, but it should be noted that two of those poor outings came against the Blue Jays and Nationals. A road tilt in San Francisco is certainly a much safer landing spot. Throw in the fact that the Giants are hitting well below average against the change-up, which is Hellickson’s go to pitch, and this sure looks like a favorable matchup for the Philly hurler.

Week 11 Report Card

Very strong week all around and equally important, several of these pitchers are now worth keeping around for at least a few more starts. Specifically, Davies’ continued consistency and Paxton’s upside now have relevance even in 10-team formats. Finnegan and Karns still have control issues and thus remain as match-up based streamers while Moore is somewhere in the middle and is worth monitoring to see if his recent success continues.

Brandon Finnegan: 6IP, 4H, 3BB, 5K, 1ER

Nathan Karns: 5IP, 4H, 2BB, 8K, 2ER

James Paxton: 6IP, 7H, 2BB, 5K, 3ER

Zach Davies: 7IP, 5H, 1BB, 6K, 1ER

Matt Moore: 6IP, 6H, 2BB, 5K, 2ER

Combined: 30IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 29K’s

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