Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 Streaming Options

Athletics Sean Manaea

These Week 14 Streaming Options give fantasy baseball owners a chance to take advantage of struggling and strikeout prone offenses. These pitchers can be found on many waiver wires and should be targeted if you need pitching help this week.

Sean Manaea | Oakland Athletics | 5% Owned on Yahoo
(Tuesday at Minnesota Twins)

Sean Manaea is on the road this week which isn’t always the best place to target a streaming option, especially one that has struggled on the road to this point. However Manaea has a chance to build off of a solid outing after re-joining the A’s rotation. He went 5.2 innings with 4 strikeouts and only 1 walk. He did not allow a run in that outing. Manaea will face a Twins team that is 19th in OPS against left handed pitching and is 10th for strikeouts against left handed pitching. He is also a two start option this week and faces the Houston Astros on Sunday. Another team that tends to struggle against lefties including striking out the 4th most. Using Manaea for both starts makes a ton of sense.

Jeremy Hellickson | Philadelphia Phillies | 21% Owned on Yahoo
(Wed vs Atlanta Braves)

Jeremy Hellickson is in a nice spot this week. He gets a home start against the Atlanta Braves who are dead last in the MLB for OPS against right handed pitching. Over his last two outings Hellickson has allowed just two earned runs tallying nine strikeouts and two walks over those outings. The Braves are not a strikeout prone team but Hellickson should be able to get a handful in this outing. There is not a ton of danger with Hellickson this week and a ton of potential for a nice reward. Throw him in your lineup this week.

Dodgers Bud Norris

Wally Skalij – Los Angeles Times

Bud Norris | Los Angeles Dodgers | 35% Owned on Yahoo
(Wed vs Baltimore Orioles)

The Bud Norris experience has been impressive over the past few outings especially when you figure he switched teams between his last two starts. He had eight strikeouts over 7 innings and no earned in his final start with the Atlanta Braves. He made his first start with the Los Angeles Dodgers and picked up where he left off with the Braves. Norris had another eight strikeout performance with no earned in that outing. This week he faces a Baltimore Orioles team that has been crushing the ball. They set a MLB record with 56 home runs in June. The Orioles are also a team that can go cold at the plate and strikeout the 13th most against right handed pitching. There is built in risk using Norris here but the park should help Norris avoid the home run ball. He might be worth a stash even if you decide to avoid the risk this week.

Jeff Locke | Pittsburgh Pirates | 8% Owned on Yahoo
(Wed at St. Louis Cardinals)

Jeff Locke is not a guy that most fantasy owners should be using on a weekly basis but has fantasy value to be gleaned. Locke faces a Cardinals team that struggles against left handed pitching. They rank 24th in OPS across the majors and 11th in strikeouts. Locke should avoid the big inning and tally a handful of strikeouts in this outing. He is a nice option that is widely available.

Robbie Ray | Arizona Diamondbacks | 11% Owned on Yahoo
(Sat at San Francisco Giants)

It may be easy to look at the four earned Robbie Ray just gave up to the San Francisco Giants and want to avoid him this week, however Ray is a great pitcher to use this week. He has faced San Francisco twice this season and has 16 strikeouts in those outings. The Giants have struggled against left handed pitching all season. They are 5th in strikeouts and have the 12th worst OPS against left handed pitching. He is definitely worth a look especially if you need strikeout help this week.

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