Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 Pitching Streamers

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Week 12 is upon us, and it just so happens that my pitching streamers for this week are all from the NL. Good news is that three of them are also 2-start pitchers. Also, don’t forget to click the image below to listen to our podcast!
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Brandon McCarthy | Los Angeles Dodgers

(6/20 vs. NYM, 6/25 vs. COL)

ESPN: 50%   Yahoo: 55%

McCarthy hasn’t been on my radar, but now that we’re running thin at the position, he finally is. Six of his 11 starts this season have been quality starts. He’s averaging about 4.6 strikeouts per start, and hasn’t walked more than three batters in a start. McCarthy’s probably still a streamer, especially with how the Dodgers are handling the DL and their rotation. In his first start of the week, he’s facing the Mets, who are running out of positional players. They’re injury riddled at the moment, and McCarthy and the Dodgers can capitalize on that.

Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals

(6/21 @ PHI)

ESPN: 47%   Yahoo: 43%

Wacha has fallen out of favor rather quickly with his fantasy owners. Hopefully, this start against the Phillies can be his “get right game,” because we fantasy owners need pitching options. He’s had trouble with the Brewers, Yankees, Cubs, and back-to-back struggles with the Dodgers. Those teams aren’t slouches, but he does need to perform better in division matchups. As I always mention, the Phillies strikeout a lot and don’t take many walks, if at all. Wacha is set up to have a nice start, and it’s up to him to have a potential dominant start.

Mets Zack Wheeler

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Zack Wheeler | New York Yankees

(6/19 @ LAD, 6/24 @ SF)

ESPN: 28%   Yahoo: 30%

Wheeler’s another two-start pitcher for Week 12. If you disregard his last start against the Cubs, he’s been fine since returning to starting regularly for the Mets. The best of Wheeler is yet to come, so for now he’s a streamer until he’s puts up more consistent numbers. His first start is in Los Angeles, and the second in San Francisco. The start against the Giants is the one I favor more because of the ballpark and the struggles of their offense. The Giants are the team that drafted Wheeler, so if you like narrative, there’s one for you. As long as he stays healthy, his walks and ERA should come down and this upcoming can help with that.

Zach Davies | Milwaukee Brewers

(6/20 vs. PIT, 6/25 @ ATL)

ESPN: 20%   Yahoo: 23%

Davies has seven wins and a sub-five ERA. Welcome to pitching in 2017. The Brewers have scored enough run support to help get wins. You could start him with two starts this week against the Pirates and Braves. The Pirates offense isn’t the same without Starling Marte and last year’s version of Gregory Polanco, while the Braves are hot and cold. Davies could still return to his form of last season, but his overall numbers won’t show it since he got tagged pretty good to start the season. He’ll give up a walk or two, but it’s the homeruns that he needs to avoid, and the Pirates are a good team for that.

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!


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