Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 Pitching Streamers

Mike Foltynewicz

There are actually several pitching streamers to choose from, but I’ll go over just a few for Week 17. Also, don’t forget to click the image below to listen to our podcast!

Mike Foltynewciz | Atlanta Braves

(7/31 @ PHI, 8/5 MIA)

ESPN: 37%   Yahoo: 44%

“Folty” is on another strong stretch of starts against teams like the D-Backs, Dodgers, and Nationals. This week is a two-start week for him against the Phillies and Marlins, and he’s still available in more than half of leagues. You can start him in both games, so if he’s available, pick him up! The average velocity on most of his pitches has picked up a little from several starts ago, which sets him up nicely for these strong starts. While his velocity can’t keep rising, he can maintain what he has and still be successful. It looks like he’s learning to “pitch” more, rather than just “throwing.”

Jerad Eickhoff | Philadelphia Phillies

(8/3 @ LAA)

ESPN: 12%   Yahoo: 31%

Eickhoff is starting to pitch more like the Eickhoff I thought he would at the beginning of the season. This week, he’ll get the start against the Angels in Anaheim. Admittingly, the Angels are a team I like to target against. Eickhoff’s stats won’t jump off the page, but when the time is right as a streamer, you’ll take a handful of strikeouts while only giving up a 2-3 earned runs. There’s a discrepancy between his ownership on both sites, but still widely available enough for him to be free to pick up as a streamer this week.

Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers

(8/5 @ NYM)

ESPN: 10%   Yahoo: 12%

Ryu gets the start on the road this week at Citi Field. Given that he doesn’t pitch deep into games, he’s able to get several strikeouts in six or less innings. Ryu’s only given up two runs or less in his last four starts, but only has one win to show for it. The Mets don’t have a projected starter for this game, but it’s safe to assume to that the Dodgers will be able to score runs against whoever it is. If you’re in a league that has quality starts as a category, you may want to look elsewhere for a streamer. But if you’re like most and need the win and other accounting stats, then he’s surely usable.

Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds

(8/1 @ PIT, 8/6 STL)

ESPN: 2%   ESPN: 2%

In very deep leagues, or if you’re desperate. Bailey has only made seven starts this season, but has pitched at least six innings in four of them. Of these seven starts, he’s only given up more than two walks just two times. He doesn’t strikeout many batters, but it’s because they’re making contact against him. At least they aren’t of the homerun type, and that’s something the Pirates don’t do much of, especially in their home park. Bailey is capable of pitching well enough for the win and/or quality start, and the matchup against the Pirates may just be that time, as you probably won’t want to start him against the Cardinals.

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

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