Fantasy Baseball: J.A. Happ, Tommy Milone among top pitchers to stream this weekend

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j.a. happ

Fantasy owners will be more than Happ-y with J.A.’s results on Friday (via

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for fantasy baseball owners to hike up their pants and lace their boots for the Week 9 stretch run.

The long Memorial Day weekend may have left you a little hungover, so I’ll let you slide if you forgot to set your lineup because you puked on your computer’s keyboard — but there are no excuses anymore!

Need some streamers?  The Toronto Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ and the Oakland Athletics’ Tommy Milone are a couple of readily available pitchers who can help you salvage your Week 9 fantasy baseball matchups.  Dig in!

(Player ownership percentages are based on fantasy leagues)

» J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (1.4 percent owned): The Jays are simply on fire, winning 12 of their last 13 games, placing them atop the AL East standings.  This game will be played at the Rogers Centre, where the home team has flourished.  Toronto is third in runs, second in OPS and first in homers when playing north of the border, meaning Happ should get plenty of run support on Friday.  Due to a back injury, Happ got a late start to the season, but has pitched relatively well since then.  In five starts, the lefty is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA.  His opponent, the Kansas City Royals, are hitting just .245 vs. southpaws (22nd) and have the second-lowest run total in the majors when facing left-handers.  Make sure James Anthony Happ is in your lineup.

» Tommy Milone, Athletics (4 percent owned): Tommy Milone had a 2013 to forget.  A 4.39 ERA led to a minor league demotion in early August.  The 27-year-old left-hander clearly learned from his mistakes, as he is pitching again like he did earlier in his career.  Milone has a 3.50 ERA for the season, but over his last four starts he’s been nearly untouchable, allowing just 3 ER in 26.1 IP.  The BABIP (.203) during that period shows he’s been getting very lucky, but a 1.03 ERA is a 1.03 ERA any way you slice it.  He’ll face a tough opponent in the Angels on Saturday (fifth in scoring), but his great home splits (2-0, 1.35 ERA, .170 BAA) should skew things in his favor.  Grab Milone off the wire if you’re in need of some pitching help this weekend.

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Beckett is still available in 12 percent of ESPN leagues? Quit Josh-ing me! (via

Other pitchers to consider:

» A.J. Burnett, Phillies: Okay, at 74 percent owned he’s doesn’t exactly fall under the typical requirements to be deemed a streamer, but if if yours is one if the league’s he’s available in, grab him now.  The Phillies kinda suck, but so do the Mets.  Old man Burnett has pitched okay this year, compiling a 3.51 ERA and racking up 53 strikeouts.  He’s no longer a frontline starter, but has settled in to being, well, a streamer — and that’s the point of this article, right?  The Mets are batting .222 as a team — 29th in the majors — and Burnett has been better at home than on the road.

» Josh Beckett, Dodgers: Beckett had a no-hitter last time out.  He’s still unowned in 12 percent of ESPN leagues.  Umm, what?  Some of you clearly partied more than others this past weekend.  He’ll oppose the weak-hitting Pirates at Chavez Ravine on Friday.

» Jake Odorizzi, Rays: He’s not gonna go deep into games, but the Rays’ young right-hander has some pretty nasty stuff.  A 1.66 ERA over his last four starts and a 10.40 K/9 on the season is enough to warrant an add as a streamer, especially against the all-of-a-sudden struggling Red Sox.

» Phil Hughes, Twins: I don’t care how bad Hughes was with the Yankees, even in Yankee Stadium.  The Yankees are not nearly as good of a hitting team as they are hyped to be (27th in runs scored) and this game has “revenge factor” written all over it.  Hughes has arguably been a top 10 pitcher in the month of May and hasn’t issued a walk in his last six starts, a span of 40 1/3 innings pitched.  He’s owned in just 52 percent of leagues.  For shame!


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