Week 11, features some streaming options for your fantasy baseball team. Some of these options can provide an impressive number of strikeouts, while others will be reliable options that should allow very few runs and provide a great opportunity at getting a win, and contribute to the other counting stats. I also took this week to introduce fantasy options to avoid. These pitchers may seem like reliable options that can provide a strong outing but are options owners should avoid if they can.
Taijuan Walker – Seattle Mariners
(Monday at San Francisco Giants)
Taijuan Walker has a ton of potential but his ownership numbers aren’t close to where they need to be. He has a fantastic opportunity this week to produce for fantasy owners and the Seattle Mariners. He heads to San Francisco to take on a San Francisco Giants team that has had their bats go cold. Earlier this season i may have stayed away from Walker on the road but his control seems to be improving and he had an impressive outing in his last start at the Cleveland Indians. While the 8 hits over 6 innings isn’t ideal, Walker limited the Indians to 1 run. He also tallied 6 strikeouts, while only allowing 2 walks. Add him now before your league mates do. This may be the last chance to add him via the waiver wire.
Tim Hudson – San Francisco Giants
(Monday vs Seattle Mariners)
Tim Hudson, like his opponent in this matchup, Taijuan Walker, has a chance to have a solid outing. Walker would be my choice, if forced to pick one for this game. Hudson doesn’t have strikeout upside of Walker, but should be really solid in this match up. The Mariners have struggled at the plate most of the season and he should take advantage. 2 earned runs or less and a handful of strikeouts is very reasonable expectation in this match up. He is also a solid GPP play or second starter in DFS.
Jeremy Hellickson Arizona Diamondbacks
(Tuesday at Anaheim)
Jeremy Hellickson is getting back to the guy fantasy owners loved in Tampa Bay. While his last start did not go awesome, the three prior provided fantasy value. He allowed 3 earned runs or less in each outing and tallied a handful of strikeouts in each outing. He gets an opportunity to pitch away from Chase Field in this outing. The Diamondbacks have played great defense as of late and continue to score a ton of runs. Hellickson likely won’t get a complete game shutout, but can give a solid 6 or 7 inning performance allowing 3 earned runs or less and tally 5 or 6 strikeouts.
Jesse Chavez – Oakland Athletics
(Wednesday vs San Diego Padres)
Im going to call on Jesse Chavez again this week. Last week did not go as well as I had hoped but this matchup provides a ton of potential. Chavez has been a much better pitcher at home this season. He has an era under 2 and has tallied 19 strikeouts in 4 outings at home, this season.
Mat Latos – Miami Marlins
(Thursday at New York Yankees)
Mat Latos will be heading into this game, off of his best performance of the season. He fanned 11 batters over 7 innings and only allowing 1 earned run. This week he will be on the road, where he has been much better this season. He has a 2.42 ERA on the road this season in four starts. He also has 21 strikeouts to 9 walks. He should provide another strong outing against the Yankees, allowing 3 earned runs or less with the 5-7 strikeouts.
**Avoid** Noah Syndergaard NY Mets (Monday vs Toronto Blue Jays)
Syndergaard has given up 11 earned runs in his last two outings and faces a Blue Jays team that may have the hottest bats in baseball. While he has the ability to tally a massive amount of strikeouts, the risk isn’t worth the potential reward in this match up.
**Avoid** Jaime Garcia – St. Louis Cardinals (Wednesday at Minnesota Twins)
I wanted to recommend Garcia this week. He has been strong since returning to the Cardinals rotation, including a 4 hit and no earned run performance over 8 innings against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately Garcia is facing the Minnesota Twins who are hitting an impressive .312 against left handers with 30 home runs. After this game may provide a nice buy low opportunity if your league mates believe they used all of Garcia’s potential fantasy value.