The Chicago White Sox headline Week 16 as the streaming options to use. This week also features guys with tremendous strikeout upside, but they come with some risk. While they are all not names you may normally rely on, the value is definitely there.
Dismissing options because of what you think they have been doing and not what they have actually been producing may lead to a misstep. Like with these pitching options, assuming the lineups they are opposing are a walk in the park may lead to your starters getting shelled. The Philadelphia Phillies have a lineup with a some real hitters in it including Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera. They are fourth in batting average since the all star break. Lets take a look at some options for this week.
John Danks – Chicago White Sox
(Monday at Boston Red Sox)
I have been on the John Danks stanks bandwagon for sometime. I have stacked against him in DFS way too often as of late. Truth is, he has pitched really well in the past month or so; three of his last four starts have seen Danks fail to allow a run. He also tallied 14 strikeouts in those three games. He did give up a crooked number to the Toronto Blue Jays, though. In this matchup he gets to face the Boston Red Sox who have been scuffling as of late losing 10 of 12. Post All Star break they are hitting .209. They are a poor hitting team against lefties as well. Xander Bogaerts is the only player who hits lefties consistently and Hanley Ramirez can supply some power. They will be without Dustin Pedroia who is back on the DL. Joe Kelly will be the starter for the home team, giving Danks a strong chance at getting the win. Roll out Danks for this match up.
Jorge De La Rosa – Colorado Rockies
(Monday at Chicago Cubs)
Jorge De La Rosa is another guy who i have tended to stay away from as a streaming option or DFS candidate, but this matchup is too juicy to pass on. The Cubs lineup is one that tends to struggle against lefties, just ask Cole Hamels. While I’m not putting De La Rosa in the same class as Hamels, he has the ability to produce really well in this match up. He can rack up the strikeouts and has a great opportunity against the Cubs who do it with the best of them. The Rockies can produce enough runs behind him and hopefully get him the win in the process.Just say “Hip, Hip, Jorge!” when he pitches well on Monday.
Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox
(Wednesday at Boston Red Sox)
Much like his teammate John Danks, Jose Quintana has a chance to do well in this matchup. Quintana is a lefty who has been pitching well as of late but can allow three or four earned runs in a start. He pitched amazingly in his last start at Cleveland, holding the Indians offense to goose eggs while tallying 8 strikeouts. The Red Sox are towards the bottom of the MLB in terms of strikeouts but when they face lefties they jump to the middle of the pack. Quintana has the potential to put up a performance much like he did a week ago. He will likely be a cheap DFS option with a ton of potential.
Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
(Wednesday at Seattle Mariners)
I’m going to start off by saying this matchup has the chance to turn very ugly for Patrick Corbin. Nelson Cruz, Franklin Gutierrez, Kyle Seager and Seth Smith can all hit lefties very well. With that said the potential for Corbin to have an outstanding outing is very much in the cards. The Seattle Mariners strike out early and often. Patrick Corbin is still working his way back from an injury but in his last outing he put up an impressive 10 strikeouts. He has the chance to approach that number on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks haven’t been producing for Corbin and Felix Hernandez is on the mound against them. If you are looking for a strikeouts or a GPP play in DFS Corbin may be your man.
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Jimmy Nelson – Milwaukee Brewers
(Thursday vs Chicago Cubs)
Jimmie Nelson has been has been reliable as of late, allowing 6 earned runs in his last four outings, tallying 24 strikeouts in the process. In his two previous starts against the Cubs this season he has a 3.95 ERA with 17 strikeouts. The Cubs continue to strike out with at an elite rate. Against right handed pitchers the Cubs have almost 100 more strikeouts than second place. I expect Nelson to allow two or three runs in this outing with a strikeout total approaching double digits. Jake Arrieta, who has been great as of late is opposing him making the win harder to come by.
Good luck in week 16!