Fantasy Baseball: Week 3 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

Following a terrific debut performance in week 2 (see report card below), here are my preferred pitching streamers for week 3. (Note: as always all ownership percentages are derived from Yahoo).

 Logan Verrett (4/19 @PHI) – 3% owned

Verrett was brilliant in his spot-start against the Marlins last week and now gets a road match-up against the weak-hitting Phillies. His sample size as a major league pitcher, let alone a starter is rather small (54.2 career innings), but he’s been incredibly consistent since coming over from Texas. In his two years with the Mets, Verrett owns a 2.76 ERA, .090 WHIP and a more than respectable K/9 of 8.5. He also does a good job of limiting walks and keeping the ball in the park so while the upside isn’t extreme, there’s a high floor and a quality start seems likely.

Drew Pomeranz (4/20 vs. PIT) – 22% owned

I recommended Pomeranz in this space last week and he certainly delivered so why not go back to the well one more time. While the Padres anemic offense will make wins hard to come by, there’s some strikeout and ratio upside to exploit here. Pomeranz has fanned 15 batters across 11 innings so far this season and has held the opposition to two or fewer runs in both his starts. The Pirates lineup is nothing special, especially in terms of left-handed power so I fully expect another solid outing.

Nathan Karns (4/21 @CLE) – 7% owned

Karns struggled in his first start of the year, but got back on track against the Yankees last week. While the peripherals don’t look great and he needs to cut down the walks, 13 punchouts across 10 innings is proof that he has the stuff to be much better. Cleveland’s lineup is nothing special and if Karns can regain his control he should deliver a strong performance in this spot.

Nick Tropeano (4/22 vs. SEA) – 13% owned

Tropeano has been a pleasant surprise for the Angels so far this season, allowing only one run across his first two starts. While he hasn’t made it through 6 innings in either outing and his 1.41 WHIP implies a fair share of good luck, I expect that trend to continue in this match-up. The upside is obviously limited, but if Tropeano can navigate around Cano and Cruz he should contribute another usable stat line.

Chase Anderson (4/23 vs. PHI) – 22% owned

While a two-start week has increased his ownership percentage in recent days, Anderson is still available in over 75% of leagues. He’s similar to Tropeano in that he’s not someone who’s going to pitch deep into games or give you a high strikeout total, but his match-up is even better. The Phillies’ lack of power makes me less worried about the park factor here and gives Anderson a higher floor than usual.

Week 2 Report Card

Below are the stat lines for the streamers I recommended here last week. The Padres match-ups were quite obvious, but it’s still great to see Eickoff and Velasquez deliver performances that you usually only see from elite fantasy options. Also, don’t expect to see returns like this on a weekly basis, as the cumulative pitching line below normally resembles a good month from Clayton Kershaw, not a mash-up of deep waiver wire options.

Kendall Graveman: 6IP, 4H, 2BB, 3K, 1 ER

Jerad Eickhoff: 7IP, 4H, 0BB, 9K, 0ER

Drew Pomeranz: 6IP, 3H, 3BB, 8K, 2ER

Vince Velasquez: 9IP, 3H, 0BB, 16K, 0ER

Chris Young: 4IP, 8H, 2BB, 2K, 4ER

Combined: 32IP, 1.97 ERA, 0.91WHIP, 38K’s

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