Fantasy Baseball: Week 6 Pitching Streamers

(Image courtesy of Tommy Gilligan, USA Today)

(Image courtesy of Tommy Gilligan, USA Today)

Week 6 pitching streamers have arrived! Last week my picks here performed more like aces than waiver wire fill-ins so let’s hope the good fortunes continue. On a side note, Kevin Gausman, Adam Conley and Jerad Eickoff are options I considered too high-end to recommend once again, but they’re all still available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues so go check on that first. And we’re off!

Chris Devenski (5/10 vs. CLE) – 8% owned

While there isn’t an obvious explanation for Devenski’s success so far, that’s a concern more relevant to rest of season value than it is to streamer appeal. The Indians are a relatively neutral match-up and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this hot-streak continue for at least one more start. The minor league resume isn’t particularly impressive, but Devinski appeared to be showing progressive improvement and always had decent strikeout and walk rates.

Aaron Blair (5/12 vs. PHI) – 7% owned

A small Thursday slate makes Blair a preferred play here. Now I get that his peripherals have been a mess so far (9:5 BB/K ration in 16.1 innings), but given his prospect level and minor league track record there should be some positive regression coming in both of those areas. And even more importantly, the Phillies as a team are currently hitting .231 against right handed pitching so this certainly appears to be a soft landing spot.

Nathan Karns (5/13 vs. LAA) – 22% owned

Karns has been a frequent recommendation in this space so far this year and for good reason. He’s delivered a quality start in each of his past three outings and appears to have resolved some of the control issues that plagued him earlier in the season. The Angels currently rank 27th in OPS against righties so the combination of opponent and ballpark here is as good as it gets for a streaming option.

Tyler Duffey (5/14 @CLE) – 5% owned

Duffey was a pleasant surprise for the Twins down the stretch last year and it appears that he’s picked up right where he left off. The young righty has allowed only one earned run over his last two starts to go along with 16 strikeouts over 13.1 innings during that span. Cleveland ranks middle of the pack so far this year against right-handed pitching, but Duffey’s strong curveball should help keep them at bay in this match-up.

Week 5 Report Card

All the picks delivered quality results last week, especially Chatwood, Conley and Gausman who each had no-run outings. The latter two along with Wright should be owned in the majority of competitive leagues by now so hopefully you got to them in time. Chatwood remains a road-start option only and rostering a pitcher who you can use at most 50% of the time is impractical so don’t overreact to this one game.

Steven Wright: 6IP, 3H, 4BB, 6K, 2ER

Tyler Chatwood: 8IP, 3H, 1BB, 7K, 0ER

Adam Conley: 5.1IP, 2H, 1BB, 6K, 0ER

Kevin Gausman: 8IP, 3H, 0BB, 4K, 0ER

Bartolo Colon: 6.2IP, 6H, 1BB, 5K, 3ER

Combined: 34IP, 1.32 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 28K’s

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