Fantasy Baseball: Week 16 Pitching Streamers

(Photo Credit: FoxSports)

(Photo Credit: FoxSports)

Another week, another opportunity; here we go with the week 16 pitching streamers. Remember, rotation schedules are tentative and subject to change based on weather, injury and a variety of other factors. As always, ownership percentages are based on Yahoo leagues.

Ervin Santana (7/26 vs. ATL) – 25% owned

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While Santana is anything but consistent, he’s been pitching much better of late. The veteran righty has a 1.95 ERA and sub-zero WHIP in July and has delivered a quality start in three of his last four outings. The Braves are also the worst team in the league against right-handed pitching by multiple metrics, so that certainly doesn’t hurt either. Santana’s ability to pitch deep into games gives him a solid floor and makes this an obvious match-up to exploit.

Mike Foltynewicz (7/27 @MIN) – 10% owned

Foltynewicz has always had the stuff to get outs at this level and he’s currently enjoying the best stretch of his short career. Prior to last week’s outing in Coors, the flamethrower had allowed only three runs across 14 innings in his previous two starts. Home runs remain a concern, but there are more positives now than ever before. Additionally, the Twins have the 9th highest K% against rights so at the very least there is some strikeout upside here.

Robbie Ray (7/28 @MIL) – 13% owned

Given the risk involved with streaming pitchers it’s always nice to use a guy with a betable skill. For Ray that value comes in his strikeouts. The lefty is currently 5th among qualified starters in K/9 and has whiffed at least seven batters in each of his last seven starts. And seeing as the Brewers are tied for the league lead in K% against southpaws, I could easily see Ray delivering double-digit punch-outs in this outing.

Ivan Nova (7/29 @TB) – 4% owned

Nova is certainly not the pitcher he was earlier in his career, but that doesn’t mean he can’t provide value in the right situation. He’s given up only one run in each of his last two starts and is beginning to work deeper into games. The long ball remains his biggest issue (1.6 HR/9) so it really helps that this game is in Tampa and not at Yankee Stadium. Further, the Rays currently rank 25th in OPS against righties so the implosion potential here is not as high as it may be in some other match-ups.

Bud Norris (7/31 vs. ARI) – 23% owned

Norris has not pitched well of late so this is really just a gut-pick. That said the Arizona match-up certainly plays better at home and the strikeouts are still there so it’s not as if there’s nothing to like here. The Diamondbacks have also scored the third fewest runs of any team in the month of July. With Sundays typically being a “get away” day I expect will see a diminished lineup and like Norris’ chances of delivering a useful line here.

Week 15 Report Card

Now that’s what I call coming back from the All-Star break in style! Everyone in the group besides Bradley delivered a quality start, including standout performances from Hellickson and Gausman. Those two along with Moore should be owned in anything 12 teams or deeper and at this point I feel comfortable using all of them on a semi-regular basis. Reed remains a matchup-only play for now while Bradley’s control and poor WHIP still make him a risky option in roto formats.

Cody Reed: 6IP, 5H, 2BB, 5K, 0ER

Jeremy Hellickson: 8IP, 5H, 0BB, 8K, 1ER

Matt Moore: 7IP, 4H, 2BB, 6K, 3ER

Archie Bradley: 5IP, 5H, 5BB, 4K, 3ER

Kevin Gausman: 7IP, 4H, 3BB, 7K, 0ER

Combined: 33IP, 1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 30K’s

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