Fantasy Baseball: Week 17 Pitching Streamers

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

AP Photo – The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn

Coming to you a little late this time around due to all the trade deadline chaos; here are your week 17 pitching streamers. With early week rotations still in some flux I’ve only got four suggested plays. That said we’re starting with the Wednesday schedule so still some solid options to use in the latter half of the week. 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.

Jeff Locke (8/3 @ATL) – 4% owned

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Jeff Locke is not a good pitcher. The Braves cannot hit lefties. Something has to give here. I really don’t have much confidence in Locke, but it’s even harder to overlook Atlanta’s putrid 0.295 wOBA against southpaws. Given that his last appearance came in relief this likely won’t be a particularly long outing, though five usable innings seems like a reasonable projection.

Nathan Eovaldi (8/4 vs. NYM) – 18% owned

Small slate on Thursday so the options are limited. The Mets are a plus match-up for righties and Eovaldi is coming off consecutive quality starts. He also has a 3.00 ERA since returning to the rotation so there’s reason to believe the bullpen stint may have helped him get back on track. Eovaldi’s home run issues are somewhat of a concern here given the ballpark and opponent, but injuries have really weakened the Mets’ lineup in recent days.

Ervin Santana (8/5 @TB) – 32% owned

Santana was terrific in his two-step last week and has really been a viable fantasy option for over a month now. In fact, he hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in a start since June 14th. Sure the strikeouts have dropped and wins are hard to come by, but if that weren’t the case he wouldn’t be in the streamer discussion to begin with. Tampa was already a favorable match-up for righties and a series of deadline deals have only further depleted the club’s lineup.

James Paxton (8/6 vs. LAA) – 20% owned

Paxton has been alternating good and bad starts lately so if you buy into that type of stuff the timing here isn’t ideal. Still, I find it hard to see him struggle against the Angels after a dominant outing against a far more potent Boston lineup. The recent uptick in strikeouts is also a nice bonus; Paxton has fanned 21 batters in his last 20 innings following a three-start stretch where he had a combined five punch-outs. Further, the young lefty has only issued four walks over his last five outings so everything seems to be trending in the right direction.

Week 16 Report Card

Santana was great to start the week and then everything was downhill from there. Folty and Nova showed why they’re far from dependable while Ray appears to be the NL’s version of Michael Pineda at this point. The strikeouts will always be there, but some guys simply never get the results to match their peripherals.

Ervin Santana: 9IP, 7H, 0BB, 5K, 2ER

Mike Foltynewicz: 5.1IP, 12H, 0BB, 3K, 6ER

Robbie Ray: 5.2IP, 5H, 2BB, 11K, 5ER

Ivan Nova: 4.1IP, 6H, 3BB, 3K, 5ER

Bud Norris: – left with injury –

Combined: 24.1IP, 6.72 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 22K’s

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