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As fantasy baseball playoffs are beginning and the fantasy season is winding to a close, it is time for me to begin to look for ways to improve as a fantasy analyst while this season is still fresh in my mind. As I reflect, I feel good with my process and results, but that doesn’t mean I can’t improve it. As such, I am going to try something different with how I disseminate my information to you.
 
If you have followed my streaming chart this year, you have probably found at least some success. Just look at our results by designated streaming category:
 
2.80 R (0.24 worse than MLB average)
3.14 RBI (0.24 better than MLB average)
0.95 HR (0.13 better than MLB average)
0.47 SB (0.17 better than MLB average)
.302 AVG (.059 better than MLB average)
.350 OBP (.034 better than MLB average)
.465 SLG (.059 better than MLB average)
On the other hand, if you have only followed my articles, which feature some but not all of the players from the chart, I expect you have not been quite as successful. I think I do a good job highlighting players on which to take a chance, but I do a poorer job identify which players are best amongst the group I already like. To solve this problem, I am going to more predominantly feature my streaming chart. I want you to use the chart, the whole chart. I will still give you some written analysis, but I won’t be picking between players, only highlighting things that catch my eye.
 
The Chart (w/ Notes on Players Below)
 
As always, if you prefer to view my chart through google docs, you can find this exact chart on the tab for “next week” using this link.
 
If you have any questions about the chart, players, or streaming decisions, my Twitter handle is @UTStreamer (my DMs are open). Happy Streaming!
Category Rank Player Team Position League Type Roster % Op. Pitchers Team Offense Ball Parks SB Stream Grade Categories Liabilities
Overall/Points 1 Brett Gardner NYY OF Deep 2% 100 97 90 57 100 HR, R, RBI, OBP  
Overall/Points 2 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B, 3B Standard 28% 94 95 81 57 97 HR, R, RBI, SLG Uncertain PT
Overall/Points 3 Garrett Hampson COL 2B, OF, SS Shallow 30% 85 70 84 56 94 AVG, R, SB, OBP PT back?
AVG 1 Brendan Rodgers COL 2B, SS Standard 20% 85 70 84 56 90 AVG, OBP  
AVG 2 Garrett Hampson COL 2B, OF, SS Shallow 30% 85 70 84 56 94 AVG, R, SB, OBP PT back?
AVG 3 Luis Garcia WSN 2B Deep 1% 79 70 86 66 81 AVG  
HR 1 Miguel Sano MIN 1B, 3B Shallow 47% 73 89 81 53 86 HR, RBI AVG
HR 2 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B, 3B Standard 28% 94 95 81 57 97 HR, R, RBI, SLG Uncertain PT
HR 3 Brett Gardner NYY OF Deep 2% 100 97 90 57 100 HR, R, RBI, OBP  
R 1 Brett Gardner NYY OF Deep 2% 100 97 90 57 100 HR, R, RBI, OBP  
R 2 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B, 3B Standard 28% 94 95 81 57 97 HR, R, RBI, SLG Uncertain PT
R 3 Garrett Hampson COL 2B, OF, SS Shallow 30% 85 70 84 56 94 AVG, R, SB, OBP PT back?
RBI 1 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B, 3B Standard 28% 94 95 81 57 97 HR, R, RBI, SLG Uncertain PT
RBI 2 Brett Gardner NYY OF Deep 2% 100 97 90 57 100 HR, R, RBI, OBP  
RBI 3 Miguel Sano MIN 1B, 3B Shallow 47% 73 89 81 53 86 HR, RBI AVG
SB 1 Yonny Hernandez TEX 3B, SS Deep 1% 63 62 74 57 65 SB All Other Cats
SB 2 Myles Straw CLE OF Shallow 48% 85 73 81 64 79 SB Losing PT
SB 3 Garrett Hampson COL 2B, OF, SS Shallow 30% 85 70 84 56 94 AVG, R, SB, OBP PT back?
OBP 1 Andrew Benintendi KCR OF Shallow 50% 69 80 75 51 90 AVG, OBP  
OBP 2 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF Standard 24% 97 72 75 62 86 AVG, OBP  
OBP 3 Carter Kieboom WSN 3B Deep 6% 79 70 86 66 83 OBP  
SLG 1 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B, 3B Standard 28% 94 95 81 57 97 HR, R, RBI, SLG Uncertain PT
SLG 2 Andrew Vaughn CWS 1B, OF Shallow 31% 85 80 85 54 88 SLG  
SLG 3 Harold Ramriez CLE OF Deep 1% 85 73 81 64 86 AVG, SLG  
The Big 3: Gardner, Dalbec, and Hampson
 
These three make up 13 out of 24 spots on the chart and for good reason.
 
For Gardner, he is seeing every day at-bats at the top of the order (1st, 1st, and 2nd in the order the last three days) in one of the best lineups in baseball. We have been using this equation – finding at-bats in a good lineup – to great success. Hunter Renfroe anyone? Gardner is just the latest guy to fit this equation. As long as he is playing every day and hitting near the top of the order, he should be rostered.
 
Dalbec is similar to Gardner in that he has been playing every day in a great lineup. We have been streaming Dalbec seemingly every week for a while now, and he hasn’t disappointed. Keep it rolling until he stops playing.
 
Garrett Hampson was once too highly rostered to ever be considered a streamer. Then, rather inexplicably, he stopped playing every day. Naturally, his roster percentage has only declined since then. Now at a seasonal low of 30% in terms of rostership, Hampson is playing every day again. I think this has to do with Connor Joe going to the IL, but you aren’t going to find many players on the waivers who can steal bases like Hampson while also being a decent hitter. Hampson provides a unique opportunity if he is available in your league.
 
Outside of the Big 3…
 
There is one other player that is catching my eye. Yonny Hernandez will only provide you one thing – steals. When he plays, he runs. However, he only plays against righties. For next week, that isn’t a problem as the Rangers face six righties, tied for the most of any team
 
One final note to not overlook Cain, Kieboom, Vaughn, and Harold Ramirez buried at the bottom of the chart. They are OBP and SLG streamers who are playing every day, and those two categories give you a solid base, especially in points leagues.
 
Bonus Notes
 
Easiest Opposing Pitchers: Yankees (easiest), Brewers, and Red Sox
Hardest Opposing Pitchers: Cubs (best), Rangers, D’Backs
Best Ballpark Schedule: Orioles (best), Dodgers, Yankees
Worst Ballpark Schedule: Mets (worst), Tigers, and Cardinals
Best Stolen Base Schedule: Cardinals (The Best. BY A LOT)
Worst Stolen Base Schedule: Dodgers (worst), Mariners, Athletics
Most Matchups Against Righties: Giants and Rangers w/ 6
Most Matchups Against Lefties: Red Sox and Orioles w/ 4

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