In one sentence how would I describe streaming hitters this week?
Yep, that’s all I need. Three whole letters. It is that brutal this week. In an all-important week to the fantasy baseball season, streaming hitters is a challenge and then some. Yet we persevere. Besides, who doesn’t like a good challenge? And if we overcome it? *Kissing noise* Chef’s kiss.
The problem at the moment seems to be that following the roster expansions at the beginning of September, teams have been able to play around a little more with their lineups. That means, in an age already dominated by platoons, even fewer players find themselves playing every day. Playing time and at-bats rule the day when it comes to streaming hitters, so this development is “non bonum” (if you were expecting me to say “no bueno”, I took Latin in high school). All this to say that the few players who are still playing every day are as valuable as ever. Those are the guys you should be streaming this week.
Full disclosure, not every player on my chart is an everyday player. That is how little are available right now. I did my best, but this is a brutal week. Make sure to check out the notes below the chart, where I highlight the everyday players.
Before I reveal the chart, let’s take a peek at how my streamers have done by their designated streaming category this year (aka let me give myself some credibility):
2.85 R (0.21 worse than MLB average)
3.20 RBI (0.29 better than MLB average)
0.99 HR (0.16 better than MLB average)
0.54 SB (0.24 better than MLB average)
.304 AVG (.061 better than MLB average)
.354 OBP (.037 better than MLB average)
.479 SLG (.069 better than MLB average)
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.\n Pitchers||Team\n Offense||Ball Parks||SB||Stream\n Grade||Categories||Liabilities|
|Overall/Points||1||Evan Longoria||SFG||3B||Standard||28%||93||81||81||58||100||R, RBI, ABG,\n OBP, SLG|| |
|Overall/Points||2||Kyle Farmer||CIN||1B, 2B, 3B, SS||Shallow||34%||97||70||86||75||95||R, RBI, AVG|| |
|Overall/Points||3||Gavin Sheets||CWS||1B||Deep||2%||91||80||70||74||90||R, RBI||A. Vaughn|
|AVG||1||Brendan Rodgers||COL||2B, SS||Standard||18%||70||73||100||84||95||AVG, OBP, SLG|| |
|AVG||2||Evan Longoria||SFG||3B||Standard||28%||93||81||81||58||100||R, RBI, ABG,\n OBP, SLG|| |
|AVG||3||Tommy La Stella||SFG||2B||Deep||7%||93||81||81||58||88||AVG, OBP||5 Games|
|HR||2||Yoshi Tsutsugo||PIT||1B, OF||Deep||7%||69||62||77||63||77||HR||AVG|
|HR||3||Willie Calhoun||TEX||OF||Deep||2%||95||64||81||69||80||HR||5 Lefties|
|R||1||Gavin Sheets||CWS||1B||Deep||2%||91||80||70||74||90||R, RBI||A. Vaughn|
|R||2||Cesar Hernandez||CWS||2B||Standard||28%||91||80||70||74||89||R|| |
|R||3||Myles Straw||CLE||OF||Deep||49%||64||73||75||80||80||R, SB||Power + RBI|
|RBI||1||Gavin Sheets||CWS||1B||Deep||2%||91||80||70||74||90||R, RBI||A. Vaughn|
|RBI||2||Hunter Dozier||KCR||1B, 3B, OF||Standard||17%||93||79||69||74||77||R, RBI||It’s H. Dozier|
|RBI||3||DJ Peters||TEX||OF||Deep||4%||95||64||81||69||82||RBI|| |
|SB||1||Myles Straw||CLE||OF||Deep||49%||64||73||75||80||80||R, SB||Power + RBI|
|SB||2||Leody Taveras||TEX||OF||Standard||15%||95||64||81||69||85||SB|| |
|OBP||1||Evan Longoria||SFG||3B||Standard||28%||93||81||81||58||100||R, RBI, ABG,\n OBP, SLG|| |
|OBP||2||Brendan Rodgers||COL||2B, SS||Standard||18%||70||73||100||84||95||AVG, OBP, SLG|| |
|OBP||3||Tommy La Stella||SFG||2B||Deep||7%||93||81||81||58||88||R, RBI, ABG,\n OBP, SLG||5 Games|
|SLG||1||Evan Longoria||SFG||3B||Standard||28%||93||81||81||58||100||R, RBI, ABG,\n OBP, SLG|| |
|SLG||2||Brendan Rodgers||COL||2B, SS||Standard||18%||70||73||100||84||95||AVG, OBP, SLG|| |
|SLG||3||LaMonte Wade Jr.||SFG||1B, OF||Deep||14%||93||81||81||58||89||OBP, SLG||5 Games|
descending order by overall stream grade
Evan Longoria (100), Kyle Farmer (95), Brendan Rodgers (95), Cesar Hernandez (89), Anthony Santander (87), Leody Taveras (85), DJ Peters (82), Myles Straw (80), Yoshi Tsutsugo (77), and Hunter Dozier (77)
These are the players you want to be targeting because they are playing every day.
The first three – Longoria, Farmer, and Rodgers – definitely stand above the rest. If one of them is available, you pick them up.
UNLESS you want steals, then Leody Taveras is your man. He who leads off daily for the Rangers, who have an easy slate of opposing pitchers on deck. That means Taveras should be on base a lot, hopefully giving him ample opportunity to show off his wheels. Go with Taveras…
UNLESS your league is asleep at the wheel and for some reason Myles Straw is available. Straw and Cleveland have 9 games this week. NINE! Incredible. I do not even really care that the opposing pitchers are good. It is 9 games!
One last name I want to highlight is Yoshi Tsutsugo. He may not be someone I want to add with the championship on the line (unless my league is very deep), but he is definitely someone to watch down the stretch with next season in mind. You can never start planning too early.
The rest of the names are all technically good options because they will be receiving at-bats daily. However, be warned. Hunter Dozier has been brutal. I like to think he is here merely as a demonstration of how hard it is to find streamers this week.
Hopefully Everyday Players
descending order by overall stream grade
Gavin Sheets (90), Willie Calhoun (80)
Sheets and Calhoun are two guys who I would target if your chances of winning this week look bleak and you need to just take a shot.
For Sheets, he should be playing every day, unless Andrew Vaughn returns. At the time of writing this, I cannot find a recent update on the health of Vaughn, so make sure to do a quick google if you are reading this. If it looks like Vaughn may be out for the week or there is no update, Sheets has the opportunity to play 8 games in a great offense against an easy schedule. Vaughn has 9 home runs in just 41 games this year (36 homer pace). If he is able to take advantage of the easy schedule, Sheets could absolutely launch a couple of HRs, locking in quite the week.
Calhoun is an even riskier option. We all know the upside is there, and when he is healthy Calhoun can go on some legendary heaters that win you fantasy weeks. Well, he is healthy, so why can’t he win you this week? It is an easy schedule too. The problem is that he is a lefty and the Rangers face five lefties and just two righties. There is a chance Calhoun will sit a few of those games as a platoon, but, even if he plays, you never like to see lefty on lefty. As such, Calhoun is a last-ditch-I-need-a-miracle option.
descending order by overall stream grade
LaMonte Wade Jr. (89), Tommy La Stella (88), Bradley Zimmer (73)
I tried my best to avoid platoon bats this week, but that proved impossible. Wade Jr. and La Stella both will only play five games this week (6 total games for the Giants with 1 lefty on deck). However, the Giant’s matchups, their offense, and the ballparks they will be playing in are too good to pass up. I fully expect these two to have great weeks. It is a bummer it will only be for five games. I think they are both great options if your team is a comfortable favorite and you are just trying to lock down the W.
As for Zimmer, his team plays nine games, but he should only appear in six of them. And it is really way worse than that. Four of those games are in doubleheaders. So that is two full games and four seven-inning games. In summary, Zimmer is really only playing five games this week. This is desperation play because steals are so hard to come by and Zimmer does that… sometimes 😊.
Easiest Opposing Pitchers: Braves (easiest), Reds, and Rangers
Hardest Opposing Pitchers: Mets (hardest), Rays, and Cleveland
Best Ballpark Schedule: Rockies (best), Reds, and Dodgers
Worst Ballpark Schedule: A’s (worst), Rays, and Marlins
Best Stolen Base Schedule: Red Sox (best), Braves, and Rockies
Worst Stolen Base Schedule: A’s (worst), Dodgers, and Mariners
Most Matchups Against Righties: Cardinals, Blue Jays, Cleveland, White Sox, D’Backs, Pirates, and Dodgers w/ 6
Most Matchups Against Lefties: Rangers w/ 5, Mariners and A’s w/ 4