You may recall that last season, we at SP Streamer did a weekly piece on hitters to stream for the coming week. We are going to do the same this year, except we will be using the wisdom of Josh St. Marie’s chart to help us find low-rostered hitters that could provide benefit to you as you prepare for your weekly FAAB run. Any hitter that might be flying under the radar, or some up-and-coming player that people may not be hot after yet, will be the guys we are looking for here. We are looking for any advantage we can get over our competition. I will scan these rankings each Saturday night to find players for you to gamble on with your FAAB bids on Sunday.
One thing we decided to do differently is to look for hitters based on the depth of your league. So, we will look for hitters in deep, standard, and shallow leagues to add for the coming week. How did you do last week with our projections?
Deep (15 teams): 15% rostered or less: David Peralta, OF, Arizona
I know what you might be thinking. Peralta? Isn’t he on the downside of his career? Well, yes. The 34-year-old veteran hasn’t done much at the plate yet this season, but Josh’s system gives him a score of 5.7 for this week and he’s rostered in only 11% of leagues. He has a full seven games this week and he’s been hitting third in the lineup. Behind Daulton Varsho and Ketel Marte. Granted, this is not an All-Star lineup, but he’s got a clear opportunity and is hitting in the top third of the order. With injuries mounting around the league, you could do worse than having Peralta fill in until you get guys like Teoscar Hernandez or Ronald Acuna, Jr. back from the IL.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Farmer, SS/3B Cincinnati; Wilmer Flores, 1B/2B/3B, San Francisco. With injuries dismantling fantasy infields, guys like Farmer and Flores can really help you out this week. They both have multiple position eligibility, and Farmer has hit .300 with five RBI and a steal last week too. He has some power and might help you there too. Flores is not hitting as well for San Francisco yet but is known for hot streaks that can help you out as you wait for players like Yoan Moncada or Luis Urias to come back from injury. Josh’s score for Farmer was 4.8 this week, and the score for Flores was 5.1.
Standard (12 teams): 30% rostered or less: Miguel Sano, 1B/DH, Minnesota
Sano gets a score of 6.3 for this week. Josh’s system identifies him as clear and away the best choice this week for those in standard leagues. Never a big batting average guy, the projections show him with 1.2 HR, 3.8 runs, and 4.1 RBI. Not bad for a fill-in guy rostered in only 25% of leagues. This is a total play for power and you hope the hot streak hits this week.
Honorable mention: Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona. Walker gets a robust 6.4 score this week and looks at one HR, 3.6 runs, and 3.9 RBI. Not a big average guy either, but he’s hitting cleanup each day, has seven games this week, and could provide you a stopgap if you have injuries or are struggling at the CI position.
Shallow (10 teams): 50% rostered or less: Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota
Is it just me or does Kepler often feel like the forgotten man in the Twin Cities? It feels like everyone else gets drafted in Minnesota, but never Kepler. As you wait for the next Byron Buxton injury (don’t worry, it’s coming, even without any structural damage to his knee last week), Kepler makes for a quiet prize here. Josh’s system gives him a 6.4 score for this week, with .9 HR, 3.8 runs, 3.5 RBI, and even .3 steals. He’s rostered in only 37% of leagues. Kepler has been hitting fourth or fifth in the Minnesota lineup, which gives him value. Look at picking him up this week if you need OF help in shallower leagues.
Honorable mention: Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B, Boston. Another pure-play for power. The biggest issue with Dalbec is playing time, but he’s played in five of eight games so far this year. Against LHP he bats fifth, and against RHP he hits seventh. With playing time comes a potential power barrage; given this time, he could easily hit 35-40 homers this year.
What teams have easy matchups this week?
New York Yankees: @ Detroit and versus Cleveland.
Seattle: versus Texas and Kansas City.
St. Louis: @Miami and @Cincinnati.
Teams with most games this week: This is the first week of the season in which all teams play at least six games, and the following teams are scheduled to play seven: Arizona, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Minnesota, New York Mets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington.