All cards on the table. Warning, this may trigger feelings of jealousy but I am currently relaxing at an all-inclusive resort for the week. I’m totally not bragging here, I promise. I just needed to get that off my chest. So…allow me to talk about the gorgeous weather, the fantastic pools, the beautiful beach, the delicious food, and the tasty beverages. The beverages may or may not be of the adult variety. See I’m not being braggadocious at all.
Okay, now that I successfully got all of your league mates to stop reading. Let’s get down to business. Here are my streamers for Week 2 weekend and the start of Week 3. All players are widely available according to roster percentages.
Kyle Higashioka : 4 Hits, 1 2B, 1 run+RBI, 6 K. Not great Kyle.
Sean Murphy: 10 hits, 7 XBH (2 HR), 15 runs+RBI, 151 wRC+. More on Murphy in a bit.
Elias Diaz: .345 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 runs+RBI, 138 wRC+. Hopefully Diaz continues the good production.
Mike Zunino: higher K% (52.9%) than BA (.040) yuck!
James McCann: .105 BA & .000 ISO. Bad week but underlying metrics suggest he should be monitored for the near future.
Check to see if the Rockies are at home
Nope. Okay moving on…
Backstops with hot bats
Austin Nola (~15% rostered)
Austin Nola has played in 83% of San Diego’s games. He is batting .265 (nine hits), compiling 13 runs plus RBIs. Nola has also added one round-tripper and one stolen bag. He continues to bat at the top of the Padres lineup which is massive for a player with catcher eligibility.
The Padres’ backstop has the Dodgers followed by the Cincinnati Reds. Los Angeles is not a great matchup for hitters but the Reds are one of the most juicy. The Rojos (I said I was vacationing in Mexico) have surrendered the most earned runs, the second-most hits, and the tenth most home runs. Nola is a hot bat with one great matchup, is he worth a stream? It is certainly looking to be the case.
Max Stassi (~5% rostered)
Unfortunately, the Angels catcher is in a timeshare. But when he is in, he should be in fantasy lineups. Max Stassi has six hits, three extra-base hits, and two of those are dingers. He has been productive, and if he receives more at-bats he could continue to pile up stats. Stassi has racked up ten runs plus RBIs and his underlying metrics suggest there is still more to come. His 35.7% Barrel rate and 64.3% hard-hit rate are great trends for continued success.
Los Angeles will face off against the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles in their next two matchups. Houston’s staff hasn’t been easy for opposing offenses but they are not as strong as many would think. The ‘Stros currently have the tenth highest SIERA (3.89) in baseball. The baseball world knows that Baltimore is not a matchup that hitters fear even though their stats are solid. They have the 12th highest SIERA. Stream Stassi? Kurt Suzuki will continue to get his fair share of playing time, but the trends are looking positive.
Favorable matchups ahead
Joey Bart (~20% rostered)
Bart’s San Francisco Giants will square off against the Washington Nationals in their upcoming weekend series, then play the Milwaukee Brewers and the Oakland Athletics next week.
Washington has surrendered the third most earned runs and the most hits and total bases in the game. There is one red flag to worry about when trusting Bart against Washington. Surprisingly, the Nationals have the fifth most strikeouts as a staff and the catcher currently sports a 50% K rate. I think he is going to be okay because even though the Nats are high when it comes to total strikeouts, they rank towards the bottom of the league with a sub 10% swinging strike rate.
Facing the Brewers can certainly have its hurdles. Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, and Josh Hader are all very good. But the Milwaukee staff as a whole is middle of the league in team ERA (3.60), and it is just one game.
Oakland’s pitching staff has been solid. Donning a 3.53 ERA which places them in the top 12 as a team. Despite that, the A’s pitchers have surrendered the fifth most hits and seventh most home runs thus far. Fire up Joey Bart against his Bay Area Rivals.
Bart has solidified himself as San Fran’s primary catcher. He is currently batting .240 with two home runs and eight runs plus RBIs. Joey B even has a stolen bag under his belt in 2022. As stated earlier, he has his swing and miss issues but he is striking the ball with tremendous force. A 20% Barrel rate and 60% Hard Hit rate suggests that he is comfortable at the dish. And if that strikeout rate drops, he can be a beast. He could be in for a good fantasy week.
Jacob Stallings (~3% rostered)
It may have flown under the radar but Jacob Stallings is entrenched as the Miami Marlins number one catcher. He has gotten multiple at-bats in 80% of the Marlins games. Even though his stats aren’t the best (his underlying metrics aren’t particularly comforting either), perhaps the easier matchups can help the backstop right the ship. Stallings will be getting the plate appearances to do so.
The Marlins will match up against two divisional rivals in their next two series. Stallings will get in the box versus the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. I have already highlighted positive signs for hitters facing the Nationals’ pitching staff. Same things that will benefit Joey Bart will help Jacob Stallings.
The Braves, like the Nats, are in the bottom seven for team ERA. Atlanta has also given up the sixth most hits and given up the fifth most total earned runs. Their staff has some dangerous arms no question so now is the time to use players against the Braves before they get hot. If you are desperate, Jacob Stallings can be your knight in catcher’s armor.
Sean Murphy is a must add!
The Oakland Athletics catcher is still available in about 30-percent of leagues. That number should be as close to 100-percent as possible. Sean Murphy has 11 hits, eight extra base hits (two homers), and 15 runs plus RBIs. His isolated power (.277), wRC+ (128), and OPS (.785) all rank in the top five at the catcher position. Murphy is locked in at the top of the Oakland lineup and will continue to be relied on as one of the team’s premier hitters. Every team builder managing in a league where Murphy is available (~70% rostered) stop what you’re doing and put this guy on the roster.
So I have rolled out the top options. Presented reasons why these catchers could be worth streaming. Now here are my top five catchers to stream heading into the week.
- Sean Murphy (MUST ADD!)
- Joey Bart
- Austin Nola
- Jacob Stallings
- Max Stassi
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