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Starting Pitcher Streamers – Week 2 (7/27 – 8/2): Fantasy Baseball

Welcome back to my weekly streaming article. This year I’m doing things a little differently. I’ll pick one streamer for each day that is 25% owned or under based on FantasyPros combined Yahoo!/ESPN ownership rates. In previous seasons, I more or less handpicked the best streaming options for the week and therefore didn’t necessarily choose an option each day. Here’s how last year went and the Google sheet where I tracked the results.

IP ERA WHIP K W QS
Season Totals 654 3.91 1.22 643 52 51

2019 wrapup article. Considering the juiced ball environment, that wasn’t too bad. The degree of difficulty is higher this year now that I don’t have the ability to choose more than one option each day. I will also list a backup option to stream but only if the primary option is skipped or does not pitch for some reason. Here, we go!

 

Monday – July 27th

Pablo Lopez (SP – MIA) Home vs BAL, 9% owned
Lopez at home against a terrible Orioles club is my lock of the week. In 2019 at home, Lopez managed 3.39 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP. His strikeout rate wasn’t great last year but he’s added a cutter to go with his nasty changeup. Hopefully, the Marlins can give Lopez some run support, but I fully expect Lopez to net a strikeout per inning with great ratios on Monday. You may want to hold Lopez after this start because I have a feeling his ownership and popularity may begin to rise.

Backup option: Griffin Canning (SP – LAA), @ OAK – 24% owned 


 

Tuesday – July 28th

Kyle Gibson (SP – TEX) Home vs ARI, 6% owned
I went back in forth between Josh Lindblom and Kyle Gibson. Lindblom has an easier matchup against the Pirates but I just haven’t seen him pitch much. Gibson is a bit underrated. He was somewhat unlucky with a .330 BABIP and a 67.5% strand rate last year. However, he struck out a batter per inning and cut down on his walks. Now, he’s in Texas in the new stadium. By all accounts, it should play more like a pitcher’s park compared to the old Globe Life Stadium. Did you know Gibson managed a 36% O-Swing% and a 13% SwStr rate in 2019? Those rank seventh and 16th respectively among pitchers with at least 150 innings last year. Long story, long, stream Gibson. Backup option: Josh Lindblom (SP – MIL) @PIT – 7% owned

 

Wednesday – July 29th

Danny Duffy (SP – KCR) @DET, 8% owned
Last year, the Tigers were the worst offensive club in the Majors based on wRC+. They also struck out 26.4% of the time, worst in the league. They added C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop this offseason but still have one of the weakest teams in 2020. Duffy was OK in his first outing giving up two earned runs in 4.1 IP. That was against the Indians and I fully expect him to reach 5-6 inning against the Tigers. He won’t WOW you but he’s a decent pick on Wednesday. Backup Option: Patrick Sandoval (SP – LAA) Home vs SEA, 0% owned

 

Thursday – July 30th

John Means (SP -BAL) Home vs MIA – 12% owned
Means is currently on IL as he was slotted to pitch opening day for the Orioles. Obviously, that didn’t happen. By all accounts, he should be back for the start next Thursday and the matchup is juicy. He’s hoping to follow up an impressive 2019 where he finished with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He won’t strike a ton of guys out but doesn’t get beat by walking batters. He’s also better at home. In 2019, he had a steller 2.74 ERA in Camden Yards. His fastball isn’t all that great but he wields a good change (of course, I love changeups) and a solid slider. That should be enough to beat the Marlins.
Backup Option: Brady Singer (SP – KCR) Home @DET, 17% owned



 

Friday – July 31st

Vince Velasquez (SP – PHI) @TOR – 9% owned
There aren’t many great options next Friday so I’m rolling the dice with VV. He’s featured a new changeup and it looks like it could be a PutAway pitch. He’s been extremely inconsistent over his career, so this stream is not without risk. The Blue Jays are young and not familiar with Velasquez. I give the edge to VV there. I don’t expect him to go more than five innings but given the fact that the Blue Jays strike out quite a bit, he could pile up the Ks. I’m streaming here but like other options next week better.
Backup option: Spencer Turnbull (SP – DET) home vs CIN, 7% owned

 

Saturday – August 1st

Wade Miley (SP – CIN) @DET – 5% owned
Looks like we are picking on the Tigers and that’s OK. Miley doesn’t have the ceiling of some other options next week but has a great chance to post a quality start with good ratios. You might be surprised to know that Miley has had an ERA under 4.00 each of the last two seasons. He focuses on his cutter and changeup to minimize damage. His ground ball rate has been right near 50% the last three seasons. That should play well in Comerica next week and let’s not forget, the Tigers strike out more than any team, so there’s a small amount of K upside here as well.
Backup option: Reynadlo Lopez (SP – CHW) @KCR – 25% owned

 

Sunday – August 2nd

Austin Voth (SP – WSH) @MIA – 5% owned
I’m curious to see what Voth looks like in his first go around this year but I’ve been a fan of his all offseason. Here’s what I said about him way back in January.


“At age-27, he’s not a highly rated prospect but showed impressive skills in 2019 with a 17.8% K-BB% and a 3.30 ERA in 43.2 innings. His fastball wasn’t bad, but it’s his secondaries that get me going. All three of his secondaries, CU, CT, CH generated swinging strike rates north of 16.5%. The curve is the best of the bunch with a 38.9% strikeout rate. We are dealing with limited samples but hell, it’s after pick 250 and there is a top-150 ceiling here.”

He draws the Marlins in Miami and while they moved the fences in (a little), I’m not convinced it’ll change the results all that much. I’m rolling with Both and holding him in deep formats.

So many options next Sunday but many things can change in one week (especially in 2020), so here are the top 2 backup options. Tyler Mahle @DET – 2% owned, Yonny Chirinos @BAL



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Final Rankings 2020 Fantasy Baseball – Hitters & Pitchers





 



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Final Outfield Rankings for 2020 – Fantasy Baseball



Final Outfield Rankings for 2020 - Updated 60-Game Schedule

RankPlayerTeam
1Ronald AcunaBraves
2Christian YelichBrewers
3Mookie BettsDodgers
4Cody BellingerDodgers
5Juan SotoNationals
6J.D. MartinezRed Sox
7Mike TroutAngels
8Bryce HarperPhillies
9Starling MarteDiamondbacks
10Ketel MarteDiamondbacks
11George SpringerAstros
12Eloy JimenezWhite Sox
13Nicholas CastellanosReds
14Charlie BlackmonRockies
15Tommy PhamPadres
16Marcell OzunaBraves
17Giancarlo StantonYankees
18Ramon LaureanoAthletics
19Kris BryantCubs
20Victor RoblesNationals
21Whit MerrifieldRoyals
22Eddie RosarioTwins
23Joey GalloRangers
24Jorge SolerRoyals
25Jeff McNeilMets
26Aaron JudgeYankees
27Luis RobertWhite Sox
28Oscar MercadoIndians
29Andrew BenintendiRed Sox
30Michael ConfortoMets
31Michael BrantleyAstros
32Kyle SchwarberCubs
33Franmil ReyesIndians
34Max KeplerTwins
35Austin MeadowsRays
36Lourdes GurrielBlue Jays
37Danny SantanaRangers
38David DahlRockies
39Kyle TuckerAstros
40Andrew McCutchenPhillies
41Scott KingeryPhillies
42Avisail GarciaBrewers
43Justin UptonAngels
44Lorenzo CainBrewers
45Nick SenzelReds
46Yasiel PuigBraves
47Joc PedersonDodgers
48Bryan ReynoldsPirates
49Adam EatonNationals
50David PeraltaDiamondbacks
51Trent GrishamPadres
52Shogo AkiyamaReds
53Alex VerdugoRed Sox
54Ryan BraunBrewers
55Shin-Soo ChooRangers
56Mallex SmithMariners
57Mark CanhaAthletics
58Nick SolakRangers
59Wil MyersPadres
60Randal GrichukBlue Jays
61Nomar MazaraWhite Sox
62Corey DickersonMarlins
63Sam HilliardRockies
64Aaron HicksYankees
65Jo AdellAngels
66Hunter RenfroeRays
67Domingo SantanaIndians
68Brandon NimmoMets
69Brett GardnerYankees
70A.J. PollockDodgers
71Jon BertiMarlins
72Ender InciarteBraves
73Willie CalhounRangers
74Dylan CarlsonCardinals
75Brian AndersonMarlins
76Austin HaysOrioles
77Teoscar HernandezBlue Jays
78Austin RileyBraves
79Kole CalhounDiamondbacks
80Jackie Bradley Jr.Red Sox
81Stephen PiscottyAthletics
82Yoenis CespedesMets
83Byron BuxtonTwins
84Jose MartinezRays
85Jesse WinkerReds
86JaCoby JonesTigers
87Ian HappCubs
88Monte HarrisonMarlins
89Jay BrucePhillies
90Kevin KiermaierRays
91Arstides AquinoReds
92Clint FrazierYankees
93Harrison BaderCardinals
94Kevin PillarRed Sox
95Anthony SantanderOrioles
96Jason HeywardCubs
97Delino DeShieldsIndians
98Alex DickersonGiants
99Darin RufGiants
100Tyler O'NeillCardinals
101Steven SouzaCubs
102Franchy CorderoRoyals
103Christin StewartTigers
104Brian GoodwinAngels
105Jake FraleyMariners
106Gregory PolancoPirates
107Alex KirilloffTwins
108Manuel MargotPadres
109Adam DuvallBraves
110Jarrod DysonPirates
111Lewis BrinsonMarlins
112Kyle LewisMariners
113Dexter FowlerCardinals
114DJ StewartOrioles
115Tyler NaquinIndians
116Jake MarisnickMets
117Josh ReddickAstros
118Alex GordonRoyals
119Jared OlivaPirates
120Billy HamiltonGiants
121Jordan LuplowIndians
122Dwight Smith Jr.Orioles
123Drew WatersBraves
124Yusniel DiazOrioles
125Josh NaylorPadres
126Albert AlmoraCubs
127Matt KempRockies
128Adam HaseleyPhillies
129Michael TaylorNationals
130Jake BauersIndians
131Phillip ErvinReds
132Cristian PacheBraves
133Khalil LeeRoyals
134Guillermo HerediaPirates
135Billy McKinneyBlue Jays
136Roman QuinnPhillies
137Daz CameronTigers
138Taylor TrammellPadres
139Raimel TapiaRockies
140Bradley ZimmerIndians
141Mitch HanigerMariners
  • Mike Trout has been dropped due to the anticipated birth of his child in August. It seems like he’s guaranteed to miss around one week or maybe more. There’s also the slight possibility that he opts out late or decides not to return following the birth of his child. I’ve got him around 20 overall because of that risk.
  • Mookie Betts has jumped Bellinger because I think he’s going to ball out in LA.
  • Players like Charlie Blackmon, Tommy Pham, Austin Meadows, and Gregory Polanco have been dropped due to COVID.
  • Nick Castellanos is a big riser. The hype is high with him but I believe that his skills will play perfectly in Cincinnati, especially in the GABP with that soft schedule. Even with the hype, I’m still higher than most.
  • Yasiel Puig sings with the Braves and receives a much deserved boost. We need to wait and see how quickly he can get up to speed but he’s likely;y a top-125 asset this year.
  • Rnaks 47-55: Joc Pederson through Shin So-Choo is where there is a ton of value. These are either boring vets or players who received a boost with the DH. A lot of these players are being slept on but I think most of them will return value on their ADPs.




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Final Shortstop Rankings 2020 – Fantasy Baseball



Final Shortstop Rankings for 2020 - Updated 60-Game Schedule

RankPlayerTeam
1Francisco LindorIndians
2Trea TurnerNationals
3Trevor StoryRockies
4Alex BregmanAstros
5Fernando Tatis Jr.Padres
6Javier BaezCubs
7Adalberto MondesiRoyals
8Xander BogaertsRed Sox
9Gleyber TorresYankees
10Manny MachadoPadres
11Jonathan VillarMarlins
12Bo BichetteBlue Jays
13Carlos CorreaAstros
14Marcus SemienAthletics
15Tim AndersonWhite Sox
16Amed RosarioMets
17Corey SeagerDodgers
18Elvis AndrusRangers
19Jorge PolancoTwins
20Didi GregoriusPhillies
21Dansby SwansonBraves
22Jean SeguraPhillies
23Paul DeJongCardinals
24Gavin LuxDodgers
25Willy AdamesRays
26Carter KieboomNationals
27Jon BertiMarlins
28Kevin NewmanPirates
29Mauricio DubonGiants
30Niko GoodrumTigers
31Andrelton SimmonsAngels
32David FletcherAngels
33Jose PerazaRed Sox
34Luis UriasBrewers
35Nick AhmedDiamondbacks
36Freddy GalvisReds
37Jose IglesiasOrioles
38Chris TaylorDodgers
39J.P. CrawfordMariners
40Leury GarciaWhite Sox
41Myles StrawAstros
42Wander FrancoRays
43Willi CastroTigers
44Brandon CrawfordGiants
45Nicky LopezRoyals
46Ryan MountcastleOrioles
47Jorge MateoPadres
48Orlando ArciaBrewers
49Miguel RojasMarlins
50Cole TuckerPirates
51Andres GimenezMets
  • Francisco Lindor remains atop the Shortstop ranks, albeit only a spot of two ahead of Story and Turner. If the rumors are true and Lindor his 3rd, he’ll get  slight boost in combined R+RBI.
  • Based on this rank, I won’t be getting any shares of Bo Bichette. I’m not 100% there on the hype yet, so I’ll wait and see if he struggles, then scoop him at a slight discount in 2021.
  • Amed Rosario is Tim Anderson. Tim Anderson is Amed Rosario.
  • I wanted to push Dansby Swanson higher but the position is so stacked. With the addition of Yasiel Puig, Swanson will likely remain in the 6th or 7th spot in the lineup. I believe in his talent and if he were to grab hold of, say the two spot, he’d be five to six spots higher.




 

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Final Third Base Rankings – 2020 Fantasy Baseball



Final Third Base Rankings 2020 - Updated for 60-Game Season

2020PlayerTeam
1Nolan ArenadoRockies
2Jose RamirezIndians
3Alex BregmanAstros
4Rafael DeversRed Sox
5Anthony RendonAngels
6Manny MachadoPadres
7Josh DonaldsonTwins
8DJ LeMahieuYankees
9Eugenio SuarezReds
10Kris BryantCubs
11Matt ChapmanAthletics
12Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays
13Mike MoustakasReds
14Yoan MoncadaWhite Sox
15Max MuncyDodgers
16Miguel SanoTwins
17Yuli GurrielAstros
18Eduardo EscobarDiamondbacks
19J.D. DavisMets
20Justin TurnerDodgers
21Hunter DozierRoyals
22Tommy EdmanCardinals
23Scott KingeryPhillies
24Yandy DiazRays
25Miguel AndujarYankees
26Kyle SeagerMariners
27Starlin CastroNationals
28Brian AndersonMarlins
29Giovanny UrshelaYankees
30Travis ShawBlue Jays
31Matt CarpenterCardinals
32Maikel FrancoRoyals
33Tommy La StellaAngels
34Todd FrazierRangers
35Jon BertiMarlins
36Marwin GonzalezTwins
37Asdrubal CabreraNationals
38Evan LongoriaGiants
39Jeimer CandelarioTigers
40Johan CamargoBraves
41Ke'Bryan HayesPirates
42Jake LambDiamondbacks
43Brandon DruryBlue Jays
44Ty FrancePadres
45David BoteCubs
46Alec BohmPhillies
47Ryon HealyBrewers
48Colin MoranPirates
49Bobby DalbecRed Sox
50Michael BrosseauRays
51Matt ThaissAngels
52Jedd GyorkoBrewers
        • Yoan Moncada, ugh! This one hurts. I was on him as a potential AL MVP and now he’ll start on the IL due to COVID. Given the uncertainty of his symptoms and recovery, I had to knock him a bunch of spots.

    • Other than Moncada, almost no movement in the top 15. Kyle Seager and Starlin Castro are a couple of boring vets who moved up. Their playing time is guaranteed and they showed some moderate skills growth last season. Seager should bat third for the Mariners and Castro should be in the mix around the six spot for a stacked Nationals lineup.
    • With Guerrero Jr. making a move to first base, Travis Shaw gets a bump. Remember, he had back-to-back 30 homer seasons in 2017 and 2018 but if his contact rates are as dreadful as they were in 2019, he’s a quick drop.




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