We are now officially over halfway through fantasy baseball’s regular season. With Week 12 set to start tonight, let’s take a look at some streaming options to start off the week. The following players are currently owned in less than 60% of ESPN and/or Yahoo leagues as of posting time, and percentages are rounded to the nearest number.
Monday, June 19
First game starts at 7:05 PM EDT
Matt Garza: Garza allowed four runs in five innings in his last start against the Cardinals, and it was the fourth straight start that he failed to get through the sixth inning. His performance has tailed off over his last four appearances, which have ballooned his ERA up to 4.17 with a 1.27 WHIP. Despite his recent struggles, Garza is a positive play in this matchup against the Pirates. When pitching at home he owns a 3.73 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, and he owns a career 8.5 K/9 rate against the Pirates in his career. This will be his second matchup against the Pirates in 2017, and in the last meeting he fired seven innings of one run ball en route to a victory. Garza is owned in 7% of leagues on both ESPN and Yahoo.
Brad Peacock: After struggling in a start against the Angels, Peacock pitched much better his last time out against the Rangers. Despite being unable to complete five full innings, he still made his presence felt on fantasy rosters by allowing just one run on two hits and striking out ten batters. To put that into perspective, he recorded 14 outs in that outing. As a starter this year he has done well, although that bad start against the Angels makes his numbers look less impressive. His stats when starting include a 4.37 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and an astounding 14.3 K/9 rate, and he has only allowed one home run over the entire season thus far. Peacock is owned in 34% of ESPN leagues, 50% of Yahoo leagues, and is SP/RP eligible on both sites.
Others to watch: Zack Wheeler (27% ESPN, 29% Yahoo) is a tricky pick for Monday. Not including his implosion against the Cubs last week, Wheeler has pitched well this season. Like Peacock, his last outing has inflated his season totals to levels that don’t really represent his season very well, but as it is he owns a 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and an 8.3 K/9 rate. The Mets are facing a tough test in Clayton Kershaw, but the Dodgers offense owns a .227 batting average over the last four weeks. This game could be closer than people may think… Sam Gaviglio (6% and SP only on ESPN, 5% and SP/RP on Yahoo) Has been an unlikely source of production in Seattle’s rotation. When filling in for their injured starters, Gaviglio has a 3.34 ERA and a 3-1 record to go with it. He hasn’t been able to complete six full innings thus far, but he should be able to keep the Mariners in the game against a Tigers team that has underwhelmed overall this season.
Tuesday, June 20
First games start at 7:05 PM EDT
Mike Montgomery: This will be Montgomery’s third appearance in the starting rotation for the Cubs this year in place of injured starter Kyle Hendricks, and if he keeps building on the successes of his first two starts then he should be able to pick up a quality start with no issue. In those two starts Montgomery has totaled four earned runs (two in each game) and nine strikeouts over nine innings, and his leash lengthened in his last game having thrown 88 pitches (compared to 73 in his first start). His complete 2017 stats include a 2.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and a .220 batting average against. In his career he has faced the Padres three times (one start) and owns a 2.61 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and has a complete game shutout on top of it (which occurred on June 30, 2015 in his fifth career start). Montgomery is owned in 7% of ESPN leagues, 19% of Yahoo leagues, and is SP/RP eligible on both sites.
Alex Cobb: After a terrible outing against the Mariners on June 3, Cobb has turned his performance back around with back-to-back quality starts. There are a lot of factors that point toward this being a quality matchup for Cobb. He has pitched better at home this year, owning a 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a .230 BAA when pitching at Tropicana Field. He has faced the Cincinnati Reds once in his career, and in that game (which was at Great American Ballpark) he fired seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and just four hits allowed. In general, he is 8-3 in 13 inter-league games with a 2.81 WHIP, 1.01 WHIP, and a 9.2 K/9 rate. Cobb should be able to handle the Reds just fine in this one, and continue his current string of quality starts. He is owned in 31% of ESPN leagues and 58% of Yahoo.
Others to watch: Edinson Volquez (39% ESPN, 43% Yahoo) had been on a tear before allowing four runs in four innings his last time out. Even with that outing he owns a 1.73 ERA over his last four starts, and excluding Daniel Murphy‘s .467 average against him Volquez has had decent success against Washington’s hitters (evidenced by Bryce Harper‘s .111 average against him). This will be a tough one for Volquez, but he could still put up a solid outing… Ariel Miranda (49% and SP/RP eligible on ESPN, 45% and SP only on Yahoo) did not have a good outing against the Twins his last time out, allowing six runs in four innings. However, he has been a beast in the safety of Safeco, owning a 2.14 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a .185/.241/.258 slash line against him in six starts there this season. He will face a Tigers team that has under-performed this year, and looks to be in great shape for another quality home outing.
Wednesday, June 21
First games start at 12:10 PM EDT
Eddie Butler: His final line in his last start did not look pretty, ending up with four earned runs over 5.2 innings without registering a single strikeout. Yes, that’s not ideal, but it also does not accurately represent how he actually pitched in that game. In the first five innings he only allowed one hard hit ball – an opposite field home run to Josh Bell – as part of just four batters to reach base, and he was able to limit his pitch count well. The last of the four runs he allowed wasn’t even one that he allowed himself, as Pedro Strop gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced. Butler has been rocky this season, but he did pitch well in that last game even if the final line doesn’t show it. He has a chance at redemption against a Padres team he struggled against earlier this season, and with his 3.38 home ERA he may be in a good position to get the job done. Butler is owned in 5% of leagues on both ESPN and Yahoo, and is SP/RP eligible on both sites as well.
Tyson Ross: Ross pitched well in his season debut against the Mariners, and it didn’t look like the Rangers were holding him back as he threw 95 pitches. In 5.2 innings on the night he allowed two runs on two hits, and he struck out five batters as well. He doesn’t have much experience pitching against Toronto’s current hitters, with exception of former NL West foe Troy Tulowitzki. If he limits his walks (allowed three free passes in his last start) and can get through innings without throwing ~20 pitches per inning, this could be a good outing for him. Ross is owned in 15% of ESPN leagues and 33% of Yahoo leagues.
Others to watch: Jordan Montgomery (35% ESPN, 37% Yahoo) has had an up-and-down start to his major league career. His season totals thus far include a 3.78 ERA a 1.25 WHIP, and has recorded quality starts in half of his outings (six total). He has not yet faced the Angels, but with a solid offense and opposing pitcher Ricky Nolasco‘s struggles this season this should be a good game for Montgomery to win… Junior Guerra (23% ESPN, 41% Yahoo) continued his solid 2017 by registering his third quality start in his fifth game since returning from the DL. He has a 2.84 ERA and 1.23 WHIP so far this year, Guerra also has solid career numbers against the Pirates (1.42 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .188/.250/.232 slash line against) and when he pitches at Miller Park (2.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .203 BAA).