Your Fantasy Baseball Planner includes streamers and prime choices off waivers
This week presents waiver wire gold for those in need of saves while also ushering in a potential rookie or two. We also get some familiar faces in the pitching edition of “A Streaming We Will Go” along with some unlikely bats that will get hot.
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Pitching for Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Marco Gonzales, Mariners (at Athletics, Monday; vs. Dodgers, Sunday): This week shapes up as a win-win-win for Gonzales, who needs it after being hit with 11 earned runs over his last two outings. He had done well avoiding the long ball but gave up four in 12 innings. However, he’s at home versus an Oakland team he’s held to a .184 batting average and gets a high-profile start against Clayton Kershaw at Chavez Ravine.
German Marquez, Rockies (at Astros, Tuesday; at Braves, Sunday): Even against Houston on the road, Marquez is a good play, as he’s sporting a 3.09 ERA and a .206 OBA outside Coors Field. He’s also averaging nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings over his last seven outings. Once he finds some balance at Coors Field, Marquez has the makings of being a staff ace.
Nick Pivetta, Phillies (vs. Red Sox, Tuesday; vs. Mets, Sunday): He’s trending well due in part to lopping off his ERA since his low water mark in late June. Pivetta’s become a good play for those needing Ks, as he has recorded at least six strikeouts in eight of his last 10 starts, including a pair of double-digit gems.
J.A. Happ, Yankees (vs. Rays, Tuesday; vs. Blue Jays, Sunday): The strikeout rate continues to stay steady for Happ, who fanned nine in a win over the Rangers on Thursday. Expect a good week from Happ, whose numbers are more impressive when you take his 5.22 ERA in his old home at Rogers Centre out of the equation.
Jameson Tallion, Pirates (at Twins, Tuesday; vs. Cubs, Sunday): The National League leader in complete games has been sharp over his last five starts, allowing three runs or less in each while limiting batters to seven hits or less in four of those starts. You must love the moxie of anyone who can go the distance at Coors Field in the manner Tallion did on Tuesday night.
Anibal Sanchez, Braves (vs. Marlins, Tuesday; vs. Rockies, Sunday): Despite a calf injury that forced him to leave Thursday’s start after two innings, Sanchez is expected to make his double dip this week. Sanchez has yet to see Miami this season but did put the Cubbies’ bats on lock when he held them scoreless over six innings of three-hit ball in a win at Wrigley Field on April 13.
Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox (at Tigers, Monday; vs. Royals, Sunday): Bet you didn’t know Lopez has 13 quality starts this season, not too shabby for a pitcher who’s struggled with control and an occasional fetish for giving up the long ball. Lopez has allowed three earned runs and nine hits in his last two starts (14 innings) and gets the pleasure of facing two of most scoring-challenged offenses in the league.
Andrew Heaney, Angels (at Padres, Monday; at Rangers, Sunday): The month has not been kind to Heaney thus far (7.36 ERA), but I like that he’s still striking out a batter per inning and keeping his control. Those two traits should snap him out of his funk in starts at pitcher-friendly Petco Park and an outing against an unpredictable Rangers lineup.
Scott Alexander, P, Dodgers: All-Star closer Kenley Jansen will miss at least a month with an irregular heartbeat, opening the door for Alexander to get first dibs on slamming the door in the ninth. He earned his second save on Friday while also seeing his ownership in CBSSports.com leagues go from two percent to 27 percent. He’s not a strikeout artist, which is a mild concern, but as long he’s recording outs, the job is his.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres: He’s been a One Man Gang over the past week, swatting homers in four straight games while driving in 12. Renfroe isn’t getting love yet, as his reign of terror across National League ballparks still only has him at 14 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues. If he’s depositing balls into the stands, Renfroe should be in good standing in San Diego’s Wheel O’ Outfielders.
David Dahl, OF, Rockies: Called up from Triple-A last Sunday, Dahl is making up for lost time, including a homer off Pirates hurler Chris Archer on Wednesday along with three stolen bases. Dahl has been regarded as a potential 20-homer, 15-stolen base performer, and his recent stretch has seen his ownership climb to 33 percent in CBSSports.com leagues. He should get the bulk of the starts against righties, which will enhance his value.
Victor Robles, OF, Nationals: Ranked as the fifth-best prospect by MLB.com, Robles recently returned to action after a hyperextended left elbow cost him three months. That his ownership is now at 38 percent in CBSSports.com leagues is a sign Fantasy owner are anticipating his big-league debut before season’s end. Robles is every bit as good as fellow Nationals uber freak Juan Soto; like Soto, Robles has a limitless ceiling. The thought of those two patrolling the Washington outfield will make losing Bryce Harper less painful although a Robles-Soto-Harper outfielder would be downright scary.
Tyler Glasnow, P, Rays: In his first two starts in Tampa Bay, Glasnow has fanned 14 batters over seven innings. The Rays are going to be careful with Glasnow’s electric arm as he re-adjusts from the middle relief role he had in Pittsburgh before being dealt at the deadline. Pitchers with video game-like K/9 rates who also sport upside will get attention, which is why Glasnow has gone from 19 percent to 41 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues.
Ryan Bourucki, P, Blue Jays: There’s not much to be excited about in Toronto these days, yet Bourucki is proving to be the exception. The youngster has won his last two starts while putting up a 2.81 ERA in his first eight starts. What Bourucki, owned in 29 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, lacks in strikeout potential is made up for by the fact he’s allowed just one homer in 48 innings, a golden trait to have when pitching half his starts at Rogers Centre.
Ryan Madson, P, Nationals: With Sean Doolittle and Kelvin Herrera on the disabled list, the Nats turn to the seemingly ageless Madson, who has allowed just two earned runs in his last 10 outings. He’s not the K/9 darling he once was, but Madson is close to averaging a whiff per inning. Owned in 24 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Madson’s fortunes will go up if he starts stringing saves for a Washington squad treading water in a bid for a playoff berth.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers Edition)
Carlos Rodon, White Sox (at Tigers, Wednesday): The strikeouts are slowly coming back as Rodon enters the week having recorded six straight quality starts.
Junior Guerra, Brewers (at Cubs, Wednesday): Cubs have hit .195 and scored two runs against Guerra in 12 innings spanning a pair of starts this season.
Austin Gomber, Cardinals (vs. Nationals, Wednesday): Rookie has thrived at Busch Stadium, holding hitters to a .209 average while putting together a solid 2.92 ERA in 12 appearances. Wednesday will be his first home start.
Jack Flaherty, Cardinals (vs. Nationals, Thursday): Averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings, Flaherty has whiffed at least seven batters in seven of his last 10 starts.
Jon Gray, Rockies (at Braves, Thursday): Has looked more like a staff ace since returning from the minors. Gray is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and .173 OBA in his first four starts after a stint in Triple-A.
Clay Buchholz, Diamondbacks (at Padres, Thursday): Three or fewer runs allowed in nine of his last 10 starts that also includes a win at Petco on July 29. He’s worthy of some Comeback Player of the Year love.
Dylan Bundy, Orioles (at Indians, Friday): Has been a mixed bag of late, including the extended batting practice he gave the Red Sox on Friday night. Still, I’ll take him on the road, where his ERA (4.14) is a more than a run lower than it is at Camden Yards (5.19).
Sean Newcomb, Braves (vs. Rockies, Friday): Went into his start against the Brewers on Sunday having allowed three earned runs in his last 20.2 innings. He’s also sprinkled in 19 strikeouts in the same span.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters Edition)
Franmil Reyes, OF, Padres (vs. Diamondbacks, Thursday-Saturday): Like a boss, Reyes is owning August thus far with a slashie of .500/.526/1.111. Five of his first nine hits are of the extra base persuasion (two doubles, three homers).
Phillip Ervin, OF, Reds (vs. Giants, Friday-Sunday): His 1.026 OPS since the All-Star Break (well, that and the trade of Adam Duvall) has given the toolsy Ervin increased playing time.
Marwin Gonzalez, IF/OF, Astros (vs. Rockies, Tuesday-Wednesday): The Gonzalez of 2017 is starting to reappear, evidenced by his four homers in his first 31 at-bats this month.
Miguel Sano, 1B/3B, Twins (vs. Tigers, Thursday-Sunday): He’s much better than the .450 slugging percentage put up since his return from the minors, but at least Sano is working hard not to become the next Kennys Vargas.
Jurickson Profar, IF/OF, Rangers (vs. Angels, Thursday-Sunday): Quietly on pace to flirt with a 20-20 season, Profar is beginning to look more like the can’t-miss talent he once was as a teenager. His .936 OPS and improved plate discipline since the break have helped him tap further into his potential.
Devon Travis, 2B, Blue Jays (at Royals, Monday-Thursday): He’s batting .600 versus Royals pitching this season. So, what if it’s only five at-bats? A .600 batting average will keep him in the lineup.
Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (at Athletics, Monday-Wednesday): Far from being the second coming of Johnny Bench at the plate, Zunino is a much better Fantasy play away from Seattle (.774 OPS) than at home (.554 OPS).
Steven Souza Jr., OF, Diamondbacks (at Rangers, Monday-Tuesday): Kicks into Beast Mode when away from Chase Field. Outside of the desert, Souza entered the weekend batting .354 with a .436 OBP and .500 slugging percentage.
Joey Wendle, 2B/OF, Rays (at Yankees, Tuesday-Thursday): Like Zunino and Souza, Wendle is a far better Fantasy performer away from home. Wendle’s .836 road OPS makes the ladies swoon easier than his .666 OPS at Tropicana Field.
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