Week 8 brings us a boat load of streaming options, some that I would suggest you add to your roster if you own an under-performing Starting Pitcher through the first two months (think Juan Nicasio). Who am I talking about? Read on, and discover the potential new additions to your squad. As always, all these guys are owned in less than 50% of leagues as of publication.
Why read boxscores when you can find out everything that happened in Howard Bender's nightly Fantasy Baseball Roundup
A.J. Burnett PIT vs CHC Ryan Dempster
Bruce Chen KC @ BAL Jason Hammel
Alex Cobb TB @ BOS Jon Lester
Christian Friedrich COL @ CIN Johnny Cueto
Dillon Gee NYM vs SD Anthony Bass
Jeanmar Gomez CLE @ CHW John Danks
Lucas Harrell HOU @ LAD Clayton Kershaw
Tyson Ross OAK vs NYY Ivan Nova
Burnett is probably the best option of these Friday pitchers. He's been sharp since returning from the DL, and along with his rotation-mate McDonald, are two pitchers I have been snagging off waivers wherever possible. Chen has been a winner for the Royals, and as long as they are playing well, it's a fine idea to go along for the ride with Chen. Alex Cobb looked good in his first start, filling in for Niemann, going 7 and putting up 6 Ks. He's a risk, like all youngsters new to the bigs, but could be a gem. Friedrich on the road is much more usable than he would be at Coors, although pitching in Cincy can be hazardous to your ERA and WHIP, too. Still, he's not shown me anything to be concerned about...yet. Gee has settled down after a couple of awful outings, but his middle name should be inconsistency. While I might like his chances better in San Diego, Metco (stole that from Grey Albright) isn't a bad place to pitch, either. Gomez has been solid for the Indians, and is one of the reasons they sit atop the AL Central standings. He keeps the ball in the park, which helps make up for his sub-par K/9 rate. Harrell is limiting the ERs after a shaky start, and has shown a brief flash of K ability. Going up against Kershaw and the Dodgers doesn't thrill me, but if you need a QS, this could be your guy. Ross has been a yo-yo type of pitcher, but he's been good at home, and the Yankees aren't exactly a murderer's row this year. I would take a shot on Ross here.
Make sure and get Fantasy Alarm's award winning 2012 Fantasy Baseball iPhone App!
Kevin Correia PIT vs CHC Paul Maholm
Jeremy Guthrie COL @ CIN Mike Leake
Kyle Kendrick PHI @ StL Jaime Garcia
Wade Miley ARI vs MIL Zack Greinke
Felipe Paulino KC @ BAL Wei-Yen Chen
Jerome Williams LAA @ SEA Felix Hernandez
Not quite as many choices on Saturday, but of these 6, there are some great arms to pick from. Correia pitched well against the Tigers in his last start, but his team was no help. The Cubs aren't able to score with any regularity, and perhaps that bodes well for Correia. Or not. Guthrie is the Rockies' ace, although the results this season belie that designation. Still, he's been better (much better) on the road, so even with a start in Cincy, I like him here. Kendrick has been effective at minimizing damage, and despite his best efforts, has yet to walk away with a victory. I wouldn't expect a win in Saint Looey, but I would predict a decent outing, stats-wise. Miley has been all that and a bag of donuts so far for Arizona, but you better use him now before Dan Hudson comes off the DL and he is relegated to the pen or back to the minors. Great pickup for dynasty or keeper leagues, though. I am loving the Ks Paulino is putting up for the Royals, and with his team's recent improved performance on the field, he's a great add to your roster. Go ahead, stop reading and pick him up...NOW. Williams hasn't been spectacular, but he has been effective, except for a blip on the radar against the Rangers, but that was expected. If you are looking for a SP5/6/7, and you already have Paulino rostered, go ahead and add Williams while the getting is good. Plus, his record against Seattle is good.
Listen to The Fantasy Alarm Show Saturday & Sunday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST and Wednesday 8:00 PM EST to 11:00 PM EST on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio XM channel 87/Sirius 210.
J.A. Happ HOU @ LAD Chris Capuano
Brian Matusz BAL vs KC Luke Hochevar
Tommy Milone OAK vs NYY Hiroki Kuroda
Hector Noesi SEA vs LAA C.J. Wilson
P.J. Walters MIN vs DET Rick Porcello
Whew, only five more. Here we go. Happ is a fine source of Ks and QS. I know his ERA will scare some away, but he's been making a great effort at making his pitching line look respectable. With Wandy, Harrell and now Happ, the Astros are putting together a nice staff. Matusz is usually too up and down for me to consider, but his last start vs Boston and the fact that he's won 3 straight makes me recommend him here. Of course, he could blow up unpredictably, but so could any Pitch & Ditch option. Milone is control pitcher who won't improve your K standings, but he pitches in a great park, and I am beginning to rue my decision to draft his mound opponent. The Yankees, as noted above, are not playing like world beaters presently, and I would suggest grabbing Milone, and not just for this start. Stash him on your roster and pitch his at home, or in an appropriate match up. Noesi has been extremely unlucky, but alot of Seattle pitchers have experienced that fate (hello, King Felix, didn't mean to talk about you behind your back). His last two starts have been what the Mariners expected from him when they made the deal that brought Noesi to the Pacific Northwest from New York. Walters is pitching like the ace of the Twins' staff, albeit that is a not a major accomplishment given the competition. Winning his last two games and starting to rack up Ks, I still wouldn't rush to add him to your roster (unless you are still holding Pavano or Liriano, and if you are, what's wrong with you?). Still, a good streaming option, as the Tigers continue to struggle.
Good luck and godspeed in your fantasy endeavors. If you want to talk about fantasy issues, please contact me at email@example.com.
Rounding The Bases - Todd Zola Looks At The First 10 Rounds of a Likely 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft
Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola - Looking Ahead To The 2014 Fantasy Baseball Season
Rounding The Bases - Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (20 Prospects for '14)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 24
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (September Call-Ups)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 23
Rounding the Bases: A Day For the Little Man
Rounding The Bases: Morse, Willingham On the Move?
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Roster Expansion)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 22
Rounding the Bases: Five Surging Pitchers & Hitters
Rounding the Bases: Rookies, Veterans & Roster Movement
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Pitching Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 21
Master Notes From Todd Zola - Taking A Look at Starting Pitching In Keeper Leagues
Rounding the Bases: Small Names, Big Production?
Rounding the Bases: A First for Stephen Strasburg and the (Near) Final Round-Up
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Hitting Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week Twenty