As the season progresses, and we move into the end of Week 3, while there are a lot of streaming options, there are just not that many worth picking up. I've scoured those SPs that are owned in less than 50% of leagues, and I am sorry to report that I can only suggest the following five pitchers for your end of the week rescue efforts. Things will sort themselves out as the year progresses, to be sure, but right now it is more important to get quality stats than just to stream for the sake of streaming, at least in my opinion.
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Realize that any of these options may disappear, especially with the awful weather we've been experiencing across the country. If you have a specific streaming question you want to pose to me, send it via my address at the bottom of this post and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.
Bronson Arroyo CIN vs MIA Wade LeBlanc
There were two options for Saturday, but the Minnesota rotation got pushed back with the rain out earlier in the week. Arroyo, of the high leg kick, is my sole Saturday streaming option. Pitching against Miami is a plus, and he's been pitching decently. His team will put up runs, and while I would like some more Ks, he is a decent option to provide at least a QS, if not a win.
Kevin Correia MIN @ CHW Dylan Axelrod
Wily Peralta MIL vs CHC Scott Feldman
Alex Sanabia MIA @ CIN Homer Bailey
Eric Stults SD @ SF Barry Zito
Now this is more like it. Correia is pitching like the ace of the Minnesota staff, going at least 7 innings in his three starts and putting up a 2.95 ERA over those appearances. He is not a strikeout pitcher by any measure, but has been putting up good numbers and while the road park is not a good park for pitchers, I do like his chances against Axelrod. Peralta faces the Cubs and that is generally a good thing for a pitcher. Peralta needs to demonstrate more dominance, as his strike to ball ratio has been mediocre at best early on. If he can throw more strikes, he has a chance to duplicate his effort when he faced the Cubs on the 9th of this month and held them to 2 earned runs over 6.2 IP. I like Sanabia, despite his getting lit up by the Braves 2 starts ago, as he rebounded nicely against the Nationals in his last start. He has pitched well on the road, and while the sample size is small, and he will be facing the Reds in this match up, I still believe he can be a decent option this week. Stults is facing Zito, who has been amazing since the end of last season. If a Padre pitcher is on the road, then San Fran is where I want to start him. The Giants' lineup doesn't exactly look to be a murderers' row, and with a nice K/BB ratio of 5:1, and a sub 4 ERA, I would give him a shot this start and cross my fingers that he can last 6 or 7 innings with minimum damage. I know these aren't great options, but compared to the rest of the available streaming options, these guys are golden. If desperate, stream away; if not, stand pat.
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Good luck and godspeed in your fantasy endeavors.
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