2019 MLB Draft Guide: Streaming Starting Pitching
Streaming starting pitchers is a well-known strategy but is it the right one? Greg Jewett discusses where, when and in what fantasy baseball leagues it works best.
To stream or not to stream, it’s a valid question for fantasy owners which could be dependent upon format. Not quite akin to a Shakespeare tragedy, it’s a conundrum nonetheless. Trying to maintain ratio statistics such as ERA and WHIP make it much more difficult to do in rotisserie leagues, it can be worthwhile in deeper formats. Streaming occurs with much more regularity in head-to-head leagues due to the numbers resetting each week. This proves to be important but note how many transactions will be allowed over the season or in each week.
Streaming, for those not familiar with it, means adding starting pitchers, often those with two-starts slated for a weekly scoring period in order to maximize innings, strikeouts and volume. Identifying targets can prove profitable but comes with inherent risks. Since rotisserie leagues compile statistics, the aggregate totals of starting pitchers not drafted can wreak more damage than good in ERA and WHIP. However, if trying to make up...