Only a handful of streaming options to consider this week, at least those who project as better than a coin flip to provide fantasy goodness. To be clear, there are SPs that look promising based on recent production, but venue or opponent weigh against them (David Peterson comes to mind, as a terrible risk away from Citi Field). There are limited aces in the dual start portion of this installment, as well, and as has been the recent trend, not a large number of middle tier two-start SPs. Plenty of arms to avoid, however, and as the fantasy baseball season winds down, discretion becomes most assuredly the better approach in setting up your Week 25 rotations. Without further ado, here are this week’s two start pitchers:

 Start 'em If You Own 'em 
Starting Pitcher1st Start/Opponent/Date2nd Start/Opponent/Date
Spencer Stridervs. PHI @ WAS 
 ATLZack WheelerJosiah Gray
 Tue, 9/19, 7:20 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:35 PM 
Luis Castillo@ OAK @ TEX 
 SEATBDJordan Montgomery
 Tue, 9/19, 9:40 PMSun, 9/24, 2:35 PM 
Freddy Peralta@ STL @ MIA 
 MILAdam WainwrightJesus Luzardo
 Mon, 9/18, 7:45 PM Sat, 9/23, 4:10 PM 
Justin Verlandervs. BAL vs. KC 
 HOUJohn MeansJordan Lyles
 Mon, 9/18, 8:10 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:10 PM 
Max Friedvs. PHI @ WAS 
 ATLMichael LorenzenJoan Adon
 Mon, 9/18, 7:20 PM Sat, 9/23, 1:05 PM 
Joe Ryan@ CIN vs. LAA 
 MINTBDPatrick Sandoval
 Mon, 9/18, 6:40 PMSun, 9/24, 2:10 PM 
Clarke Schmidtvs. TOR vs. ARI 
 NYYYusei KikuchiRyne Nelson
 Tue, 9/19, 7:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:35 PM 
Ryan Pepiotvs. DET vs. SF 
 LADReese OlsonKyle Harrison
 Tue, 9/19, 10:10 PM Sun, 9/24, 7:10 PM 

There are fewer aces to plug in to your rotations this week than there are digits on this writer’s hands. Those that are in the upper group are well worth tapping for a pair of starts, despite the limited selection. The final two entries both get a pair of home starts, helping to cement their place in the top tier this scoring period, although all these hurlers are suggested for use in both their times on the bump in Week 25, no matter where or against whom they are tossing the pill.

 Maybe Yes, Maybe No 
Starting Pitcher1st Start/Opponent/Date2nd Start/Opponent/Date
Reese Olson@ LAD @ OAK 
 DETRyan PepiotTBD
 Tue, 9/19, 10:10 PM Sun, 9/24, 4:07 PM
Eduardo Rodriguez@ LAD @ OAK 
 DETEmmet SheehanPaul Blackburn
 Mon, 9/18, 10:10 PM Sat, 9/23, 4:07 PM 
Mike Clevinger@ WAS @ BOS 
 CHWJoan AdonKutter Crawford
 Mon, 9/18, 7:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:35 PM 
Mitch Keller@ CHC @ CIN 
 PITJavier AssadTBD
 Tue, 9/19, 7:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:40 PM
Logan Taylor Allen@ KC vs. BAL 
 CLETBDJohn Means
 Tue, 9/19, 7:40 PMSun, 9/24, 1:40 PM 
Cal Quantrill@ KC vs. BAL 
 CLEJordan LylesDean Kremer
 Mon, 9/18, 2:10 PM Sat, 9/23, 6:10 PM 
Yusei Kikuchi@ NYY @ TB 
 TORClarke SchmidtTaj Bradley
 Tue, 9/19, 7:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:10 PM 
Michael Wachavs. COL vs. STL 
 SDTy BlachDrew Rom
 Mon, 9/18, 9:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 4:10 PM 

Olson has tossed three consecutive quality starts (QS) to open the final month of the season. He has two road contests on the slate in Week 25, but has been better toeing the rubber away from Comerica Park. He is racking up a K per frame, and while his control is still occasionally off, the rookie righty is making a strong case to be a part of the Detroit rotation past this, his initial season in the big leagues.

Rodriguez has the occasional radar blip of a game where he is ineffective, but also has more than a smattering of excellent outings to his credit. He has been more of a road warrior this season, just like his teammate profiled immediately above, so two away games are not a reason to avoid employing his services in Week 25. He is also averaging about a strikeout per inning, just like Olson, although his control is more consistent.

Clevinger, the 32-year-old righty, has twirled a pair of consecutive QSs heading into this week’s action. He offers above-average K potential, and while his peripherals are not screaming that things are due to take any drastic moves, either positive or negative, he has a pair of good matchups on the schedule over the coming seven days. 

Keller is coming off a superb effort against the visiting Washington offense, holding the National hitters to two hits over eight shutout innings, with seven Ks. He has a pair of road games on tap, and he does his best work on the hill at PNC, not on the road, but aside from getting banged around by the Braves in Atlanta, he has pitched well in five of his last six starts.

Allen has been effective on the bump since the beginning of August, posting a useful 3.43 ERA over those 42.0 IP. His control is an issue, as evidenced by his 1.35 WHIP on the season. The more daunting of his two starts this coming week is at home, but that is not necessarily a strong point for the rookie southpaw, and thus the better time to employ his skills would be the road start in Kansas City.

Quantrill, Allen’s rotation-mate, has been wildly effective since returning to action in September. He has tossed three consecutive QS, lasting six innings in each appearance. As with Allen, his best start in his dual appearance week is the first contest against the host Royals.

Kikuchi had been pitching well (while not being able to pick up a win) until his most recent six earned run loss to the visiting Rangers. Despite that stumble, his efforts have been worthy of fantasy use, posting a 3.24 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over the 33.1 IP he tossed between August 8th and September 8th, a series of six starts where he collected Ks at an 11.1 K/9 rate. Two road games are not necessarily a negative mark given his home/road splits this season.

Wacha coughed up seven earned runs to the host Dodgers, allowing two dingers over the four innings he lasted in his last start. That effort took some of the bloom off the rose of his recent efforts on the hill, but given his recent track record, it seems fair to him to regain his success while on the bump, especially with a pair of home starts on the schedule. He is a good source of Ks, with his 8.2 K/9 rate over his 115.1 IP. Then again, he has not exceeded 130 IP in a season since 2017 and he could be running out of gas as the season winds down, and thus he resides at the bottom of the middle tier.

 Not On My Roster 
Starting Pitcher1st Start/Opponent/Date2nd Start/Opponent/Date
Paul Blackburnvs. SEA vs. DET 
 OAKBryan WooEduardo Rodriguez
 Mon, 9/18, 9:40 PM Sat, 9/23, 4:07 PM 
Jordan Montgomeryvs. BOS vs. SEA 
 TEXKutter CrawfordLuis Castillo
 Mon, 9/18, 8:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:35 PM 
Adam Wainwrightvs. MIL @ SD 
 STLFreddy PeraltaPedro Avila
 Mon, 9/18, 7:45 PM Sat, 9/23, 8:40 PM 
Jordan Lylesvs. CLE @ HOU 
 KCCal QuantrillJustin Verlander
 Mon, 9/18, 2:10 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:10 PM 
Adrian Houser@ STL @ MIA 
 MILDrew RomEdward Cabrera
 Tue, 9/19, 7:45 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:40 PM 
Jose Butto@ MIA @ PHI 
 NYMEdward CabreraMichael Lorenzen
 Mon, 9/18, 6:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:05 PM 
Joan Adonvs. CHW vs. ATL 
 WASMike ClevingerMax Fried
 Mon, 9/18, 7:05 PM Sat, 9/23, 1:05 PM 
Drew Romvs. MIL @ SD 
 STLAdrian HouserMichael Wacha
 Tue, 9/19, 7:45 PM Sun, 9/24, 4:10 PM 
Ty Blach@ SD @ CHC 
 COLMichael WachaJavier Assad
 Mon, 9/18, 9:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:20 PM 
Kyle Harrison@ ARI @ LAD 
 SFZac GallenRyan Pepiot
 Tue, 9/19, 9:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 7:10 PM 
Kutter Crawford@ TEX vs. CHW 
 BOSJordan MontgomeryMike Clevinger
 Mon, 9/18, 8:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:35 PM 
Patrick Sandoval@ TB @ MIN 
 LAATaj BradleyJoe Ryan
 Tue, 9/19, 6:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:10 PM 
Edward Cabreravs. NYM vs. MIL 
 MIAJose ButtoAdrian Houser
 Mon, 9/18, 6:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:40 PM 
Taj Bradleyvs. LAA vs. TOR 
 TBPatrick SandovalYusei Kikuchi
 Tue, 9/19, 6:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:10 PM 
John Means@ HOU @ CLE 
 BALJustin VerlanderLogan Taylor Allen
 Mon, 9/18, 8:10 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:40 PM 
Michael Lorenzen@ ATL vs. NYM 
 PHIMax FriedJose Butto
 Mon, 9/18, 7:20 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:05 PM 
Javier Assadvs. PIT vs. COL 
 CHCMitch KellerTy Blach
 Tue, 9/19, 7:40 PM Sun, 9/24, 2:20 PM 
Josiah Grayvs. CHW vs. ATL 
 WASJose UrenaSpencer Strider
 Tue, 9/19, 7:05 PM Sun, 9/24, 1:35 PM 
Emmet Sheehanvs. DET vs. SF 
 LADEduardo RodriguezTBD
 Mon, 9/18, 10:10 PM Sat, 9/23, 9:10 PM

As is the usual situation, there is a wealth of two-start options that are best left on the bench despite the dual appearance allure. A former darling of the middle tier, Blackburn, has dropped to the bottom group due to a pair of 3.0 IP efforts in recent history. Blackburn does have a couple of home starts, and that bodes well for him to rebound. If you must seek a starter or two among the rest of the bottom tier arms, pick your SP based on potential positive venue and/or opponent, but realize that these are the pitchers who have been struggling to provide viable pitching results.

Potential Streaming Options for Week 25

There is no promise that each game day will provide a streaming option. First of all, the pitcher must be available in at least 50% of leagues to be a viable candidate to snag off the wire. Then, the pitchers discussed above are not included as they have a different sort of value, even though some might be available as free agents in your league. Plus, some days the matchups and/or venues just do not figure as positive enough factors to favor plugging the arm into your rotation, even for one start. That all being said, here are this week’s best streaming candidates:

Michael King, New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays

King has been working to ramp up his pitch count, and pitching deeper into games would be a boost for his ability to collect victories. He has yielded just three earned tallies over his last three outings. He is also racking up significant strikeouts (11.1 K/9 over his 87.2 IP).

Cristopher Sanchez, Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves

Sanchez was recently roughed up to an extent by the Braves, but he gets to face them on the road, where he has pitched with ace-like ability this season. He is a good source of Ks (8.4 K/9) who also has superior control (1.4 BB/9 over 87.1 IP in 2023). Look for him to bounce back against the Braves in this contest.

Mason Miller, Oakland Athletics vs Detroit Tigers

Despite being listed as the starter, the team is being cautious with Miller’s pitch count after he was shelved due to a UCL sprain earlier this season. Despite not pitching deep enough into games to be able to pick up a victory or QS, he does offer better than a K per frame strikeout potential and superior ratios over his limited time on the mound per game.