Stream, Aim, Fire – First Weekend Streaming Options

Streaming is a bit of a funny proposition this early in the year. Less than a week in, you’re probably not ready to cut bait on any players on your roster to take a flyer on a single match-up. After all, you drafted these guys for a reason.

But perhaps a player has hit the disabled list, or a prospect you were sure would make the team has been sent down. If you find yourself with a roster spot in hand and a desire to Stream, Aim, Fire, then by all means, read on.

The following streaming options are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, with an extra deep streamer tucked away at the bottom.

Felix Doubront – Though he heads into Rogers Centre against what appears to be a potent line-up, the Jays bats are yet to leave the proverbial nest this year. Doubront impressed with a 22:6 K:BB ratio in spring training over 18 innings – the strikeouts are likely the real deal, while the walks will dictate his overall success. The Jays have already struck out 18 times in two games, making them a good candidate for Doubront to rack up punch-outs again. I can’t guarantee a quality start, but he should be good for at least a half dozen Ks.

Chris Tillman – Because Tillman started the season on the disabled list, he went a bit under-drafted relative to his skill level. You’d be wise to jump in and grab him now before the market corrects in advance of his Saturday start. Tillman rocked a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts last year, hiding a less impressive 4.24 FIP, thanks mostly to a .221 BABIP. Still, he posted his best month of the season with his highest BABIP, so he’s shown he can work when the peripherals self-correct. The Twins have already struck out 22 times, thanks in part to Justin Verlander, but they’re also somewhere short of imposing. Take the risk that Tillman isn’t sporting a hangover from his Friday birthday celebrations.

Mike Fiers – Fiers will take on the Diamondbacks at Miller Park, which isn’t exactly friendly. But Fiers shouldn’t have this low an ownership tag, anyway, a year after posting a 3.09 FIP over 127.2 innings. Fiers can rack up the strikeouts and limits walks, making home runs the key for him, an area he managed well last year on the road but struggled with at home. He also struggled with the long ball in the spring, so I’d understand if you hesitate to start him, but pick him up regardless. I’m plugging him in, as I think his 2012 was more legitimate than his shaky spring. This is, admittedly, more of a “pick-up” suggestion than a one-game stream suggestion.

Shaun Marcum – Marcum may not get the nod depending on how a visit with team doctors goes late in the week, but if he does his ownership rate needs to climb. Marcum will be opening his Mets career against the Marlins, a friendly assignment if ever there was one. Marcum has good control and gets a decent amount of strikeouts, but all of that is really moot next to the fact that the Marlins are yet to score a run through two games. This is an exploitable match-up for any pitcher, so stream away.

Deep Stream:Daniel Straily – The rookie gets to make his 2013 debut and eighth career start against the Astros, meaning he’s already been credited with four strikeouts, and he’s not even in Houston yet. Yes, the Astros are that K-prone, having gone down on strikes 43 times through three games. The book on them was that they would be three true outcome-heavy, but they’ve walked just four times and homered once. Yes, Yu Darvish was filthy, but Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison are not whiff artists (although Ogando certainly has the potential). Straily is very highly thought of in the Athletics organization and this could be a nice coming out party for the 14 percent-owned righty.

Some of there may be riskier than you’d like on the first weekend of the year. That’s fair, considering we don’t know a ton about opponent offenses quite yet and fantasy players may be hesitant to make roster moves a week into the year. I tried, but I won’t be offended if you don’t take these recommendations (at least until I prove myself, y’heard?). If this hasn’t done it for you, I’ve put all of this weekend’s projected starters in a Google Doc for you here. If this is a big value-add, I can try to do this on a weekly basis, let me know in the comments.

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Blake Murphy is a news editor at The Score, and is a freelance sportswriter covering baseball, basketball, hockey and more. Think Bo Jackson, without the being good at every sport part. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeMurphyODC.

21 Responses to “Stream, Aim, Fire – First Weekend Streaming Options”

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  1. fbern10 says:

    My league is pitcher heavy so I appreciate any kind of streamer article for SPs. Please continue

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  2. Scott says:

    Thanks for putting the effort into the google doc, but I don’t think it’s worth your time as-is. That info is freely available on 10,000 other sites. But if you added in things like K% or SwStr% of the opponent (against the handedness of the starting pitcher) it would become far more valuable.

    I’m sure there are a couple other stats that would be nice to add that smarter people can offer.

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    • Thomas says:

      Thanks for the streaming article. Keep up the good work.

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    • SKob says:

      I agree! Thanks for the info, but I’m not sure if the current document is worth the time. Spend it on individual analysis!

      PS – Sunday matchups are ridiculous! Love the early season ace matchups! Verlander – Sabathia, Weaver – Darvish, Strasburg – Cueto, and Lester – Dickey. OKay, so I’m a homer including Lester, but still!

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    • Kevin says:

      I like the article, I’m always looking for streaming ideas, but agree that the Google Doc doesn’t add much. The ESPN forecaster lays it out much nicer. Maybe in the article you could show ownership percentage for espn/cbs/yahoo.

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    • novaether says:

      I’d love to see:

      – A team-weighted wOBA against pitchers of like handedness for the opposing hitters at home or away.
      – A L/R split for wOBA, FIP, and K/9 at home or away.
      – An overall park factor for the home team.
      – The pitcher’s IP/GS.

      You could run into SSS issues, but you could peel away the home/away or lefty/righty splits individually when needed.

      Perhaps you could roll this into your own start potential metric, compare it against % owned, and use the difference in rankings to identify potential value streaming options. Discuss said options in greater detail as the content of the article.

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    • Cybo says:

      Yes please continue this segment. But please don’t mention any 2 start weekly guys as all my opponents will prolly see your suggestions here and steal my guys!

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  3. Will H. says:

    FYI, Laffey has already been penciled in to replace Marcum vs MIA.

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  4. Sarge says:

    Does Straily have staying power in 12 team mixed leagues?

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  5. kwk9 says:

    People should be watching the Astros’ opponent SPs all season. They look horrible.

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  6. C says:

    All of these pitchers listed are already taken in my league. Bartolo Colon against the Astros might be available and should do well (anyone vs the Astros should)

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  7. Jay29 says:

    Bautista went yard last night.

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    • Johnny Come Lately says:

      Therefore…..? You wouldn’t stream a pitcher against them?

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      • Jay29 says:

        He said the Jays hadn’t homered yet, when in actually they had, in the form of Joey Bats, presumably several hours before this article was posted. But it wasn’t a big deal, as we all know they’ll hit a lot of homers in 2013.

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    • Blake Murphy says:

      “the Jays bats are yet to leave the proverbial nest this year”

      is what I had said. But yeah, exploded on Thursday. Nobody expects this team NOT to hit.

      FWIW, Doubront gets a lucky break tonight with Bautista out with an ankle injury.

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  8. Brian says:

    Love this, if you don’t continue it please just email it to me directly each week. I am a streaming fanatic.

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