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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 10

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for September 21 through September 27.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players rostered in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. This will be the final full week of the fantasy season, potentially championship week for some fantasy players. As such, roster choices will be extremely important this week. Let's go find some players who can help seal the deal!

Behind the Plate

Jorge Alfaro (C, MIA) - 30% rostered

Jorge Alfaro has missed some playing time this season with injuries, but he has performed quite well recently in a hot Marlins lineup. Alfaro has hit .350 with two home runs and nine RBI over the last seven days This week the Marlins will face four games at the Braves (5.34 team ERA in September) and three games at the Yankees (3.69 team ERA in September). While the Yankees matchups are tough, the four Braves matchups are favorable. At this point, Alfaro is worth streaming even for the first half of the week paired with, say Sean Murphy for the second half of the week.

Also Consider: Sean Murphy (C, OAK) 29% rostered

 

At the Corners

Jared Walsh (1B,LAAF) - 38% rostered

Admittedly, this stream suggestion is based on a relatively small sample size. That being said, Jared Walsh has been on an absolute tear lately. The 27-year-old has hit an insane .467 with five HR and 13 RBI over the last seven days. These numbers obviously aren't sustainable, and his matchups this week are less than ideal (one game against the Rangers, two at the Padres, three at the Dodgers), but he has been hitting so well lately that it's hard to resist. This would be a risky stream, but could pay huge dividends for the final full week.

Nate Lowe (1B, TB) - 12% rostered

Nate Lowe has not been with the Rays all that long, but he has been contributing, batting .350 with three HR, eight RBI, and a stolen base over the last seven days. The Rays have hit well all season long and get great matchups this week with three games at the Mets (4.94 team ERA in September) and three against the Phillies (4.94 team ERA in September). Lowe has not been as hot as Walsh recently, but is a much safer streaming option for this week.

Also Consider: Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) 37% rostered, Maikel Franco (3B, KC) 22% rostered

 

Up the Middle

Chris Taylor (2B/SS/OF, LAD) - 52% rostered

I wrote about Chris Taylor last week and he is now just over 50% rostered, but he is such a good streaming option and is still pretty available. Taylor came through last week, hitting .333 with three HR and six RBI over the last seven days. The Dodgers get six matchups this week, all at home. Three games are against a relatively tough A's rotation and three against a favorable Angels rotation. With the Dodgers playing so well lately, Taylor is certainly worth a stream for the final full week.

Tommy La Stella (1B/2B/3B, OAK) - 43% rostered

Once again, Tommy La Stella has been a valuable fantasy asset this season, hitting well with multi-position eligibility. He hasn't hit eye-poppingly well lately, but has provided a solid .313 batting average with one HR and four RBI over the last seven games. The A's face the Dodgers for three games on the road, which is not great, but they then get four games against the Mariners. For fantasy managers who can afford the roster spot, La Stella is a nice streaming option for the back half of the week.

Also Consider: Asdrubal Cabrera (1B/2B/3B, WSH) 16% rostered, Miguel Rojas (SS, MIA) 10% rostered

 

In the Outfield

Clint Frazier (OF, NYY) - 36% rostered

There has never been a doubt that Clint Frazier could be a solid fantasy contributor, but limited playing time has always been his downfall. He has been seeing regular playing time lately and has made the most of it, batting .350 with two HR and six RBI over the last seven days. The Yankees always have a dangerous lineup and should continue to thrive this week with matchups against the Blue Jays (6.38 team ERA in September) and Marlins (5.10 team ERA in September). All in all, Frazier is a great streaming option this week.

Ryan Braun (OF, BAL) - 47% rostered

This one is a fun blast from the past. Ryan Braun is no longer the player he once was, but he has been hitting like his old self lately, batting .278 with three HR and nine RBI over the last seven days. The Brewers get eight games this week, and while they aren't the best matchups (three at Reds, four against Cardinals), the number of games makes Braun a steaming option to consider.

Also Consider: Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) 30% rostered, Kole Calhoun (OF, ARI) 20% rostered, Brandon Nimmo (OF, NYM) 19% rostered



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 9

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for September 14 through September 20.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players rostered in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. With just a few weeks left in the fantasy baseball season, some managers will need to make final choice moves to propel themselves to victory. Which players could help you this week? Let's find out!

 

Behind the Plate

Sean Murphy (C, OAK) - 18% rostered

Sean Murphy has not performed as well as fantasy players had hoped this season, but he has performed quite well recently, particularly among available catchers. Murphy has hit .333 with two home runs and four RBI over the last seven days and has the matchups to continue to hit this week. The A's will face the Mariners on the road twice, the Rockies on the road twice, and the Giants three times at home. Hopefully, fantasy players won't have to plug a new catcher into their lineups this late in the season, but Murphy is a worthy candidate if they need to.

Also Consider: Joey Bart (C, SF) 31% rostered, Kurt Suzuki (C, WAS) 12% rostered 

 

At the Corners

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 50% rostered

I wrote about Brandon Belt last week and, while his rostership has increased, he still qualifies for this article. Belt continued to produce offensively last week, hitting .278 with two HR and seven RBI. The Giants only have five matchups this week (two at the Mariners and three at the A's), but the whole Giants' offense have been on fire lately. Belt has been on a hot enough streak that he is worth a roster spot despite the lack of matchups.

Bobby Dalbec (1B/3B, BOS) - 15% rostered

Once again, another young prospect has found his way into this article. Bobby Dalbec got called up at the end of August and has compiled an impressive .719 slugging percentage with five HR and eight RBI. The Red Sox get six decent matchups this week with three games at the Marlins (4.69 team ERA) and three against the Yankees (4.44 team ERA). Given the pop he has shown, Dalbec could be a nice spark plug for fantasy players down the stretch.

Also Consider: Jeimer Candelario (1B/3B, DET) 45% rostered, Miguel Andujar (3B, NYY) 22% rostered, Rio Ruiz (1B/3B, BAL) 7% rostered

 

Up the Middle

Chris Taylor (2B/SS/OF, LAD) - 29% rostered

Like teammate Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor usually pops up as a useful streamer at some point during every fantasy season, and now is the time. Taylor has been getting playing time lately and capitalizing on it, hitting .350 with one HR and five RBI over the last seven days. The Dodgers get seven nice matchups, three at the Padres and four tasty matchups at the Rockies. Factor in the lineup he hits in and his multi-position eligibility and Taylor is a prime streaming candidate.

Andres Gimenez (2B/SS, NYM) - 13% rostered

Another prospect who has performed well this season, Andres Gimenez has been particularly hot lately. The 22-year-old has hit .409 with one HR, five RBI, and a stolen base over the last seven days. The Mets have six favorable matchups this week, three at the Phillies (5.15 team ERA) and three against the Braves (4.71 team ERA). Gimenez is worth a stream this week given his production at the plate and his speed.

Also Consider: Nick Solak (2B/3B/OF, TEX) 34% rostered, Tommy La Stella (1B/2B/3B, OAK) 28% rostered, Nick Madrigal (2B/SS, CHW) 26% rostered

 

In the Outfield

Adam Duvall (OF, ATL) - 47% rostered

The Braves have been putting up some big scores lately, and Adam Duvall has had a lot to do with it. Duvall has crushed the baseball lately, batting .357 with five HR and 11 RBI over the last seven days. The Braves have decent matchups this week with three games at the Orioles and three games at the Mets. At this point, Duvall is so hot that he would be worth a flyer regardless of the matchups.

Ryan Mountcastle (OF, BAL) - 47% rostered

Ryan Mountcastle has continued to impress since joining the O's, who have played surprisingly well as a team. He has been on fire at the plate lately, hitting .526 with two HR and nine RBI over the last seven days. The O's get eight matchups this week, and while they aren't fantastic (three against the Braves, five against the Rays), Mountcastle's recent performance and the sheer number of games makes him a worthy streamer.

Also Consider: Alex Dickerson (OF, SF) 29% rostered, Kike Hernandez (2B/SS/OF, LAD) 18% rostered, Mauricio Dubon (2B/SS/OF, SF) 7% rostered



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 8

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for September 7 through September 13.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players rostered in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. This will be the first week of the fantasy playoffs for some of you and the beginning of the home stretch for others, so this week will be vastly important. Each decision will have a large impact on your fantasy success, so let's go find some streamers to help for the playoffs!

 

Behind the Plate

Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C/3B/SS, TEX) - 49% rostered

Isiah Kiner-Falefa has been in this column several times this season for two reasons: he has hit well all season and has unique player eligibility. He has hit particularly well over the last seven days, batting .400 with a stolen base (yes, a catcher who will steal you bases). This week the Rangers will have eight matchups. They will have four favorable matchups in one game at the Mariners and three against the Angels and then four unknown matchups against a solid A's rotation that has not played lately. If you are in a pinch at catcher heading into this week, Kiner-Falefa is the best option to stream.

Also Consider: Jacob Stallings (C, PIT) 9% rostered, Yan Gomes (C, WAS) 4% rostered 

 

At the Corners

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 31% rostered

The entire Giants offense has come to life lately, and Brandon Belt has not been excluded. The veteran has hit .400 over the last seven days. The Giants get seven pretty good matchups overall this week with a home game against the Diamondbacks, two home games against the Mariners, and four games at the Padres. Belt only has one RBI over the past seven days, but he should have plenty of opportunities to get more this week if the Giants continue to hit, making him a worthwhile streamer.

Jeimer Candelario (1B/3B, DET) - 15% rostered

The Tigers have not been the most exciting team this season, from a fantasy perspective or otherwise. However, Jeimer Candelario has hit well all season and has been mashing the baseball lately. He has hit .400 with two home runs and five RBI over the last seven days. Couple his performance with the Tigers' eight-game schedule and this makes Candelario an obvious streaming target for the week.

Also Consider: Joey Votto (1B, CIN) 44% rostered, Colin Moran (1B/3B, PIT) 22% rostered

 

Up the Middle

Brad Miller (2B/3B/OF, STL) - 31% rostered

Brad Miller has never been much of a fantasy asset, but that has definitely changed this season. Miller has been producing for the Cardinals and is hitting .333 with three HR and eight RBI over the last seven days. The Cardinals don't have the most fantastic matchups this week (at Cubs, Twins, Tigers, Reds), but they aren't awful either, and they get eight games. Given how he has hit this season, Miller is a viable streaming option for this week and potentially the rest of the season.

Willy Adames (SS, TB) - 29% rostered

I included Willy Adames in my column last week as a streaming option and he has delivered. Adames hit a ridiculous .458 with two HR and five RBI over the last seven days, and his matchups this week should allow him to continue to hit. He'll get two games at the Nationals (4.96 team ERA) and four games against the Red Sox (6.08 team ERA). These matchups set Adames up to be a top streamer this week.

Also Consider: Jonathan Schoop (2B, DET) 45% rostered, Nick Madrigal (2B/SS, CHW) 30% rostered, Willi Castro (3B/SS, DET) 1% rostered

 

In the Outfield

Austin Riley (3B/OF, ATL) - 39% rostered

Fantasy players will remember the massive ups and downs Austin Riley experienced last season, and while this season has been more down, his last seven days have definitely been up. Riley has been displaying his power lately, batting .385 with two HR and eight RBI. The Braves get decent matchups this week with three games against the Marlins and four games at the Nationals. Riley has the potential to provide some pop to fantasy players' lineups this week, making him a worthwhile streamer.

Alex Dickerson (OF, SF) - 17% rostered

As I mentioned before, the Giants have been hitting well as a team lately. However, Alex Dickerson has been on an absolute tear. The outfielder has hit .440 with four HR and nine RBI over the past seven days, including a three-HR game. The Giants have seven decent matchups and Dickerson has been too hot to not consider as a streamer.

Also Consider: Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) 19% rostered, Jurickson Profar (2B/OF, SD) 14% rostered, Victor Reyes (OF, DET) 14% rostered, Kevin Kiermaier (OF, TB) 4% rostered



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 7

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for August 31 through September 6.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. Believe it or not, but we are just around the corner from the fantasy playoffs, so this week will be very important for many of you out there. Every decision counts right now, so let's go find some streamers to help for the final push to the playoffs!

 

Behind the Plate

Martin Maldonado (C, HOU) - 34% owned

There aren't a ton of available catchers who have been productive lately, but this guy is a viable option. Martin Maldonado has been hitting pretty well lately, batting .267 over the last seven days. The Astros have been heating up, and they have some nice matchups this week. They get three games against the Rangers (5.16 team ERA) and four games on the road against the Angels (5.41 team ERA). Again, there aren't a ton of great fantasy options at catcher to begin with, let alone available ones. However, Maldonado has been useful at times this season, has great upcoming matchups, and hits in a great lineup, making him the best streaming option this week.

Also Consider: Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C/3B/SS, TEX) 43% owned, Jose Trevino (C, TEX) 5% owned, Yan Gomes (C, WAS) 4% owned 

 

At the Corners

Christian Walker (1B, ARI) - 49% owned

When I last mentioned Christian Walker as a streamer, the hope was that he would finally start hitting for power like he did in 2019. He has finally started doing that, posting a .423 slugging percentage with two home runs over the last seven days. His three games at the Dodgers will be tough, but his three games at the Giants will make up for it. If he can continue to hit the ball hard, Walker could provide nice returns as a streamer this week.

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 23% owned

Here is another top prospect who has gotten to play at the big-league level this season. Alec Bohm has not disappointed since getting called up to the Phillies, posting a .317/.417/.463 slash line over 41 at-bats. This week the Phillies will get seven decent matchups, four against the Nationals (4.97 team ERA) at home and three at the Mets (4.85 team ERA). The Phillies have been hitting well as a team lately, making Bohm an exciting streaming option this week.

Also Consider: Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) 39% owned, Yandy Diaz (1B/3B, TB) 32% owned, Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) 17% owned

 

Up the Middle

Cesar Hernandez (2B, CLE) - 41% owned

Cesar Hernandez has by far been in this column the most this season; he is not the most exciting player but can get the job done in a pinch. He has been flexing his muscle lately, hitting .300 with two HR and four RBI over the last seven days. This week the Indians will get two average matchups against the Royals on the road and the Brewers at home. Again, Hernandez isn't the most thrilling fantasy option, but he can hit for average and get on base, and has shown some power lately, making him a high-floor streaming option.

Willy Adames (SS, TB) - 20% owned

Willy Adames is a player that a lot of dynasty fantasy players know all about, and he has been proving that he is indeed a top prospect this season. Adames has a solid .287/.374/.521 slash line with three HR and 10 RBI this season and hits in a good Tampa Bay lineup. He'll get three games at the Yankees and three games against the Marlins. Both teams aren't great matchups but have been hittable (Yankees 4.32 team ERA, Marlins 4.31 team ERA). The fact that Adames is so little-owned is surprising; given his talent and performance this season, he is certainly a worthy streamer.

Also Consider: Jon Berti (2B/3B/SS/OF, MIA) 30% owned, Brad Miller (2B/3B/OF, STL) 18% owned, Ryan Mountcastle (SS, BAL) 12% owned

 

In the Outfield

Harrison Bader (OF, STL) - 2% owned

Harrison Bader was once thought of as a highly-ranked prospect with the ability to combine power and speed at the plate. That hasn't fully worked out for fantasy players, but Bader has been on fire lately, batting .400 with two HR, three RBI, and a stolen base over the last seven days. The Cardinals get seven games this week, three at the Reds and four at the Cubs. The matchups are ok overall, but the game count and Bader's impressive performance lately make him an intriguing streamer this week.

Stephen Piscotty (OF, OAK) - 25% owned

Stephen Piscotty has been driving in runs lately, a lot of runs. He's hitting .333 with an impressive nine RBI in the last seven days. The A's have nice matchups this week in the form of three games at the Mariners and three games against the Padres. Piscotty has been on a role lately, and his good matchups make him a good streaming candidate for this week.

Also Consider: Joc Pederson (OF, LAD) 46% owned, Corey Dickerson (OF, MIA) 13% owned



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 6

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for August 24 through August 30.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. For fantasy players in three-week playoff leagues, you have just over two weeks left in the regular season. Every roster move is pivotal at this time, so let's go find some streamers to help down the stretch!

 

Behind the Plate

Keibert Ruiz (C, LAD) - 5% owned

Keibert Ruiz is just one of many exciting prospects that have seen playing time this shortened season. He got called up this past week after his teammate Will Smith went on the IL with neck inflammation and hit a home run in his first game. The hype around him and the lineup he will hit in makes Ruiz a viable streaming option, and the Dodgers will get some nice matchups this week with three games at the Giants and three games at the Rangers. If he gets hot, Ruiz could help push fantasy teams to and through the playoffs.

Also Consider: Austin Nola (C/1B/2B, SEA) 27% owned, Sean Murphy (C, OAK) 23% owned, Yan Gomes (C, WAS) 1% owned 

 

At the Corners

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - 27% owned

I mentioned Mitch Moreland as a streamer last week and he delivered. He has hit .462 over the last seven days. His matchups aren't quite as favorable this week, with three games at the Blue Jays (3.88 team ERA) and three games against the Nationals (4.72 team ERA). However, fantasy players should feel comfortable riding his hot bat for another week.

Tommy La Stella (1B/2B/3B, LAA) - 24% owned

Tommy La Stella has hit pretty well all season for the Angels, but he has been particularly effective lately, batting .292 with two home runs and seven RBI over he last seven days. The Angels get seven games this week, four at the Astros in a tough matchup but then three against the Mariners at home in a great matchup. His multi-position eligibility and the matchup against the Mariners makes him an intriguing streaming option this week.

Also Consider: Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) 27% owned, Matt Carpenter (3B, STL) 10% owned

 

Up the Middle

Robinson Cano (2B, NYM) - 46% owned

This one is a fun blast from the past. Robinson Cano used to be a perennial fantasy All-Star, but age and injuries have started to catch up to him over the past several seasons. However, the 37-year-old has an excellent .373/.415/.644 slash line with four HR and 13 RBI this season. This week he will face the Marlins at home for three games and then face the Yankees on the road for three games. Both matchups, while not excellent, are decent enough to warrant a streaming look for Cano, given his performance this season.

One note here. The Mets had two reported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the postponement of their scheduled games Thursday and Friday. If any of the Mets' games get postponed this week then Cano's value as a streamer would obviously decrease.

Nick Ahmed (SS, ARI) - 24% owned

Nick Ahmed has hit well all season long but has been on a tear lately, hitting .476 with one HR and eight RBI over the last seven days. The Diamondbacks get seven games at home this week, four against a hittable Rockies rotation and three against a poor Giants rotation. At this point, fantasy players looking to stream a hot bat won't find one much better than Ahmed, making him a worthy streamer for the week.

Also Consider: Wilmer Flores (1B/2B, SF) 13% owned, Brad Miller (2B/3B/OF, STL) 6% owned, Luis Garcia (2B/SS, WAS) 4% owned

 

In the Outfield

Austin Slater (1B/OF, SF) - 27% owned

This is the second week in a row I've written about Austin Slater. The 27-year-old has been on a tear with a .341/.453/.659 slash line with four HR and five stolen bases. The Giants get three tough matchups against the Dodgers at home but three games at home against the dreadful Diamondbacks rotation. The matchups set Slater up with a good chance to continue to be a spark plug for the Giants and for fantasy teams.

Andrew McCutchen (OF, PHI) - 47% owned

Here's another blast from the past. Andrew McCutchen has been pedestrian on the season but has been hot lately, hitting .333 with eight RBI over the last seven days. The Phillies have decent matchups this week with three games at the Nationals and three games against the Braves at home, making McCutchen a decent OF streamer this week.

Also Consider: Randal Grichuk (OF, TB) 46% owned, Robbie Grossman (OF, OAK) 34% owned



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 5

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for August 17 through August 23.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. It may be hard to believe, but we have already completed about one third of the regular season. Fantasy players are starting to get a clearer picture of holes in their lineups or categories they need to catch up on, so streaming now is becoming even more important. That being said, let's find some streamers!

 

Behind the Plate

Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C/3B, TEX) - 51% owned

This catcher has been hitting well and providing some surprising fantasy value this season. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hasn't hit for much power (.321/.379/.434 slash line with no home runs and two RBI), but he does has four steals. The Rangers get two great matchups (seven games) this week against the Padres and Mariners. Catcher production is always hard to come by in fantasy, and Kiner-Falefa can help in batting average and steals, which makes him an appealing streamer for this week.

Travis d'Arnaud (C/1B, ATL) - 51% owned

This veteran has shown up to hit so far this season. Travis d'Arnaud has been mashing the baseball with a .350/.357/.600 slash line, two HR, 11 RBI, and a 56.5% hard-hit rate. The Braves will have all six games at home this week, three against a decent Nationals rotation and three against a struggling Phillies rotation. d'Arnaud has been crushing the baseball lately, making him a worthy catching streamer this week.

Also Consider: James McCann (C, CHW) 17% owned, Pedro Severino (C, BAL) 16% owned 

 

At the Corners

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) - 33% owned

Mitch Moreland has always been a useful fantasy option and this season has been no different. He has gotten off to a particularly hot start, batting .303 with and impressive six HR and 12 RBI. He should be able to keep it going this week, with one game at the Yankees but then two games against the Phillies and four games on the road at the Orioles. The pitching matchups and stadiums are a perfect combination for Moreland to produce more power.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 19% owned

Jesus Aguilar had a breakout 2018 season but has not been fantasy relevant since then, until now. Like the Marlins in general, Aguilar has been a surprise this season, looking like his 2018 self with a .311 batting average, .622 slugging percentage, four HR, and 12 RBI. His power has been on display and he will have potentially eight games to show it this week. His matchups aren't the best (four against Mets, four at Nationals), but they aren't terrible overall and eight games in one week is a rare occurrence. If Aguilar and the Marlins continue to perform, he could be a useful add for more than just this week.

Also Consider: Asdrubal Cabrera (2B/3B, WAS) 22% ownedTodd Frazier (1B/3B, NYM) 11% owned

 

Up the Middle

Cesar Hernandez (2B, CLE) - 46% owned

This is now the third time I have written about this guy and he is still under 50% owned. Cesar Hernandez has not disappointed hitting leadoff for the Indians, hitting .279 with a .380 on-base percentage and seven RBI. He will face some great matchups this week with three games at the Pirates (5.32 team ERA) and three games against the Tigers (5.23 team ERA). The Indians offense may be slumping overall, but Hernandez has been providing fantasy value and should continue to do so this week.

Jake Cronenworth (1B/2B/SS, SD) - 11% owned

This rookie has come out of nowhere for the Padres this season. Jake Cronenworth has done a great job hitting for average this season, batting at a .333 clip. He hardly walks (2.5% walk rate), making me question if his numbers are legit, but I think he can stay hot for at least another week. The Padres as a whole are running hot and will get four games against the Rangers and three against the Astros this week. Both rotations have been hittable this season, which combined with Cronenworth's insane batting average and multi-position eligibility makes me think he could be a useful streamer this week.

Also Consider: Howie Kendrick (1B/2B/3B, WAS) 43% owned, J.P. Crawford (SS, SEA) 30% owned, Joey Wendle (2B/3B/SS, TB) 5% owned

 

In the Outfield

Austin Slater (1B/OF, SF) - 31% owned

Austin Slater has been one of the bright spots for the Giants this season. The 27-year-old has been on a tear with a .342/.444/.632 slash line with three HR and five stolen bases. The Giants get some favorable matchups this week with four games at the Angels and three games at home against the dreadful Diamondbacks rotation. The matchups set Slater up with a good chance to continue to be a spark plug for the Giants offense. The one caveat here is that Slater has recently been dealing with elbow soreness. If this proves to be a substantial issue and he misses time then he obviously would not be a useful streamer.

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - 31% owned

Like Aguilar, Brian Anderson is performing well in the middle of a hot Marlins lineup. He has been hitting for both average (.286 batting average) and power (.619 slugging percentage, four HR, 13 RBI). As mentioned above, Anderson will have eight games this week, making him a great streaming choice for this week and beyond.

Also Consider: JaCoby Jones (OF, DET) 42% owned, Anthony Santander (OF, BAL) 37% owned, Marwin Gonzalez (1B/3B/OF, HOU) 10% owned



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 4

Welcome back to another installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for August 10 through August 16.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. The season is still young, but hitters are starting to accumulate some stats, making it easier to identify strong performances. Let's get going!

 

Behind the Plate

Martin Maldonado (C, HOU) - 15% owned

There aren't a ton of productive fantasy catchers out there on the waiver wire, but this one hits in one of baseball's best lineups. Martin Maldonado has produced mediocre numbers at the plate this season, compiling a .240/.406/.240 slash line with no home runs and seven RBI. However, the Astros get two great matchups this week against the Giants and Mariners, both at home. There really isn't much more to consider here; Maldonado is the available catcher with the best matchup in the best lineup.

Also Consider : Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C, TEX) 13% owned

 

At the Corners

Christian Walker (1B, ARI) - 51% owned

Christian Walker has yet to show the HR prowess he displayed last season but has still hit well, posting a .317 batting average and .463 slugging percentage. This week could help him get going. He will get three games at hitter-friendly Coors Field and three games against the Padres, who have a team ERA of 4.70. He's been hitting the ball extremely hard (average exit velocity is in 86th percentile of baseball, hard-hit rate in 98th percentile), so the favorable matchups and environment could help him get on the HR board this week. He is one of my top streamers for the week.

Daniel Murphy (1B, COL) - 48% owned

This one is a throwback to a once-prominent fantasy player. 35-year-old Daniel Murphy is not quite as good as he was when he played for the Nationals a few seasons ago, but he can still hit (.303/.361/.455 slash line in 37 plate appearances). One of the things that has benefitted him is that he now plays his home games in Coors Field, and the Rockies will play all six of their games at home this week. They will get some nice matchups against a struggling Diamondbacks rotation (5.71 team ERA) and a lackluster Rangers rotation (4.59 team ERA). Murphy is set up for a turn-back-the-clock week.

Also Consider: Starlin Castro (2B/3B, WAS) 44% owned, Wilmer Flores (1B/2B, SF) 10% owned, Chris Owings (2B/3B/SS/OF, COL) 2% owned

 

Up the Middle

Kike Hernandez (2B/SS/OF, LAD) - 46% owned

It wouldn't be a streaming column if I didn't mention Kike Hernandez at least once throughout the season. As fantasy players will likely know, Hernandez is an intriguing fantasy option because of his position versatility, his streakiness, and the fact that he hits in the Dodgers lineup. He has a .262 batting average with one HR and six RBI so far this season, but his seven game slate against the Padres and Angels this week make him a worthy streamer. Hopefully, he can take advantage and have a strong week.

Hanser Alberto (2B/3B, BAL) - 46% owned

Hanser Alberto was a surprise fantasy contributor last season and has continued to produce this season, posting a .326/.354/.522 slash line with two HR, five RBI, and a stolen base. I am actually surprised he isn't more owned given his numbers and multi-position eligibility. This week he'll get three games on the road against a poor Phillies rotation (5.88 team ERA) and then three games at home against a Nationals team that may not be as ominous as previously thought, depending on if Max Scherzer (hamstring) is ready to go. Alberto is a player who can be used in fantasy in most matchups, so he is worth the add for this week and future weeks.

Also Consider: Howie Kendrick (1B/2B/3B, WAS) 40% owned, J.P. Crawford (SS, SEA) 28% owned

 

In the Outfield

Leury Garcia (2B/SS/OF, CHW) - 19% owned

Leury Garcia has shown that he can do a bit of everything over the course of his career and he has gotten off to a hot start this season, batting .300 with two HR and five RBI. The White Sox have an improved lineup this season and Garcia's multi-position eligibility has helped ensure routine playing time. This week the White Sox will get three games on the road against a poor Tigers rotation and then three games at home against a Cardinals team that has not played for a while. If Garcia can continue to stay hot he could be a nice pickup for this week and potentially beyond.

Dylan Moore (2B/3B/SS/OF, SEA) - 12% owned

Dylan Moore has come out of nowhere for the Mariners this season; he has a .367 batting average, a .700 slugging percentage, two HR, four RBI, and two steals over 30 plate appearances. The 28-year-old had a poor rookie 2019 season but has been a surprise contributor to this point. The Mariners will get three games in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park and three games on the road against an Astros rotation that has been hittable this season (4.30 team ERA). It's too early for me to say that I think Moore is the real deal, but he's a hot bat worth taking a flyer on this week.

Also Consider: JaCoby Jones (OF, DET) 35% owned, Kevin Pillar (OF, BOS) 20% owned, Marwin Gonzalez (1B/3B/OF, HOU) 6% owned 



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 3

Welcome back to the second installment of the hitting streamers column! This edition is for August 3 through August 9.

As will be the case every week, I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. You may not always see well-known names in this column; my goal is to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, not just to identify names you may recognize who are available.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. Let's find some streamers!

 

Behind the Plate

Danny Jansen (C, TOR) - 23% owned

This catcher has the advantage of favorable matchups and strong recent performance. Danny Jansen has provided substantial offensive production early in the season, compiling a .267/.353/.467 slash line. The Blue Jays will face two struggling rotations this week on the road in the Braves, who have a 4.50 team ERA and recently DFA'ed Mike Foltynewicz and the Boston Red Sox, who have a 5.83 team ERA and have been lost without Chris Sale (elbow) and Eduardo Rodriguez (COVID-19). With these surprisingly favorable matchups, Jansen is a strong backstop streamer for this week.

Also Consider: Kurt Suzuki (C, WAS) 14% owned, Victor Caratini (C/1B, CHC) 6% owned

 

At the Corners

Colin Moran (2B/3B, PIT) - 32% owned

Colin Moran has gotten off to a strong start this season, posting a .300/.364/.800 slash line with three HR and four RBI. He should be able to continue producing this week, with four games against the Twins (4.09 team ERA) and three against the Tigers (5.60 ERA). Moran is hot, has a full slate against favorable matchups this upcoming week, and can be played at middle and corner infield, making him a clear streaming candidate.

Mark Canha (1B/OF, OAK) - 48% owned

Mark Canha was an under-the-radar fantasy option last season and has started the 2020 season as a viable option as well, posting a .294/.350/.471 slash line with one HR and five RBI. This week he will get a full slate with a single game at the Mariners, three games against the Rangers (which could be tough depending on who's pitching), and three games against the backend of the Astros rotation. Canha has power potential despite playing his home games in pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum and is a fine streamer for next week and the rest of the season.

Also Consider: Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) 12% owned, Maikel Franco (3B) 6% owned

 

Up the Middle

Cesar Hernandez (2B, CLE) - 46% owned

This guy was one of my higher-end streamers last week and is still under 50% owned. Cesar Hernandez has not disappointed hitting leadoff for the Indians, hitting .368 with a .429 on-base percentage through the first week of play.

He will face several more favorable matchups this week. The Indians get four games against the Reds, with Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo as tough matchups but Trevor Bauer as a manageable matchup and favorable matchups for whoever else fills the Reds rotation. They then get four games at the White Sox, who have one of baseball's highest team ERA's at 6.23. I'll say it again, Hernandez is a player who may not be qualified for this column for long, so grab him while you can.

David Fletcher (2B/3B/SS/OF, LAA) - 53% owned

This player is now just above the 50% ownership mark, but is still worth being called out because he is so versatile from a fantasy perspective and has been mashing the baseball. David Fletcher can play almost the whole infield and outfield and is hitting a ridiculous 435. to start the season. This week the Angels get three games at the Mariners and three at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. Those tasty matchups combined with Fletcher's performance and multi-position eligibility make him a high-end streamer and useful fantasy option for the rest of the season.

Also Consider: Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/SS/OF, DET) 18% owned, Nico Hoerner (2B, CHC) 6% owned

 

In the Outfield

Mike Yastrzemski (OF, SF) - 45% owned

I considered Mike Yastrzemski to be an underrated fantasy player this season and he has proven me right in the early going. He has a .409/.500/.773 slash line with two HR so far and should be able to put some more on the board this upcoming week. The Giants get four games at Coors Field and three games at the Dodgers. The Dodgers matchups may be tough, but Yastrzemski's power for four games in Colorado is just too good to pass up.

Shogo Akiyama (OF, CIN) - 44% owned

I mentioned this guy as my top streamer for last week and his ownership actually dropped a bit. Again, some fantasy players may not be aware of Shogo Akiyama, but he compiled a stellar .301/.376/.454 career slash line over nine seasons with the Seibu Lions and has a respectable .267 average and .353 on-base percentage through 17 plate appearances. I still think that he will end up being a solid contributor for the Reds and therefore for fantasy players.

The Reds will play the Indians for four games (two at home, two on the road) and then face the Brewers on the road for three games. These matchups aren't the best, but also aren't the worst. Overall, Akiyama's talent should translate in most matchups every week.

Also Consider: Kevin Pillar (OF, BOS) 17% owned, JaCoby Jones(OF, DET) 11% owned, Brandon Nimmo (OF, NYM) 9% owned, 



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Hitter Streamers for Fantasy Baseball Week 2

It is finally time for fantasy baseball, which means it is also time to start scouring the waiver wires for hitting streamers! This first edition of the column is for July 27 through August 2.

I will offer a couple of worthy streamers for each position (catcher, corner infield, middle infield, outfield) based on the number of games the players have for the upcoming week, favorable matchups, or injury replacements. With the shortened season, staying on top of desirable streamers will be even more important to snatch up. I will try to identify hitters who I think have the best chance to do well for the following week, even if they are hardly owned.

This column will highlight players owned in roughly fewer than 50% of Yahoo leagues who could present as nice streaming options for the upcoming week. With the introduction out of the way, let’s get going!

 

Behind the Plate

Francisco Mejia (C, SD) - 43% owned

I would have had Jorge Alfaro as my top catcher to stream until he was placed on the IL, so my next best option is Francisco Mejia. It's hard to find fantasy value at the catcher's position, but Mejia compiled a respectable .265/.316/.438 slash line with eight home runs and 22 RBI over 244 plate appearances last season.

This upcoming week he will get one game against the backend of the Diamondbacks rotation, three games at the Giants (pitcher-friendly park but hitter-friendly rotation), and three games at Coors Field, the pantheon of fantasy hitting. The strong matchups make Mejia a viable streaming candidate for those of you who just lost Alfaro.

Also Consider: Sean Murphy (C, OAK) 25% owned

 

At the Corners

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - 26% owned

Brian Anderson is an underrated fantasy player, given his past performance and his multi-position eligibility. He provided a respectable .261/.342/.468 slash line with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in just 120 games in 2019 (he missed time with a broken left hand). His 86th-percentile hard-hit rate supported his HR numbers. Anderson will get the same favorable slate as Alfaro mentioned above, making for a solid opportunity for his power to come through.

Maikel Franco (3B, KC) - 2% owned

Ok, there are some understandable reasons why Franco is only 2% owned at the start of the season. He hit a poor .234 in 2019 and consequently didn’t consistently start with the Phillies. That being said, he had a respectable 8.4% walk rate and 14.3% strikeout rate in 2019, hit 17 HR in just 428 plate appearances, and his starting position is now solidified with the Royals, who’s lineup may not be as poor as anticipated. 

More importantly, he gets a pretty decent set of matchups this week. He’ll get the Tigers for four games in hitter-friendly Comerica Park with Matt Boyd slated to be the only tough matchup, followed by three games at home against the White Sox. The Royals should dodge Lucas Giolito in this series, and the rest of the team’s starters were inconsistent in 2019. Overall, Franco seems like a pretty decent option to stream this week and is definitely available in your league.

Also Consider: C.J. Cron (1B, DET) 38% owned, Wil Myers (1B/OF, SD) 31% owned, Jon Berti (SS/3B/OF, MIA) 20% owned

 

Up the Middle

Cesar Hernandez (2B, CLE) - 44% owned

This guy is one of the higher-end streamers for the week. Cesar Hernandez is set to hit atop a pretty good Indians lineup this season. The veteran can provide a little bit of everything fantasy-wise, posting a .279/.333/.408 slash line with 14 HR, 71 RBI, nine steals, and a 15% strikeout rate in 2019 with the Phillies. I’m actually a little surprised he made it into the sub-50% ownership group.

Hernandez is a player who could be streamed in a pinch regardless of matchups, but his matchups are decent this week. The Indians get three games against the White Sox at home, with the only tough matchup coming against Lucas Giolito. They then get four games in Minnesota. The Twins rotation is pretty solid, but the Indians at least won’t have to face Jake Odorizzi, who is on the IL with back soreness. Hernandez is a player who may not be qualified for this column for long, so grab him while you can.

Jonathan Schoop (2B, DET) - 8% owned

Schoop’s fantasy profile is pretty well-solidified at this point in his career; he never walks, strikes out fairly often, can sometimes hit for decent average, and can hit for power. There are some things to like in there, especially now that he will be a definitive starter for the Tigers. The Tigers will get to play all their games at home for this period, four against the Royals (a very favorable matchup), and three against the backend of the Reds rotation. Trevor Bauer could be a tough matchup, but Wade Miley and Anthony DeSclafani are fine pitchers to face from an offensive perspective. Given the matchups and Schoop’s new hitter-friendly home field, I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit a couple of long balls over this stretch, making him a somewhat-exciting streamer.

Also Consider: Freddy Galvis (2B/SS, CIN) 9% owned, Jurickson Profar (2B/OF, SD) 6% owned

 

In the Outfield

Shogo Akiyama (OF, CIN) - 49% owned

Shogo Akiyama is my top streamer of this period. Some fantasy players may not be aware of him as he has spent his entire career in Japan, but I think he has the chance to be a solid fantasy asset. Akiyama compiled a stellar .301/.376/.454 career slash line over nine seasons with the Seibu Lions and had a nice 2019 season with a .303/.392/.471 slash line, 20 HR, 62 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He will be hitting at the top of an improved Reds lineup and should have plenty of opportunities to help fantasy teams.

The Reds will play the cubs for four games at home, slated to get two decent matchups (Jon Lester and Alec Mills) and two potentially tough matchups (Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish) before heading to Detroit for a favorable three-game matchup. I would stream Akiyama against most matchups, but this week makes him an even better play.

Corey Dickerson (OF, MIA) - 21% owned

As you can probably guess by now, I am a fan of the Marlins’ matchups for this slate. Corey Dickerson missed a good portion of the 2019 season due to several injuries, but put up a respectable .304/.341/.565 slash line with 12 HR and 59 RBI over 279 plate appearances. Dickerson can hit for average and some power. His matchups this week at Camden Yards and his new home (Marlins Park) should help him maximize his power numbers to start the season.

Also Consider: Yoenis Cespedes (OF, NYM) 48% owned, Alex Gordon (OF, KC) 2% owned



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