You don’t need me to recommend starting the Kershaws and Wainwrights of the world (I hope), but we all dare to stream, and I’m here to highlight some hurlers owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo (Y!) leagues, who will help stack stats and racks. Under assumption that everyone’s passed Kindergarten, we’ll bypass explanation of the categories below, and be sure to remember wet streams are perfectly acceptable for people our age.
Danny Salazar (45% owned on Y!) – Dropping Salazar in any type of keeper format was more foolish than another Transformers sequel (avert your eyes!) because his K potential is up there among the top-tier pitchers in fantasy. His BB/9 remains an issue (3.94), but he’s definitely worth an add (and probably a hold) before his start at home against the Rangers on Friday. Texas has blown up their roster, David Koresh style, and they are in full-on rebuild mode. As of Sunday morning, they’ve failed to top two runs scored in four of their last five games and also rank 20th in OBP versus RHP (.308).
Danny Duffy (38% owned on Y!) – Things are getting dark in Minnesota, and that’s very odd, because the sun is still up past 9 PM. Wait … things are getting dark for the Minnesota Twins, who are lucky if anyone remains in Target Field past 9 PM. At least tickets are cheap! Duffy has dominated the Twins in his 10 IP against them this season (0.90 ERA and 0.70 WHIP), Minnesota averages the second-most strikeouts on the road (8.94 per game), and as a team, they own a .689 OPS against LHP. Like chemistry is to Walter White; the science here is simple. Duffy is a must-stream at home on Wednesday, and he probably shouldn’t be dropped come Thursday.
Dillon Gee (31% owned on Y!) – His history against Philadelphia (lifetime 7.15 ERA) suggests you avoid Gee at home against them on Tuesday, but that history came against a version of the Phillies that didn’t travel with a gaggle of hospice nurses. Philly is old, sad, and flat-out bad. They rank top-10 in strikeouts per game (8.17), while owning the fifth-worst team batting average in all of baseball (.241).
Tsuyoshi Wada (1% owned on Y!) – There’s no need to rush to the waiver wire! Wada will be readily available, and for good reason, but he will add (temporary) value to your fake squad on Monday against the Rockies in Wrigley Field. Colorado averages a mere 3.63 runs per game in states where recreational marijuana is illegal, and no, they haven’t played in Seattle this season (or Amsterdam). Troy Tulowitzki also remains on the shelf, which makes Wada a solid option for those in desperate need of some pitching stats. It’s a long shot, but with great risk comes great reward.
Collin McHugh (24% owned on Y!) – McHugh might be blanking the Marlins by the time this article goes live, but he’ll remain a risky start at home against Toronto on Friday. The Blue Jays own the second-highest OPS versus RHP (.781), and McHugh has struggled in Houston this season (4.61 ERA and 4.02 xFIP). He’s probably worth a speculative add, but keep him on the pine for this one.