Down the stretch, we’ll be covering the probable starters and highlighting our favorites to stream as you chase down your fantasy titles. The pitcher in question must be available in 50% or more of leagues according to FantasyPros.com which combines ESPN and Yahoo! roster rates (sometimes exceptions just over 50% will be mentioned if they are really good and should have a much higher roster rate).
Note: The starters are listed in order of value
Mitch Keller (7%) at SF: I know he has an 8.18 ERA, but his ERA estimators are between 3.75 to 4.00. A .469 BABIP is dragging him down but it’s tough to pass on the 12.0 K/9.
Partial Category Contribution
Chase Anderson (13%) at MIA: He should get a win if he makes it the five innings with a few strikeouts.
Jakob Junis (17%) at CWS: Strikeouts (8.3 K/9) and a decent chance for a Win. Could hurt a team’s ratios though.
Single Category Contribution
Zac Gallen (45%) at NYM: Gallen could easily be moved up into the above class. He’s a strikeout machine but I feel he won’t be a positive contributor in any other category. But he won’t really be a negative. Solid option.
Zach Plesac (37%) at LAA: Good chance for a Win and not as much of a ratio killer than the following pitchers.
Yankees with Bullpen Game at DET: Chad Green is starting and I can’t find who is the bulk reliever. I like the mystery man to get a Win.
Iván Nova (19%) vs KC: Another Win-only. I don’t buy the second half breakout one bit.
Justus Sheffield (3%) vs CIN: He’s a strikeout machine (9.9 K/9) but walks too many batters (5.0 B/9) to be even average. I could see it click for him at some point and he becomes elite. He’s not close to being there right now.
Nathan Eovaldi (38%) at TOR: A Win-only play. He could destroy a team’s ratios.
Elieser Hernandez (3%) vs MIL: He’s getting killed by the long ball (2.2 HR/9) but an 8.8 K/9 is decent.
Michael Wacha (11%) at COL: Yes the Win is in play but the rest of the start could be fugly.
Jose Suarez (1%) vs CLE: He’s here just for the just the near 8.0 K/9. Nothing more.
No Category Contribution
Aníbal Sánchez (28%) at MIN: There is not one positive trait but no negative. A tough matchup against the Twins keeps him from being higher. I decided to make him his own category mainly to keep him from the scum below him.
Ronald Bolaños (0%) vs CHC: Gamble. Has always had walk issues, but did have a 10.3 K/9 in AA with a 95-mph fastball and an above-average curveball.
T.J. Zeuch (0%) vs BOS: Extreme groundball pitcher (~60%) who never was dominant in the minors. He’s only this high because I know the pitchers below him suck. I’m not sure with him.
Jason Vargas (12%) vs ATL: No.
Edwin Jackson (1%) vs NYY: Hell No.
Ty Blach (0%) vs LAD: He’s happy Gonzalez is throwing tonight.
Chi Chi González (0%) vs STL: This is the pitcher to add if your “buddy’s” if he left his team logged on and you wanted to “help” him.
Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.