Fantasy baseball daily notes for Aug. 14

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Blech. Yes, that's the official industry term for Monday's pitching. When Kevin Gausman registers the highest projected game score, all you can say is blech.

It's a good thing our focus is on the lower end of the pool, though finding usable streamers on this docket is tough. There's some risk, but some names will be offered to get Week 20 off on the right foot.

Pitching might be sketchy, but there's been an influx of hitting to help you down the stretch. Today's hitters are a mix of old friends and new kids on the block.

Pitchers to Stream

Jerad Eickhoff (R), 15 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres: Chalk it up as too little, too late for some of us that expected the type of numbers Eickhoff has recorded his last four efforts for the whole season. The 27-year old righty sports a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over his last 23 2/3 innings. He's in a great spot to make it five straight solid efforts facing a Padres club that ranks in the bottom five with respect to productivity versus right-handers.

Adam Conley (L), 7 percent, Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants: The Nationals roughed Conley up last time out, but they have done that to a lot of teams. The southpaw has given the Fish a nice second-half shot in the arm, helping to stabilize an injured rotation. Look for a rebound as Conley draws a Giants club with the third worst weighted on base average (wOBA) versus southpaws in the league.

Asher Wojciechowski (R), 5 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs: This time last year, streaming against the Cubs was not a consideration. While the defending champs are still dangerous, they are not nearly as daunting as last season, especially versus right-handers. Wojciechowski, a former top prospect in the Jays and Astros systems had is fledgling career curtailed by injuries. Now healthy, the 28-year old righty is trying to resurrect his career. He's worked much of this as a reliever, but still, 46 punch outs with only nine walks in 44 2/3 innings is impressive. He's stretched out, having started his last two appearances, tossing 10 2/3 frames with four runs allowed.

Jake Junis (R), 2 percent, Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics: Trevor Cahill's injury has paved the way for Junis to stay in the Royals rotation where he's displayed skills, albeit inconsistently. Next up for the 24-year old freshman is an Athletics club offering some strikeout upside for those in points leagues of in need of some whiffs in roto-scoring.

Pitchers to Avoid

Julio Teheran (R), 60 percent, Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies: This one should be self-explanatory.


With Keona Kela sidelined with more shoulder woes, look for Alex Claudio to pick up most of the Rangers saves, with Jose LeClerc also in the mix. Sticking with the Rangers pen, it was only one outing, but Matt Bush tossed 2 1/3 innings last time out, suggesting Texas may look to use him in the Andrew Miller type mold. If this is the case, Bush's fantasy utility jumps significantly, offering more innings with a bunch of strikeouts.




Raffy Lopez (L), less than 1 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays (RHP Jake Odorizzi): With Russell Martin and Miguel Montero on the shelf, the Jays have tuned to Lopez to hold down the fort behind the plate. The 29-year old backstop had cups of coffees in the bigs with the Cubs in 2014 and Reds last season. He's got a little pop, hitting 12 homers in 223 plate appearances with Triple-A Buffalo. Lopez enjoys the platoon bump on a righty that's allowed at least one long ball in 17 or his 19 efforts. Ryan Goins is another lefty swinger in play versus the scuffling Odorizzi.

First Base

Rhys Hoskins (R), 14 percent, Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres (LHP Travis Wood): Hoskins was introduced to this space last week, having been promoted from Triple A where he was crushing. After going hitless in his first three games, Hoskins got off the schneid, securing his first major league knock on Sunday. At the rate Wood gives up hits (71 in 57 2/3 innings), Hoskins could be looking at his first career two-game hitting streak. Joining Hoskins as solid options are Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph, both holding the platoon edge on a weak lefty.

Second Base


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