In 2020 SPStreamer led his followers to 433.1 innings of a 3.93 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 9.10 K/9. All from pitchers who were less than 30% rostered…
While impressive, I couldn’t help but yawn as I was typing that out. That sounds like A LOT of uneventful, boring baseball. Sure, we all like to pretend we enjoy a good pitcher’s duel. After all, we know it is well-executed and impressive baseball, but, deep down, you know I am right. The simple truth is excellent pitching becomes boring to watch. Fantasy baseball is meant to be fun, so the question becomes how do we overcome SPStreamer’s dominance? Ask him to not be so elite at his job? Thankfully, that is not the answer.
It should come as no surprise the solution to our problem can be found in Ancient Greek philosophy. In approximately 340 BC, Aristotle laid out an elegant resolution to our conundrum in his book Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle explains how virtue is not extreme morality as we tend to think. In fact, virtue is the mean that lies between two extremes – a vice of deficiency and a vice of excess. For example, courage (a virtue) is not extreme in and of itself. Courage falls somewhere between cowardice (a deficient vice) and rashness (an excess vice). Essentially, balance is the key.
SPStreamer provides one extreme – dominant pitching. In order to find balance, someone must provide the opposing extreme. Enter, me!
Henceforth, I shall be known as the UTStreamer.
During the 2021 season, I have been given the tall task of providing you weekly hitters to stream. Every Saturday morning, I will release an article and chart with hitters who are worth streaming during the week to come.
The chart will always be accessible here!
As you can see, I have already updated the chart for Week 1 (April 1- April 11). However, the current players in the chart are subject to change as lineups and rotations continue to become clearer. I am hopeful, that no changes will be needed, but my picks will not become official until two days before opening day. The current picks are there for those of you who want to get a head start on the competition.
While I cannot reveal my entire process, I can explain to you the chart. There are three distinct groups of streamers, separated by dashed lines.
Shallow League Streamers: 50% rostered or less
Main League Streamers: 30% rostered or less
Deep League Streamers: 15% rostered or less
Every hitter has three grades (A: great, B: good, C: average, D: bad, F: terrible), which are color-coded in blue and separate from their overall stream grade (same scale) color-coded in yellow. You may notice that none of the three blue grades are related to the hitter themselves. That is by design, but rest assured I am not completely ignoring the abilities of a hitter. The skills of the hitter, as well as their playing time, are an important factor in determining the overall stream grade and the streaming categories of a hitter.
However, the underlying base of the stream grade is informed by a batter’s situation, which is split into three different columns.
Op. Pitchers: The collective ability of the starting pitchers a hitter will be facing throughout the week
Team Offense: The offensive ability of a player’s team, measured by the number of runs they will score.
Ball Parks: The collective standing of the stadiums a player will be hitting in (specifically focused on park factors related to BA and HRs)
One final note. The one category I will not be focussing on is stolen bases. A more equipped member of the SPStreamer team, @Art_T_Z, will be handling SBs during the season.
Hopefully, the chart is intuitive and easy to understand, but if you have any questions you can always reach out to me on Twitter (@UTStreamer). My DMs are open! Expect one more article from me before the season starts, locking in my final streaming picks and some brief notes on each player.