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Streamers Week of 9.6.2021

Hitters

Yandy Diaz (rostered in 8% of Online Champions): I like Diaz because he has 1B, 3B, and CI eligibility for teams hurting at those spots. He won't wow you with any one stat, but has some power, and had a homer and four RBI yesterday in a shellacking of the hapless Minnesota Twins. Playing time and platoons are always a factor in Tampa, but his positional flexibility helps him out. If you need a body, he is cheap.


Leody Taveras (rostered in 7% of Online Champions): It has taken some time for Taveras to find his groove, but he looks like a prime September callup making an impact. Yep, I am aware he's hitting .131. But he's got two home runs, four RBI, and five steals since his callup in late August. Playing time will not be an issue for the moribund Rangers, and Taveras could fill the stat sheets the rest of the way. Take a look at him.


Yoshi Tsutsugo (rostered in 5% of Online Champions) This is a pure play for power. Tsutsugo has six bombs in the last three weeks and is playing every day in Pittsburgh. The multipositional flexibility really helps at this point of the season; he has 1B, 3B, CI, and OF on his resume. Need power? He is cheap. Get some.


Pitchers

Luke Weaver (rostered in 2% of Online Champions): If you are anything like me, rostering Weaver in the past has been an exercise in futility, and you have the emotional scars to prove it. I know he is 3-3 with a 4.11 ERA, and 41 punchouts in 46.1 innings. But he has quietly pitched well over the last two weeks, earning two wins with 12 strikeouts in 16.1 innings, while only surrendering one earned run. He is put there to prove he is healthy, fighting for his job, and gets the Texas Rangers this week. He is enticing and he will be cheap.


Garrett Richards (rostered in 7% of Online Champions): I feel your eyerolls. But get this: Boston is sinking with Covid injuries and the ineffectiveness of Matt Barnes has created opportunities at the back end of their bullpen. Yes, Adam Ottavino will get the bulk of the save chances, but he needs rest due to consistent high usage, and this creates opportunities for others. Like Richards, who was moved to the bullpen and has been quietly effective, with 16 strikeouts in 13.1 innings since the move, also tallying a save last week. Could get you an extra save or win, some Ks, and provide a slim margin of victory for you in tight leagues.


Carlos Estevez (rostered in 14% of Online Champions): Estevez has replaced Daniel Bard in Colorado, who is an amazing story of persistence and resilience, but appears to be on the downside of his career. Estevez was unscored upon in 11 August outings and has converted three save chances since taking over the role. Opportunities may not be plentiful in Denver, but he will get the ones coming their way.