Streaming Hitters for the Week of 4/19-4/25
Updated through Sunday, April 18th
I am still fine-tuning what a successful hitting streamer should look like, but for now, I am shooting for above average in whatever category I label a player. Here are what those targets would be:
3.3 R, 3.1 RBI, 0.84 HR, .235 BA, .315 OBP, and .392 SLG.
If you take a look at our streamers overall on a per-player basis the stat line looked as such:
2.1 R, 2.6 RBI, 0.54 HR, .286 BA, .349 OBP, and .453 SLG
Our top 5 streamers performed better:
2.2 R, 3.2 RBI, 0.8 HR, .300 BA, .349 OBP, and .525 SLG
Unsurprisingly, the counting stats are not where we want them to be. Two of our streamers (Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton) missed time due to illness/injury. Even worse, half of our players lost innings due to postponed games (we lose a minimum of 4 innings per postponement).
On the other hand, If you look at our rate stats, which are not affected by injuries and postponements, we are doing very well. Batting Average (BA), On Base Percentage (OBP), and Slugging Percentage (SLG) far exceed the average. To me, that means our process was good this week, and that results will follow. A .286 batting average could hold as the high mark for quite some time.
Further evidence that our process was strong, the top 5 streamers performed our entire group of streamers in every single statistic.
Performance by Category Choice
Let's dig in deeper and look specifically at the 5 players chosen for each category.
R: 2.6 R, 1/5 above league average
RBI: 3.4 RBI, 3/5 above league average
HR: 4 HR, 4/5 hit a home run
BA: .349 AVG, 4/5 above league average
OBP: .373 OBP, 3/5 above league average
SLG: .446 SLG, 3/5 above league average
When you break it down by category, we had quite the week! We found overall success in every category except R. R and RBI will be the two hardest marks to clear all season since their averages (3.3 and 3.1, respectively) are much closer to 3 than 4. Still, there is certainly room for improvement when it comes to R. Let's see if we can improve this week...
Stream of the Week: Justin Upton - OF, 14% Rostered
I was sitting here going back and forth between Justin Upton and Enrique Hernandez. Both grade out as the top streamer of the week, but I can only choose one. Who to chose? The agony! Oh, the agony! Wait what is that you say? Justin Upton just hit a grand slam!? Okay then, I guess my decision is made. Justin Upton is my stream of the week! But seriously, I have Upton as a top 2 option this week for HR, R, RBI, and SLG. Pick him up!
Make Sure he is Rostered (Shallow Pick): J.D. Davis - CI, 31% Rostered
Last week I also chose J.D. Davis for the section, but then he got placed on the IL. I was forced to pivot to Hunter Dozier. Fast forward to this week, and now it is actually Hunter Dozier who is atop the shallow league ranks, and J.D Davis who is second. I didn't want to pick the same player twice, and I wanted to give J.D. Davis the chance to be the shallow pick of the week that he never got to be, so here we are...
Davis grades out as a top option for BA and OBP this week, but he also has the potential to provide you a HR and some RBI. Davis was understandably dropped in some leagues after being placed on the IL, but he should be back this weekend, and he warrants immediate pick up when he is.
Need a Home Run? Enrique Hernandez - MI and OF, 23% Rostered
Look, the Red Sox are going to find themselves in great situations all year. They are in a division with mostly below-average starting pitching, 4/5 ballparks in the division are extremely hitter-friendly (including their home park), and their offense rocks. I think the only reason there are so many players from the Red Sox available on waivers is that the team likes to mix and match. Well, there is one player on the Red Sox, who is hardly roster (23%), and he actually does play nearly every day — Enrique "Kiké" Hernandez. Hernandez has been hitting atop the Red Sox lineup every day, where he receives an abundance of opportunity to rack up the counting stats. That means plenty of chances for him to hit a home run.
By the way, Kiké's teammates Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec also are a great choice to hit a home run. They rank 3rd and 4th behind Kiké (Justin Upton 1st) on my chart for HR this week.
Need Batting Average? Josh Fuentes - CI, 2% Rostered
Technically Raimel Tapia ranks the highest on my chart for BA this week, but he is 43% rostered. I wanted someone a little more off the beaten path. Tapia's teammate Josh Fuentes is the perfect choice. Why? The Rockies play five games in Coors Field!
FIVE GAMES IN COORS FIELD!
I really shouldn't need to say more (so I won't).
As always, you can find more hitters to stream in my chart which can be seen below, or found using this link on the tab for "next week". If you click the link on a laptop, google doc provides the ability to filter on the chart without messing with what other viewers see. Should you wish to do that, here is how.
Highlight the columns, including all the data, that you wish to filter (make sure to not highlight the first column "Date")
At the top where you see File, Edit, View, etc. Click on Data > Filter Views > Create New Temporary Filter View
If you have any questions about the chart, players, or streaming decisions, my Twitter handle is @UTStreamer (my DMs are open). Happy Streaming!