Streaming Hitters for the Week of 5/24-5/30
52, 72, 84, 68, 60.
The numbers above are the percent of successful streamers we have had so far this season in RBI, HR, BA, OBP, and SLG, respectively. That is pretty darn impr... sorry, what's that you say? I forgot a category? Runs? Are we sure that is a category??
Fine. If you are going to make me say it, 36%... Ya. I know. Terrible. But I have a way to spin this.
When it comes to fantasy baseball analysis, there has always been a bit of a problem. If you happen across good analysis, you want to keep it to yourself. You don't want your fellow league mates getting the same good advice as you. This creates the perfect opportunity for mutual benefit. You can share my streamers with your league mates, impressing upon them my incredible streamers for runs, they suffer, and meanwhile, you continue to reap the rewards of every other category.
Sound like a plan? Perfect! Let's get streaming
Stream of the Week: Harrison Bader - OF, 16% Rostered
Let's compile a list of the players this year who have hit a ball as hard and run as fast Harrison Bader: Mike Trout, Byron Buxton, and Ronald Acuna Jr. I don't feel like I should have to add much more for you to take a hard look at getting Bader onto your team. But just in case you need more convincing, Bader has used his rare ability to hit the ball hard and run fast to hit 4 home runs and steal 3 bases in just 19 games this year. That is roughly a 34/26 pace over a full season. A combination any team can use. Oh, and did I mention the Cardinals have 7 games this week?
Bottom line: This goes beyond simply a good streaming option for one week. Bader can help your team long term.
Make Sure he is Rostered (Shallow Pick): Miguel Sano - OF, 49% Rostered
Austin Riley, Jorge Polanco, Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson, and now Miguel Sano. Those are our last 5 choices for this part of the article. Looking at these players together highlights a simple yet effective strategy to streaming success in shallower leagues. Buy the dip! Although, you may think that is easier said than done, so far we have done quite well for ourselves doing just that. The trick is simply waiting for the right week. This is the right week for Miguel Sano.
Bottom line: It is now or never for Miguel Sano, who faces the perfect remedy of a week for his ailments at the plate so far this year. Buy the dip.
Need a Home Run? Jordan Luplow - OF, 5% Rostered
Interestingly enough, Luplow grades out the highest of any streamer this week. Which means, if I had a larger pair, he would be this week's stream of the week. So if you trust the math, and the math has rarely been wrong for us this year, then Luplow should have quite the week. Luplow is in play more than ever this year. Not just because he has a career-high barrel %, BB%, and xSLG (although, that definitely helps), but Luplow's one downfall, his terrible batting average, is no longer a problem unique to him. The league-wide batting average, as I am heard you have heard mentioned just about everywhere at this point, is lower than ever.
Luplow has six home runs in thirty games this year. With Cleveland set to have 7 games in the coming week, if Luplow keeps up that pace, he is set to hit 1.4 home runs this week. Cleveland is also currently slated to face three lefties next week, and Luplow has hit 72% of his career home runs against lefties.
Bottom line: Luplow has better power than you would think. In fact, overall he is better than you think. Stream for more than just a HR.
Need Batting Average? Kevin Newman - CI, 0% Rostered
It is hard to find batting average help this year, yet somehow our batting average streamers have been great. In fact, our 84% success rate, makes batting average our best performing streaming category. It is hard to believe, but as it currently stands right now, our batting average streamers are hitting .324 on the season! Needless to say, if you have been looking for batting average help, you have come to the right place. Every week, at the bottom of this article, you can find five batting average streamers ranked from 1st to 5th on our streaming chart. Coming in at number 2 this week is Kevin Newman. Be sure to check out the chart below for the other four batting average streamers.
Bottom line: The Pittsburgh Pirates face the easiest opposing schedule of pitchers next week when it comes to specifically getting hits. Out of all the available Pirates (was that redundant?), I like Newman best for batting average help.
Bonus Streaming Notes
Best Pitcher Matchups: White Sox, Twins, and Pirates
Worst Pitcher Matchups: Astros, Nationals, and Padres
Best Ballpark Schedule: Red Sox, Blue Jays, and White Sox
Worst Ballpark Schedule: Athletics, Phillies, and Mets
Most Matchups Against Righties: Reds, Orioles, and Padres all w/ 6
Most Matchups Against Lefties: Mariners and Rays with 4
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!