Your Fantasy Baseball Planner includes Key Streaming Options and Waiver Adds
Home stretch, kids. It’s playoff time in head-to-head leagues while the games still matter in Rotisserie. Even if you’re playing in the consolation bracket or fighting to get out of 10th place, let’s still get after your lineups and pitching rotations as if it were the first week in April.
Pitching For Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Tyler Glasnow, Rays (at Blue Jays, Tuesday; vs. Orioles, Sunday): Comes off an August where he struck out 32 over 23.2 innings pitched. He’s approached 100 pitches in his last two starts and will use September as a springboard for a potential star-making 2019 campaign.
Trevor Williams, Pirates (vs. Reds, Monday; vs. Marlins, Sunday): Should have a better W-L mark than 11-9. Pittsburgh has scored eight runs in his last five starts, a stretch where Williams has allowed only four.
Trevor Cahill, Athletics (vs. Yankees, Monday; vs. Rangers, Sunday): Ignore his last two starts that saw Cahill allow eight runs over eight combined innings. Those were on the road. He’s Bob Welch, circa 1990 when pitching in Oakland, where he’s 4-0 and has an 0.85 ERA while holding hitters to a .157 batting average.
Joey Lucchesi, Padres (at Diamondbacks, Monday; at Reds, Sunday): Three runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts. Lucchesi is also showing strikeout punch (at least six Ks in each of his last five outings) that suggests he could flirt with averaging a K per inning next season. He’s got some sleeper upside.
Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox (vs. Tigers, Monday; at Angels, Sunday): He hasn’t been a work of art for much of the second half, but Wednesday’s one-run, five-hit outing over seven innings in a win at the Yankees is a promising sign that he can finish out 2018 in impressive fashion.
C.C. Sabathia, Yankees (at Athletics, Monday; at Mariners, Sunday): Has just one win since July 4 but Sabathia enters the week having allowed three runs or less in his last six starts. He’s looked like Vintage C.C. since the All-Star Break, striking out 43 over 31.1 innings and holding opponents to a .202 batting average.
Thomas Pannone, Blue Jays (vs. Rays, Monday; vs. Indians, Saturday): Consider him a deeper league option. He’s not the pitcher who threw seven innings of one-hit ball against the Orioles on August 22 before getting peppered by the O’s six days later. As they say, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Tyler White, 1B, Astros: “Locked in” doesn’t begin to describe White, who has hit .352/.404/.736 since returning to H-Town shortly after the ASB. White, owned in 42 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, isn’t leaving the Astros lineup anytime soon and looks like the type of player who gets blistering hot late in the year and carries teams over the finish line. Again, only 42 percent. If he’s in your league, what the hell are you waiting on?
Luis Urias, 2B, Padres: The latest prospect in San Diego’s seemingly bottomless well of elite minor league talent received his ticket to Petco after hitting .296 with a .398 OBP in Triple-A. At 5’9, 150, Urias may look like a batboy who lost his way in the tunnel, but he’s got some pop (eight homers) and will steal 20-25 bases. He’s owned in 23 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and merits a peek if your middle infield is need of a late season jolt.
Luke Voit, 1B, Yankees: He’s found wearing pinstripes an enjoyable experience, hitting four homers in a stretch of 24 at-bats. The former Cardinals farmhand is owned in 11 percent in CBSSports.com leagues and will draw attention in deeper leagues, while his composite .379 OBP is attractive in leagues where OBP is a category.
Framber Valdez, P, Astros: With Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton on the 10-day DL, Houston turned to Valdez, who fanned 129 batters over a combined 103 innings in Double-A and Triple-A. Valdez has responded by winning each of his first two games and will remain in the rotation for much of the month. Sitting at just nine percent in CBSSports.com leagues, Valdez will see that percentage climb with another solid outing or two.
Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals: O’Neill is, as the title of a song from the late, great Al Jarreau, “All or Nothing at All.” He’s smacked seven homers over his first 96 at-bats yet has whiffed 42 times. Still, there’s 34 percent of CBSSports.com owners who will take their chances at getting it all in hopes that the rest of his season isn’t filled with nothing at all.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres: If you can’t have O’Neill, then Renfroe is a nice consolation gift. His 10 homers and 28 RBI since the All-Star Break has masked a .304 OBP and a 1:33 BB/K rate. Like O’Neill, At 30 percent owned, there’s still time to grab him before he has one more streak of high-end production.
John Gant, P, Cardinals: Five straight starts of allowing two runs or fewer whileon a team playing meaningful September games makes Gant a hot property, as evidenced by his 36 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues. He’s not fanning batters at a torrid clip but is averaging around seven per nine frames. Gant is a solid, if not spectacular pickup if your team needs help in ERA and WHIP.
Jeff McNeil, 2B, Mets: He won’t stop hitting. McNeil entered the weekend hitting .330 for the month of August and was swinging it at a .392/.426/.529 clip in the last two weeks. He’s slowly reached 26 percent ownersship in CBSSports.com leagues, and with the way the Mets’ bats have shown life of late, he would be a nifty pickup.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers’ Edition)
Jameson Taillon, Pirates (vs. Reds, Wednesday): Has fanned 16 over his last 12 innings while not allowing more than three runs in a start since May 22.
Michael Kopech, White Sox (vs. Tigers, Wednesday): Let’s not lie to each other, because we’re here for the strikeouts, right? Well, that and the one earned run he’s allowed in his first 11 innings.
Hyu-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (vs. Mets, Wednesday): He’s made just 10 starts this season but holds opposing hitters to a .202 batting average while averaging better than a strikeout per inning.
Wade LeBlanc, Mariners (vs. Orioles, Wednesday): While his 3.88 ERA since the break is a bit of an issue, LeBlanc’s OBA has gone from .251 to .222, so he’s still doing something right.
Robbie Erlin, Padres (at Reds, Thursday): I’m almost convinced Erlin can hit the strike zone with his eyes closed. Doing things such as a 68:9 K/BB rate over 85 innings is his Exhibit A.
Carlos Rodon, White Sox (vs. Angels, Friday): Nine straight starts with three or fewer runs allowed. Remember when his ERA was at 4.55 on June 30? That Rodon sported a 2.70 ERA entering the weekend is a clear sign of how filthy he’s become.
Anibal Sanchez, Braves (vs. Mets, Friday): Won’t go deep into games, but Sanchez is still whiffing close to a batter per inning. Has held Mets hitters to a .194 batting average in two starts this season.
Chase Anderson, Brewers (vs. Giants, Friday): Oh, those blasted dingers. Anderson gave up eight homers in August, which helps explain his 5.61 ERA for the month. However, he had a 1.17 WHIP and gets a start against a San Francisco lineup that lacks longball punch.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters’ Edition)
Trey Mancini, 1B/OF, Orioles (at Rays, Friday-Sunday): Four of his 20 homers have come against Tampa Bay, as Mancini sports a solid .864 OPS on Rays hurlers.
Franmil Reyes, OF, Padres (at Reds, Thursday-Sunday): Since returning from a brief stint in the minors, Reyes has a .985 OPS. Oh, yeah: he’s 4-for-7 against Reds pitching this season.
Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, Cardinals (at Tigers, Friday-Sunday): Scalded pitchers with a .376 batting average with 18 RBI in August and gets four games against one of the league’s worst pitching staffs.
Scott Kingery, INF/OF, Phillies (at Marlins, Monday-Wednesday): Miserable for much of the second half, Kingery offers hope with a 1.027 OPS in the last couple of weeks.
Hunter Dozier, 1B/3B, Royals (at Twins, Friday-Sunday): Probably will never live up to the once-lofty expectations the organization once had for him, but his .887 OPS over the past couple of weeks offers some hope that Dozier can at least forge a few seasons of decent power numbers for KC.
Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pirates (vs. Reds, Tuesday-Wednesday): Continues his post ASB reign of terror, entering the weekend hitting .344/.398/.602. Just plug him in and let Frazier do his thing.
Jason Kipnis, 2B/OF, Indians (at Blue Jays, Thursday-Sunday): Remember him? He’s racked up five hits of the extra base persuasion in the last week, showing flashes of the days when was a top 40 pick.
Marwin Gonzalez, Wherever He Wants to Play, Astros (at Red Sox, Friday-Sunday): Not having the season he did in 2017, Gonzalez’s bat is warming up at the right time, as he’s smacked eight homers while putting up a .927 OPS since the mid-July vacay.