Fantasy Baseball: Best Week 3 Streaming Options, Including Julio Teheran and Tony Cingrani
The Best Starting Pitchers to Stream in Week 3
Another week: another chance to pick up the right pitcher; another chance to pick up the wrong pitcher. If we’re in the position where we need to stream pitchers for any reason — the ones we drafted stink, the ones we drafted are hurt, we didn’t draft enough, it’s fun — we should probably do our research so we can give ourselves the best chance to pick the right guy.
From last week’s streaming column: Streaming pitchers can be two things: the most beneficial thing for your team; the most detrimental thing for your team.
Also from last week’s streaming column: Every weekend, your favorite new fantasy writer, Nick Tom (oh, by the way, I'm your favorite new fantasy writer), will endeavor to help you with your streaming, and will create a list (a slideshow) of your best streaming options for that subsequent week.
So here I am, ready to help you (and me) figure out who gives us the best chance to win our pitching categories this week. Remember, all we can do is figure out what gives us the best chance to win. Maximize odds and you’ll find yourself in an auspicious situation more often than not.
I will always copy our official guidelines at the bottom of my introduction so we relate them to prior streamers.
We'll use SPs owned in less than 50% of ESPN standard leagues. I’ll also give you a ‘confidence rating’ with each player — 10 is ‘extremely confident’, 1 is ‘hey, I just threw a name out there.’ Also, we’ll naturally give priority to those sweet double-start candidates.
Jason Vargas, Los Angeles Angels
In his first favorable start of the year, Vargas faces a middling Minnesota Twins in spacious Target Field. He won’t win you the week, but the Los Angeles Angels, despite their recent production, have a potent lineup that should be able to hit Mike Pelfrey and hit him hard. If it snows, though, stay away.
Confidence - 6
A.J. Griffin, Oakland Athletics
Since his call-up last season, A.J. Griffin is 9-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He’s actually better away from the Oakland Coliseum — a park that suppresses offense — than he is in it, but facing a powerless Houston Astros in front of Oakland’s vast outfield is a prime recipe for any pitcher’s success. Houston’s propensity to strikeout might also help revive Griffin’s K% and give you a reason to keep him for Tuesday and possibly for next Monday’s start vs. Boston.
Confidence - 7
Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
Tony Cingrani is a minor league stud. In three minor league starts in 2013, he’s thrown 14.1 scoreless innings while striking out 26 and walking two. Johnny Cueto’s injury has opened a window for a call-up, and it looks like Cingrani will be facing the Miami Marlins in his season debut. I’d consider picking him up now and stashing him for the long-run.
Confidence - 7
Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran is always susceptible to wildness, but he’s always a possibility for twelve strikeouts as well. Facing the Pittsburgh Pirates while the Atlanta Braves' lineup is firing on all cylinders is pretty much a lock for a W barring a meltdown, something Pittsburgh rarely inflicts upon opposing pitchers.
Confidence - 8
Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics
Just like Griffin, Bartolo Colon will be facing the Astros. He’s not missing many bats, but he’s also not giving out any free passes. Colon hasn’t walked anyone in his first 13 innings this year and Houston’s bats won’t punish an average fastball. Oakland’s hot, Houston’s not, so ride the momentum.
Confidence - 9
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