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2013 Fantasy Baseball: Week 9 Streaming Options

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2013 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Streaming Options

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The art of the spot start is an important factor in fantasy baseball leagues.

Fantasy teams have their handful of set starters ready to go each week, but getting that extra quality start and strikeouts each week without hurting your ERA or WHIP can make a huge difference in both rotisserie leagues and head-to-head matchups.

There are a few factors that go into finding the right guy on the waiver wire to grab for the spot start. Owners obviously need to look at how that pitcher has been performing, but there are other things to look at as well. Matchups are key, as certain weak offenses usually yield solid fantasy starts from the opposing pitchers. Home and away games are also important as some pitchers do better in home games as opposed to away games. Also, there are obvious pitchers parks and some notorious hitters parks that factor into success.

In Week 9 of the fantasy baseball season owners have certainly gotten into a groove and have a good idea what they need to do to maintain or improve their standing. Plenty of lesser name starters have been snatched up after hot starts while other starters that were drafted have found their way to the wire thanks to their struggles.

A few pitchers available in most leagues have quietly begun hot streaks and have favorable matchups. Scour your leagues wire for a few of the following names that may be able to give you a solid spot start or two this week.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo and ‘Like’ him on Facebook.

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Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (Sun. @ HOU)

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Colon put together two straight quality starts against a good Texas Rangers offense and plays the Houston Astros on Sunday.

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Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies (Wed. @ HOU)

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Since getting called up for a start on April 24, Chatwood has allowed just five earned runs in 23.2 innings pitched. He’ll look to keep his success going Wednesday against a weak Houston lineup.

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Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (Mon. vs. CHC)

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Quintana has quietly put together a nice season with a 3.48 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He’s worth grabbing for Monday’s start against the Chicago Cubs.

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John Danks, Chicago White Sox (Wed. @ CHC)

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Danks made his season debut Friday after shoulder surgery kept him out a year and pitched well with three earned and five strikeouts in six innings. He showed great command and gets to play the Cubs Wednesday.

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Jerome Williams, Los Angeles Angels (Sun. @ KC)

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Since entering the starting rotation at the end of April, Williams as strung together four quality starts in five chances, including two shutouts. He is coming off an eight-inning shutout and gets the Kansas City Royals’ light-hitting lineup Sunday.