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As always streamers are listed in the order in which I would use them
Danny Duffy has quietly had a very solid year for the 1st place Kansas City Royals. Wow, it’s weird even typing that. The Royals have been on fire of late, and they’ll look to keep it going as Duff Man pitches in Minnesota against the Twins on Friday. Despite his 2.57 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and .198 BAA (!!), double D is available in 50% of Yahoo leagues. Half of you can go pick this guy up right now and put him in your starting lineup tomorrow. Well what are you waiting for? Do it do it.
Brandon McCarthy will face the Rays in Tampa Bay St. Petersburg on Friday, and the matchup on tap is a nice one. While the opposing pitcher is Alex Cobb, the Ray’s offense is far from scary, ranking in the bottom half of the league in most of the important categories. Available in 61% of Yahoo leagues, McCarthy has been stellar in his time with the Yankees. In the 6 games he’s started for them, he’s gone 4-1 with 3 QS and a 36/6 K/BB ratio. If he’s floating around in your league’s free agent pool, you should pick him up and hang on to him.
Jimmy Nelson will face the Dodgers again on Friday, this time at Chavez Ravine in LA. While last time the opposing pitcher was Kershaw, this time it will be Greinke. It’s another tough matchup for the young hurler, though not quite as tough as last Sunday’s. Additionally, Chavez Ravine is a much better place to pitch than Miller Park. While Nelson has an ERA of 4.00 in his limited time in the show, he does have 4 straight QS and a K/BB ratio of 30/10. A solid option for those of you that are in 12-team leagues or greater. As always, even if he gets hit up a bit, he should provide a good amount of K’s to fall back on. Available in 87% of Yahoo league,s he’s out there for most of you. I’ll be streaming him in one league (thanks to Dillon Gee…ugh) if you’d like to join me.
James Paxton is a bit of a reach here, as he faces Rick Porcello and the Tigers in Detroit on Friday. Because of this, I would only start or stream Paxton where desperate and in deeper leagues. If you can afford to hold him on the bench, that would be optimal. It’s not the worst matchup because the Tigers have scuffled of late, but it certainly is not a good matchup on paper. Available in 68% of Yahoo leagues, he’s likely out there if you need him. If you need to start him and he does end up getting hit hard, he should at least provide some K’s. So there’s that.
Trevor Cahill is a good option if you’re very desperate and need a Hail Mary not named Martinez, Noesi or Morales. In his last 2 outings, Cahill has given up a total of 3 runs in 14 innings. He’s also tallied 14 K’s against just 3 walks. Plus he pitches against the Marlins in Miami. The more I think about it, the more I like it. If you’re up for a very high risk and reward option in DFS, Cahill just might be your guy. Available in 98% of Yahoo leagues, he’s out there for almost all of you.