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Week 14 Pitching Planner: Don’t Just Pick Blindly

Week 14 Pitching Planner
Jeremy Hellickson Photo Credit : Ian D'Andrea

The Week 14 pitching planner will be more calculated than the past couple editions. I need to be more selective in picking streaming suggestions instead of just going against the Marlins each week. (Although I will still go against them as much as possible.)

The Week 12 streaming picks ended with a thud, losing the last four finishing 12-4. Week 13’s streaming options started slowly, but the Rangers’ non-Hamels starters really brought it. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Mike Minor and Yovani Gallardo combined to go 19.1 innings giving up just 3 runs, 8 hits, striking out 18 and getting two wins.

Overall, my streaming options stand at 68-18-1 with just Big Sexy to pitch this weekend.

For the Week 14 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN. The information in this Week 14 pitching planner is up to date as of June 30th.

Week 14 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Take note for those that have lineup decisions in weekly leagues.
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Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke, ARI: vs. STL, vs. SD

Anibal Sanchez and Sean Newcomb, ATL: at NYY, at MIL

Alex Cobb, BAL: at PHI, at MIN

Rick Porcello, BOS: at WAS, at KC

James Shields and Lucas Giolito, CWS: at CIN, at HOU

Luis Castillo, CIN: vs. CWS, at CHC

Corey Kluber, CLE: at KC, vs. OAK

Kyle Freeland, COL: vs. SF, at SEA

Blaine Hardy, DET: at TOR, vs. TEX

Dallas Keuchel, HOU: at TEX, vs. CWS

Jacob Junis, KC: vs. CLE, vs. BOS

Andrew Heaney, LAA: at SEA, vs. LAD

Alex Wood, LAD: vs. PIT, at LAA

Elieser Hernandez and Wei-Yin Chen, MIA: vs. TB, at WAS

Brent Suter and Junior Guerra, MIL: vs. MIN, vs. ATL

Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, MIN: at MIL, vs. BAL

I’m streaming both of these guys if available, against Baltimore.

Domingo German, NYY: vs. ATL, at TOR

Clayton Richard, SD: at OAK, at ARI

Madison Bumgarner and Chris Stratton, SF: at COL, vs. STL

Wade LeBlanc, SEA: vs. LAA, vs. COL

Carlos Martinez and Jack Flaherty, STL: at ARI, at SF

Nathan Eovaldi, TB: at MIA, at NYM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, TEX: vs. HOU, at DET

Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark, WAS: vs. BOS, vs. MIA

One really tough matchup, followed by an exponentially easier outing. I’m streaming Roark (if available, 37.2% owned) against the Marlins.

Good Matchups

These are mostly must-start pitchers anyway, but take note for daily players.
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David Price, BOS at KC

Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, HOU vs. CWS

Sean Manaea, OAK vs. SD

Marcus Stroman, TOR vs. NYM

Bad Matchups

In year-long leagues, you probably aren’t sitting these guys, but stay away in daily formats.
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Julio Teheran, ATL at NYY

Tyler Mahle, CIN at CHC

Michael Fulmer, DET at CHC

Jhoulys Chacin, MIL vs. ATL

CC Sabathia, NYY vs. ATL

The Braves just keep lighting up the scoreboard.

Mike Minor, TEX vs. HOU

Minor is one of the most added players in Fantasy Baseball after flirting with perfection, but watch out for his tough matchup against the Astros this week.

J.A. Happ, TOR vs. NYY

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a good matchup this week.
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Anthony DeSclafani, CIN vs. CWS (9.2% ownership)

DeSclafani has pitched well enough to get a win in each of his five starts this year. He also has not faced a bottom-five lineup yet, so I think he will throw a quality outing.

Shane Bieber, CLE at KC (45.2% ownership)

The rookie is being swooped up fast after allowing just two runs over this last three starts covering 18.2 innings.

Lance Lynn, MIN vs. BAL (32.6% ownership)

Lynn has seven or more strikeouts in three of his last four starts.

Chris Bassitt, OAK vs. SD (1.5% ownership)

Coming off of a strong six innings against Detroit in which he gave up just two hits and no runs, Bassitt is a great candidate to pick up this week.

Marco Estrada, TOR vs. NYM (15.8% ownership)

Estrada has gone five straight starts without giving up more than 3 runs, and four of those starts were of the quality variety.

Jeremy Hellickson, WAS vs. MIA (20.4% ownership)

I have to go back to the well against the Marlins. They won’t hit that well for a week again. Hellickson has been phenomenal, not giving up more than two runs in a start since April 22nd (when he gave up just three runs). I know he’s coming off of the DL, but pick him up and hold on to him.

That’s it for the Week 14 pitching planner.  Be sure to check out the latest injury report or if you want to start your Fantasy Football preparation, I just posted my 55 Observations about recent history!

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