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Week 17 Pitching Planner: Keep Your Fantasy Baseball Focus

Week 17 Pitching Planner
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For the Week 17 pitching planner, I want to make sure that you (and myself included) keep your eye on the prize. What I mean is I know Fantasy Football draft prep is starting to ramp up but you cannot simply neglect your Fantasy Baseball teams.

Last year at this time I was getting fully immersed in Fantasy Football research. One of my dynasty Fantasy Baseball teams was .500 and looking like it was going to miss the playoffs. I thought about writing it off, selling off some guys for prospects and focusing more on Fantasy Football. Boy am I glad I did not do that.

You see, it seems some guys in that league had the same idea. My team did not lose again the rest of the season and I won the league championship. The point of the story is that there is still a long way to go. If you mathematically can still make your Fantasy Baseball playoffs, then go for it.

Now if you’re the type reading the Week 17 pitching planner, then I’m guessing you do not need to be told this. I just want to reiterate it that you do not neglect your in-season sport just because draft preparation for the other game is so fun.

I did not have a Week 16 pitching planner because of the All-Star Break. The pitching rotations were such a jumbled mess it would have been throwing darts blindly.

Going into the Week 17 pitching planner, my record for streaming suggestions is a sterling 80-23-2. Let’s hope that the Week 17 pitching planner can help you distance from the field as they neglect their Fantasy Baseball teams.

For the Week 17 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN. The information in this Week 17 pitching planner is up to date as of July 28th.

Week 17 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Take note for those that have lineup decisions in weekly leagues.

Robbie Ray, ARI: vs. TEX, vs. SF

Julio Teheran, ATL: vs. MIA, at NYM

Dylan Bundy, BAL: at NYY, at TEX

David Price, BOS: vs. PHI, vs. NYY
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Jon Lester, CHC: at PIT, vs. SD

I’m not sure when Cole Hamels will make his debut, but I am sure that the Cubs hope he works out better than the last former Rangers’ pitcher.

James Shields, CWS: vs. KC, at TB

Homer Bailey, CIN: at DET, at WAS

Shane Bieber, CLE: at MIN, vs. LAA

Tyler Anderson and Jonathan Gray, COL: at STL, at MIL

Gerrit Cole, HOU: at SEA, at LAD

Danny Duffy, KC: at CWS, at MIN

If available (49.2% ownership) he is a great streamer for both starts this week.

Tyler Skaggs, LAA: at TB,  at CLE

Kenta Maeda, LAD: vs. MIL, vs. HOU

It looks like the Dodgers are rolling with a 6-man rotation for the time being so keep an eye on it.

Wei-Yin Chen, and Dan Straily, MIA: at ATL, at PHI

Freddy Peralta and Wade Miley, MIL: at LAD, vs. COL

Ervin Santana, MIN: vs. CLE, vs. KC

Noah Syndergaard, NYM: at WAS, vs. ATL

Luis Cessa, NYY: vs. BAL, at BOS

Edwin Jackson, OAK: vs. TOR, vs. DET

Aaron Nola, PHI: at BOS, vs. MIA

Eric Lauer, SD: vs. SF, at CHC

James Paxton and Mike Leake, SEA: vs. HOU, vs. TOR

A couple of really tough matchups for the Mariners’ pair.

Carlos Martinez and Jack Flaherty, STL: vs. COL, at PIT

Marco Estrada and Sam Gaviglio, TOR: at OAK, at SEA

Tanner Roark, WAS: vs. NYM, vs. CIN

Good Matchups

These are mostly must-start pitchers anyway, but take note for daily players.

Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin, ARI vs. SF

Mike Foltynewicz, ATL vs. MIA

Sean Newcomb, ATL at NYM

Jose Quintana, CHC vs. SD

James Shields, CWS vs. KC

Bad Matchups

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

Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, BOS vs. NYY

I expect these to be some high-scoring affairs.

Alex Wood and Ross Stripling, LAD vs. HOU

Jacob deGrom, NYM vs. ATL

Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at BOS

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a good matchup this week.

Clay Buccholz, ARI vs. SF (28.0% ownership)

I mean seriously. Buchholz is still owned in only a quarter of leagues out there. In 8 starts he has given up more than one run just twice and one of those times it was two runs. He has not gone too deep into games, but who cares? If he is not giving up runs and barely walking people (9 walks total) then he is a solid person to have on your roster. He needs to be owned.

Mike Montgomery, CHC vs. SD (11.1% ownership)

Montgomery got tossed around in his last start giving up 12 hits and five runs. It should be an easier go against the light-hitting Padres this week.

Dylan Covey, CWS vs. KC (1.9% ownership)

Covey pitches terribly against good hitting teams and decently against bad hitting teams. Kansas City is not good at hitting the baseball.

Jakob Junis, KC at CWS (11.2% ownership)

On the other side, Junis has been decent in his past couple of starts. I expect a low-scoring game here.

Nick Pivetta, PHI vs. MIA (35.3% ownership)

I know, it seems like Miami has put a hurt on some below-average pitching lately. I just cannot get away from targeting them with my streamers.

Clayton Richard, SD vs. SF (15.6% ownership)

Richard has been getting bombed on the past couple of starts. I guess this is more of a hopeful play since I have so many shares of him in my dynasty leagues.

Yovani Gallardo, TEX vs. BAL (1.2% ownership)

Don’t look now but Gallardo is 5-1 and has not given up a run since July 10th. He is not striking many guys out, but if he is churning innings and avoiding home runs then he is a solid play.


That’s it for the Week 17 pitching planner! I know, I said to stay focused on baseball. That doesn’t mean you can’t go check out my wide receiver sleepers! Last year I gave you Adam Thielen as my top sleeper.. just saying.

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Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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