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Week 21 Pitching Planner: Figuring Your Team Out for the Stretch Run

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The Week 21 pitching planner is about getting ready for the stretch run. With just a couple of weeks left until most Fantasy Baseball playoffs start, you need to gear your team up for the next step.

The next step is different for every team, too. Between my main four dynasty teams, I am using the Week 21 pitching planner in different ways for each one. You have to qualify your roster to see what you should be worried about going forward.

If your team is in first place, guaranteed to make the playoffs, then you need to shore up your pitching staff. If you are in the playoffs, but no guarantee, or just on the outside looking in, then you need to win the week. No matter what, use the Week 21 pitching planner to help with THIS week.

If you are completely out of it (like one of my squads due to so much bad schedule luck, ugh) then you need to plan for the future. Can any of these streaming options possibly turn into cheap keepers?

So with the Week 21 pitching planner, see what your team needs. As we head into the Week 21 pitching planner, my streaming suggestions are a solid 101-26-2.

For the Week 21 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN. The information in this Week 21 pitching planner is up to date as of August 18th.

Week 21 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

Take note for those that have lineup decisions in weekly leagues.
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Kevin Gausman and Julio Teheran, ATL: at PIT, at MIA

Dylan Bundy, BAL: at TOR, vs. NYY

Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi, BOS: at TOR, vs. NYY

I just traded Porcello in a dynasty league for some prospects. I would bet his best days are behind him but you can still get peak value in return.

Kyle Hendricks, CHC: at DET, vs. CIN

The Cubs are still figuring out their end of the season rotation, so keep an eye on it.

Lucas Giolito and Carlos Rodon, CWS: at MIN, at DET

Homer Bailey, CIN: at MIL, at CHC

Corey Cluber and Shane Bieber, CLE: at BOS, at KC

Tyler Anderson, COL: vs. SD, vs. STL

Gerrit Cole, HOU: at SEA, at LAA

Alex Wood, LAD: vs. STL, vs. SD

Trevor Richards, MIA: vs. NYY, vs. ATL

A couple of brutal matchups for the Marlins this week.

Chase Anderson, MIL: vs. CIN, vs. PIT

Jose Berrios and Ervin Santana, MIN: at CWS, vs. OAK

Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, NYM: vs. SF, vs. WAS

Mike Fiers and Brett Anderson, OAK: vs. TEX, at MIN

Vince Velasquez, PHI: at WAS, at TOR

Chris Archer, PIT: vs. ATL, at MIL

Robbie Erlin, SD: at COL, at LAD

Derek Holland, SF: at NYM, vs. TEX

Holland is a good streaming option against New York this week.

Felix Hernandez, SEA: vs. HOU, at ARI

I guess the King Felix in the bullpen was short-lived.

Austin Gomber, STL: at LAD, at COL

Gomber is exactly the type of guy I mentioned that might be worth picking up and stashing.

Marco Estrada, TOR: vs. BAL, vs. PHI

Jeremy Hellickson, WAS: vs. PHI, at NYM

Good Matchups

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

Mike Foltynewicz, ATL at MIA

Jon Lester, CHC at DET

Noah Syndergaard, NYM vs. SF

Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at MIA

Lance Lynn and Luis Severino, NYY at BAL

The Yankees have some sweet matchups this week.

Madison Bumgarner, SF at NYM

The Mets will stop scoring so much, let’s not kid ourselves.

Bad Matchups

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

David Price, BOS vs. CLE

Ivan Nova, PIT vs. ATL

Mike Leake, SEA vs. HOU

Not many options here this week, as most of the best pitchers have good matchups.

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a good matchup this week.
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Anibal Sanchez, ATL at MIA (44% ownership)

Sanchez is having a surprisingly nice year with a 3.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He has been flying under the radar though, still only owned in less than half of leagues.

James Shields, CWS vs. MIN (10% ownership)

Shields horrible record makes most people stay away, but he has not really pitched that badly. I mean 16 of his last 21 outings were quality starts.

Jake Junis, KC at TB (18% ownership)

Junis has given up just 12 runs over his last six starts, striking out more than a batter an inning.

Corey Oswalt, NYM vs. SF (2% ownership)

He is not going to strike many guys out, but he has not given up more than 4 runs in a start since June.

Sam Gaviglio, TOR vs. BAL (4% ownership)

Gaviglio does not have a win since May 25th somehow, despite giving up less than three runs nine times. I think he gets it against the hapless Orioles this week.


That’s it for the Week 21 pitching planner! Be sure to check out some of my latest Fantasy Football draft preparation posts!

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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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