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Week 22 Pitching Planner: Let the Playoffs Begin!

Week 22 Pitching Planner
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It’s playoff time in Fantasy Baseball and the Week 22 Pitching Planner is here to help you make your season-defining decisions with your pitching staff!

Some Fantasy Baseball leagues start their playoffs on Monday, while others might not be for a week or so. The fact of the matter is the playoffs are starting for everyone either way. Whether you are struggling to get into the bracket, fighting for seeding, or completely out of it, Week 22 is where the rubber meets the road.

This is also the point where full-on dynasty leagues differ greatly from redraft or just keeper leagues. There is no more stashing guys if you aren’t keeping them for next year. If a starting pitcher is not performing, then kick him to the curb.

This, to me, is the best possible time to stream starting pitchers. Find the best matchups, because there might not be a tomorrow to hold onto the better talent.

So with the Week 22 pitching planner, see what your team needs. As we head into the Week 22 pitching planner, my streaming suggestions are a solid 106-27-2.

For the Week 22 pitching planner, I am using ownership percentages from ESPN. The information in this Week 22 pitching planner is up to date as of September 1st.

Week 22 Pitching Planner

2-Start Pitchers

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

Zack Godley, ARI: vs. SD, vs. ATL

Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz, ATL: vs. BOS, at ARI

Yefry Ramirez, BAL: at SEA, at TB

David Price, BOS: at ATL, vs. HOU
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Cole Hamels and Mike Montgomery, CHC: at MIL, at WAS

Cole Hamels has been straight *fire Emoji* since joining the Cubs. The Rangers’ pitching really is cursed.

Reynaldo Lopez, CWS: vs. DET, vs. LAA

Matt Harvey and Cody Reed, CIN: at PIT, vs. SD

Adam Plutko and Mike Clevinger, CLE: vs. KC, at TOR

Tyler Anderson, COL: vs. SF, vs. LAD

Michael Fulmer, DET: at CWS, vs. STL

Dallas Keuchel, HOU: vs. MIN, at BOS

Jake Junis, KC: at CLE, at MIN

Alex Wood, LAD: vs. NYM, at COL

Julio Urena, MIA: vs. PHI, at PIT

Zach Davies, MIL: vs. CHC, vs. SF

Jacob deGrom, NYM: at LAD, vs. PHI

CC Sabathia, NYY: at OAK, at SEA

Trevor Cahill, OAK: vs. NYY, vs. TEX

Vince Velasquez, PHI: at MIA, at NYM

At 31% ownership, Velasquez is a great 2-start streamer for the Week 22 pitching planner.

Trevor Williams, PIT: vs. CIN, vs. MIA

Joey Lucchesi, SD: at ARI, at CIN

Madison Bumgarner, SF: at COL, at MIL

Erasmo Ramirez, SEA: vs. BAL, vs. NYY

Jack Flaherty, STL: at WAS, at DET

Ariel Jurado, TEX: vs. LAA, at OAK

Ryan Borucki, TOR: vs. TB, vs. CLE

Gio Gonzalez, WAS: vs. STL, vs. CHC

I’ve been riding Gio in a couple leagues and I need him to come through big in a couple of tough matchups.

Good Matchups

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

Robbie Ray, ARI vs. SD

Dylan Bundy, BAL at TB

Corey Kluber, CLE vs. KC
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Justin Verlander, HOU vs. MIN

Alex Wood and Rich Hill, LAD vs. NYM

Jake Arrieta, PHI at MIA

Chris Archer, PIT vs. MIA

I’m still rolling strong against Miami.

Bad Matchups

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

Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin, ARI vs. ATL

David Price and Rick Porcello, BOS at ATL

Luis Severino, NYY at OAK

James Paxton, SEA vs. NYY

Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, WAS vs. CHC

Streaming Options

These are the guys to pick up and insert in your lineup for a good matchup this week.
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Luis Castillo, CIN vs. SD (37% ownership)

I know, Castillo was not great early on for those that drafted him. He’s been better though with less than three runs allowed in 9 of his last 12 starts, especially against the worse teams.

Antonio Senzatela, COL vs. SF (2% ownership)

Since becoming a full-time starter, Senzatela has given up 2 runs or less in five of his eight starts. Available in basically every league, I love him this week against the Giants.

Michael Fulmer, Francisco Liriano and Jordan Zimmerman, DET at CWS (32, 13 and 3% ownership)

The White Sox took it to the Tigers last week, and I think Detroit fights back this week. I like all three starters as streamers.

Nick Pivetta, PHI at MIA (35% ownership)

Pivetta has given up two runs or less in four of his last six starts, and is averaging well over a strikeout per inning for the last couple of months.

Mike Leake, SEA vs. BAL (30% ownership)

Leake had had six straight quality starts until getting roughed up by Arizona and Oakland the last couple of outings. I like the wily veteran to bounce back as Seattle still has slim playoff hopes.

Aaron Sanchez, TOR vs (16% ownership)

Sanchez has not been  great, but somehow his team has won six of his last seven starts. Give me a guy that has a good probability for a win and strikes a bunch of people out.


That’s it for the Week 22 pitching planner! May The Force be with you as you enter your Fantasy Baseball playoffs and check out some of our Fantasy Football content!

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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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