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This Week In Streaming Strategy: Week 3

We're still dealing with pretty small sample sizes when it comes to making judgments and picking up on trends this season, but the picture becomes clearer each week. Here's a handful of scarcely owned players who can provide big value based on favorable matchups, for those of you with the roster flexibility to make some moves...

Patrick Corbin (Yahoo 6% | ESPN 1%) and Mark Buehrle (Yahoo 14% | ESPN 7%) -- Corbin's off to a solid start this season with a 1.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over two games. Buehrle's been a wreck but recovered from a bad first inning to post a quality start in his last outing. Obviously, that's a small sample, but each will be facing the Yankees in their next start, who rank 26th in baseball with a .570 OPS against lefties. Travis Hafner has been a big part of the Yankees' offense thus far, but he'll be on the bench in favor of the hitless Ben Francisco. Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner have plenty of struggles against left-handed pitching as well, so stream away.

Ross Detwiler (Y: 38% | ESPN: 32%), Bronson Arroyo -- Both hurlers will get the Marlins in the coming days. It's pretty self explanatory at this point, but the Marlins are bad. And they haven't been bad because of their pitching so much as the 23 runs they've scored in 13 games. And Giancarlo Stanton is banged up and hasn't been playing. Do you need more to go on than that? Probably not. Stream stream stream.

Chris Tillman (Y: 17% | ESPN: 1%), Miguel Gonzalez (Y: 12% | ESPN: 1%) -- Along the same token, the Rays have been abysmal this season as well. They've posted just a .568 OPS against right-handed pitching (and really stepped it up with a .570 mark against southpaws). Tampa Bay has Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria. And if you can navigate around those three, you're pretty much in the clear. Sam Fuld, Shelley Duncan, James Loney and Jose Molina have been about as intimidating at the plate as Billy Crystal. Maybe they'll call up Wil Myers to help out, but this offense is woefully bad right now.

Anyone from the Mariners -- Regardless of whether it's Kendrys Morales, Franklin Gutierrez, or even Michael Morse when he returns to the lineup... find an alternative for a few games. Seattle is set to run through a buzzsaw that features Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish over its next four games. Exercise your bench players or look to someone like...

Seth Smith (Y: 4% | ESPN: 4.4%) -- Smith's platoon woes are well known to both fantasy players and his manager Bob Melvin. Smith has drawn just one start against a left-handed pitcher this season compared to eight against right-handers thanks to the 260-point difference in his OPS between lefties and righties for his career. He's set to face a run of right-handed pitchers in Bud Norris, Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Roberto Hernandez and Alfredo Aceves in his next five games. Smith has made five straight starts against righties, and he's hitting .448/.529/.759 to open the season.

Jhonny Peralta (Y: 33% | ESPN: 45%) -- It's been awhile since Peralta was much of a power threat, but these days every hitter is a power threat against the Angels, who have allowed 21 bombs on the year. Peralta gets to square off against Tommy Hanson, C.J. Wilson and homer-happy Joe Blanton this coming weekend. He's hitting .319/.347/.426 with a homer so far. Even if he doesn't go deep, he'll have plenty of RBI opps given the depth of the Tigers' lineup.


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