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This Week In Streaming Strategy: Week 8

Here's this week's look at some favorable matchup from scarcely owned players that can serve as a band-aid for injured starters or just simply offer you a change of pace for thrill-seekers who like to mix things up...

Roberto Hernandez, Shaun Marcum -- Hey look, more guys who are facing the Marlins! I'm not claiming that it's exactly a stroke of genius on my part to recommend streaming against a team that is hitting .222/.283/.317 as a whole, but it's as good a streaming strategy as there is. Fausto Car Hernandez throws on Wednesday with Marcum getting the nod on Saturday. Remember that Marcum hopped in his Delorean and dominated the Braves like it was 2008 in his previous outing.

Chris Tillman, Julio Teheran -- How the Nationals are the second-worst offensive unit in baseball is beyond me, but they are, and they're looking worse right now with Bryce Harper's immediate future in question. Really, both Tillman and Teheran should be owned in most mixed formats in my opinion, but they're both out there in more than 60 percent of Yahoo formats. The Nats have a .660 team OPS, but it'san even more dreadful .630 over the past week. Harper might be out. Danny Espinosa is playing through a broken wrist. Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos have two good hamstrings between them. Hey, maybe their offensive ineptitude isn't beyond me after all!

Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo, Chris Carter, Chris Iannetta -- Really, any respectable hitter from this weekend's Angels/Astros series is a decent play. The Astros' pitching woes are well documented (though at least Bud Norris is throwing this weekend), and the Halos are going to trot out a deteriorating C.J. Wilson as well as Joe Blanton.

Jeff Baker -- I'm contemplating starting a weekly (possibly daily) game show titled, "Is Jeff Baker Facing a Lefty?" On days when the contestant correctly answers "Yes!" they will be rewarded with boatloads of home runs and the second-highest wOBA in all of baseball against southpaws. Sorry to break it to you Wade Miley, but Baker's going to do his best to wreck your Thursday. If you're looking for a one-day pickup Thursday, Baker is your guy. He's hitting .382/.488/.882 with five homers in 41 plate appearances against lefties.

Tyler Chatwood -- Chatwood's been terrific this season, though only about five percent of fantasy owners seem to care. Granted, it's a small sample, but he's sporting a 1.90 ERA and 2.85 FIP through 23 2/3 innings. He's yet to allow a homer thanks to a 58.3 percent ground-ball rate, and he's facing the Astros on Wednesday. Houston may have ditched Rick Ankiel, but their 62 strikeouts rank eighth in MLB over the past week. Houston can actually mash left-handed pitching, but they rank 27th in OPS vs. righties. Chatwood should be able to muster at least a quality start.

Raul Ibanez, Michael Saunders -- Is there anything more exciting for a pair of lefties than squaring off against a struggling Kevin Correia and a Mike Pelfrey that (spoiler alert!) stunk from day one? Lefties are hitting .343/.385/.578 against Pelfrey. Ibanez is slugging .575 against righties. Plus, Pelf and Correia are only slightly more likely to pick up a strikeout this weekend than Brad Radke.

Michael Kickham -- This one's going out on a limb quite a bit, as a rookie making his MLB debut against the Cardinals is hardly an appealing matchup. But if you're desperate for a stream in a head-to-head league on Sunday or just feel like being reckless for the hell of it, Kickham's not the worst option. He's posted a 4.33 ERA in 54 Triple-A innings, but his FIP in the minors suggests a 3.39 mark would be more accurate. He's also averaged a strikeout per inning for Fresno and is facing a St. Louis lineup that has been quietly terrible against left-handed pitching (.641 OPS).


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