19 Jun Fantasy Baseball: SP Spot-Start Options, Week 12
By: Mike Stromme
The weather and the bats are heating up, I hope your ready to beat the heat.
Here are your Week 12 streaming options.
Brad Peacock, Houston Astros:
Peacock got back to his new-found strikeout prowess in his last start vs Texas. He struck-out 10 over 4.2 IP on short-rest last Tuesday.
Peacock has struck out 8+ in four of his last five outings. His next start comes on Monday in Oakland. A tremendous opportunity to stream him if he’s available, he should be kicking around in 72.9% of ESPN.com leagues.
The Oakland Athletics strike out 24.8% of the time against RHP (26th). The game is at night, so you’ll get that heavy West Coast humidity in the air in an already cavernous ballpark if they do manage to get a hold of a pitch or two.
With Peacock being dropped in 6% of ESPN.com leagues over the last week, now is the time to jump back on the bandwagon.
Mike Fiers, Houston Astros:
That’s right folks, I’m sober and telling you that streaming Mike Fiers is a good idea.
Once considered one of the biggest gas cans in MLB, Fiers has figured out how to strike guys out all of a sudden. Over his last four starts, he has a 24/8 K/BB ratio, a 1.70 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start
since May 14. He’s striking guys out while limiting the damage done by the longball and it’s paying dividends for Fiers.
He’s getting the ball on Thursday, the final game of a four-game set in Oakland. That game is a 3:35 EST first pitch, so the “marine layer” won’t be in effect. That being said, the A’s are a great matchup for strikeout pitchers. This makes Fiers a great spot-start option for this week. He’s out there in 25.9% of ESPN.com leagues.
Mike Montgomery, Chicago Cubs:
Since making the jump from the Cubs’ bullpen, Mike Montgomery is averaging a strikeout per inning over his first two starts (9 IP). He’s a reliever with a starter’s pedigree that has yet to blow-up this season, despite having a WHIP of 1.29.
On Tuesday, Montgomery will take the ball vs the Padres at Wrigley Field. Over the past two weeks, the Padres have a 30.3 K% vs LHP. In 2017, the team ranks 24th in K% vs LHP (24.5%). As long as the wind isn’t blowing out at Wrigley, I don’t see the downside to starting Montgomery in just about any format where you need a spot-start.
Montgomery shouldn’t be hard to acquire. He’s owned in just 5.1% of ESPN.com leagues and isn’t trending towards an increase in ownership. He’ll probably head back to the bullpen after this start, given that Kyle Hendricks is close to returning from the DL. His long-term value is next to non-existent, he’s more of a “Mr. Right Now” than a “Mr. Right”.