Hitter Streamers (Week 14): Head-to-Head Leagues

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Welcome back, RotoBallers! As a reminder, in this piece we're looking for weekly streamers in head-to-head leagues, which means players who are 50% owned or less in Yahoo! leagues and who have seven games in the week. These players could provide great value off the waiver wire, particularly in head-to-head leagues, for week 14 of the 2017 baseball season.

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With that said, let’s dive into the stream(ers).

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Bats to Stream and Start in Week 14

Hernan Perez (2B/3B/SS/OF, MIL) - 43% owned

Perez continues to perform. After a .272/13/50/56/34 line in 123 games last year, he has started 2017 with a .264/10/29/34/8 line. As a bonus, he is eligible at four positions. He gets to face the juicy Orioles’ pitching staff this week, and he plays three games in Yankee Stadium. If he’s available, he is well worth the add.

Tommy Pham (OF, STL) - 8% owned

Pham didn’t join the big club this year until May, but in 49 games since then he has spectacular numbers: .284/9/34/25/9. The 29 year-old likely won’t keep up that level of power or average, but the stolen base ability is real, and he should maintain some power and a serviceable average. He faces good pitching matchups, and is a great option who is not widely owned.

Eddie Rosario (OF, MIN) - 4% owned

Rosario is another lesser known, widely-available, valuable fantasy asset this week. He has quietly amassed a .281/10/33/24/2 line on the year, after posting a similar .269/10/52/32/5 line in roughly half a season last year. Thus, he can post a respectable average with slightly above average pop, and he may even steal you a base. Facing favorable pitching matchups this week, he’s worth a look.

Michael Taylor (OF, WAS) - 44% owned

Taylor has been a regular in this column recently, so I will spare you my full spiel. Suffice it to say that the power/speed combo threat has a .275/11/36/33/9 line on the year, which is consistent with his prior ability to hit homers and steal bases. Even though he hits lefties better and will only face two, he is too valuable of a fantasy asset not to start if he’s available. However, realize that you may take a hit in the batting average department.

Aaron Altherr (OF, PHI) - 36% owned

In 166 career games, Altherr has a line of .243/22/83/86/16. He is only 26 years old and does not have severe splits that should scare you off of his righty-heavy matchups this week. Facing hittable pitchers, he is worth a stream.

Max Kepler (OF, MIN) - 20% owned

Kepler has a .245/9/36/32/3 line on the year. Even though he has been struggling lately (.220 in June versus .242 in May versus .280 in April), the differences seem partially due to BABIP (.250 in June versus .270 in May versus .328 in April). However, they are also partially due to striking out more and hitting more popups. Thus, Kepler is somewhat of a risky play. But, facing six righties (against who he has all nine homers, three steals and a .276 average) and facing the poor Orioles’ pitching staff, he is worth the gamble this week.

 

Also worth monitoring

Scooter Gennett (2B/OF, CIN) – Gennett faces tough pitching matchups this week, but he does get to face six righties and play in favorable parks (four at Coors Field and three in Arizona).

Mitch Moreland (1B, BOS) – Moreland, who has a .270/12/39/41/0 line on the year, likewise faces tough matchups but also gets to face six righties.

Orlando Arcia (SS, MIL) – The 22 year-old speedster is up to a .275/6/29/25/5 line on the year, with more steals likely to come. He faces favorable pitching matchups this week.

Jarrod Dyson (OF, SEA) – Dyson is up to 19 steals on the year. If stolen bases are your goal and you can stomach a lack of production elsewhere, he’s a great bet.

Byron Buxton (OF, MIN) – The other stolen base option, Buxton is hitting below the Mendoza line but continues to steal bases. He is a last resort streaming option.

 

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