Hitter Streamers (Week 24): 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 24 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 24

Carlos Gomez (OF, TEX) - 24% owned

Gomez has flown under the radar this year due to his injuries. However, in his 97 games, he has a .251/17/51/48/13 line. That performance demands an ownership rate higher than 24%. Moreover, this week he faces good pitching matchups. Despite some struggles at times in 2015 and 2016, Gomez has been a great fantasy asset when healthy. Start him with confidence this week.

Delino DeShields, Jr.  (OF, TEX) - 22% owned

After surprising many as a Rule 5 pick in 2015, DeShields had a poor 2016. But he is back on track in 2017. In 99 games, he has a line of .280/4/61/17/28. If you can stomach the lack of power, he is a great asset in the speed departments with a decent average. Facing good matchups this week, he is my number two streaming option.

Mitch Haniger (OF, SEA) - 19% owned

After obliterating AAA pitching in 2016, Haniger struggled in his first taste of MLB action. This offseason, he was included in the Jean Segura / Taijuan Walker trade, and many opined on how much of a factor Haniger was in the trade. Some raved about his potential and thought he was an important factor, while others thought he was old for a prospect and not a valuable piece. Nonetheless, he started the year as one of MLB’s hottest players, posting a .342/4/20/16/2 line in his first 21 games. Then he hurt his oblique. He struggled in his return, but he has since heated up. Facing above average pitching matchups this week, he is a good play who could provide five-category production.

Tim Anderson (SS, CHW) - 27% owned

Anderson has had an up and down year. After hitting .204 in April, he batted .319 with four homers in May. After hitting .213 and .198 in June and July with a combined three homers, he batted .259 with five homers in August. For the year he does have 15 homers and seven steals, and his history shows the potential for swiping many more bags. If you streamed him this week, as I suggested, you would already have a steal and a homer. Take a chance on him again and reap the rewards.

Yoan Moncada (2B/3B, CHW) – 28% owned

Next on the list is Anderson’s teammate, Yoan Moncada. Moncada is known to many as baseball’s former number one prospect. He has battled strikeout issues, but he has power, speed, and loads of potential. In his first 32 games, he has disappointed. He has posted a line of .183/3/13/11/1. These struggles provide you with a nice buy low chance. Gamble on Moncada this week and you will have the opportunity for power, speed, and run production. He is a classic high-risk, high-reward play, but he is a gamble I think you should take.

Shin-Soo Choo  (OF, TEX) - 39% owned

Choo boasts a great .263/18/85/66/12 line in 128 games this year. He has been amazingly consistent when healthy. He would be higher on the list this week if he faced fewer lefties, as he has shown significant career splits. However, this year, his splits are not quite as severe, as they do not show up in batting average but only in power production. Facing good matchups, Choo is worth a look.

Kevin Pillar  (OF, TOR) - 21% owned

Pillar started the season hot, but then he went into a prolonged slump. In June and July, he hit .212 and .211 respectively. However, he has a track record of an average around .270 each year, and his .255 average this year is not far off. He bounced back by batting .293 in August. Importantly, he has 14 homers and 14 steals on the year, which reflects his consistent power/speed combo. Facing good pitching matchups this week, he is worth the risk.

 

Also Worth Monitoring

Yolmer Sanchez (2B/3B, CHW) – Sanchez faces above average matchups, and he has a respectable .262/10/50/47/8 line on the year.

Nick Delmonico (OF, CHW) – Delmonico, the former Orioles’ prospect, has reemerged in the White Sox system. In his first 24 games he has a line of .284/6/17/12/2.

Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, NYY) – Jacoby has a history of stealing bases, and in just 91 games this year, he has a line of .258/7/47/37/17.

 

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