Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for June 19


Welcome back to Streaming Wars, your one-stop shop for streaming the waiver wire. This article, which began last season, runs seven days a week. We are always ready to stream.

For those who are newcomers to this feature - use this column on a daily basis to improve upon your neediest categories, and target players who may be available on your waiver wire.

Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Tuesday, June 19. Let's get to it.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!

 

Agenda

  1. Ser Anthony Rise
  2. Today's Weather and Updates
  3. Tomorrow's Picks

 

1. Ser Anthony Rise

Former Phillies closer Hector Neris was demoted to Triple-A earlier today, putting to rest any questions about his role in the Phillies bullpen (i.e. it's "none"). Presumably, Seranthony Dominguez will rise to the mantle of closer, although the Phillies bullpen does offer a couple alternatives in the forms of Edubray Ramos and Tommy Hunter. A benefit to using Hunter is his fixed contract. Ramos has a 0.69 ERA (albeit with a 3.09 FIP/3.91 xFIP). Hunter actually has better peripherals than Ramos, but with a lesser 4.05 ERA.

Dominguez stands out for his 1.27 ERA in 21.1 innings. He's recorded 11.39 K/9 and 1.27 BB/9. However, he could massively benefit by being just a little more willing to risk a walk and/or work up in the zone with his fastball. His 19 percent swinging strike rate isn't just elite, it's fourth among all pitchers with at least 20 innings (Josh Hader, Sean Doolittle, and Edwin Diaz). Speaking of Diaz, Dominguez's size and rise to bullpen prominence is quite reminiscent of the Mariners relief ace. Although the Phillies may prefer for Dominguez to fill a multi-inning role, perhaps they should follow the path of least resistance.

 

2. Today's Weather and Updates - Monday, June 18

Summer storms threaten the action in Chicago, Cleveland, and Colorado. The Cubs is threatened throughout. Shifting winds could make it difficult to predict if the wind will blow in or out. The Indians game should start, but completing it may be another matter. As is common in Denver, spotty storms could wash out the game or never hit the stadium.

 

3. Streamer Picks - Tuesday, June 18

Pitchers to Use

It feels like fantasy managers are starting to get lazy. Carlos Rodon has been back for about two weeks. Although he's struggled with allowing home runs, he basically looks better than ever. The skills are present for a big second half once he shakes off the rust. This means you may wish to pass on his start versus the Indians. However, now may be your last chance to roster him. He's 32 percent owned, and he'll disappear completely if he fires a strong outing tomorrow.

By comparison, owners have noticed Mike Soroka. He's just under 50 percent owned. The righty is perhaps the best command and control prospect to reach the majors in recent season - all at the tender age of 20. Command usually takes longer to develop. While I predict some rough patches in Soroka's near future, he has a usable matchup versus the Blue Jays tomorrow.

Freddy Peralta has shot up from one percent to 17 percent owned since the start of yesterday when his promotion was announced. The righty has swing-and-miss stuff mixed with iffy control. The profile reads as excessively volatile with near-elite upside and ruinous downside. Because he leans so heavily on his fastball, the best case scenario probably looks something like Tony Cingrani's debut season. It's more likely he's eventually battered into a bullpen role. He's visiting pitcher friendly PNC Park.

Other Targets: Luke Weaver, Vince Velasquez

 

Pitchers to Exploit

Jason Vargas hasn't been as bad as his numbers suggest. Sure, he was terrible to start the season, but he probably rushed back from injury. Vargas has always relied on hitting his spots. Rust can probably be blamed for the poor command he showed in those early outings. He seems to be back to fringe-streamable with the right matchup. Alas, tomorrow is not the day. He's visiting Coors Field. His opponent, German Marquez, has a 7.71 ERA when pitching at home this season. This game could get sloppy.

Other Targets: David Hess, Jaime Garcia, Sal Romano, Jason Hammel, Matt Koch, Paul Blackburn, Eric Lauer, Dereck Rodriguez

 

Homers on the Wire

Wrigley Field may be the place to hunt for bargain power tomorrow. Southpaw Rich Hill is returning from his most recent case of leprosy (blisters). He was bad before landing on the disabled list. Since a pinch hit in late-May, occasional leadoff man Albert Almora is batting .353/.384/.471. He hasn't actually hit a home run in that span, but Hill tends to work up in the zone. It's a perfect matchup for a ground ball hitter. On the flip side, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes will have the platoon advantage against Mike Montgomery.

Other Targets: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Tom Murphy, Aaron Hicks, Guillermo Heredia, Matt Adams, Danny Valencia, Colin Moran, Tyler Flowers, Charlie Culberson, Brandon Guyer, John Hicks, Jake Marisnick, Franklin Barreto, Chad Pinder, Mark Canha, Hunter Renfroe, Derek Dietrich

 

Steals on the Wire

I suppose a word or three about Adalberto Mondesi is in order. He's expected to start three or four games per week. Mondesi made his major league debut as a 20-year-old back in 2016. Since then, he's struggled to make any kind of contact. Even Triple-A pitchers have proven to be too much. However, he has shown enough power at Triple-A to merit giving him time to adjust in the majors. While I'm far from sanguine about his chances to become more than a utility man, the fantasy upside includes 10 to 20 home runs with over 30 steals. Take off your rose colored glasses and you'll notice he's projected for a .270 OBP which means very few stolen base chances.

Dexter Fowler's slump has given fourth outfielder Harrison Bader a chance to play more regularly. Bader is an ideal fourth outfielder with enough pop, speed, and contact skills to offer some threat to opposing pitchers. However, the Cardinals are trying to use him as a direct replacement for Fowler. In this, they'll be disappointed. For now, ride his frequent top-of-the-order assignments and decent base running potential. You'll want to be careful using him against the Phillies. Andrew Knapp is the man to target, not Jorge Alfaro.

Other Targets: Harrison Bader, Jonathan Villar, Jose Peraza, Leonys Martin, Delino DeShields, Travis Jankowski, Manuel Margot

 

More Streamers and Waiver Wire Pickups




More Recent Articles

 

Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

The Jets are back! OK, maybe not back because they were never here but at least there's some actual hope and fantasy value to be had from a previously winless team. The tight end landscape has changed drastically again, as Hunter Henry returns right at 60% ownership, while breakout second-year Seahawk Will Dissly's season appears... Read More


Week 6 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 6... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 6 Amari Cooper (quad) has been ruled out for the game. Will Dissly went down with a non-contact achilles... Read More


Updated Week 6 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 6 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 6 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Albert Wilson is making his return this week. Tyreek Hill will officially make his return today. Marquise Brown (ankle) will miss this week's game. Kenny Stills is... Read More


Week 6 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

This game is a matchup of the two top teams in the NFC North, by the standings at least. The key to this game will, of course be the offenses. Both the Lions and Packers come into this game boasting offenses which rank in the top half of the NFL and this game should be... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 6

Welcome to our Week 6 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Week 6 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More


Wide Receiver Matchups To Target in Week 6

In Week 5, Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller was the best wide receiver play of the week. Even if you didn't play Fuller and missed out on his big day, you still had a chance to win your DFS contests if you played other receiver options that were recommended in this column, such as Michael... Read More


The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 6

Welcome to Week 6, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football season. These player selections are based off my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More


Week 6 Busts? Players To Consider Avoiding

Weeks 4 and 5 saw a combined four teams go on bye. Week 6, however, will be the first week of the season with four teams off in the same week. That will also be the case in Weeks 7, 9, 11 and 12. Meanwhile, in Week 10 there will be six different teams taking... Read More


Week 6 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that bye weeks are in full swing; streaming becomes a more viable and almost necessary strategy. Knowing who to add and when to start them could be the ultimate difference-maker in a weekly matchup. Making the right streaming decisions throughout the season could easily be the difference in winning a championship. Each week, I... Read More


Woos and Boos - Starts and Sits for Week 6 Lineups

Week 5 in the NFL saw a return to normalcy from a fantasy perspective. Although we saw big performances from Will Fuller, D.J. Chark, and Aaron Jones, the top of the leaderboards was largely filled by some of the more common names from around the league. Could this be a turn of the corner as... Read More


Week 6 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

If this season has proved anything, it's that DSTs can not be dismissed. This past week the Eagles threw up 35+ points in most formats, and you can bet that was the difference in plenty of matchups. The Patriots have proven that the right defense with the right schedule can be as valuable as a... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Week 6

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


Fantasy Football Rookies to Watch in Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 RotoBallers! Each week in this column, we'll highlight a few first-year players who are worth keeping your eye on. Not all of the players listed below are must-starts, but all of them are in a position to be viable fantasy options. If any of these names are sitting out on your... Read More