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

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Streaming Wars: Waiver Wire Targets for May 17

By dbking on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as "_MG_9144") [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Streaming Wars, your one-stop resource for streaming the waiver wire. Use this column to bolster your neediest categories.

Below are your pitcher and hitter streaming targets for Wednesday, May 17th.

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!



  1. Danger!
  2. Today's Weather and Updates
  3. Tomorrow's Picks


1. Danger!

This is your periodic warning that streaming pitchers is a dangerous and risky activity. Brandon McCarthy had a very favorable pairing against the Giants last night at AT&T Park. He allowed six runs in 5.2 innings. Interestingly, he had a 1.78 FIP and 2.67 xFIP for the evening. In other words, the poor results didn't really match the inputs.

The danger of using pitchers is not limited to waiver wire streamers. Chris Archer and Carlos Carrasco are top 10 starters - even after last night when they combined to allow 12 runs in 8.2 innings. Welcome to baseball.


2. Today's Weather and Updates

Minnesota may see passing storms today and tomorrow. They'll probably play. Much of the Midwest is supposed to be very windy on Wednesday. Keep an eye on directionality.


3. Tomorrow's Picks - Wednesday, May 17th

Pitchers to Use

Matt Garza is back? Nah, can't be. While his results through four starts pass a smell test - 7.23 K/9, 1.90 BB/9, 2.66 ERA, and 3.69 FIP - his velocity is down and his stuff is mediocre. He's never posted a sub-2.00 BB/9 either. Once the walks return, so too will his over-4.00 ERA. Despite the pending regression, Garza has a solid matchup at pitcher friendly Petco Park versus the third-most strikeout prone offense.

Joe Biagini is stretched out enough to toss a full outing. In two starts, he's allowed just one unearned run in nine innings. Biagini isn't Alex Wood. He won't suddenly transform from good bullpen guy to must-roster semi-ace. His numbers will decline as a result of these longer outings. Hitters will figure out how best to exploit his tendency to fill the strike zone. However, the Braves make for a soft target so long as he avoids Freddie Freeman. His opponent, Mike Foltynewicz, is also usable against a shattered Blue Jays roster.

My standard operating procedure for German Marquez is to use him on the road where Coors Field can't ruin his day. He's coming off a dominant eight-inning, three-hit start versus the Cubs at Coors. He tallied eight strike outs and allowed no runs. So much for SOPs. Like the Rockies most successful pitchers, Marquez piles up ground balls while limiting hard contact. He'll face the Twins in Minnesota. Keep an eye on the weather in case it pushes back his start.

Other Targets: Miguel Gonzalez, Matt Shoemaker


Pitchers to Exploit

Jose Urena is one of those guys with a shiny ERA and bad results. He's basically the poor man's version of J.C. Ramirez. Urena throws a 96 mph fastball. It's a surprisingly terrible pitch. He also throws a slider and change, and he's gaining confidence in those offerings. His success to date - a 1.98 ERA (4.30 FIP) with 4.61 K/9 and 2.30 BB/9 - can be traced to using the offspeed stuff over 40 percent of the time. Unfortunately, they're merely average pitches with low whiff rates.

Matt Harvey is visiting Chase Field where ground ball pitchers go to die. The Mets' Dark Knight is in free fall without a utility belt. His command has taken a step back, and he's no longer inducing whiffs. On the plus side, he's still generating a lot of soft contact. Strangely, he's also allowed a career worst hard contact rate. Hitters are either miss-hitting or hammering the baseball. This shows up in his .244 BABIP and 2.25 HR/9. In Arizona, grounders tend to convert to hits and home runs fly.

Other Targets: Josh Tomlin, Ubaldo Jimenez, Christian Bergman, Jhoulys Chacin


Homers on the Wire

A few days ago, I wrote that Hunter Renfroe would join the homer barrage before long. He's hammered a pair of homers in his last two games. He also has two doubles in his last four games. The bat may be waking up. He'll face Garza. Consider Ryan Schimpf as an all-or-nothing alternative. If you prefer a high floor, Yangervis Solarte usually does something.

Lately, the Phillies have been turning to Tommy Joseph as their cleanup hitter. This might strike you as surprising if you haven't paid attention to his recent results. Since the start of May, he's slashing .400/.512/.886. I like to compare Joseph to Jay Bruce. He's a volatile hitter capable of carrying an offense over a brief hot streak. He's also prone to some icy slumps. Stick with him in deeper formats. He's opposed by Martin Perez.

I'll be honest, I kinda forgot Justin Bour existed for a few weeks there. His recent hot streak is worth a mention here even if I wouldn't snag him for a start versus Lance McCullers and the Astros bullpen.

Other Targets: Domingo Santana, Nick Franklin, Matt Joyce, Jed Lowrie, Luis Valbuena, Brandon Moss, Kennys Vargas, Max Kepler, Scott Schebler, Ian Happ, Jeimer Candelario, Shin-Soo Choo, Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak, Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera, Neil Walker, Josh Reddick, Nori Aoki, Yuli Gurriel, Logan Morrison, Colby Rasmus


Steals on the Wire

Hernan Perez and Kevin Pillar are finally over 50 percent owned. That's roughly all the speed threats I actually like.

With Carlos Gomez landing on the disabled list for the next one or two months, Delino DeShields' job security is rock solid - even when visiting a National League park. His role atop the lineup is less certain. The Rangers have realized Choo's high OBP trumps DeShields' blazing speed.

Kevin Kiermaier isn't delivering on his offensive potential. He's even struggling in the field (-1.2 UZR). Smells like he's hurt to me. Kiermaier is still stealing bases at a 25 swipe pace. He also has a hint of power and a career best 10.6 percent walk rate.

Other Targets: Jarrod Dyson, Ben Gamel, Taylor Motter, Kolten Wong, Michael Taylor, Jose Reyes


Skill Positions

It's probably a Jett Bandy day. Both Brewers catchers have lost offensive momentum in recent weeks.


More Lineups Advice


Premium Tools & DFS Research

Get a free trial of our powerful MLB Premium Tools. Our famous DFS Optimizer & Lineup Generator, daily Matchup Ratings, expert DFS Lineups/Cheat Sheets, and more.

Sign Up Now!

More Recent Articles


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 15

Welcome to our Week 15 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 15 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

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 15 JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to miss another game this week. Evan Engram and Daniel Jones are not expected... Read More

All-Day For the Win: Why Adrian Peterson Matters Again

I don't think anyone could ever be happy at any sports player getting injured. It just makes no sense, so please leave the hatred out now and forever when it comes to that. That being said, though, we're talking about just a branch of sports here with fantasy football, and we all know what is... Read More

Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 15 (Top 100)

One of the great things about implementing IDP in fantasy football is that it balances out some of the insanity that the offensive players produce in some weeks. If you started a lineup with Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Boston Scott, A.J. Brown, Darius Slayton, and Noah Fant then you undoubtedly crushed your opponent while a... Read More

Fantasy Football Booms, Busts - Kenny Golladay, Kenyan Drake, James White

If there was ever a week to have more booms than busts in your fantasy football lineup, it’s this week. The playoffs are either underway or about to start in fantasy football leagues across the nation and around the world. If you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of a playoff team, then... Read More

Show Me The Money! Stashes That Could Win Your League

Success in the fantasy playoffs is all about planning ahead. Your bench is no longer a safe space for high floor players without much of a ceiling; they won't win you the big game. You need to look ahead and stash players with exploitable matchups in the weeks to come so that you don't get... Read More

Wide Receiver Snap Counts and Target Trends - Week 14 Analysis

Wide receivers are essential components toward your ultimate goal of securing league championships. If you are preparing for Week 15 matchups, an expanding collection of tools are available that can provide you with an extensive level of knowledge. Those results provide the foundation for this weekly statistical breakdown of the wide receiver position, which is designed... Read More

The King's Week 15 Lineup Rankings and Analysis (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers! Below you will find my Week 15 fantasy football lineup rankings for the second round of your playoffs. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR, and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions, especially on the weekends. Skill Position analysis versus... Read More

Week 15 Stream Team - Free Agent and Bye-Week Streamers

Now that the playoffs are in full swing in most leagues and the final march for a championship has begun, streaming becomes a  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 could easily be the difference in winning... Read More

NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 15) - Targets and Avoids

Week 13 was a pretty chalky one with just three underdogs winning outright. The biggest upset was the Broncos absolutely annihilating the Houston Texans who were still celebrating their "Super Bowl" win against the Patriots the week prior. Three weeks remain and I'd be a fool to think there are hundreds who are reading this... Read More

The Tape Tells All - Robby Anderson Fantasy Outlook

Welcome to another edition of "The Tape Tells All," where I break down some film of an NFL's player performance and try to draw some fantasy football conclusions from that film. This week, I'm looking at New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who's shaken off a slow start to the 2019 season by going... Read More

Fantasy Football Risers, Fallers - Zach Ertz, Emmanuel Sanders, Robert Woods

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More

Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Sit Your Studs?

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody else on your bench. Disaster Recovery is here to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting and to help you decide if you should... Read More

Week 15 Warning Signs: Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Julio Jones

You made the playoffs. Awesome. Now you have even won your first game. That is even better. But now what? There are many players, some of whom performed in the first round, who may not be so fortunate this week. Whether it is a bad matchup or injuries to key players around them, this could... Read More