Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, tips for MLB Sunday lineups

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What you need to know for Sunday’s MLB games

By Todd Zola

  • Sunday marks the end of the sixteenth fantasy week, which means there are only four periods left before the playoffs begin in ESPN’s standard showdown formats. Matches begin at 12:05 p.m. ET with Christian Javier and the Houston Astros wrapping up a series at Progressive Field against Triston McKenzie and the Cleveland Guardians. Both pitchers are rolled out on most ESPN and will present a challenge to opposing hitters. However, despite his best this season, Javier has historically been prone to the long ball, causing Josh Naylor (58% ESPN-listed) and Nolan Jones (6%) to hit the streamers.

  • Hopefully, you don’t need to boost a last minute promotion because your streaming stock is light. The top two picks battle it out at Wrigley Field with Jesus Luzardo (26%) catching the rubber for Marlins and Adrian Sampson (2%) taking the ball for the Cubs. Both squads are among the least productive in the league. Sampson is the safer option while Luzardo is more dangerous, but with greater hitting potential. The team needs to dictate the choice between the two, with Luzardo favored by fantasy teams who need a whiff or to make up a lot of ground.



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  • The next top nominees are also pitted against each other with Kutter Crawford (7%) and the Boston Red Sox concluding a streak at Kauffmann Stadium with Brady Singer (30%) and the Kansas City Royals. The singer is the more established pitcher amid the breakout campaign, but Crawford draws an easier lineup. However, the Red Sox lineup clicks on all cylinders, so consider the Singer if you’re running late and need a high strike option to make up the floor.

  • While we’ll obviously cover you with notes on Monday’s action, sometimes it helps plan ahead. There are seven games on Monday’s schedule, which means the demand to fill in the lineup gaps will be high but the supply will be low. Possessing players to use Sunday and Monday is a powerful way to stay ahead of the competition. San Diego has a pair of southern paws on tap, so targeting right swing Ha-Seong Kim (10%), Austin Nola (8%), Wil Myers (6%) and/or Jorge Alfaro (4%) shows Weak exposure to a strong assortment. Angels are also designated to take on a pair of leftists, such as Luis Rengivo (5%), Max Stassi (2%), Joe Adele (4%) and Phil Jocelyn (

  • Likewise, selecting closures with a chance to pick up what’s saved on Sunday and Monday may be a cautionary tale. On top of that, a fairly long list of possibilities like Felix Bautista, Rowan Wake, Hunter Strickland, Jose Quejada, Zach Jackson, Will Crowe, Paul Seewald, Kyle Finnegan and Ian Kennedy are all widely available and working both days.

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