Opening Time: Josh Collmenter pushes you over the top

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Another full slate is begging for our streaming attention, so let's have a look. This time, the cherry is at the top, dessert comes first.

Probable Starters for Saturday, Sept. 17
1. Josh Collmenter at San Diego: Big park is your friend
2. Gio Gonzalez vs. Detroit: Does his best work in Oakland (106 Ks, 2.80 ERA)
3. Jon Lester vs. Tampa Bay: Could be biggest turn of season to date
4. Colby Lewis at Seattle: An obvious matchup to exploit
5. Ted Lilly vs. Pittsburgh: Soft stuff but still gets you out
6. Stephen Strasburg vs. Florida: Stuff is back, but how deep will he go?
7. Tim Hudson vs. New York: Sinker still sinking, K numbers not bad
8. R.A. Dickey at Atlanta: The knuckler is a cruel mistress
9. Ervin Santana at Baltimore: Orioles showing some pluck of late
10. Yovani Gallardo at Cincinnati: Big strikeout numbers but gopher problem remains
11. Roy Oswalt vs. St. Louis: A major drop from the Big 3
12. James McDonald at Los Angeles: Solid season but not getting much help
13. Jeff Niemann at Boston: He's had big performances against Boston before
14. Rick Porcello at Oakland: Still waiting on breakout but matchup is right
15. Jeanmar Gomez at Minnesota: The Twins offense has little bite
16. Zach Britton vs. Los Angeles: Poised since the callup, but learn from Matusz lesson
17. Everett Teaford vs. Chicago: Thank you for the tea and sumpathy
18. Henderson Alvarez vs. New York: Snappy numbers but Yankees can hurt you
19. Bartolo Colon at Toronto: Blinding us with science
20. Drew Pomeranz vs. San Francisco: Dream opponent, nightmare park
21. Henry Sosa at Chicago: Hasn't looked overmatched but beware the winds
22. Zach Stewart at Kansas City: Missing bats but still getting hurt
23. Edinson Volquez vs. Milwaukee: So-so in the first turn back, at Coors
24. Chris Volstad at Washington: A fantasy tease since the rookie year
25. Eric Surkamp at Colorado: Doing it with mirrors, won't work here
26. Anthony Swarzak vs. Cleveland: Only here because everything has gone wrong
27. Jake Westbrook at Philadelphia: Reasonable of late but not in this park
28. Wade LeBlanc vs. Arizona: Soft tosser can't do it, even in Petco
29. Anthony Vasquez vs. Texas: Batting practice for the Rangers
30. Rodrigo Lopez vs. Houston: Go with the Ruy Lopez instead {ysp:more}

The best streamers here are Collmenter (49 percent) and Dickey (27 percent). Possible sleepers include McDonald (18 percent), Alvarez (eight percent), Teaford (three percent) and Gomez (three percent). You're on your own with Pomeranz; his minor-league stats are zesty, but he's jumped several levels this year. I also think this will be the longest start of Strasburg's comeback, to the point that I would use him even if facing a start or innings limit.

About Last Night: Joakim Soria is dealing with a sore hamstring, which makes Greg Holland a spec play of interest. Holland is probably worth owning in a lot of leagues anyway, on the strength of his profile (1.91 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 68 Ks in 56.2 IP). … Pablo Sandoval's cycle carried the Giants past the Rockies, and Cody Ross contributed a 6-2-2-1 line from the leadoff spot. Panda's triple came at a price for the hosts: Carlos Gonzalez hurt his wrist on the play and will miss a few games (joining Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton on the bench). … Mike Stanton finally made a start, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the nightcap at Philly. … Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta were hit around in Thursday's loss to Washington, which might push Bobby Parnell to the ninth inning if needed Friday. But the way the Mets are playing right now, I wouldn't bet on this club. Maybe everyone is quitting on Terry Collins, who knows? … I'm surprised a contender didn't grab Carlos Pena during trading season. He's a platoon guy all the way, but he's carrying a .247/.356/.514 line against righties. He clocked his 28th homer in Thursday's loss at Cincinnati. … With all due respect to the numbers coming from the Kansas City offense, let's also consider the volume at play. Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur have each played 146 games, and they've spent the entire year in a solid batting slot. You have to play well enough to keep the position, of course, but part of the stat collection comes from mere participation. … Meanwhile, most of the Kansas City rotation is entering the Shutdown Protection Program. Jeff Francis made his final start on Thursday, and Luke Hochevar and Danny Duffy are also done for the season. Hochevar is the only loss to fantasy owners. … Francisco Cordero didn't have it against the Cubs but we can't complain too much; it was his first blown save since July 10. … Chris Heisey is teasing us again, homering four times in his last 18 at-bats. But you never know when Dusty Baker will pull out the rug, and it's not like Yonder Alonso isn't hitting, too. … Logan Morrison had an interesting day, homering at Philly and filing a grievance against his ballclub (it's tied to his shocking demotion last month). I'd love to see Morrison playing for someone else in 2012. … Jayson Werth continues to play despite knee and calf injuries. He talked his way into the lineup Thursday, en route to an 0-for-5 bagel against the Mets. … Kevin Youkilis will rest on Friday, and fantasy owners probably want to bench him longer than that. Youkilis has crashed in the second half (.199/.314/.346) as hip and hernia problems have taken their toll. He's hobbling around like Fred G. Sanford out there, and he's hitting like Rollo.


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