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Fantasy Baseball Weekend Preview: Substantial streaming should send you to success

Alex Verdugo #24 of the New York Yankees

This weekend’s matchups are more polarizing than usual, which means that those who stream heavily are likely to get ahead. Some of the top offenses are slated to face subpar pitching staffs, and there are a few teams who will have the misfortune of tangling with their opponents’ best hurlers.

On the pitching side, there are a handful of terrific streamers, with a few others who can be utilized in head-to-head leagues.

Alex Verdugo headshot
Alex Verdugo
LF - NYY - #24
2024 - false season
176
AB
.256
AVG
6
HR
1
SB
.744
OPS

Not only do the Yankees get to spend their weekend playing at their offense-inducing home park against a team that sits 24th in ERA, but they also have the benefit of facing the White Sox's three weakest starters, all of whom throw from the right side. Lefty hitter Alex Verdugo (50%) has been regularly hitting out of the cleanup spot and therefore is the top player to target. Oswaldo Cabrera (51%) is another option and has the benefit of being eligible at four positions. Finally, those who roster Anthony Rizzo should get him into their lineup.

Travis d'Arnaud headshot
Travis d'Arnaud
C - ATL - #16
2024 - false season
114
AB
.254
AVG
5
HR
0
SB
.807
OPS

Atlanta’s offense hasn’t found its top form to this point in 2024, but it still ranks sixth in baseball in OPS. Although Yu Darvish is a formidable foe on Saturday, the team faces weaker right-handers during the initial two games of the series. Unfortunately for streaming managers, most of the Braves hitters are already rostered. Still, Travis d’Arnaud (43%) is a good catching streamer. Jarred Kelenic (18%) is an option in deep leagues.

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Nelson Velázquez
LF - KC - #17
2024 - false season
133
AB
.226
AVG
4
HR
1
SB
.663
OPS

Kansas City will square off with three mediocre Oakland starters. The Friday and Sunday matchups are against southpaws, which makes Nelson Velázquez (6%) the best streamer. Another righty hitter, Hunter Renfroe (5%), can be considered in deep leagues. It may also be a good weekend to sit Michael Massey or MJ Melendez, who tend to sit or hit low in the lineup against lefties.

Ezequiel Duran headshot
Ezequiel Duran
1B - TEX - #20
2024 - false season
92
AB
.283
AVG
0
HR
1
SB
.651
OPS

The Rangers should have an effective weekend against a starting trio of Tyler Anderson, Patrick Sandoval and José Soriano, and a bullpen with a league-worst 5.17 ERA. With two of the hurlers throwing from the left side, switch-hitter Leody Taveras (25%) and righty swinger Ezequiel Durán (10%) are streaming options.

Baltimore leads the majors in homers and ranks fifth in OPS, but they will find life difficult against three outstanding Seattle right-handers. Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman need to stay in all lineups, but the rest of the team’s hitters should be evaluated more closely than usual.

The Cardinals are unlikely to enjoy a high-scoring weekend against three Boston starters who each own an ERA under 3.50. St. Louis doesn’t have a healthy hitter who has been a top-200 fantasy player in 2024, which makes me want to bench all of them for this series.

It’s hard to recommend many Washington hitters against three effective Philadelphia starters (Zack Wheeler, Cristopher Sánchez, Aaron Nola). C.J. Abrams needs to remain active, and those in 12-team leagues can consider Luis García Jr. and Jacob Young because Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto surrenders plenty of steals.

Oakland hitters have outperformed expectations, but this is not the weekend to add them, as they will face a solid starting trio of Cole Ragans, Seth Lugo and Brady Singer. I would lean towards benching all of the A’s, although Brent Rooker will squeak into some lineups.

James McArthur headshot
James McArthur
RP - KC - #66
2024 - false season
21.2
IP
11
SV
4.15
ERA
23
K
3
BB

McArthur remains available in shallow leagues and has an excellent chance to produce a save or two when Kansas City rolls out their three best starters against an A’s team that has exceeded expectations in the early portion of the season but still lacks talent overall.

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Trevor Megill
RP - MIL - #29
2024 - false season
13.2
IP
7
SV
1.98
ERA
17
K
3
BB

Megill is clearly the Brewers' closer and should be rostered in at least 75% of leagues. The right-hander should make an appearance or two during a weekend series in Houston that seems destined to have some close games.

Leody Taveras headshot
Leody Taveras
CF - TEX - #3
2024 - false season
163
AB
.239
AVG
4
HR
4
SB
.688
OPS

The Rangers have few base-stealing threats, which is a shame for this weekend’s schedule because Logan O’Hoppe has allowed more steals than any other catcher. Aside from superstar Adolis García, Taveras has the best chance of picking up a couple swipes in this series.

In order, here are the best streamers for the weekend, with their start date and Yahoo roster rate in parentheses.