Week 8 provides a decent set of streaming options for all three sets of weekend games. I only put forth those guys I believe can give you a decent start, and as always, are owned in less than 50% of leagues.
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I do caution you to choose wisely and remain vigilant, as weather, injuries and managerial decisions can and frequently do interfere with our plans.
Chris Capuano LAD vs StL Lance Lynn
Tyler Chatwood COL @ SF Tim Lincecum
Chad Jenkins TOR vs BAL Chris Tillman
David Phelps NYY @ TB Roberto Hernandez
Eric Stults SD @ ARI Brandon McCarthy
I cannot believe I am writing this, but of all these SPs, I like Phelps the best. He hasn't had a flare up of his back issues lately, and he's been pitching very well since some early troubles when he joined the Yankee rotation. I would suggest adding him full time, not just for this start, as his ownership is now at 49%. After Phelps, I like Stults, but not so much in Arizona this start. Still, he has been pitching well over his last 4 starts, so I would take a chance on a QS here. I liked Capuano in the past, and he's recovered some of his magic in LA. Pitching at home is a nice bonus, and he should provide a few Ks to go with decent peripherals. Chatwood at San Fran is an OK option, as it is always good to grab Rockie SPs when they pitch away from Coors Field. His opponent on the mound is so unpredictable, you could wind up with a win if you roll the dice here. Finally, the Jenkins start is not written in stone, but if he goes, he has been fine in last start, except for that lack of Ks. His team is sort of/kind of coming around, so this is not my number one option, but is a lot more promising than some of the other dreck available on Friday.
Jeff Locke PIT @ MIL Mike Fiers
Juan Nicasio COL @ SF Barry Zito
Jonathan Pettibone PHI @ WAS Dan Haren
Locke continues to amaze me, but then again, Pittsburgh is on a roll and you need to ride out the wave until it crashes. A 2:1 K/BB ratio and sub 2 ERA over his last 3 starts makes him a great option, especially against Fiers who is not worth a start at this point. Nicasio, like his teammate Chatwood is pitching away from Coors, so I would take a chance he can make for a decent start. He is posting a recent 12:3 K/BB ratio, with a decent ERA despite getting lit up in Wrigley. Pettibone faces off against a struggling Nationals team, and while his team struggles as well, he has decent peripherals except for the K/BB ratio. If you are desperate, go ahead and pick him up. Not desperate, then stay away.
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Jason Marquis SD @ ARI Patrick Corbin
Ramon Ortiz TOR vs BAL Miguel Gonzalez
Jerome Williams LAA @ KC Wade Davis
I have vacillated on Marquis for the past few seasons, rostering him, dropping him, picking him up again and so forth. All I can say now is that he has pitched well in his last 5 appearances, and while 4 were home starts, he has the stuff to keep his team in the game. I figure Corbin will out-duel him, but we are looking for stats, not necessarily wins and he can provide those if he continues his recent trend. Williams is actually my favorite on Sunday, and like Phelps above, I would suggest rostering him for the long haul. He is a fine SP6 on your bench, and his recent performance has been fantastic. As far as Ortiz, he is expected to start, but that Blue Jay rotation is in flux, so check over the weekend before adding him to your team. He is a desperation start in any event, don't go overboard expecting great results.
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