NFBC Strategy: Hitter Streamers for Week 4

This is an extremely specific blog post as it’s geared towards NFBC players who want to stream hitters. A little background about how NFBC handles starting lineups. Basically, they allow each owner to set their hitting lineup twice a week: on Monday and Friday. So if you start a player on Monday you will receive his stats from Monday through Thursday.

Streaming hitters can be a very viable option in deep mixed leagues. NFBCs rules on starting lineups allow players a great opportunity to stream hitters with favorable matchups because an owner can start a hitter for three or four games and bench him for the other portion of the week. Below are hitters I recommend picking up.

First Half of the Week Starts

Ryan Raburn: since 2008 he has an .833 OPS against lefties (compared to .701 against righties) with 36 home runs in 711 at-bats. Wednesday and Thursday the Indians face two soft tossing lefties: Bruce Chen and Jason Vargas.

Mike Aviles: his platoon splits are not as dramatic as Raburn’s, but he does hit better against lefties and when he plays he is a five-category threat.

Second Half of the Week Starts

Logan Forsythe: he plays second base and bats third against lefties the past three outings. In his brief major league career he has a .774 OPS against lefties (in 270 plate appearances). The Rays will face John Danks and Chris Sale; the Sale matchup will be tough, but the games are in Chicago.

Alberto Callaspo: if you took my advice and picked him up last week you’re extremely happy with his production. He’s playing every day and during the second half of the week he gets to face a bad Astros rotation and more importantly, two lefties.

Craig Gentry: if an A’s outfielder goes on the DL he’ll play every day and could steal 40-plus bases if he played a full season. I wrote him up last week too.

Scott Sizemore: it looks as though Sizemore may be the every day third baseman for the Yankees. Even if he’s only in a  platoon his matchups against Jon Lester and Felix Doubrount are too good to pass up especially in Boston. In 206 plate appearances he has a .799 OPS compared to .666 against righties.

One Week Start

Lorenzo Cain was put on the DL, which means Jarrod Dyson will be the every day center fielder for the Royals. Other than Billy Hamilton or Dee Gordon, Dyson could be the fastest player in the majors.

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NFBC Strategy: Hitter Streamers for Week 3

This is an extremely specific blog post as it’s geared towards NFBC players who want to stream hitters. A little background about how NFBC handles starting lineups. Basically, they allow each owner to set their hitting lineup twice a week: on Monday and Friday. So if you start a player on Monday you will receive his stats from Monday through Thursday.

Streaming hitters can be a very viable option in deep mixed leagues. NFBCs rules on starting lineups allow players a great opportunity to stream hitters with favorable matchups because an owner can start a hitter for three or four games and bench him for the other portion of the week. Below are hitters I recommend picking up.

Updated: April 12 at 6:19 PM PST.

First Half of the Week Starts

Jonny Gomes: since 2008 Gomes has a .859 OPS against lefties compared to a .720 OPS against righties. The Red Sox face Chris Sale and John Danks. He has batted leadoff the past three games against lefties.

Alberto Callaspo: the A’s face two lefties, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. The A’s love to platoon their hitters and Callaspo’s OPS the last three seasons against lefties is .770 compared to .695 against righties. Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss will likely sit and Callaspo is going to play in both games.

Ryan Ludwick: he could be in a time share with Chris Heisey, but in the last two games against lefties he has batted clean up. During the first of the week he gets two left handed pitchers, Wandy Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano. In the last three years his OPS against lefties is .832 compared to .719 against righties. There is a caveat. Since 2008 he doesn’t have a platoon spilt. That is why he is my least favorite add this week. It’s up to you on how you interpret both data points.

Craig Gentry will also start of two of the three games against the Angels. For his career he has a .775 OPS against lefties compared to .669 OPS against righties. Last year, in only 287 plate appearances, he had 24 stolen bases so if you’re looking for cheap speed he could be viable option.

Second Half of the Week Starts

Paul Konerko: this is not a misprint. The White Sox will face Robbie Ross and Martin Perez, both average at best pitchers. Konerko fell off a cliff last year, but he quietly had a .923 OPS against lefties last year. Also, he has a .860 OPS for the last three years.

One Week Start

Lyle Overbay: since 2008 his OPS against righties is .798 compared to .585 against lefties. This week he will face six righties. He faces the Pirates and Cardinals, which on the surface do not look appealing, but he’s not facing their premiere pitchers. For example, he avoids Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha in the first half of the week. The second half of the week is not as appealing as he will sit against Wandy Rodriguez and will have to face Gerrit Cole, but he still has two good matchups against below average pitchers in Charlie Morton and Edinson Volquez.

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Podcast 8

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In episode eight I provide fantasy analysis for the following players:

Mashiro Tanaka
Zack Wheeler
Scott Kazmir
Corey Kluber
Brandon Morrow
CC Sabathia
Chris Carter
Derek Norris
Jesse Chavez

In the second half of the podcast (24:48) I discuss my strategy for my NFBC 15-team mixed league auction. The article about this topic can be found here.

Musical guest is The Brother Kite.

The name of the songs are:

  • Bees
  • Get On Me

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