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.