Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 2-Start Pitchers, Spot Starters & Hitter Picks
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Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
Week 10 Fantasy Baseball 2-Start Pitchers To Add From Waiver Wire
Luis Garcia, Houston Astros (37% rostered on Yahoo!)
- Start 1: vs. Boston Red Sox
- Start 2: at Toronto Blue Jays
Luis Garcia has a murderer’s row of American League East foes to square off with next week. According to FanGraphs, the Toronto Blue Jays rank fourth in wRC+ (112), and the Boston Red Sox rank fifth in wRC+ (110) against righties this year. Regardless, I’m giving Garcia the nod because he’s pitched at a high level this year.
Sometimes you have to trust pitching talent winning out, and Garcia’s displayed talent as a starter this year. In his eight starts lasting 40 innings, he’s recorded a 3.15 ERA, 3.69 SIERA, 1.05 WHIP, 9.3 BB%, 29.0 K%, and 30.6 CSW%. He also demonstrated the ability to tie up a top offense in his last start, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers to one unearned run on two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts in six innings.
- Luis Garcia fantasy baseball tip: There’s a risk in using Garcia in these two matchups. Still, he’s pitched excellent, so I’m willing to suggest him in leagues as shallow as 12-team mixers.
Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks (9%)
- Start 1: vs. New York Mets
- Start 2: at Milwaukee Brewers
Merrill Kelly’s beginning of the season and recent performance have been at opposite ends of the spectrum. Through his first three starts totaling 16 innings, he sported an 8.44 ERA, 5.00 SIERA, 1.69 WHIP, 5.4 BB%, 13.5 K%, and 8.9 SwStr%. In his last seven starts stretched across 41.2 innings, he’s recorded a 3.46 ERA, 3.74 SIERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.0 BB%, 24.6 K%, and 8.6 SwStr%.
Kelly’s true talent level likely resides somewhere between his dreadful start and recent heater, but he could stave off regression another week with two favorable matchups on the docket. The injury-ravaged New York Mets rank 23rd in wRC+ (86) against righties in 2021 and tied for 23rd in wRC+ (84) over the last 30 days. The Milwaukee Brewers are even worse, ranking 29th in wRC+ (78) against right-handed pitchers and 28th in wRC+ (77) over the last 30 days.
- Merrill Kelly fantasy baseball tip: Kelly’s a fringe option in 12-team mixers. However, he’s a rock-solid streamer in 14-team mixers or deeper formats.
James Kaprielian, Oakland Athletics (33%)
- Start 1: at Seattle Mariners
- Start 2: at Colorado Rockies
I’m more inclined to suggest using James Kaprielian in leagues with daily lineup changes than weekly changes. The first matchup with the Seattle Mariners is mouthwatering. However, a trip to Coors Field to face the Colorado Rockies is risky. On the plus side, Trevor Story is on the injured list for those taking the chance in weekly leagues, removing a top-shelf hitter from their lineup.
The rookie righty has dazzled in three starts totaling 17.2 innings, totaling a 1.53 ERA, 4.24 SIERA, 0.91 WHIP, 8.6 BB%, 27.1 K%, and 27.1 CSW%. The gap between his ERA and SIERA foreshadows regression on the horizon. Having said that, his SIERA isn’t awful. Further, the matchup with the Mariners is unlikely to start the regression process, as they rank tied for 24th in wRC+ (85) against righties this year and 27th in wRC+ (79) over the last 30 days.
- James Kaprielian fantasy baseball tip: Kaprielian is a viable 12-team mixed-league option in leagues with daily lineup changes for his first start. In weekly lineup change formats, I advise only gamers in 14-team mixers or deeper roll the dice.
Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Spot Starters To Add From Waiver Wire
Tyler Anderson, Pittsburgh Pirates at Kansas City Royals (15%)
How forgiving are you, and how short is your memory? If you rostered Tyler Anderson for his nine-run disaster against the Atlanta Braves on May 21, he’d test both of those questions. It’s important to have short memories in fantasy baseball, though.
Suppose you toss out that clunker, Anderson’s responsible for a 3.51 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 7.2 BB%, and 23.0 K%. Those are numbers that play in fantasy baseball. Additionally, gamers would be jumping for joy at the thought of using that pitcher against the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City’s offense ranks 28th in wRC+ (81) against southpaws this year and tied for 23rd in wRC+ (84) over the last 30 days.
- Tyler Anderson fantasy baseball tip: Anderson’s worth a look in leagues as shallow as 12-team mixers for his plus matchup with the Royals.
Week 10 MLB Sleeper Hitters To Add From Waiver Wire
Andrew Vaughn, 1B/OF, Chicago White Sox (29%)
- 4 Games at Cleveland Indians
- 4 Games vs. Detroit Tigers
The Chicago White Sox play a week-high eight games. The volume alone makes Andrew Vaughn an intriguing streamer. The rookie slugger started sluggishly, but he’s hit all four of his homers this year since reaching the seats for the first time on May 12, and he’s hitting at an above-average clip overall.
Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies (7%)
- 3 Games vs. Texas Rangers
- 3 Games vs. Oakland Athletics
I mentioned Story’s placement on the injured list above. Brendan Rodgers is a good bet to play in all six games at home against the visiting Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics with him out of the picture. According to the park factors at FantasyPros, Coors Field leads the way in park factor for runs (1.362), singles (1.230), and triples (2.177) and ranks second for homers (1.257) and doubles (1.345). Streaming hitters at Coors Field is an age-old tradition for a good reason, and Rodgers is a widely available option to do just that with.