Catchers to Stream for Week 11 (6/11 – 6/17)

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For some background on this article, check out Week 2’s article.

Reviewing Last Week

It’s only Sunday so the week is not yet complete, but let’s look at how I did with last week’s streamers.

Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati Reds)- 4/19, 2 R, 2 RBI

It’s like he knows when I recommend him and intentionally tanks his average to spite me. Look, the average isn’t good. There’s no beating around the bush there, but he still helped you in two categories and I’m gonna take the win for that. If you disagree, let me know.

Chris Iannetta (Colorado Rockies)- 2/6, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI

The knock against Iannetta this week is the total PAs, which I’ve mentioned as a possible risk for him in the past. However, he made it count in the starts that he did have.

Max Stassi (Houston Astros)- 1/9, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

As much as I love the home run, I can’t overlook a .111 average. I don’t really think it’s a total loss either because of the counting stats, so I’ll go with my first tie of the year.

Streaming Record: 17-9-1

Looking Forward

Before we get to this week’s streamers, a few notes:

  • Brian McCann is back and Max Stassi is back to being a fantasy afterthought.
  • I’ve seen a lot of people clamoring for John Ryan Murphy due to his crazy Week 9, but he reminded players of his floor this week. More than his offensive floor, I’m concerned about his playing time. After getting 3 starts in a row, he’s sat the last 3. If you’re not streaming, you best own a catcher who gets regular playing time, as trying to stay on board the roller coaster of guys like Murphy is gonna leave you sick.
  • Colorado plays the whole week away from home, so for those of you who were thinking of riding with Iannetta, I wouldn’t.

And now to the recommended streamers this week:

Jorge Alfaro (Philadelphia Phillies)– After a Monday off day, the Phils play host to the Rockies and Jon GrayTyler Anderson, and German Marquez before traveling to Milwaukee for a set against Brent SuterJavier Guerra, and Chase Anderson. The 3rd game in each series is a DAN, so he should get 4 starts this week. The ceiling isn’t super high, but neither is the challenge ratings on these matchups.

James McCann (Detroit Tigers)– It seems that gone are the James McCann truthers after he’s come crashing back down the earth from his hot start. As are the John Hicks truthers, as he fights for playing time. I’d prefer if McCann could face a lefty at least once this week, because he rakes against them, and I wish the DANs were against Berrios and Lopez as opposed to Lynn and Giolito, but he’s still got six games this week and I’m comfortable rolling him out there, even if he only gets four of them. Here’s hoping he rests the night halves of the DAN.

Yan Gomes (Cleveland Indians)– This is another guy who I wish was facing a couple more lefties, because his platoon splits are insane. For that reason, I expect him to sit the night game against Dylan Covey to start against Carlos Rodon the following afternoon. The Indians also get seven games this week, which I always love because it maximizes the opportunity for counting stats, and more often than not, that’s what we’re really looking for out of a catcher stream- counting stats that won’t destroy your average.

Dave Cherman

Across the Seams Manager, also a former player and umpire and Denver-based lawyer who spends his free time studying advanced statistics and obsessing over fantasy trades. Will debate with you about most anything.

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