Catchers to Stream for Week 22 (9/3-9/9)
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For some background on this article, check out Week 2’s article.
Reviewing Last Week
Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati Reds) — 7/14 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB
Yes, Tucker. YES. This was huge for your team if you scooped him up.
Danny Jansen (Toronto Blue Jays) — 2/6, 1 R
As much as Barnhart helped, Jansen just didn’t. I thought he’d get more playing time than this, but it’s understandable with a rookie catcher. There’s so much to learn in your first few months, that it makes sense to take it slow.
Austin Romine (New York Yankees) — 1/9, 1 RBI
Granted, I didn’t expect Sanchez to come back this week, but that doesn’t excuse a poor performance from Romine. He’s not an offensive powerhouse, but he’s a stable offensive guy for the most part. As a Yankee fan, I want the Yanks to move Sanchez to first and give Romine the everyday job- he’s a much better defender.
Dave’s Streaming Record: 30-24
Austin’s Streaming Record: 6-3
Before we get to this week’s streamers, a few notes:
- Salvador Perez is out for at least a week with a thumb sprain. September is a fun time in fantasy baseball because we see a lot of fresh faces, but it’s also terrible because the Royals have no need to place Perez on the DL- they have the roster room to just keep him around. Therefore, you have to use a bench spot on him. Can you afford to wait two weeks to get him back? If not, streaming might be the answer.
Without further ado, let’s check out this week’s streamers:
Tucker Barnhart (Cincinnati Reds) — The only worrisome pitcher that Barnhart faces is Jameson Taillon, but otherwise, Barnhart has one of the weaker schedules because it includes 4 games hosting San Diego. There are no true DANs for the Reds this week, but I expect around 5 starts this week for Tuck.
Mike Zunino (Seattle Mariners) — Repeat readers know that I’m not a fan of Mike Zunino. I was very low on him coming into this year and he has greatly underperformed, hitting under the Mendoza line. However, the Mariners get 3 games vs Baltimore and 3 vs the back half of the Yankees rotation. Add Zunino if you’re in dire need of homers and can afford a loss in batting average.
Nick Hundley (San Francisco Giants) — Buster Posey is out for the year, which means Hundley is the everyday starter for San Fran, which means playing time. And when you combine playing time with a trip to Coors, you get a quality streamer. One of those games is against German Marquez, and then the Giants travel to Milwaukee for a set against the Brew Crew.