2020 MLB Draft Guide: Streaming Starting Pitching
Streaming starting pitchers is a well-known strategy but is it the right one? Greg Jewett discusses where, when and in what fantasy baseball leagues it works best.
League formats, size, and the ever evolving starting pitching climate necessitate change. This is especially true with top starting pitchers rocketing up draft boards in early average draft position, but also in industry drafts. In February’s 15-team mixed LABR draft, four starting pitchers came off the board in the first round, five in the second round and after five rounds, 24 starters were taken out of 75 total picks (32 percent) representing almost one of every three selections. For years, many avoided pitching early in drafts loading up on reliable hitting statistics depressing starting pitcher draft capital, however, analytics pointing to the competitive advantage of avoiding lineups for a third time caps innings, wins, and counting statistics for many pitchers.
Depending on league rules, streaming pitchers continues to pervade the fantasy landscape. Targeting two-start pitchers on a weekly basis or using a different starting pitcher on a daily basis in head-to-head...