2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner: Gant Feel My Face

by Tyler Thompson
2018 fantasy baseball week 19 pitching planner

I think this is the worst title of my writing career.

It's been an insanely busy month for me, so pardon my lack of creativity. However, although I generally find pop music to be distasteful, I do enjoy this song. Is it because Umphrey's McGee did a mashup cover of it with 'Rock With You' and 'Dreams? You bet your ass it is. Here's a live version of it from 2015. Check out that attire! The entire Zonkey album is ridiculously good, by the way.

Oh, right, baseball.

It's another weird week in the streaming world for fantasy baseball. Lots of good pitchers going to hitter's parks, bad pitchers with great matchups, and plenty of oddities in between. I wish I had time to write about a hundred pitchers this week. Oh well, maybe next week! I'm thinking next week I am going to have to do a special start-sit-cut edition of the pitching planner to really help my homies in the playoff hunt.

Until then, it's time to RANK 'EM UP!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner

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The Auto-Start tier strictly includes pitchers that should be started every week regardless of league size and matchup.

Max ScherzerNationalsATL
Justin VerlanderAstrosSEA
Clayton KershawDodgers@OAK
Jacob deGromMetsCIN
Luis SeverinoYankees@CWS
Corey KluberIndiansMIN
Gerrit ColeAstrosSEA

Promotions & Relegations

  • We got no movement in the top tier this week. PHEW!


This tier consists of pitchers who don't quite reach the trust level of the Auto-Starts. However, due to matchup or recent performance, they are capable of having elite level production in a given week.

Noah SyndergaardMetsCIN@MIA
James PaxtonMariners@HOU
Aaron NolaPhillies@SD
Charlie MortonAstros@SFSEA
Carlos CarrascoIndiansMIN@CWS
Trevor BauerIndiansMIN@CWS
Zack GreinkeDiamondbacksPHI
Robbie RayDiamondbacks@CIN
Madison BumgarnerGiantsHOU
Patrick CorbinDiamondbacksPHI
Blake SnellRays@TOR
Jose BerriosTwins@CLE

Promotions & Relegations

  • We got no movement in this tier either other than welcoming back Blake Snell!

Dream Stream

The Dream Stream group more closely reflects the pitchers that you are contemplating starting or sitting. These are all worthy starters in a typical 12-team mixed league.

Lance McCullers Jr.AstrosSEA
Chris ArcherPirates@COL
Walker BuehlerDodgers@COL
Andrew HeaneyAngelsDET
Dallas KeuchelAstros@SF
Kenta MaedaDodgers@COL
Jon GrayRockiesLAD
Rich HillDodgers@OAK@COL
Masahiro TanakaYankeesTEX
Jose QuintanaCubs@KC
Alex WoodDodgers@COL
Luke WeaverCardinals@MIA@KC
Jack FlahertyCardinals@KC
J.A. HappYankees@CWS
Miles MikolasCardinals@MIA
Jameson TaillonPirates@COL@SF
David PriceRed Sox@BAL
Cole HamelsCubs@KCWSH
Zack WheelerMets@MIA
Tyler GlasnowRaysBAL
Zack GodleyDiamondbacksPHI@CIN
Nick PivettaPhillies@ARZ
Shane BieberIndians@CWS
Mike ClevingerIndiansMIN
Tyler SkaggsAngelsOAK
Kevin GausmanBravesMIL
Joe MusgrovePirates@COL@SF
Ivan NovaPirates@SF
Gio GonzalezNationalsATL
Joey LucchesiPadresPHI
Wei-Yin ChenMarlinsNYM
Vince VelasquezPhillies@ARZ
Luis CastilloRedsARZ
Jose UrenaMarlinsNYM
Ervin SantanaTwins@DET
Rick PorcelloRed Sox@TOR
Zach EflinPhillies@SD
Jake ArrietaPhillies@ARZ@SD
Trevor RichardsMarlinsSTL
Junior GuerraBrewersSD
Marco GonzalesMariners@TEX
Nick TropeanoAngelsDETOAK
Kyle HendricksCubsWSH
Freddy PeraltaBrewers@ATL
Nathan EovaldiRed Sox@TOR
Danny DuffyRoyalsSTL
Marcus StromanBlue JaysBOSTB
Carlos RodonWhite SoxCLE
Lance LynnYankees@CWSTEX
Mike FoltynewiczBraves@WSH


  • This group has a Rocky Mountain High to it. So many damn starters having to head to Coors Field this week. I'm generally one to start my studs. However, if you are stacked with pitchers in a weekly league, I could see the argument to sit them out. That said, I'm certainly sitting Joe Musgrove for his first start if you are in a daily league.
  • I expect J.A. Happ to return this week from hand, foot, and mouth disease. Seriously, is there like an outbreak of this in New York right now? Because I want no part of that. That sounds like a nightmare. Anyway, I would typically sit starters in their first game back, but it's the White Sox. Soooooooo.

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  • Shane Bieber needs a bounce-back game here against the White Sox. He's had a run of four or five mediocre-to-terrible games, but I have faith in him still. The strikeout-to-walk ratio is great and he's keeping the ball in the park. A 0.373 BABIP can't keep up and his ground-ball rate will continue to rise from its already fine 45%. Better days lie ahead.
  • Wei-Yen Chen, Ervin Santana, Trevor Richards, and Nick Tropeano are all low-owned guys that I want to target on the waiver wire this week. The streaming options are thin around this time of year, so act accordingly! (For the record, I wouldn't start Tropeano if you are locked into also starting him against the A's. No thanks to that!)

Buyer Beware

These pitchers are better left on your bench for the week if not the waiver wire. Guys closer to the top could be on the brink of being promoted in the right matchup or with a continued hot streak. If a player is not listed in any tiers, that should be the cue to drop the said player.

Tanner RoarkNationals@CHC
Jon LesterCubsWSH
Andrew SuarezGiantsPIT
Tyler AndersonRockiesLAD
Sean ManaeaAthleticsLAD@LAA
Mike MinorRangers@NYY
Trevor CahillAthletics@LAA
Kyle GibsonTwins@CLE@DET
Chase AndersonBrewersSD@ATL
Jhoulys ChacinBrewersSD
German MarquezRockiesPIT
Jake FariaRays@TOR
John GantCardinals@MIA
Anibal SanchezBraves@WSH
Mike MontgomeryCubs@KC
Clayton RichardPadres@MILPHI
Drew PomeranzRed Sox@TOR@BAL
Pablo LopezMarlinsSTL
Mike LeakeMariners@HOU
Wade MileyBrewers@ATL
Felix HernandezMariners@TEX@HOU
CC SabathiaYankees@CWS
Wade LeBlancMariners@TEX@HOU
Sean NewcombBraves@WSHMIL
Trevor WilliamsPirates@SF
Felix PenaAngelsOAK
Dylan BundyOriolesBOS
Sal RomanoReds@NYM
Austin GomberCardinals@KC
Jalen BeeksRaysBAL
Jakob JunisRoyalsCHCSTL
Julio TeheranBravesMIL
Jake OdorizziTwins@CLE
Clay BuchholzDiamondbacks@CIN
Tyson RossPadres@MIL
Derek HollandGiantsPIT
Matt BoydTigers@LAAMIN
Jordan ZimmermannTigersMIN
Anthony DeSclafaniRedsARZ
Jeremy HellicksonNationals@CHC
Antonio SenzatelaRockiesPITLAD
Max FriedBraves@WSH
Dan StrailyMarlinsSTLNYM
Chris StrattonGiantsPIT
Dereck RodriguezGiantsHOUPIT
Matt HarveyRedsARZ
Alex CobbOrioles@TBBOS
Marco EstradaBlue JaysTB
Adalberto MejiaTwins@CLE@DET
Mike FiersTigers@LAA
Kyle FreelandRockiesPITLAD
Ryan BoruckiBlue JaysBOS
Sam GaviglioBlue JaysTB


  • The Nationals have been EN FUEGO offensively over the past week or so. Therefore, they are bumping down a few pitchers that are usually in the streaming section. See Jon Lester, Sean Newcomb, and Anibal Sanchez.
  • If I'm predicting a player in this section to make out like a champion in Week 19, I would go with Chase Anderson. He's been pitching good enough for the past month or so and the matchups aren't bad. The Padres are definitely worth the stream. I don't think the Braves start kills you either.

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  • If you're feeling lucky, roll out John Gant against the Marlins. His last two starts were awful against the Pirates and Cubs, but he's facing a much different lineup here. Outside of Brian Anderson and J.T. Realmuto, it's just an ugly bunch of hitters. There's a saying within my friend group that is repeated often when someone is on the fence about something - "do it if you're bad".
  • I hope the Rays ramp up their newly acquired pitchers to become starters rather than just 'openers'. You see Tyler Glasnow in the streaming section and I'm not kidding about that one. In this tier, we have an interesting starter in Jalen Beeks. I'm very interested to see which side prevails - his stellar numbers at Triple-A or everyone calling him mediocre at best.

Arms Amending

This is usually where I put the players that are on the disabled list or making rehab appearances. Not only is it important to know where they are in their recovery, but knowing who will be replacing them is key as well.

Stephen StrasburgNationalsPinched nerve in neckMid August
Ross StriplingDodgersToe inflammationMid August
Yu DarvishCubsTriceps inflammationBullpen workMid August
Chris SaleRed SoxShoulder inflammationLate August
Eduardo RodriguezRed SoxRight ankle sprainFlat GroundLate August
Carlos MartinezCardinalsShoulder strainLate August
Michael WachaCardinalsOblique strainFlat GroundLate August
Johnny CuetoGiantsTommy John surgery2019


  • Ross Stripling was placed on the DL because the Dodgers want to give each of their starters a break instead of run a six-man rotation and keep the extra roster spot for relief help. Oh, sorry, what I meant to say was he has a hurt toe. He will be back when eligible, then we will figure out which Dodger starter has a hurt toe next.
  • Shoulder inflammation didn't initially sound swell for Chris Sale. However, there are reports that he could return this week against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Plan accordingly! I suppose the Red Sox were just giving him a little rest, but they could've used something a little lighter like, you know, 'toe inflammation'.
  • Sadly, we have another casualty in the pitching landscape. Johnny Cueto undergoes the dreaded Tommy John surgery. With it being so late in the year, this puts his 2019 season in jeopardy. As a 32-year-old who had already been showing signs of decline, this could be the beginning of the end for once an elite starter in the fantasy baseball world.

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