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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner: The Red Carpet


Hello everyone! Welcome back to your 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner.  It is my pleasure to be back with you as we look at the week ahead in fantasy baseball.

Around The League

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball.  They have the best run differential in baseball also, at +163.  They are 14.5 games ahead of both Arizona and San Francisco at the moment.
  • The Atlanta Braves have a four-game lead over Washington in the NL East.  The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are neck and neck after the Cardinals just won five-in-a-row.  They both hold a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. A division separated by just nine games going into the end of July.
  • The American League is topped by the New York Yankees, who are 7-3 in their last 10, with a +141 run differential.  They have scored the most runs (588) and have won two-in-a-row at the moment.
  • The Minnesota Twins have a two-game lead on the Cleveland Indians at the moment, though the Indians are 8-2 in their last 10, currently playing great baseball.
  • The Houston Astros are atop their division, but the Los Angeles Angels have the longest winning streak in the AL at the moment, at four games.
  • Hot teams at the moment (8-2 or better over their last 10): Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants
  • Cold teams at the moment (2-8 or worse over their last 10): Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers

Golden Rosin Bag

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This week I would like to highlight Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.  Over the last two weeks, he has 30 strikeouts in 18 innings of work, to go along with three wins and a 2.00 ERA.  Very strong work, on a very strong team.

Now, let’s get to it!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner

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Two Start Pitchers Week 17

PitcherStart 1 Start 2
Justin Verlander, HOU@ CLEvs SEA
Shane Bieber, CLEvs HOUvs LAA
Patrick Corbin, WASvs ATL@ ARI
Charlie Morton, TB@ BOSvs MIA
Noah Syndergaard, NYM@ CHW@ PIT
Dallas Keuchel, ATL@ WASvs CIN
David Price, BOSvs TB@ NYY
Jon Gray, COLvs LADvs SF
Yu Darvish, CHC@ STLvs MIL
Max Scherzer, WASvs ATL@ ARI
Kenta Maeda, LAD@ COLvs SD
Caleb Smith, MIAvs ARI@ TB
Marcus Stroman, TOR@ KC@ BAL
Jake Odorizzi, MIN@ MIAvs KC
Julio Teheran, ATL@ WASvs CIN
Ross Stripling, LAD@ COLvs SD
J.A. Happ, NYYvs ARIvs BOS
John Means, BAL@ SDvs TOR
Merrill Kelly, ARI@ MIAvs WAS
Brad Keller, KCvs TOR@ MIN
Rick Porcello, BOSvs TB@ NYY
Dinelson Lamet, SDvs BAL@ LAD
Mike Leake, SEA@ TEX@ HOU
Tanner Roark, CINvs PIT@ ATL
Reynaldo Lopez, CHWvs NYM@ PHI
Tyler Beede, SF@ PHI@ COL
Jordan Lyles, PIT@ CINvs NYM
Vince Velasquez, PHIvs SFvs CHW
Kyle Freeland, COLvs LADvs SF
Jaime Barria, LAAvs DET@ CLE
Jordan Zimmermann, DET@ LAA@ TEX
Lucas Sims, CINvs PIT@ ATL

I would like to point out what Marcus Stroman has been doing lately.  He has lowered his overall ERA to 2.96, while only giving up one home run in his last five starts.  He gets the Royals and Orioles on the road in his next two and is a guy I want to start/target in Week 17.

Pitchers To Stream

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Alex Wood, Cincinnati Reds

Set to take on the Rockies at home in his first start off the 60-day IL with a back injury.  The lefty has a ton of upside in the NL for the rest of the season and is a pitcher I’m targeting in Week 17.

Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies

Takes on both the Giants and White Sox at home in Week 17.  He just got his first win in two months since returning to the rotation and has a lot of potential for quality starts in these matchups.

Brad Keller, Kansas City Royals

Keller has been pitching out of his mind lately. Coming off two wins and two quality starts in a row.  He is set to take on Toronto at home and the Twins on the road.  I think Keller keeps the momentum going and provides quality starts in Week 17.

Tanner Roark, Cincinnati Reds

Another Reds player!?  Roark is coming off a great win on the road against division rival Milwaukee.  I am starting him against Pittsburgh and will take a wait-and-see approach in his second start at Atlanta.

Jordan Zimmerman, Detroit Tigers

Takes on the Angels and Rangers in Week 17, both road starts.  This is a deep league reach, but his two opponents have not been playing good baseball lately.  If you need a shot in the dark, Zimmerman has the potential for wins this week.

Pitchers To Avoid

Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

Slated to take on the Yankees on the road in Week 17.  The Yankees have been mashing the ball lately and the Diamondbacks have been very middle-of-the-road.  Having the DH in this one makes it even tougher on Greinke…I’m keeping him on the bench in Week 17.

Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers

Maeda gets two starts in Week 17.  The first start is in Coors and the second is home against Chris Paddack.  Both difficult matchups and he’s coming off a loss, where he didn’t even last five innings.  Too risky for my blood.

David Price, Boston Red Sox

Coming off two losses in a row, Price will take on Charlie Morton and the Rays at home and then will face the Yankees on the road.  Until I see some life from Price, I am leaving him along in most leagues.

A Little Relief (Duel SP/RP eligibility)

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How about Michael Lorenzen of the Cincinnati Reds? He has four saves+holds in the last two weeks with eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  With Amir Garrett back from the IL as well, the Reds are poised to make a little run in a very competitive division.

That’s all for this week.  Until we meet again!  Good luck everyone.

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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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