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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Holds Targets: Bumps and Bruises

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In this week’s edition of 2019 Fantasy baseball Week 18 holds targets, I suggest a pitcher from the Mets who think they’re a playoff team, and the Pirates bullpen which is mostly suspended.

Last week was crazy thanks to the trade deadline and the brawl between the Reds and Pirates. Relief pitchers were a hot commodity at the trade deadline. Those new additions mean significant changes in teams’ bullpens, which makes Week 18 a nightmare for Fantasy owners looking for hold streaming options.

But don’t fear I have found some safe streaming options for Fantasy owners in Week 18.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Holds Targets

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Wander Suero, Washington Nationals

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The Nationals traded for Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elias, Daniel Hudson, which means some players will most likely be sent down to the minors. Wander Suero should be one of the pitchers to avoid being the move to the minors.

Suero’s 4.53 ERA suggests he is an out-of-control pitcher, but that isn’t the case. Suero has an excellent 3.12 FIP, with a 13.3 swing-and-miss rate, and 57 strikeouts. His recent success shows pitcher who is on the upturn.

In his last 15 games, Suero had a 2.51 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 1.12 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. During that period he recorded four holds and two wins. Suero hasn’t allowed an earned run in his previous seven games.

The matchup against San Francisco is the perfect opportunity for Suero to earn a hold concerning he hasn’t allowed hit against the Giants.

Carlos Estevez, Colorado Rockies

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The Rockies bullpen is going through a shakeup since they have decided to remove Wade Davis from the closer role. Carlos Estevez could earn the opportunity to become the setup man since Davis is struggling in high leverage situations.

The Rockies’ road trip provides Estevez the perfect situation to earn the setup role. In away games, he has a 2.70 ERA, and batters have a .229 AVG against Estevez. His away numbers should be even better against San Diego.

Estevez has been incredible against the Padres, 1.60 ERA, 0.41 FIP, and a 15.2 K/9 rate. That K/9 rate will make him be a multi-category contributor in the San Diego matchup.

Justin Wilson, New York Mets

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The Mets believe that they’re a playoff team, and that delusional thinking is going to be beneficial for Fantasy owners in Week 18.

Most of the pitchers in the Mets’ bullpen are unpredictable, but Justin Wilson (2.89 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) is one of the few reliable options.

In his previous 15 games, Wilson has had a 2.38 ERA, nine strikeouts, and earned four holds. His success will continue in Week 18 with matchups against the Nationals and Marlins.

Against the National League East, Wilson has a 2.70 ERA, and NL East batters have a .171 AVG when facing Wilson. He hasn’t allowed an earned run against the Marlins, and only allowed one earned run against the Nationals. The Nationals and Marlins hitters can’t get hits against Wilson either, Washington batters have .143 AVG, and Miami batters have .222 AVG.

If you can overlook his high WHIP, Wilson will be an excellent streaming option for Fantasy owners in Week 18.

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pirates’ bullpen is recovering from all the hits they took, mostly from Amir Garrett. The brawl with the Reds resulted in two relief pitchers being suspended, Keone Kela and Kyle Crick. Plus, Richard Rodriguez was placed on the paternity list. Those suspensions will increase the workload for Francisco Liriano.

Liriano has been okay (much like the entire Pittsburgh team), 3.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts. But like everyone else on this list, Liriano has been locked and loaded in his recent games.

In his previous 15 games, Liriano had a 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 11 strikeouts while earning two holds.

The Pirates have a matchup against their divisional foe, the Cardinals. Liriano owns the Cardinals batters, .130 AVG and .212 WOBA when facing Francisco Liriano. Plus, he has only allowed two hits to the Cardinals when pitching in Busch Stadium.

Fantasy owners should take advantage of the workload coming Liriano’s way in Week 18.


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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