Dreaming of Streaming – What you Need to Know

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Streaming is using as many starting players, both batters and pitchers as you can to try to accumulate as many counting stats as possible. It is a method to make up quite of bit of ground quickly. There is nothing wrong with streaming, if the leagues rules were to allow it. It could be done by any owner during the season, but is frowned upon by many. Here is everything you need to know about streaming players along with a recipe for BBQ Shrimp New Orleans Style

 

The first thing you need to consider is your league settings.

  • Do you have a cap on games played, innings pitched or the amount of moves you can make in a season?
  • Are you in a league with daily roster changes or one that is locked in per week?
  • Are you in a re-draft league, a keeper league or a dynasty league?
  • Are you in a ROTO league, points league or Head – to – Head?

 

Next consider the stat categories, are they conducive to streaming as a strategy?

 

After you have the answer to all of these questions, and if you plan on streaming as part of your plan to win your league, then read on, if not then spend your time elsewhere.

 

If you are in a weekly roster change format, you will want to do your research to find those free agent batters that play the most games, because stats like R, RBI, SB, all correlate to games played. Pitchers that will have two starts for the coming week, giving you a bonus start in which those stats will count in your H2H matchup.

 

The Monday and Thursday Approach: These should be your most active days. Mondays and Thursdays are generally referred to as travel days and consequently you will have players in your active lineup who aren’t playing a game on these days. This is the time to max out on hitter pickups. Look for players with solid platoon splits that you can exploit on Mondays and Thursdays. If you are looking to bolster your speed, keep in mind that these guys tend to do their work on the bases more frequently against RHPs.

 

Most people don’t think about streaming middle relievers. They guys are quite possibly the most overlooked group of players in the game. They can be ERA and WHIP regulators and can pad your K-numbers as well. Plus, there’s always the chance you might land some extra wins by properly utilizing middle relievers. Keep your bench slots liquid if possible, meaning don’t get too attached to players that you stash on your bench in a league that allows daily moves. Making a play for middle relievers always gives you the chance of falling into a guy who might take over his team’s closer role if injury or poor performance occurs with the current closer. Pay attention to middle relievers who have had a day or two off between outings and pick them up at will. Save your middles reliever plug and play strategy for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And stream your hitters on Monday and Thursday.

 

One important thing you have to do when you are streaming players is to be diligent about weather—particularly in April and May. A rainout is a surefire way to waste a move. If you plan on picking up a player for a daily game, check the forecast and avoid players if the weather is sketchy (which is usually these first couple of months).
When choosing the appropriate pitcher to stream in, the so called’ “experts” will tell you to look at how pitcher friendly the ballpark is, the opponent’s lineup, pitcher history, if he is a righty or lefty facing a majority righty/lefty lineup and if he is a rookie or a veteran. If you have the time for that, more power to you. But if you are looking for wins, then look to Vegas. The nerds who set Vegas baseball betting lines look at all that and then some. These are just some factors that go into determining who stream-worthy starting pitchers might be. After looking at the Vegas odds, give preference to pitchers with favorable home parks to pitch in and if you’re looking for decent teams to rack up Ks against, then bump pitchers facing teams with high strikeout rates to the top of your list. All this seems pretty obvious right?

 

Streaming starting pitchers usually comes to the fore front at the end of the season for a couple of reasons. First, owners are able to dump starters that are done for the season. These pitchers have no value left in the season. Dumping these pitchers is especially done in single season leagues. In keeper leagues, the dumped pitchers can be picked up for next year, so streaming is limited.

 

The conventional wisdom holds that streaming is good on your wins and strikeouts, but no good for you ERA and WHIP. This certainly seems to make sense: as you add starts throughout the week you add strikeouts with them. This increases your chances of “lucking” into wins or jumping up in a stat category. Of course, since you’re picking up the players that aren’t considered worthy of a permanent roster spot, you’re going to get some ugly starts that drag your rate numbers down.

 

If you do play in a league that limits the amount of starts or innings you can use, be sure to keep an eye on your pace. It’s okay to fall a little behind for couple reasons. Pitchers tend to go deeper into games as the season progresses and they get stretched out. Also, other teams in your league might get ahead of the pace and have to drop some premium talent at the starting pitcher position towards the end of the season and this is a time you can take advantage of your patience.

 

There you have it! If Streaming players is part of your strategy for this season, have fun with it and remember…

Stream out your own risk!

 

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Daily Notes:
KFFL – Hot Wire
Fangraphs Roto Riteup
Roto Roundup
Grantland – Roster Docter
Fantasy Daily Alarm Lineups Page
Dreaming of Streaming Links:
ESPN Fantasy Forecaster
ESPN Fantasy Daily Notes
Fantasy CPR Streaming Pitchers
Fake Teams – Streamer Report
Razzball – Stream-o-nator
Fantasy 411 – Blog
Baseball Professor – Daily FB Advice
Top Team Fantasy – Streaming Pitchers
The Fake Baseball – Streaming Pitchers Archive
Lesters Legends – Quick FB Streaming Options
Hardball Times – The Daily Grind archive
Two Start Pitchers:
CBS Sports two-start
Rotosaurus – next weeks two starts
Fantasy Team Advice – Weekly Pitching Planner

 

 

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BBQ Shrimp New Orleans Style

 

INGREDIENTS

 

4 pounds raw shrimp, heads and shells on, well rinsed and drained
8 TBS lightly salted butter
1 12 ounce can of premium beer
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon creole seasoning (I prefer Tony Cachere’s)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1 teaspoon crushed whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 lemons, quartered
1 large loaf crusty French bread

 

PREPARATION

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and let drain.

Spread in 1 layer in a large roasting pan or baking dish.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the shrimp and bread, and stir to mix well and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour over the shrimp.

Bake in the oven until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the shrimp from drying out.

Remove from the oven and pour into a large serving bowl, or individual bowls to be peeled and eaten at tableside,

with hot French bread for dunking in the sauce.

 

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 sources:
 
Razzball
Baseball Prospectus
Vicarious Sports
The Fake Baseball

 

 

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