OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Edwin Jackson #37 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 8, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

5 Starting Pitchers to Stream in Fantasy Baseball This Week

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After nearly 25 weeks of fantasy baseball, we've finally reached the championship round, where even the slightest advantage can mean the difference between a title and a runner-up finish. Streaming the right pitcher can do just that, giving you a few extra strikeouts and, hopefully, a win in the process.


With that in mind, here are five pitchers you can find on the waiver wire that can push your team to victory this week. 

5. Joey Lucchesi, San Diego Padres, 9/18 vs. San Fransisco Giants

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Joey Lucchesi will take the mound for the Padres on Tuesday against a Giants team he beat in impressive fashion earlier this season. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine and gave up just one run over six innings in that contest. Lucchesi is also 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA at home and has a 123-to-40 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 115 1/3 innings so far this year. The rookie has the potential to help you in four of the five standard fantasy categories, especially if he nabs a win Tuesday.

4. Zach Eflin, Philadelphia Phillies, 9/19 vs. New York Mets

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Zach Eflin is 10-7 with a 4.26 ERA on the season, which could be a good reason that he's owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He is 7-3 with a 3.58 ERA at home and the Phillies, as a team, are 45-30 at Citizens Bank Park. Eflin is also coming off one of his best starts since the All-Star Break, throwing 6 1/3 innings while giving up just a single run in a 14-2 Phillies win. Pitchers are usually streaky, so maybe this was the start of a nice run.

3. Edwin Jackson, Oakland A's, 9/20 vs. Los Angeles Angels

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Edwin Jackson beat the Angeles in Anaheim on Aug. 11, tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball. He will face that same Angels team on Thursday, this time at Oakland Coliseum, a place the veteran right-hander loves to pitch -- Jackson is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in eight starts there this season. The A's are also 46-29 at home coming into Monday night's contest, so there's a good chance Oakland comes out on top.

2. Ivan Nova, Pittsburgh Pirates, 9/21 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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This one is tough since the Brewers are the NL Wild Card leader, but the Pirates seem to have Milwaukee's number, beating them 11 times in 15 games this season. Ivan Nova also allows two runs fewer at home (3.04 ERA) than he does on the road (5.11 ERA.) The right-hander likely won't hurt your team, as he has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts, including six innings of one-run ball in his last start, also against the Brew Crew.

1. Ross Stripling, Los Angeles Dodgers, 9/22 vs. San Diego Padres

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You might have to wait until Saturday for this one, but it should be well worth it. Ross Stripling has absolutely dominated the Padres, going 2-0 with 22 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings while allowing zero runs -- I repeat, ZERO runs. Stripling also dominates at Dodgers Stadium, tallying a 4-0 record in 12 appearances (seven starts) with a 2.31 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and 56 Ks in 50 2/3 innings. Even if you need to stash Stripling early in the week, it might be worth it with the potential payout on the back end.

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