How to Use Streaming Starters to Win Your Fantasy Baseball Championship

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen was one of the highlights or our spot starter picks last year. He’ll be universally owned this season but there are plenty of other potential streaming starters that can pay off if you know where to look and how to utilize them. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season ready to “play ball” starting Sunday night in Houston, its time to get your fantasy baseball game on and get ready to bring home your championship this season. FantasyCPR is here to help you throughout the season with a variety of tools which can be of assistance to you as you manage your team all the way through the season.

One strategy many savvy fantasy baseball owners use successfully is a position on their roster they utilize for a streaming starter. The concept behind the plan is to change out one player on your team regularly and replace them with a pitcher whose turn it is in the rotation the following day. The idea is that more starts should result in more wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, and ultimately more points if you pick up starters who have solid outings.

 Alex Cobb is another great option as a starting pitching pickup. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To make the strategy effective for you, it’s vital that you understand your leagues rules. Most leagues have some kind of protection built in to prevent teams winning simply because an owner was active. There are many ways this can be done. Sometimes leagues place a cap on the number of transactions made per week or the number of starts made per week. If your league does have those kind of rules in place, you need to understand them and make sure each week that you take full advantage of each one of your roster moves or games started under the cap.

Typically, there are some quality starts you can grab on the waiver wire to help you win your league. Whether you go all-in and stream full-time all season or just switch at the end of the week to win a head-to-head matchup, FantasyCPR can help you land the pitchers you need to get the job done.

Streaming starters is a pretty bad strategy if get sucky starts.

In fact, it can absolutely ruin whatever work your solid pitchers have done for the week or season. However, if you get the right players, it can put you over the top. To help with that we’ll be once again giving you at least three options almost every day of the MLB season to plug into your lineup where needed. Click here for an archive of some of our posts from last season. You can also check out our Starter Spotlight tab on the top of each page on the menu bar for who makes good pickups.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily could have some nice starts in Oakland this year. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Each day we’ll give you choices available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues identifying the top options to give you a one-day boost based on matchup, current form, and park factors. Unfortunately, not every pickup will pay off, but when you need help check out our daily spot starter post for ideas on where to start looking. The plan is to have the post up around 5:00 PM ET for the following day’s probable starters. That usually gives enough time for people with daily locks to make their league deadlines.

Join us for another great ride this season with our spot starters and hopefully our site can help you bring home your championship!

Topics: Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Strategy, Kris Medlen, Opening Day, Streaming Starters

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