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Fantasy Baseball 2017: Hitter Streamers Week 11

Welcome back this week to Hitter Streamers Week 11. I cannot believe we are already here. If you are in a 12 team league (like myself) you are facing your last opponent this week and next week will be the first rematch of the year. Time really flies when you are knee deep in fantasy sports. Hopefully you have stayed on top of your streamers this year and punched at the right time. With different leagues and different formats and rules, it is tough to keep on the waiver wire and control your transactions and claims in a given week. Nevertheless, I am here to provide you with a few good hitter streamer options for this upcoming Week 11 that will give you an advantage over your opposition.

Hunter Pence, OF (SF, 47% Yahoo ownership)

One of the more under appreciated fantasy players over the past decade, Hunter Pence finds himself at the top of this list this week. And I cannot believe my eyes, but his ownership is under 50%. Since his rookie year in 2007, in every season in which he played in over 106 games (7 seasons, all from 2008-2014), Hunter Pence hit at least 20 home runs and averaged 88 runs and 89 RBIs. Now the problem with that last sentence is that it ignores his last two, injury-riddled seasons, as well is this current 2017 season. Since 2015, Pence has appeared in just 200 out of a possible 387 games. This year, his walks are way down, but nothing else really screams this is the end. His contact is up, his hard hit percentage is up and his strikeout rate is down. Looking closer, you can see he is suffering from some bad luck (a BABIP roughly .50 points lower than his career norm) and his ground ball percentage of 60.5% is almost 10% points higher than his career average. Just like golf Hunter, keep your head down and you will make better contact. I expect those later numbers to regress to his career averages. With 4 games in Coors Field where he maintains a very comfortable career .301 average and .874 slugging percentage, I fully expect Pence to begin a charge back to fantasy relevance. Get him now, before his ownership rises and its too late.

Hunter Renfroe, OF (SD, 32% Yahoo ownership)

What are the chances two Hunters would appear in the same article? One in a trillion? Maybe I will write about Hunter-Hearst Helmsley later in this article too. Torii Hunter? Dog the Bounty Hunter? Enough of that. Hunter Renfroe finally seems to be finding his stride after an ice cold April, batting a respectable .246 with 8 homers and an .860+ OPS since May 1. This young masher (17 homers in 70 career games, 39 homer average for a full 162 games played) has the ability to launch balls at a moments notice as evidence by his career .263 ISO. In week 11, Renfroe welcomes a very generous Cincinnati Reds pitching staff who has allowed the most home runs, 2nd highest slugging percentage, and 3rd highest OPS on the year. After a quick Thursday rest, Renfroe travels to Milwaukee, the 6th friendliest home run park this year. Although the average is not great, he will not Adam Dunn you into submission. Given his matchups this week, Renfroe should be a great source for power and production.

 

Stephen Piscotty, OF (STL, 51% Yahoo ownership)

It is fitting for me to include Stephen Piscotty in this article too as I predict him to be the next Hunter Pence type under appreciated and completely overlooked fantasy star in the making. In his first full season in 2016, Piscotty batted .273 with an .800 OPS, 22 homers, 86 runs, 85 RBI and 153 games played. Sounds like 7th/8th round production that people got in the final rounds of their draft in 2016. And even coming into this year, he was still a bargain around the 12th/13th rounds. Now that lineup has struggled to score runs this year and Piscotty did miss time (who hasn’t) due to injury. But I think he finally turned a corner. Since return on May 31, Piscotty (over 9 games) is batting .392 (11/28) with 3 runs, 5 RBI, and 2 home runs, good for an 1.140 OPS. With the Brewers and Orioles coming up this week, both of which rank in the bottom third of the league in batting average against, slugging percentage, on base percentage and OPS, look for Piscotty to continue this hot streak and extend it throughout the remainder of the season. And please, do not forget to draft him in the 10th round (or earlier) next year. Trust me, he will be worth it.

Danny Valencia, 1B, 3B, OF (SEA, 32% Yahoo ownership)

Talk about popular pickups.  I guess that is what happens when you bat .404 (21/52) with 5 multi hit games out of 14. During that time, Danny Valencia raised his average from a detestable .237 to a robust .283. However, Valencia is more known for his pop and slugging abilities than his on base abilities and plate discipline. Well this week he gets two juicy home run feasting matchup against the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins who rank 2nd and 4th in the league in home runs allowed, respectively. With the weather, Valencia and the Mariners all heating up at the right time, I expect Valencia to continue riding this tidal wave for at least another week. Also, with his positional flexibility, you can place him all over the diamond and easily place him in empty lineup spots as they unexpectedly pop up.

Come back to Roto Street Journal every weekend to check out my top hitter streamers and build your best lineup for success. Good luck navigating Week 11 everyone, and happy streaming!

To contact me with any questions or general fantasy baseball discussion, please email me at redsocker45@gmail.com or tweet me ‪@AJGamballer‪.

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