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Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Preview: Top 10 sleeper pitchers highlight Garrett Whitlock, Austin Gomber

Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Preview: Top 10 sleeper pitchers highlight Garrett Whitlock, Austin Gomber

A couple of streaking pitchers are in line for two starts, but can we trust them?

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If you’re into streaming pitchers or simply have a hole to fill in your lineup, Scott White has 10 recommendations for the upcoming scoring period, all rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. They’re no substitute for some of the universally rostered pitchers, of course, but these are the best you’ll be able to do off the waiver wire.

All information is up to date as of Sunday evening.

Sleeper pitchers for Week 6 (May 9-15)

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BOS Boston • #72 • Age: 25

He’ll only make that second start if the Red Sox decide to go four-man in a six-game week (which seems likely given all of their injuries), but he’s been such a revelation in his transition from the bullpen that I’m willing to take the chance.

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LAD L.A. Dodgers • #26 • Age: 27

The Dodgers have been stingy with his pitch counts, giving him a narrow margin for error, but he has two chances to get a win this week, with one of the matchups being particularly favorable.

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SEA Seattle • #68 • Age: 24

His debut Sunday was about as good as it gets, his fastball overpowering and his control pristine, and he even got to go six innings. I wouldn’t be afraid to use him in any matchup.

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NYY N.Y. Yankees • #47 • Age: 29

He’s rarely mistaken for an ace but is reliable enough that you shouldn’t mind using him against this injury-depleted lineup. Of course, it says something that we’re already to the “shouldn’t mind” portion of the sleeper rankings.

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COL Colorado • #26 • Age: 28

He’s coming off three straight quality starts and looked especially formidable in the most recent one, piling up 18 swinging strikes. One of this week’s matchups is against a good lineup and the other at Coors Field, but at least in points leagues, he’s probably worth a roll of the dice.

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MIL Milwaukee • #37 • Age: 29

Adrian Houser’s ground-ball rate has cratered this year, but he’s found success anyway. Against a team with only five wins so far, I suspect he’ll continue to.

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BAL Baltimore • #50 • Age: 27

Making heavy use of his secondary arsenal, this soft-tosser has been surprisingly effective so far while the Tigers lineup has languished. Here’s hoping both trends continue.

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LAA L.A. Angels • #25 • Age: 30

It’s still not clear what kind of pitcher he’ll be as a starter, and his six-pitch arsenal only further obscures his outcomes. He’s held his own so far, though, and the Athletics lineup shouldn’t present much of a challenge.

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LAD L.A. Dodgers • #31 • Age: 32

Good matchup. Great supporting cast. OK pitcher. Hopefully, it’s a winning formula for those with a need.

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PIT Pittsburgh • #23 • Age: 26

He’s become a permanent fixture in this column, unfortunately with more misses than hits, but he just keeps going up against bad lineups. Hopefully, he leans mostly on his fastball in this one.

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