Monday, September 26, 2022

Fantasy Baseball Week 25 Preview: Top 10 sleeper pitchers highlight Nick Lodolo, Drew Smyly

Fantasy Baseball Week 25 Preview: Top 10 sleeper pitchers highlight Nick Lodolo, Drew Smyly

Two trending pitchers happen to line up for two starts this week.

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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 no more 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 25 (Sept. 19-25)

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CIN Cincinnati • #40 • Age: 24

After back-to-back 11-strikeout efforts and a 2.80 ERA in his past nine, it’s safe to say Lodolo is a must with two starts on the schedule. The Brewers in particular struggle against lefties.

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TOR Toronto • #48 • Age: 32

Stripling boasts an ERA below 3.00 and a WHIP below 1.00, and volume is no longer an issue given that he has six straight quality starts. He’s at the point where it doesn’t make sense to sit him when he’s going twice.

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CHC Chi. Cubs • #11 • Age: 33

The Marlins are absolutely dreadful against lefties, and Smyly is getting them at the right time, having put together a 2.23 ERA in his past eight starts. His outings are sometimes cut short, but he’s gone at least six innings in four of those eight.

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TEX Texas • #22 • Age: 30

Gray’s first couple starts back from a strained oblique have been understandably short, given the lack of rehab assignment, but they’ve also been dominant. He should be stretched out enough to go five or six in his third start, and the matchup against the Guardians is inviting enough.

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CHW Chi. White Sox • #47 • Age: 36

Cueto has had a couple blips lately, including at the Athletics last time out, but there is no more favorable matchup than the Tigers. He shut them out over eight innings when he last faced them in July.

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CIN Cincinnati • #21 • Age: 23

It’s a little risky given the ups and downs of Greene’s rookie season, but he came off the IL Saturday looking as dominant as ever, piling up 11 strikeouts with his fastball averaging 101 mph. The Brewers offer a chance for another big strikeout total.

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Stroman has offered a mixed bag lately, but he still limits damage by keeping the ball on the ground. The Pirates lineup is so punchless that I think he’s a safe bet for at least a decent start, if not a great one.

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SF San Francisco • #38 • Age: 34

Cobb’s matchup against the Diamondbacks this week is middle of the road, but he just shut out the Braves over seven innings and has been on quite a roll since recovering from a neck strain in July, compiling a 2.55 ERA across 16 starts.

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CHC Chi. Cubs • #20 • Age: 35

Miley is about as vanilla as pitchers come but has looked good in two starts following a long absence for a shoulder strain. And you couldn’t ask for better matchups than the Marlins and Pirates.

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LAA L.A. Angels • #54 • Age: 24

I wouldn’t say Suarez is a high priority this week, given his modest ceiling, but his matchups against the Mariners and Twins are decent enough. Having two helps make up for whatever volume issues he might have, though he has gone six-plus innings in two of his past three starts.

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