If you're still reading this, either you're fighting for a title or you're doing the good deed and playing out the string in a lost season. Good on you for helping your league!
When was the last time you checked your league standings? Check how tight your category distribution sits, and locate where you can make up the most ground in the least amount of time. If the biggest opportunity to move upward comes in the strikeout column, that's a plus, because those are the easiest to accrue.
Of course, climbers still need to pick the right helpers.
Pitchers to stream
Tyler Glasnow (R), rostered in 6.6 percent of ESPN leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers: The owner of an ugly 7.45 major league ERA made some changes to his approach and dominated for Triple-A Indianapolis before his recall. Though Milwaukee is a tough test, they've struck out 1,410 times this year to lead the league.
Dinelson Lamet (R), 34.7 percent, San Diego Padres at Minnesota Twins: Lamet is riding a streak of three quality starts, plus four of his past five and six of his past nine. In that longest stretch, he's surprised with a 2.55 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 53 innings. The Twins are enjoying a nice run in September, but this is a start in which going against the grain could pay off.
Dan Straily (R), 48 percent, Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies: The right-hander has allowed seven homers in five games to return the spotlight to a problem with his skill set. Philadelphia has shown signs of excitement at the plate (hi, Rhys Hoskins), but this rebuilding club remains a useful option to stream against.
Pitchers to avoid
Lance McCullers Jr. (R), 78.3 percent, Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels: His first start back from his latest disabled list stint didn't go well in Seattle. The Halos remain a secretly pesky lineup, and it's best to let McCullers figure things out on your bench if you can't afford to lose ERA or WHIP points.
Cleveland bats will get a double treat: Buck Farmer and the league's worst bullpen ERA (5.28), likely after an abbreviated outing from the starter. Farmer has yet to clear the sixth inning in his three starts since recalled.
Projected game scores
GS is the projected game score for the pitcher. A "*" means that the pitcher lacks requisite career major league data to produce an accurate rating; these are the author's ratings.
Wilson Ramos (R), 17.2 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees (LHP Jaime Garcia): Ramos boasts a .756 OPS against lefties in 49 plate appearances this year and posted a .414 wOBA against them last year. Righties touch up Garcia at a .335 wOBA pace in 2016.
Matt Olson (L), 44.5 percent, Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox (RHP Doug Fister): Considering he's one of the Player Rater's top sticks over the past 15 days, this is an easy pick. Either way, he somehow retains a low level of popularity, so we'll keep shouting until you listen. Fister has been balling lately, but side with the hot bat here.
Ian Happ (B), 33.3 percent, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets (RHP Matt Harvey): Even with his recent improvements, Harvey is worth attacking. Happ's .365 wOBA against righties dwarfs his .317 versus southpaws.
Yolmer Sanchez (B), 16.9 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (LHP Eric Skoglund): Batting .368/.429/.763 in September with three homers, Sanchez should be a lineup fixture right now.
Tim Anderson (R), 11.1 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (LHP Eric Skoglund): Anderson slashes .314/.329/.486 against lefties, and is 15-for-38 to start September. Add him for the rest of the month, but especially for this tilt.
Mitch Moreland (L), 11.7 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Jharel Cotton): Cotton shockingly has been better away (3.81 ERA) from Oakland Coliseum (7.52), but Boston should get their hits against him. The platoon-leaning Moreland has 17 of his 18 homers against righties, making him a start against the fly ball-heavy Cotton.
Mitch Haniger (R), 27.4 percent, Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers (LHP Martin Perez): Haniger is reminding us of his alluring early-season performance, cruising at a .342/.358/.633 pace with five dingers in the 20 games since he returned from injury. Righties have used Perez as batting practice with a .359 wOBA.
Howie Kendrick (R), 27.7 percent, Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves (LHP Luiz Gohara): Since being traded to the Nationals in late July, Kendrick has scorched with a .322/.371/.554 line and six homers. On the balance of the season, he boasts a whopping .405 wOBA against lefties. The control-challenged 21-year-old will be making his second big-league start.
Scott Schebler (L), 21.6 percent, Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (RHP Jack Flaherty): Schebler prefers hitting away (.365 wOBA) from homer-friendly Great American Ball Park (.297). It's difficult to find better power streamers down the stretch than the 27-homer Red.
Hitter matchup ratings
Notes: Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth, as well as the past 21 days) and ballpark factors. "LH" and "RH" ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively. Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. So, for example, a 10 is a must-start rating, whereas a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.