Daily fantasy notes: Pitcher projections and hitter ratings for Saturday

Kyle Gibson has been struggling, with a .326 BAA over his last two starts. Can he be trusted in fantasy on Saturday? Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports

Memorial Day weekend kicks off with plenty of daytime baseball, as 10 of Saturday's 15 games will be played in the afternoon. The most enticing daytime matchup pits Charlie Morton against Carlos Carrasco -- two arms that rank in the top five of today's rankings. As for the night games, fantasy managers will want to pay close attention to the Orioles/Rockies matchup. Why? Because it features Andrew Cashner, the day's lowest-ranked starter, toeing the rubber at Coors Field. Expect to see some fireworks in that one, folks.

Here's a look at the day's top streaming options, focusing on players rostered in fewer than 50 percent of ESPN leagues.


Kyle Gibson (R), rostered in 39 percent of ESPN leagues, Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox: Gibson's ERA may stand at an unimpressive 4.47, but that's largely influenced by his early-season struggles. Over his past six starts, the right-hander has surrendered more than three runs just once, culminating in a 3.28 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 9.8 K/9. That success should continue against a White Sox team that's below-average against RHP, as demonstrated by a .309 wOBA and a 26.6 percent strikeout rate.

Tyler Skaggs (L), 45 percent, Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers: Skaggs has had a rough go of late, allowing a combined 16 runs over his last three starts. The good news is that he's still whiffing nearly a batter per inning (8.7 K/9). He's also doing a pretty good job of keeping the ball in the yard (no homers allowed in four of last five starts) and he's got a great home park for pitchers. In other words, there's still reason for optimism here. That optimism carries into Saturday's outing versus the Rangers, who have been highly vulnerable against lefties (87 wRC+, 28.1% K-rate).

Brad Peacock (R), 44 percent, Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox: We're obviously not excited about streaming against the Red Sox, but Peacock has still earned consideration here. He's allowed just one run across his last three starts, which includes a dominant 24 strikeouts in 17 innings. Peacock has also been dynamite at Minute Maid Park, where he has managed a 2.89 ERA and a 10.6 K/9 over 28 innings this season. An unfavorable matchup like this one does present some risk. Then again, pitching with the support of Houston's stacked offense always offers a decent chance at picking up a win.

Tyler Mahle (R), 8 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs: Here's another negative matchup that warrants some caution. Squaring off against the Cubs in Chicago is no picnic, so if you're looking to protect your ratios, you'll want to tread lightly. However, if you're behind in your head-to-head matchup and want some under-the-radar upside, Mahle is worth a look. The right-hander quietly sports a 3.51 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in nine starts, to go along with a 9.5 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9. His 4.9 K/BB ratio ranks in baseball's top 20. That's not bad for a guy available in 92 percent of ESPN leagues. Even if you don't scoop up Mahle for this start, he's a name to monitor going forward.


Fresh off the IL, Shawn Kelley of Texas has nailed down save opportunities in both of his last two appearances. Kelley has been effective this season, but a 4.14 FIP and a 4.18 xFIP suggest his pristine 1.69 ERA will normalize soon. More importantly, don't forget about Jose Leclerc, who's still a free agent in nearly 40 percent of leagues. The right-hander has pitched 5 1/3 straight scoreless frames with zero hits allowed and 11 strikeouts. Leclerc should get another look in the ninth inning soon enough.


Catcher -- Austin Hedges (R), 21 percent, San Diego Padres at Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Edwin Jackson): Sure, it's only two starts, but a 6.30 ERA and a 1.190 OPS allowed to right-handed batters is enough for me to know I want to attack Jackson on Saturday. Hedges has the power to capitalize against Jackson and gets a nice park bump going to the Rogers Centre.

First Base -- Rowdy Tellez (L), 2 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Cal Quantrill): Tellez has been streaky this season, but he's in the midst of a hot stretch, batting .292/.333/.523 in May with three homers in his last two games. Quantrill, meanwhile, has been pummeled by left-handed bats so far this season (.395/.469/.698).

Second Base -- Derek Dietrich (L), 19 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (RHP Yu Darvish): While Darvish has been pitching better of late, he'll remain a big-time liability if he can't get the walks (6.8 BB/9) under control. Dietrich possesses a .304/.407/.783 slash in May and has clubbed all 12 of his homers against righties.

Third Base -- Renato Nunez (R), 5 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Colorado Rockies (LHP Kyle Freeland): Nunez has posted a .906 OPS versus southpaws, and on Saturday he gets the platoon edge against Freeland in a matchup at Coors Field. Oh yeah, Freeland also has a 7.36 ERA at Coors this season. Don't overthink this one.

Shortstop -- Scott Kingery (R), 6 percent, Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Jhoulys Chacin): The Phillies have been finding ways to get Kingery into the lineup. He's started four of five games since coming off the IL, with three starts coming in center field. Kingery won't have the platoon advantage here, but he's hitting .379/.455/.586 versus same-side pitching.

Corner Infield -- Pablo Sandoval (S), 2 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Taylor Clarke): Fantasy managers clearly don't want to believe it, but Sandoval is actually being productive this season. He has a .289/.312/.633 slash in 90 at-bats, including a dominant .328/.348/.756 against right-handed pitching.

Middle Infield -- Logan Forsythe (R), 7 percent, Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels (LHP Tyler Skaggs): While Skaggs has been struggling lately, Forsythe has been surging. Since the beginning of May, he's batting .368/.478/.553 with three homers, six doubles and 14 RBI. On Saturday, Forsythe gets the platoon advantage against Skaggs, who is allowing a career-worst 43.9 percent hard-hit rate.

Outfield -- Raimel Tapia (L), 5 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Andrew Cashner): This is the matchup we've all been waiting for, as Cashner, the day's lowest-ranked starter, will take the mound at Coors Field. Don't ask me why Tapia is rostered in so few leagues, but he certainly deserves more recognition than he's getting. The 25-year-old is batting .321/.367/.536 in May, which rises to .358/.414/.755 at Coors.

Outfield -- Jorge Soler (R), 24 percent, Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees (LHP J.A. Happ): Happ has put up back-to-back poor outings against the Orioles of all teams, and now he's sitting with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He's already allowed 13 homers this season, with 12 of those blasts coming against righties. Soler, who is quietly on pace for 36 home runs and 102 RBI, has a good chance to muscle up here.

Outfield -- Gerardo Parra (L), 1 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Taylor Clarke): There's no guarantee that Parra is in the lineup on Saturday, but he's an appealing streamer if he gets the starting nod. He's been taking advantage of his increased playing time, batting .333/.394/.600 in May. Besides, the matchup against Clark is a good one.