Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

Streaming options are limited on Monday, but Singer might be able to help you sew up your fantasy titles. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

There are just five games on Monday's slate, which means options for streaming are extremely limited. That said, we have one really strong pitcher's park with great pitching weather, and we have Coors Field from which to choose prospective hitters, so there shoulld be enough options to go around, no matter what you're looking for.

With that in mind, here are Monday's choices to bolster your fantasy squad, with everyone available in at least 50% of all ESPN leagues.


Brady Singer (R), 17%, Kansas City Royals at Cleveland: Singer is the most talented pitcher on this slate who isn't pitching at Coors Field, making him the top option almost by default. He faces a below-average offense, so feel free roll him out if you need a streamer.

Cole Irvin (L), 30%, Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners: Irvin is young and has some upside. Today, he gets a solid matchup against a weak Mariners offense in a good pitching environment.

Reynaldo Lopez (R), 9%, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers: Lopez doesn't always go super-deep into games, but we're running out of options and he'll get a good matchup for whatever innings he manages to throw. The Tigers are a bottom-five offense and above-average for strikeouts. Plus, his is a park upgrade for Lopez.

Chris Flexen (R), 58%, Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics: Flexen is really just for the desperate. He's an okay enough pitcher, but the matchup is the worst of our four options -- a good Oakland offense. It's also easily the coldest game on the slate at 58 degrees, which definitely helps.

Bullpen: Oakland offers up the best potential in terms of reliever streamers. It's the best (only?) pitchers' park on the slate and the best weather by a lot. Plus, they face a weak Mariners offense. If you need saves, Lou Trivino (40% rostered) would be your best choice. If you're just chasing good ratios and some strikeouts, Andrew Chafin (15%) or Jake Diekman (13%) are the guys you should go after.

For the latest team-by-team closer situations, please consult our Closer Chart.


Catcher -- Elias Diaz (R), 14%, Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals (RHP Josiah Gray): Coors Field is the premier spot for offense on this slate -- to the point where you can almost ignore every other spot and just stream a Coors guy everywhere. Diaz is the top option, unless it's Keibert Ruiz, should Diaz not be in the lineup.

First Base -- Ryan Zimmerman (R), 1%, Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (RHP German Marquez): If Zimmerman is in the lineup, he's your choice here at first base in Coors Field. Marquez is a good pitcher, sure, but options are limited and Coors effects everyone.

Second Base - Brendan Rodgers (L), 27%, Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals (RHP Josiah Gray): If Garrett Hampson is in the lineup and leading off, he'd be the best option here, but there's a greater chance Rodgers actually plays given that Hampson has only started one of the last four games. He'd be a terrific option as well -- and one of the best on the whole slate.

Third Base -- Carter Kieboom (R), 4%, Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (RHP German Marquez): Kieboom has been starting regularly since Washington's fire sale at the trade deadline. While he hasn't made good on his lofty prospect potential, he has been serviceable enough and completely fine at a thin third-base position.

Shortstop -- Kyle Farmer (R), 20%, Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Cody Ponce): Ponce hasn't been confirmed yet but, if he's pitching, he'd project as the weakest hurler on the slate. Plus, he'd be going into Great American Ball Park. Farmer has hit fifth over the past four games, setting him up well for plenty of counting stats.

Corner Infield -- Ryan O'Hearn (L), under 1%, Kansas City Royals at Cleveland (RHP Cal Quantrill): The Royals get a big park upgrade going into Progressive Field today, and Quantrill is one of the more exploitable pitchers on the slate. Throw in the platoon advantage and near-universal availability, and O'Hearn is a solid streamer if he's in the lineup today.

Middle Infield -- Josh Harrison (R), 50%, Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (RHP Chris Flexen): Harrison's game environment isn't good, but his talent level and spot atop Oakland's batting order means he should be rostered in more leagues than he actually is. That alone makes him one of the better middle-infield streamers.

Outfield -- Lane Thomas (R), 33%, Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (RHP German Marquez): Thomas leads off most days for the Nationals. Coors Field, yada yada yada ...

Outfield -- Akil Baddoo (L), 24%, Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox (RHP Reynaldo Lopez): Baddoo has had a strong breakout year with a great mix of power and speed. He'll likely be leading off for Detroit, and Lopez represents a favorable matchup for stolen bases.

Outfield -- Ben Gamel (L), 1%, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (LHP Reiver Sanmartin): Gamel usually hits either third or fifth for Pittsburgh, and today he gets one of the biggest possible park upgrades for left-handed home runs, going from one of the worst parks in baseball to one of the best. He'll hold the platoon advantage against a weak lefty, so he's a strong streamer and is available nearly everywhere.