Daily notes: Fantasy rankings for Sunday

Daniel Norris has a favorable matchup against Oakland on Sunday. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Sunday features a pair of marquee matchups with Chris Sale squaring off with Ervin Santana in Minnesota then Luis Severino challenging Jon Lester under the lights in Wrigley Field. With many head-to-head contests still in the balance, your attention is on the available arms and bats to give the edge necessary to come out on top. Here's some ideas to get you headed in the right direction.


Pitchers to stream

Trevor Cahill (R), 15 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: On one hand, Cahill has never exhibited the level of strikeout dominance he's showed thus far. However, it's supported by an elevated swinging strike rate and a change in pitch arsenal. Maintaining a strikeout rate of 11 per nine innings is a tall order. That said, the landing point should be higher than initially expected for the veteran righty. Not only is Cahill a great pickup for Sunday, if you can afford to hold him, he's a nice shot in the arm for an injury-depleted fantasy staff.

Daniel Norris (L), 11 percent, Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics: The Athletics are in the bottom third of the league in weighted on base average (wOBA) against lefties along with sitting in the top third with respect to fanning the most in this scenario. The Tigers should be able to do some damage against Sonny Gray, putting Norris in good shape for a win.

Alex Cobb (R), 18 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays' dormant sticks are showing signs of awakening, though for the season, they're still one of the weakest teams in the league with a righty on the hill. Cobb isn't missing many bats, but he is coming off a strong effort in which he held the Marlins scoreless for six frames.

Zach Davies (R), 13 percent, Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates: It's easy to brush off a high .378 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) as bad luck, but the truth of the matter is Davies is giving up a lot of hard contact. Further, his breaking and off-speed stuff hasn't been sharp. Davies draws a Pirates club that doesn't punch out much, but they also don't hit right-handers well. With the erratic Tyler Glasnow on the PNC Park hill, Davies should be able to keep his club in the game, turning a lead over to the bullpen.

Pitchers to avoid

Michael Wacha (R), 73 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves: Beginning after the All-Star break last season, the Braves are quietly dangerous facing right-handers. So far this season, they're fourth in the league in terms of runs scored against righties. Wacha has pitched well, but four of his five outings have been at home. Facing the likes of Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman, Wacha could be in for a long day away in SunTrust Park.

Ervin Santana (R), 95 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox: Granted, Santana isn't Nick Tepesch, but he's also not as good as his 0.66 ERA and 0.71 WHIP suggest. The righty is sporting a .141 BABIP, partly a result of good pitching, but he's also had Lady Luck on his side. The Red Sox fan the least of anyone, so they should be putting the ball in play in Target Field, a sneaky good hitter's park. Regression may not punch a time clock, but it eventually will set in. Sunday sets up as a prime chance for it to occur.


First, a quick note that with Zach Britton back on the disabled list, Brad Brach is back in line for ninth-inning duties. The Baltimore Orioles reliever is available in over half of ESPN leagues.

Sunday's featured bullpen has been a frequent occupant of this space: the Brewers relief corps. As mentioned earlier, Davies has a good chance of relying on his bullpen mates to hammer down a win. Closer Neftali Feliz is available in just under half of ESPN leagues if you need that last save this week. Feliz is quite familiar with the Steel City, rejuvenating his career as a Buc. Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel continue to thrive in the setup role.



Chris Herrmann (L), 1 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (RHP Tyler Chatwood): Be sure to check the lineups, but with a righty on the hill, the Diamondbacks are likely to find a spot for Herrmann, be it behind the dish or in the outfield. Chatwood is sporting an ugly 2.21 home runs per nine innings.

First Base

Mitch Moreland (L), 35 percent, Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins (RHP Ervin Santana): Admittedly buoyed by Fenway Park, Moreland has been a doubles machine. Target Field is also a good place to hit. As implied, don't be scared off with Santana toeing the rubber.

Second Base

Joe Panik (L), 44 percent, San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Scott Feldman): After opening the season with three solid efforts, Feldman is back to his old hittable self. Leading off, Panik is in a nice spot to take advantage, especially in the Great American Ballpark.

Third Base

Joey Gallo (L), 49 percent, Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (LHP Dillon Overton): Gallo barely makes the 50 percent cutoff so hurry if you want a shot at a long ball or two. Even with the southpaw Overton taking the hill, Gallo will surely face some bullpen arms, likely with the platoon edge.


Christian Arroyo (R), 13 percent, San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Scott Feldman): Arroyo has been playing third base with Eduardo Nunez sliding over to shortstop while Brandon Crawford mends. Arroyo is showing surprising pop and should have no trouble putting the ball in play against Feldman.

Corner infield

Miguel Rojas (R), less than one percent, Miami Marlins at New York Mets (LHP Adam Wilk): A late pitching change has thrust Rojas into a great spot, hitting fifth with the platoon advantage over a replacement lefty. Rojas is 10 for his last 17, look for him to keep the roll going.

Middle infield

Kolten Wong (L), 10 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves (RHP R.A. Dickey): Injuries, as well as hitting the ball well has landed Wong on top of the Redbirds' lineup. An additional benefit for Wong is he can take advantage of Dickey's penchant for allowing steals.


David Peralta (L), 43 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (RHP Tyler Chatwood): After not starting Saturday with lefty Tyler Anderson starting for the Rox, Peralta will be back in the lineup. If possible, he should be in yours as well.

Curtis Granderson (L), 33 percent, New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins (RHP Jose Urena): Granderson has been dropped in the order, but sixth isn't too bad, especially with a weak righty on the Citi Field hill.

Brandon Guyer (R), less than 1 percent, Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): On paper, not the best matchup as Guyer is really struggling while Duffy has the stuff to dominate, but you know he'll be in the lineup, and deep leagues may not have Peralta or Granderson sitting in the free-agent pool.