Ranking Fantasy Baseball Pitchers, Lineup Tips For Sunday’s MLB Games

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What you need to know for Sunday’s MLB games

By Todd Zola

  • Sunday brings bonus baseball with a trio of doubleheaders as the New York Yankees host the Texas Rangers, the New York Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Baltimore Orioles entertain the Kansas City Royals. In addition to focusing on those teams’ hitters, targeting their relievers offers double the chance of a stoppage. Chad Green (8% rostered in ESPN Leagues) made one save for the Yankees earlier this week while Rangers could turn to Joe Barlow (25% rost). Jorge Lopez (32%) topped the Orioles’ closing games with Josh Staumont (8%) in play for the Royals.

  • Camden Yards also have the slate’s best streaming option with Bruce Zimmermann (15%) looking to build on their strong start to the season. The Orioles right-hander deploys a similar pitch mix and speed as in previous seasons, but exhibits improved command and control. On Sunday, expect the trend to continue against a Royals offense averaging the second-fewest points per game in the league.

  • Chris Paddack is checking in as another streaming option, taking the hill for the host Minnesota Twins against the Oakland Athletics. Paddack’s 19.8 percent strikeout rate is below average, but he’s in a good position against a 26.3 percent one-clip formation average, second-highest in the league.

  • The Detroit Tigers are also breathing hard, making Jake Odorizzi another streaming option as the fantasy week comes to a close in the head-to-head leagues. Odorizzi’s strikeout rate is pedestrian, but he goes six or more innings consecutively, which is critical for scoring leagues since innings are an underrated component of scoring. Odorizzi also has a solid opportunity for his third straight win.

  • The Twins lead the AL Central despite some key injuries, although they received good news with the report that Carlos Correa’s finger is unbroken and listed on the day. In his place, top prospect Royce Lewis (7%) has been called up, joining fellow freshman Jose Miranda (4%) who fills the void with Miguel Sano sidelined. Lewis and Miranda both bat right-handers so won’t have the field advantage over Oakland’s Daulton Jefferies, but lately the right-hander has been generous with all hitters, getting 11 runs in his last nine frames. , bringing Lewis and Miranda into play as mics, and the Twins in the mix for a low-cost DFS stack.



Ranking of starting pitchers for Sunday


Top Under-50 Percent Listed Hitters for Sunday

The best and worst hitters of the day are generated by THE BAT X, a projection system created by Derek Carty using advanced methods like those used in MLB front offices, taking into account a variety of factors, including talent players, ballparks, relievers, weather, umpires, defense, receiver framing and more.


  • Edward Olivares (KC, RF – 1%) against Nate Karns

  • Aaron Hicks (NYY, CF — 7%) vs. Jon Gray

  • Michael A. Taylor (KC, CF — 1%) vs. Karns

  • Ramon Urias (BAL, 2G — 1%) against Daniel Lynch

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa (NYY, SS — 17%) vs. Gray

  • Kyle Higashioka (NYY, C — 3%) against Gray

  • Tommy Pham (CIN, LF – 39%) against Zach Thompson

  • Mitch Garver (TEX, C — 29%) at Jordan Montgomery

  • Yandy Diaz (VG, 1G — 36%) at Chris Flexen

  • Nicky Lopez (KC, SS – 9%) against Karns

Worst hitters over 50% for Sunday

  • Dylan Carlson (STL, CF — 64%) to Carlos Rodon

  • Tyler O’Neill (STL, LF — 90%) at Rodon

  • Kolten Wong (MIL, 2B — 63%) at Charlie Morton

  • Franmil Reyes (CLE, DH — 70%) against Alek Manoah

  • Owen Miller (CLE, 2G — 69%) against Manoah

  • Trent Grisham (SD, CF — 56%) against Trevor Rogers

  • Ryan McMahon (COL, 3G — 68%) to Zac Gallen

  • Dansby Swanson (ATL, SS – 74%) vs. Aaron Ashby

  • Ian Happ (CHC, LF — 74%) against Walker Buehler

  • Travis d’Arnaud (ATL, C — 73%) against Ashby

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