Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Archer, Chacin best stream options

Friday July 19th, 2013

Through 51.2 innings pitched this season, Chris Archer boasts a 2.96 ERA and 40 strikeouts.
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Welcome back to baseball, everyone. It was a rough four days without our great game, but I trust you all made it through the ordeal just fine. Now it's time to get right back to the grind, and that starts by checking out this weekend's stream options.

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Given that most teams reset their rotations after the All-Star Break, there aren't a ton of streamable guys on Saturday and Sunday. We mostly have a mix of pitchers who are universally owned and others you wouldn't want to touch, even in a streaming situation. However, there are still a couple gems out there for you, should you feel the need to stream someone.

Chris Archer takes the ball for the Rays Sunday against the Blue Jays. He put it all together in his last start before the break, tossing a complete game shutout against the Astros, allowing just five hits while striking out eight. After struggling through three of his first four starts, he has surrendered six runs in his last 32 innings. Remember, he was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Cubs. This is a 24-year-old power pitcher with great pedigree. If available, you might want to consider keeping him around beyond this weekend.

Jhoulys Chacin has had a nice run of late, allowing 10 runs in his last 39.1 innings, a stretch covering seven starts. Four of those runs came in one outing against the Dodgers. He gets a decent matchup against the Cubs on Sunday, though their offense has been better than you think. They've scored 384 runs, right in the middle of the league at 15th, and have a .710 OPS, which ties them for 17th. Still, if you need a starter on Sunday, Chacin is your second-best bet.

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