Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Stream Ogando, Santiago, Morton

Friday July 26th, 2013

Alexi Ogando's injury struggles mean the Texas hurler is more widely available than he should be.
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Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:

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• Fantasy owners can be fickle. They can also be constrained by their roster sizes. Thanks to those two factors, players who are injured for an extended period of time can end up sitting on the waiver wire even if they merit a spot on someone's roster. And that helps to explain the relative availability of my favorite streamable pitcher this weekend, Alexi Ogando.

Ogando first went on the DL back in mid-May, made one start in early June and then had to go back to the shelf. He returned to the mound on Tuesday, tossing five innings and allowing three runs to the Yankees. The results weren't great, but he looked like himself. Even with that poor outing, he has a 3.13 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 60.1 innings this season. He'll take the ball Sunday against the Indians.

• Hector Santiago has gone largely unappreciated by the fantasy community this season, but he's exactly the kind of guy who can help out in stream situations. Despite wide availability, he has been an efficient strikeout pitcher this season, fanning 97 batters in 93.1 innings. He has a great matchup this weekend, taking the ball for the White Sox against the Royals on Sunday. If you're chasing Ks, get him on your roster and in your lineup.

• Finally, Charlie Morton has been decent in his last two outings, picking up quality starts against the Mets and Nationals. In the two starts combined, he has allowed five runs in 13.2 innings, striking out nine and walking two. Perhaps most importantly, he gets the Marlins on Saturday. If you're streaming a pitcher with an eye on catching up in the wins category, Morton is as good a bet as you'll find.

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