Fantasy baseball Weekend Primer: Stream Capuano, Rusin, Estrada

Friday August 30th, 2013

Chris Capuano acquired a favorable matchup this weekend, as he faces the Padres on Saturday.
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Notable nuggets on the upcoming weekend action that could swing your fantasy baseball matchup:

• Chris Capuano has struggled in August, but all an owner needs in a stream option is a good matchup. Capuano has exactly that on Saturday, as he'll take the bump in San Diego. The last time he faced the Padres back in June, he tossed five shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Of all the realistic stream options on Saturday, Capuano is my favorite.

• At the end of a dreadful 2012 season for the Cubs, Chris Rusin was rocked over a 29.2-inning sample, allowing 21 earned runs and four homers. When the Cubs called him up after trading Matt Garza, it's safe to say his promotion didn't exactly register with fantasy players. While he's not going to rack up the strikeouts, he has thrown the ball well, posting a 2.64 ERA in 44.1 innings. His FIP is up at 3.83 so he has been a bit fortunate, but he has a good matchup this weekend, taking the ball Saturday against the Phillies. Feel free to kick the tires on him this weekend.

• If you're in need of strikeouts this weekend, allow me to offer up Milwaukee's Marco Estrada. He has 83 strikeouts in 93.1 innings and draws the Angels on Saturday, a team featuring two big swing-and-miss guys in Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo. It's not often you'll be able to just scoop a guy off the scrap heap who has a career 8.76 K/9 in more than 350 innings. Estrada is out there and ready to help this weekend.

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