Maybe this week is an exceptional case with an unusually high number of fifth starters lining up for two starts, but one thing I’m noticing this time of year is that every hitter seems to have a favorable matchup.
OK, so not every hitter. The Cubs, Indians and Nationals rotations are still pretty stacked, making the hitters that face them, at least the fringy ones, something less than advisable. But with rosters expanded for September, spot starters have significantly diluted the pitching pool. Shoot, half the league has resorted to a six-man rotation.
So don’t stress too much about hitter matchups when setting your lineups this week. I pretty much threw them out when selecting these sleepers. I did, however, make an exception for the Brewers, who’ll be facing that loaded Cubs rotation for four games. It’s a shame, too, with the way Chris Carter, Orlando Arcia, Hernan Perez and Domingo Santana have swung the bat lately. Any other matchups, and they might all be sleepers.
As it is, these are the best 10 I could find, all owned in less than 80 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.
A lot of hot-hand plays this week, which is the riskiest kind of sleeper, but Cron’s hot streak precedes even his six-week DL stint for a fractured hand, lasting long enough to suggest it’s something more.
Kind of a format-specific recommendation since Peraza’s poor plate discipline severely limits his points-league appeal, but he profiles as a 50-steal guy with full-time at-bats, which is what he’s getting now with Billy Hamilton hurt.