Fantasy Baseball Weekend Preview: Time to take advantage of Phillies heading to Coors

Many MLB teams are deploying midlevel starters this weekend, which makes the streaming options on the hitting side less plentiful than usual. But there are still some potential gems to consider, led by Brandon Marsh, Wilyer Abreu and Tyler Freeman. On the pitching side, there are several great options during the next three days, which should create some exciting weekly finishes in head-to-head leagues.

Every member of the Phillies lineup should be active this weekend for a series at Coors Field against a trio of unremarkable starters who are part of a staff with a league-worst 5.23 ERA. Brandon Marsh (35% rostered) is the best player to add, but Johan Rojas (6%) and Whit Merrifield (8%) deserve a spot in 12-team leagues for a few days. In deep formats, Edmundo Sosa (5%) is an option.

Boston will enjoy playing at home against three mediocre Milwaukee right-handers. Wilyer Abreu (36%) has been hitting second in the lineup against righties, which means that he might be the best option in this article. Connor Wong (35%) has been hitting in the heart of the lineup and is therefore a good catching streamer.

Southpaw J.P. Sears (Saturday) is having a decent season, but he is sandwiched this weekend by unimpressive righties who could be hit hard by an effective Astros lineup. A pair of outfielders deserve streaming attention. Jake Meyers (12%) has swung a hot bat of late, and Chas McCormick (36%) is ready to turn around a disappointing season now that he is back from the IL.

Cleveland is in prime position to score early and often when they face two Los Angeles lefties with an ERA over 4.50 and a right-hander (José Soriano) who allows his share of base runners. Leadoff hitter Tyler Freeman (30%) is the best man to target from this lineup and offers the bonus of being eligible at four positions.

Milwaukee’s effective lineup may have a slow weekend against two Red Sox starters with a sub-2.20 ERA and one with a 3.04 mark. The Brewers have hit well enough that William Contreras, Christian Yelich and Willy Adames can stay in all lineups. Brice Turang can remain active in roto leagues and those in deep formats can stick with Joey Ortiz.

One of baseball’s best rivalries might involve a low-scoring weekend for the home team when St. Louis brings an offense that sits 27th in runs scored into a matchup against three starters with an ERA under 2.25. There are no players in this lineup who must remain active for such a tough slate of weekend games.

Plenty of teams have had trouble with the quintet of effective righties in the Mariners rotation. Washington’s mediocre offense group is unlikely to score in bunches against this staff, which means that CJ Abrams is the only Nats player who belongs in weekend lineups.

Pittsburgh’s offense isn’t strong enough to overcome three effective Atlanta starters and a bullpen with a 3.24 ERA. Those in 12-team roto leagues will likely leave Oneil Cruz and Bryan Reynolds in the lineup, but there is no member of the Bucs who should stay active in 10-team formats or points leagues.

Megill is the most widely available closer who plays for a team that is good enough to provide multiple save chances this weekend. The Brewers will have their work cut out for them against three effective Boston starters, which means that any late-inning leads will likely be narrow ones.

Castro and Julien lead the Twins in steals, which makes them prime candidates to swipe a bag this weekend against Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, who has thrown out just seven would-be base stealers en route to allowing the second most thefts of any catcher. The lefty swinging Julien is especially appealing when factoring in that all three Rangers starters will throw from the right side.

In order, here are the best streamers for the weekend, with their start date and Yahoo roster rate in brackets.