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The Week Ahead

Week Ahead: Conley Maybe

by Nick Nelson
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Last year, as a 25-year-old MLB rookie, Adam Conley put up a 3.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 15 appearances (11 starts) for the Marlins. Over 67 innings, the lefty struck out 59 and walked only 21. The strong debut built up anticipation for his sophomore campaign here in 2016.


He looked excellent in spring training, raising his stock, and in his second outing of the season this past week Conley really burst onto the fantasy scene. In a masterful start against the Mets on Wednesday, he struck out nine hitters while allowing just one walk and four singles over six scoreless frames.


Despite the outstanding performance, Conley remains owned in only 18 percent of Yahoo leagues. He's lined up for a pair of starts in The Week Ahead -- one at home against Washington, one in San Francisco -- making this a great time to add him and see what he can do.


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* Kevin Gausman was expected to make his first start for Baltimore on Tuesday, which would have made him a two-start pitcher, but with a second minor-league rehab outing taking place Friday, he'll be pushed back by at least a day. Keep an eye on his status because whenever he makes his season debut he'll be a worthwhile streamer with upside.


* The Brewers are playing the Twins and Phillies, two of the worst offenses in the league, so give both of their two-start pitchers (Chase Anderson and Wily Peralta) a bump, though neither is a top-tier choice.


* Mike Leake had an excellent spring for the Cardinals, posting a 2.25 ERA and 24-to-2 K/BB ratio in 20 innings, so it was disappointing to see him struggle in his season debut against the Pirates, although chilly conditions might have affected his outcome. He looked better in his second turn against the Brewers. Next week he gets the Cardinals at home and follows up with an easy match-up in San Diego.


* I'm loving Carlos Rodon this week with two home starts on tap. He has looked tremendous early on.


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Going Twice...


American League


Strong Plays


Carlos Rodon: LAA, TEX

Carlos Carrasco: SEA, @DET

Marcus Stroman: @BAL, OAK

Michael Pineda: OAK, TB


Decent Plays


Ubaldo Jimenez: TOR, @KC

Yordano Ventura: DET, BAL

Hector Santiago: @CWS, SEA

Phil Hughes: MIL, @WAS

Ervin Santana: MIL, @WAS

Wade Miley: @CLE, @LAA

J.A. Happ: @BOS, OAK

Shane Greene: @KC, CLE

Drew Smyly: @BOS, @NYY


At Your Own Risk


Clay Buchholz: TOR, @HOU

Joe Kelly: TB, @HOU

John Danks: LAA, TEX

Scott Feldman: @TEX, BOS

Matt Shoemaker: @CWS, SEA

Kendall Graveman: @NYY, @TOR

A.J. Griffin: HOU, @CWS


National League


Strong Plays


Raisel Iglesias: COL, CHC

Jose Fernandez: WAS, @SF

Noah Syndergaard: @PHI, @ATL

Stephen Strasburg: @MIA, MIN


Decent Plays


John Lackey: @STL, @CIN

Jason Hammel: @STL, @CIN

Alfredo Simon: COL, CHC

Adam Conley: WAS, @SF

Chase Anderson: @MIN, PHI

Wily Peralta: @MIN, PHI

Jerad Eickhoff: NYM, @MIL

Jake Peavy: ARI, MIA

Matt Cain: ARI, MIA

Mike Leake: CHC, @SD

Tanner Roark: @MIA, MIN


At Your Own Risk


Rubby De La Rosa: @SF, PIT

Robbie Ray: @SF, PIT

Matt Wisler: LAD, NYM

Jordan Lyles: @CIN, LAD

Alex Wood: @ATL, @COL

Colin Rea: @PIT, STL


Streamer City


The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:


American League


Wednesday, April 20th: Rick Porcello vs. TB

Porcello picked up a win with seven strikeouts and one walk in his first start. He'll get a Rays team that has struggled to score runs early on.


Wednesday, April 20th: Nathan Eovaldi vs. OAK

The hard-throwing Eovaldi has had his strikeout stuff working so far. He should fare well at home against an unintimidating A's lineup.


Thursday, April 21st: Cody Anderson vs. SEA

The right-hander won a spot in Cleveland's rotation by flashing improved velocity during the spring, and he proved effective in his first start.


National League


Wednesday, April 20th: Ross Stripling @ ATL

The upstart rookie merits a look in this plum match-up against the lowly Braves.


Thursday, April 21st: Taylor Jungmann vs. MIN

The sophomore righty is off to a rough start but should be able to get on track against Minnesota's extremely K-prone offense.


Saturday, April 23rd: Charlie Morton @ MIL

Morton's heavy sinker has looked good so far and has even induced some whiffs.


Total Games


American League


6: BAL, CLE, DET, HOU, KC, NYY, OAK, SEA, TB, TEX

7: BOS, CWS, LAA, MIN, TOR


National League


6: ATL, COL, LAD, NYM, PHI, PIT, SD, STL

7: ARI, CIN, CHC, MIA, MIL, SF, WAS


Notes: The Angels will see a heavy dosage of southpaws (four in their seven games), so consider downgrading lefty swingers like Kole Calhoun ... The Royals, meanwhile, get all right-handers. Good news for the likes of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon.


The Infirmary


You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:


Kevin Gausman: Returning this week? (shoulder)

Pablo Sandoval: Out indefinitely (shoulder)

Kyle Schwarber: Out for the season (ankle)

Michael Brantley: Returning this week? (shoulder)

James McCann: Out until mid-May (ankle)

Scott Van Slyke: Out until late April (back)

Glen Perkins: Out until May (shoulder)

Felix Doubront: Out for the season (elbow)

Ben Revere: Out until early May (oblique)

Nick Nelson
Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.