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Fantasy Baseball Week 26 Preview: Top 10 sleeper pitchers include Nestor Cortes, Joe Ryan


PHI


Philadelphia

• #55

Age: 26

Matchups

vs. BAL, vs. PIT

The guy still boasts a 1.50 ERA and has barely been touched in nine turns through the rotation. The matchups are clearly fantastic, but at this point, he should be starting regardless.


NYY


N.Y. Yankees

• #65

Age: 26

He hasn’t been quite as impressive as Ranger Suarez but is similarly being overlooked despite a long string of success. His underlying numbers are worrisome, but he breaks all convention with the way he mixes up his delivery.


SEA


Seattle

• #36

Age: 24

The top one-start pitcher on this list earned his spot with a brilliant outing against the Red Sox early in Week 25 and will face a similarly slumping offense in Week 26. His follow-up against the Royals over the weekend was just icing on the cake.


CIN


Cincinnati

• #53

Age: 26

Matchups

vs. PIT, vs. WAS

He has failed us in more recent turns but was looking like a quality start machine earlier this season and couldn’t ask for much better matchups than these two. He’s probably worth it in points leagues.


MIN


Minnesota

• #74

Age: 25

He’ll have gotten a little extra rest since taking a liner off the wrist in his last start and has so far proven as difficult to hit in the majors as he was in the minors.


OAK


Oakland

• #19

Age: 27

The overachieving lefty has rebounded from his worst start of the season with back-to-back quality starts against suspect lineups. He’ll face another one of those this week.


MIL


Milwaukee

• #52

Age: 26

Amazingly, he has a 1.83 ERA over his past 13 appearances. He’s not enough of a bat-misser or ground-ball guy to sustain anywhere close to that, but it may not matter with him in line to face the Mets this week.


MIA


Miami

• #44

Age: 23

His last outing didn’t deliver the desired result, but he’s been trending in the right direction, making better use of his off-speed pitches. And, well, two matchups are better than one.


KC


Kansas City

• #51

Age: 25

His latest outing was disastrous, but he seemed like he was on the right track in the previous four and has two excellent matchups this week.


WAS


Washington

• #23

Age: 28

Leaning more on his curveball has led to a spike in whiffs for Erick Fedde, but the overall results are still inconsistent. He’s a bit of a desperation play given the bipolar matchups, but you have to like how available he is.



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