2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner: Ray of Hope

by Jonathan Chan
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner

First, I'd like to congratulate Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on winning the Stanley Cup. Ovechkin deserves it after so many disappointments.

Alright on to baseball.

When Chris Davis signed his seven-year, $161 million dollar contract, everyone knew that it was going to be an albatross at some point. The Orioles bid against themselves and overpaid for Davis, but I don't think anyone knew how bad he was going to be.

Through 54 games, Davis hasn't just been bad - he's been historically bad.

Davis was always an inconsistent slugger who was bound to be overpaid at some point during the contract. I don't think anyone was expecting this level of incompetence three seasons into the contract.

Just to put some salt in the wound, the contract was deferred until 2037, so the Orioles will be paying Davis for the next 19 years. Bobby Bonilla is finally vindicated!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target - Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays' have a great opportunity next week, playing a full seven-game schedule against two division opponents.

They'll start the week at home for a three-game series against the Jays. Toronto's 24th ranked staff has sputtered over the last two weeks, posting a 5.82 ERA. Jaime Garcia has been a big part of the problem, giving up 11 earned runs in his last three starts. Sam Gaviglio has been decent, managing to hold the Red Sox to four runs last Thursday. I'm expecting him to get hit pretty hard over the next couple weeks, thanks to a low .250 BABIP and a 1.66 HR/9.

The Rays will really get their chance to knock the ball out of the park with a four-game set in the Bronx. Unfortunately, they'll have to face Luis Severino on Friday, but the rest of the Yankees starters should be ripe for the picking. CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Domingo German all have HR/9 above 1.5 at Yankee stadium, not surprising, as it is one of the best hitters parks in the league.

Notable Players

Owners who stream catchers can look at Wilson Ramos, who hasn't been terrible but should get a decent boost this week. C.J. Cron, Mallex Smith, Daniel Robertson and newly promoted Jake Bauers are pretty good DFS options this week as well.

(Obviously, none of these guys should be in your lineup when Severino starts.)

Offense To Avoid - Kansas City Royals

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This season, the Royals offense ranks 24th in runs scored, 28th in home runs and 23rd in wRC+. This isn't exactly a powerhouse offense, and they'll be even tougher to trust next week, as outfielder Jon Jay was moved to the Diamondbacks. Without Jay in the lineup, Whit Merrifield will take over the leadoff spot. The soft hitting Ryan Goins will slot in the lineup in Jay's place.

Without their normal table setter, the KC offense might have trouble producing enough for owners in their abbreviated five-game week. Owners have to hope for massive games against the Cincinnati duo of Sal Romano and Tyler Mahle because they won't be getting much over the weekend.

The Royals second series this week will be at home against the dreaded Astros rotation. They line up with the "back-end" of the rotation but still face Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance McCullers.

Notable Players

Especially against Morton and McCullers, Jorge Soler and his 26 percent K% should be avoided. Catcher Salvador Perez (especially in OBP leagues) will have a lot of trouble this week.

Owners in weekly leagues should look elsewhere, as KC only has two good games on the docket.

Offense To Target - Cleveland Indians

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Unlike their basketball counterparts, Cleveland will go into next week with plenty of games to play against sub-par teams.

The Indians will start the week in Chicago, for a four-game set with the White Sox. At this point, it should be well known that the Sox rotation is all kinds of awful. Their rotation's ERA is 29th in the league at an abysmal 5.43 and they rank 30th in both K/9 and BB/9. This matchup couldn't get much better for Cleveland, barring Lucas Giolito moving his start to Monday.

The Indians will stay in the division for their weekend series against the Twins. Kyle Gibson, Fernando Romero, and Jake Odorizzi are decent pitchers, but the sixth highest scoring offense should handle them with no issues. In fact, Odorizzi was shelled for seven earned runs in his last start against the Indians.

Notable Players

The usual suspects like Fransico Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Michael Brantley should be in for huge weeks. Edwin Encarnacion is already on fire, having hit six home runs in the last two weeks. Look for him to knock out at least a couple more next week.

The timing seems perfect for Yonder Alonso to go on another hot streak while Yan Gomes makes for a solid catcher to stream.

Offense To Avoid - Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers are finally starting to turn their season around after a tough start. Justin Turner has returned and given the offense a shot in the arm, but now is experiencing soreness in his previously injured wrist. He's been held out of a couple games this week and his availability moving forward is in question.

Without Turner and Corey Seager, the offense has been carried by Matt Kemp of all people. Cody Bellinger has finally woken up but they will be in a tough position to produce this week. First and foremost, LA is only playing five games this week putting them at a disadvantage right away. The matchups aren't that difficult, as they'll face Bartolo Colon and Cole Hamels at home to start the week.

Things get dicey over the weekend though, as they'll have to deal with Madison Bumgarner in his third start off the DL. LA isn't great against left-handers, and they face three of them (Hamels, Bumgarner, and Derek Holland) in their five games this week.

Notable Players

Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger both struggle against left-handers and, at the very least, should be benched against Bumgarner. Bellinger is red hot so I won't blame anyone for riding the hot bat. Joc Pederson has also been hot, but is hitting just .158 against left handers this season.

Platoon Target

Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Haniger has cooled after a hot start, but four games against left handed starters will get him back on track. He's hitting .324 against lefties this year and will have plenty of chances this week. Haniger will continue to hit behind Jean Segura, who is hitting .341 against lefties himself.

He also hits in front of Nelson Cruz, which is never a bad thing.

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