2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 25 Hitting Planner: End Of The World

by Jonathan Chan
2018 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner Week 25

Only two more weeks left in the regular season! I'm guessing most people reading this are in the championship. Congrats! If you're reading this from the consolation bracket, I appreciate your dedication to the piece!

With so little time left in the season, it's time for owners to make the tough moves. If you need two RBI to win your matchup, you drop every conceivable player to maximize your roster potential. For example, I dropped Rougned Odor and Aaron Hicks to add Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil to my lineup on Thursday. Normally I would never make that move, but the Mets doubleheader gave me a couple of extra opportunities for production. I was rewarded with a Frazier home run and two runs from McNeil.

I'll have to deal with the fallout later on, but there's no point of holding players if you're not going to make it to the next round.

It's now or never. Unless you're in a keeper league. In that case, ignore everything I just said.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 25 Hitting Planner

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Offense To Target - Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays will be excellent targets moving into the home stretch as Tampa will play two series against two poor pitching staffs.

Tampa Bay will begin the week in Texas for a three-game series against the Rangers. Globe Life Park is by far the best hitters park in the league in regards to runs scored. Globe Life also ranks second in home runs, hits, and fifth in doubles. Outside of Coors, this is the park you want to target. The Rangers rotation has no notable matchups to speak of and owners should be licking their chops early in the week.

To finish the week, Tampa Bay will travel to Toronto for a four-game series with their AL East rivals. The Rogers Center isn't quite the hitters park that Globe Life is but still ranks 10th in home runs. The Jays are looking to the future and will be starting three rookies during the series. Overall, their staff ranks 26th in HR/9 and 27th in ERA, making them an easy target next week.

Notable Players

Tommy Pham is a must-start this week. He has hit safely in 16 straight games and has scored at least one run in 14 of those 16 games. Mallex Smith should run wild in this series, as Ryan Borucki and Marco Estrada are among the AL leaders in stolen bases allowed. Kevin Kiermaier is a solid bet to continue his hot streak this week and Joey Wendle will be a sneaky middle infield option.

Offense To Avoid - New York Mets

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The Mets offense has actually improved as the Fantasy season draws to a close. However, their schedule in Week 25 will do them no favors. First, they'll take on the Phillies, who own the fifth-ranked pitching staff in the Majors. Of course, Aaron Nola is a Cy Young candidate and all Mets should be benched when he starts. Nick Pivetta and Zach Eflin are decent in their own right and aren't great matchups by any means.

New York will then travel to Washington to take on the Nationals in a four-game set. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to deal with another Cy Young candidate in Max Scherzer. Jacob deGrom may take the mound the same day as Scherzer so keep an eye out for that one. The Nats rotation has gotten worse since they traded Gio Gonzalez, but are still decent enough to avoid the Mets hitters.

Notable Players

Michael Conforto has been on a hot streak of late, hitting a home run in four of his last five games. I won't blame any owners who want to start him in the non-Nola, non-Scherzer matchups. Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, and Brandon Nimmo have not been valuable or consistent enough to play next week. Daily league owners can pick and choose the weaker matchups if they need.

Offense To Target - Cincinnati Reds

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The Reds already have an above average offense and the matchups they have next week will make them great plays all week long.

Their first matchup comes in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Their pitching staff as a whole is above-average but is buoyed by their bullpen. The starters have been average thus far and there's no one that Reds owners should be worried about. Gio Gonzalez is the most dangerous starter scheduled, but I'm willing to bet on his "bad side" coming out against a good offense in a hitters park.

The Reds next matchup is the real target next week. A four-game series against the Marlins is everything a streaming owner could ask for. Well, they should also be asking for the rain to stop as well. Miami's rotation is still poor and the Reds should have a great weekend.

Notable Players

Of course, Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez should be in starting lineups. Among the lesser-owned Reds, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler will be good plays next week. tucker Barnhart will be a solid streaming choice for owners in need of a catcher as well.

Offense To Avoid - Boston Red Sox

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Now, now hear me out. I'm not suggesting you bench J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, or Xander Bogaerts. That would be crazy. But their matchups next week will present some problems and I would temper expectations.

The Red Sox will be facing the second and third best pitching staffs in the majors. First, they'll visit New York for a three-game series against the Yankees. New York will have JA Happ, Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka on the hill. No easy feat for any offense. The Yankees also boast the league's best bullpen and tend to clean up any messes the starters may leave.

Things won't get easier for the Red Sox in their second series against the third-ranked Indians pitching staff. Corey Kluber will be well rested and ready for his playoff tuneup. Mike Clevinger has been excellent all season, while Shane Bieber continues to improve. This matchup was far more intimidating a month ago with Trevor Bauer in the rotation, but it's still nothing to scoff at.

Notable Players

The Red Sox second-tier players like Eduardo Nunez, Rafael Devers, and Ian Kinsler should probably be left on the bench this week for players with better matchups. The above studs shouldn't be benched, this is why you drafted them, but they might not be as studly as usual.

Platoon Target

Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego Padres

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I'm going to go off the beaten path here and recommend the Padres young slugger Reyes. Like most rookies, Reyes has had his ups and downs but continues to showcase great power potential. He is hitting .340 and slugging a robust .680 against left-handers this season.

Next week Reyes will play five of his six games against southpaws. I would strongly oppose starting him against Clayton Kershaw, but the other four lefties on the schedule are fair game. Starting such an inconsistent rookie with your season on the line is a bold move. But those desperate for power production could do worse.

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