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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner: End Of An Era

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It’s officially the end of an era. As reported on Thursday afternoon, future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki will be transitioning away from playing, into the role of “Special Assistant to the Chairman”. Shout out to Dwight Schrute for not naming Ichiro the Special Assistant Chairman.

Ichiro ends his playing career at 21st on the all-time hits list with 3,089. He was a 10-time all-star who won 10 gold gloves, and MVP and rookie of the year in the same season.

His career ends really abruptly and I hope that the Mariners and the league give him the send-off he deserves.


2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner

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Offense To Target – Milwaukee Brewers (vs. Cleveland, @ Colorado)

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The Brewers have a dream series coming up this week, and owners should be all over the Brew Crew. Before going to Coors, Milwaukee will play host to the Indians. The mini-series against Cleveland is not the best matchup to target, as they’ll be up against Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.

The real prize this week the Brewers’ four-game series in Colorado. Games in Coors are a huge bonus for any player, and owners need to take advantage. In 2018, Coors Field has been the third best hitters park for run production. It hasn’t been amazing for home runs, but it is still the 10th best home run park in the league. The Rockies rotation has done an admirable job, maintaining a 4.40 ERA this season. However, they have the worst home ERA in the league (5.78) and shouldn’t be an issue for the Brewers.

Notable Players

Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, and Travis Shaw are the widely owned options in Milwaukee and will be started anyways. Lesser owned players to target would be Domingo Santana, Jonathan Villar, and Orlando Arcia. With Eric Thames on the DL, Santana has been getting more regular at-bats. He has yet to hit a home run this year but Coors Field is the perfect place to get out of a power slump.

Arcia and Villar hit lower in the lineup but have been getting consistent starts and should be able to take advantage of Shaw and Santana in front of them.

Offense To Avoid – Cincinnati Reds (vs. NYM, @ LAD)

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The Reds are a below average offense to begin with, and some tough matchups will make some of their players tough sells next week. The Mets and Dodgers have two of the better rotations in the majors and the Reds don’t have the firepower to combat it.

With or without Jacob DeGrom, the Mets rotation is solid enough to stymie the Reds 19th ranked offense. As of now, DeGrom has not been ruled out of his next start. His MRI came back clean and the Mets will monitor him over the weekend for symptoms before making a firm decision. DeGrom playing would make this a much harder match-up for the Reds so owners should keep a close eye on his status.

The four-game series against the Dodgers will be particularly tough, as the top four arms in the Dodgers rotation are on the schedule. Thanks to an extra day of rest for Clayton Kershaw, he’ll line up against the Reds on Monday instead of missing the series completely.

Notable Players

With Scooter Gennett out of the lineup, Tyler Blandino will replace him at second base. Blandino has been batting near the bottom of the order so guys like Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart may have trouble scoring runs in front of him. Billy Hamilton is a tough play in all matchups but his 42 percent K-rate against lefties will absolutely cripple you in the latter half of the week. Jose Peraza has been hot lately, but matchups against the tough Dodger lefties will likely cool him off.

Offense To Target – Atlanta Braves (@ Tampa Bay, @ Miami)

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Despite playing six games away from home, the Braves bats will be solid bets to produce this week. Their first series is in Tampa Bay, where they’ll play a mini two game series against the Rays. They will need to deal with Blake Snell on Tuesday, but will get a much easier matchup on Wednesday against Ryan Yarborough.

Atlanta will finish the week in Miami, where the 28th ranked (by WAR) Marlins rotation awaits them. If the schedule doesn’t change for next week, the Braves will line up against Caleb Smith, Dan Straily, Jarlin Garcia, and Jose Urena. Garcia is off to an amazing start, but his K% (18) and BB% (10) are nothing special. His .365 wOBA ranks 88th in the league and points to a much bleaker picture of his future performances.

All in all, the Braves have some easy matchups this week and the new Ronald Acuna infused lineup should do plenty of damage to a couple of sub-par rotations.

Notable Players

If you’re in one of the eight percent of ESPN leagues where Acuna is available you need to 1) Pick him up, and 2) Find a new league.

Lesser started players that should take advantage of the good schedule: Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, and Kurt Sukuki.

Inciarte could score a ton of runs, even if he’s batting ninth as he still hits in front of Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and Acuna. Likewise, Markakis should have plenty of opportunity batting behind those three. Suzuki has been a very solid catcher all year, hitting .297 with four home runs. Tyler Flowers has returned but Suzuki should still get the majority of starts.

Offense To Avoid – Chicago White Sox (vs. Pittsburgh, @CHC)

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There are a number of things working against the White Sox bats this week. First, Chicago only has five games on the schedule, putting them at an immediate disadvantage in weekly leagues. Second, they’ll be lining up against the best that the Pirates (Ivan Nova, Trevor Williams), and Cubs (Jon Lester, Tyler Chatwood, Kyle Hendricks) have to offer.

Third, and possibly most concerning is that they may be without Yoan Moncada for the week and he deals with hamstring tightness. As I write this, Moncada is listed as day-to-day but the ChiSox may be cautious with their star and use the 10-day DL to their advantage. Wellington Castillo is also injured, so the Sox are down two of their best bats.

Notable Players

There aren’t many ownable (non-injured) players to avoid here, but Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson are the two fringe guys to avoid. Jose Abreu has been scuffling a bit lately, but anyone that owns him isn’t going to bench him for a week, just temper expectations.



Platoon Targets

Matt Joyce, OF, Oakland Athletics

Joyce hasn’t been playing too much lately, as the A’s have run into a ton of left-handed pitchers. Joyce hasn’t played a single game against a left-hander this season, and he’s probably to the most striking example of a platoon player in the league. This week, Joyce will get five games against right-handers. Granted, there are some very tough pitchers on his schedule, but there are worse dart throws for deep (14 team +) OBP leagues.


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