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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner: H-Town Hustle

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A couple of weeks ago, I was chilling at SunTrust Park with Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. This week, I’m taking over H-Town (Houston for the unaware), hanging with my homies Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve.

Well, not exactly. I’m here strictly on business – to see a good friend of mine get married. No time for frivolous activity at Minute Maid Park. Besides, they are in Arizona anyway so that would be a pointless venture. How much do you think it would run me to reserve an hour of batting practice at MMP?

Any well, once again, I don’t want to bog you down with any long introductions. Let’s get right to it – we got the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner coming your way!



Tequila shot count for me saying that something was ‘there’ for a pitcher – zero. Okay, maybe it was a bad idea to keep up with this anyway. I’m just over it – no matter what pleas I make, writers and analysts are going to keep saying strikeouts are ‘there’ or power is ‘there’. It’s just annoying but it’s reality now.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner

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Auto-Start

The Auto-Start tier strictly includes pitchers that should be started every week regardless of league size and matchup.

PlayerTeamOpp1Opp2
Corey KluberIndians@MIL
Max ScherzerNationals@ARZ
Noah SyndergaardMets@PHI
Clayton KershawDodgersARZCIN
Chris SaleRed Sox@TOR

Promoted

  • No promotions were handed out this week. However, Justin Verlander is making a strong case.

Relegated

  • Alright, Clayton Kershaw, I’m going to give you another week in the top tier. Geez though, he is not looking like his normal self in 2018.

Auto-Stream

This tier consists of pitchers who don’t quite reach the trust level of the Auto-Starts. However, due to matchup or recent performance, they are capable of having elite level production in a given week.

PlayerTeamOpp1Opp2
Jacob deGromMets@CIN@PHI
Justin VerlanderAstrosTEX
Yu DarvishCubsMIA
Stephen StrasburgNationals@SD@ARZ
Charlie MortonAstrosTEX
Carlos CarrascoIndians@MIL
Aaron NolaPhilliesSFNYM
James PaxtonMariners@TOR@DET
Shohei OhtaniAngelsMIN
Patrick CorbinDiamondbacks@LAD
Carlos MartinezCardinalsMIN
Gerrit ColeAstros@OAK
Luis SeverinoYankeesBOSOAK

Notables

  • So, is pretty much everyone questioning the Mets’ decision to start Jacob deGrom on no rest after a weird elbow injury? Everyone remembers the Noah Syndergaard situation last year. Furthermore, it’s not like they’ve had the best recent history of keeping pitchers healthy. Deep breaths!
  • Shohei Ohtani also encountered his first injury this season since the last pitching planner, but it wasn’t arm-related. In fact, it was due to running out a base hit and twisting his ankle. Fortunately, we’ve seen him hit in multiple games since then and he has a start scheduled for Sunday. I’m not hesitant to pitch him whatsoever.

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  • How about the matchup for Yu Darvish at home against the Miami Triple-A squad? This has double-digit strikeouts written all over it. I imagine this will be an extremely popular play in DFS, but I don’t think there’s going to be any way to fade it.
  • Similarly, I love the matchup(s) for James Paxton. He gets to start a game in his home country with a trip to Toronto. On top of that, we see a matchup against a scuffling Detroit offense. Pax should win some fantasy matchups here in Week 6.

Dream Stream

The Dream Stream group more closely reflects the pitchers that you are contemplating starting or sitting. These are all worthy starters in a typical 12-team mixed league.

PlayerTeamOpp1Opp2
Walker BuehlerDodgersCIN
Jose QuintanaCubsMIA
Chris ArcherRays@BAL
Mike FoltynewiczBraves@MIA
Nick KinghamPiratesSF
Kyle HendricksCubsMIACWS
Sean NewcombBraves@TB@MIA
Miles MikolasCardinals@SD
Kenta MaedaDodgersCIN
Trevor BauerIndiansKC
Rich HillDodgersCIN
Mike SorokaBraves@MIA
Luke WeaverCardinals@SD
Blake SnellRaysATL@BAL
Gio GonzalezNationals@SD
Nick PivettaPhilliesSF
Jameson TaillonPiratesSF
Brandon McCarthyBraves@MIA
Jon GrayRockiesLAAMIL
Jake FariaRays@BAL
Garrett RichardsAngelsMIN
Zack GreinkeDiamondbacksWSH
Alex WoodDodgersARZ
Michael WachaCardinalsMIN@SD
Danny DuffyRoyals@BAL@CLE
Zack WheelerMets@CIN
Mike ClevingerIndiansKC
Jake ArrietaPhilliesNYM
Joey LucchesiPadresWSH
Lance McCullers Jr.Astros@OAK
Tyler SkaggsAngelsMIN
Steven MatzMets@PHI
Junior GuerraBrewersCLE
Jose BerriosTwins@LAA
Vince VelasquezPhilliesSF
Sean ManaeaAthleticsHOU
Jon LesterCubsCWS
Andrew SuarezGiants@PHI@PIT
Ian KennedyRoyals@BAL
Eric SkoglandRoyals@BAL
J.A. HappBlue JaysSEA
German MarquezRockiesMIL
Mike MinorRangersDET
Zack GodleyDiamondbacks@LADWSH
Tyson RossPadresWSHSTL
Marco GonzalesMariners@DET
Tyler MahleReds@LAD
Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox@TOR
Jeff SamardzijaGiants@PIT
Chad KuhlPiratesSF
Masahiro TanakaYankeesBOS
Dylan BundyOriolesKCTB
Ivan NovaPirates@CWS
Dallas KeuchelAstros@OAKTEX

Notables

  • Yep, I’m a fan of Nick Kingham! I listened to an interview of his on MLB Network on XM Radio last week and was really taken aback by what he had to say. He was talking about how he didn’t learn how to throw that nasty slider until Spring Training and how it’s helped him with pitch sequencing. Additionally, he spoke on the hardships he’s gone through with surgery and such. Well, I’m on board the bandwagon is all I need to say.
  • Sean Newcomb has been lights out lately and gets a two-start week that fantasy owners have been dreaming about in 2018. Hell, they are even both away from SunTrust Park in less homer-friendly arenas. He’s my Stream of the Week, so make sure he’s not chilling on your waiver wire for some reason.
  • Sticking with the (FIRST PLACE) Braves, I’m not entirely sure if Mike Soroka will get that lovely Miami start this week. Atlanta is threatening to put Anibal Sanchez back into the rotation, which is just garbage. If the Braves want to continue their reign atop the NL East, they need to leave Soroka alone and even add my boy Luiz Gohara to the starting staff soon.

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  • It hasn’t been entirely consistent, but we are finally getting some good work from Jake Faria. Since those first two bad starts, he’s been getting way more swings and misses, plain and simple. He’s risen his SwStr% from a putrid 2.5% in the first two starts to 13.0% in his last four starts. I wish I could tell you the exact reason for this, but hey I don’t need much more convincing if you don’t! (Winky face)

Buyer Beware

These pitchers are better left on your bench for the week if not the waiver wire. Guys closer to the top could be on the brink of being promoted in the right matchup or with a continued hot streak. If a player is not listed in any tiers, that should be the cue to drop the said player.

PlayerTeamOpp1Opp2
Andrew HeaneyAngels@COLMIN
Wade MileyBrewersCLE@COL
Chris StrattonGiants@PHI
Jakob JunisRoyals@CLE
Tyler AndersonRockiesLAA
Zack EflinPhilliesSFNYM
Kyle FreelandRockiesMIL
Rick PorcelloRed Sox@NYY
Francisco LirianoTigers@TEX
Wei-Yen ChenMarlins@CHC
Kyle GibsonTwins@LAA
Jason VargasMets@CIN
Felix HernandezMariners@DET
Michael FulmerTigers@TEXSEA
Chad BettisRockiesMIL
Eric LauerPadresSTL
Tyler ChatwoodCubsCWS
Tanner RoarkNationals@ARZ
Luis CastilloRedsNYM@LAD
Bartolo ColonRangersDET
Caleb SmithMarlinsATL
David PriceRed Sox@NYY
Fernando RomeroTwins@STL@LAA
Derek HollandGiants@PHI@PIT
Cole HamelsRangers@HOU
Reynaldo LopezWhite SoxPIT
Chase AndersonBrewers@COL
Trevor WilliamsPirates@VWS
Daniel MengdenAthleticsHOU
Zack DaviesBrewers@COL
Mike FiersTigers@TEX
Jeremy HellicksonNationals@SD@ARZ
Hector SantiagoWhite Sox@CHC
Kevin GausmanOriolesTB
Clayton RichardPadresWSHSTL
Jake OdorizziTwins@STL
Trevor CahillAthletics@NYY
Jarlin GarciaMarlins@CHCATL
Julio TeheranBraves@TB
Matt BoydTigersSEA
CC SabathiaYankeesBOS
Andrew TriggsAthletics@NYY
Jaime GarciaBlue JaysSEA
Sonny GrayYankeesOAK
Chance AdamsYankeesOAK
Dan StrailyMarlinsATL
Drew PomeranzRed Sox@NYY@TOR
Jose UrenaMarlins@CHCATL
Marcus StromanBlue JaysSEABOS

Notables

  • The Rockies offense has been sneakily terrible so far this year, but I’m still not starting mid-tier guys at Coors Field. My rating system has Andrew Heaney and Wade Miley much higher than they should be because of what the Colorado offense has been in April. Disregard these guys for Week 6 if you’re smart.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the Yankees offense continues their reign of terror offensively. Thusly, I am sitting a few prominent Boston starters like David PriceRick Porcello, and Drew Pomeranz. Don’t overthink it – why risk starting these guys anyway? Also, does anyone say ‘thusly’ anymore? Or is it even a word?

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  • In this week’s version of Tyler’s Simplistic Scouting Spotlight, we take a look at Fernando Romero, a starter for the Twins. I liked what I saw in the debut against the Blue Jays, but there were still some negatives to take away so I wanted to make sure that we all take a step back and analyze without the debut in mind. He’s got three pitches, but really only throws his fastball-slider combo and leaves out his changeup. We’ve seen strikeout pitchers get by with two pitches, but the ERA should be inflated because of it. Think something along the lines of what Dinelson Lamet (RIP) gave you last year but not as good. I don’t know if that helps, but there ya go!

Arms Amending

This is usually where I put the players that are on the disabled list or making rehab appearances. Not only is it important to know where they are in their recovery, but knowing who will be replacing them is key as well.

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PlayerTeamInjuryReturn
Adam WainwrightCardinalsElbow inflammationEarly May
Robbie RayDiamondbacksOblique strainLate May
Hyun-Jin RyuDodgersGroin strainLate May
Ervin SantanaTwinsFinger surgeryLate May
Joe MusgrovePiratesStrained shoulderLate May
Nathan EovaldiRaysElbow issuesLate May
Jerad EickhoffPhilliesStrained latLate May
Madison BumgarnerGiantsFractured fingerEarly June
Alex ReyesCardinalsTommy John surgeryEarly June
Carlos RodonWhite SoxShoulder surgeryEarly June
Yonny ChirinosRaysForearm strainEarly June
Anthony DeSclafaniRedsStrained obliqueEarly June
Danny SalazarIndiansShoulder inflammationMid June
Jordan MontgomeryYankeesElbow strainLate June
Erasmo RamirezMarinersShoulder strainLate June
Jimmy NelsonBrewersShoulder surgeryAll-Star Break
Julio UriasDodgersShoulder surgeryAll-Star Break
Matt ShoemakerAngelsStrained forearmAll-Star Break
Shelby MillerDiamondbacksTommy John surgeryAll-Star Break
Johnny CuetoGiantsElbow inflammationTBD

Notables

  • Ugh, can Cardinals fans just get over Adam Wainwright already? I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason his veteran ass has a solidified spot in the rotation. I’m sorry, everyone – I just really want them to unleash Jack Flaherty. Tired of this back and forth from the minors to majors game they are playing.
  • An inevitable injury to Hyun-Jin Ryu has allowed Walker Buehler to remain in the rotation. I’m hoping he continues what he has done in his first two starts and forces the hand of the struggling Dodgers.

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  • What the hell are the Rays going to do now that Yonny Chirinos is on the DL? They really only have three starters right now and, with injuries to Chirinos and Eovaldi, they will have to ‘bullpen’ multiple games.
  • The Yankees suffered yet another injury with Jordan Montgomery going down with some elbow issues. I’m not expecting him until at least late June with the All-Star Break return being in play. As seen in the ‘Buyer Beware’ section, I’m speculating a call-up for Chance Adams. That’s a starter I don’t mind throwing a dart on in 12-team leagues and greater.
  • If you have any better news on Johnny Cueto, let me know, please! Mmk thanks.

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