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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Hitting Planner: Sick Day

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Hello everyone and welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Hitting Planner! I’m writing this in bed with a pretty high fever. If you see anything that was obviously written in a medicated haze, please (nicely) let me know and I’ll fix it.

I know a lot happened in baseball this week, but I’m going to pivot and talk about the NBA Finals. How about those Raptors? Game 1 was very exciting and I can’t wait to see how Golden State adjusts to the Toronto defense. Being from Toronto, the only two words that could make me happier are:

He stay.

Onto the Hitting Planner.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – Houston Astros

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Obviously, the Astros are struggling with injuries at the moment, having called up Myles Straw to fill in at shortstop while Carlos Correa spends 4-6 weeks on the injured list. With their big hitters recuperating, the lesser-owned batters in the Astros lineup will have a chance to step up.

Playing against Baltimore (30th in ERA) and Seattle (29th in ERA) will be perfect for the role players and youngsters to get their feet wet against the soft competition. The Orioles and Mariners pitching staffs also carry the highest home run rates, at 2.14 and 1.73 per nine innings, respectively.

Notable Players

Yuli Gurriel, Robinson Chirinos, and Josh Reddick are veterans with a chance to step up in the absence of Correa, Jose Altuve, and George Springer.

Derek Fisher is a good option in deeper leagues for owners looking at a 15-15 type of player. Straw is a natural outfielder who had played shortstop at Triple-A this season and may be called upon with Correa and depth option Aledmys Diaz out. He can provide owners with a good average and speed if he plays every day.

Offense to Avoid –  St. Louis Cardinals

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The Cardinals offense is nothing to scoff at. This season they rank 10th in WAR and have been dangerous despite Paul Goldschmidt not being his dominant self.

They start next week against the Reds’ and their third-ranked pitching staff. Cincinnati has the third best K/9 in the league and have been great at limiting home runs (2nd in HR/9).

Despite the Cubs’ rough start, Chicago has come on strong with one of the strongest staffs in the league. Over the last 30 days, the Cubs have earned the fifth-best WAR, led by Kyle Hendricks and his 1.81 ERA over that span.

Notable Players

Dealing with an injury, Yadier Molina should not be played next week against tough competition. Jose Martinez‘s playing time isn’t consistent enough to play him in weekly leagues, while Harrison Bader and Kolten should be totally avoided.

Offense to Target – Oakland Athletics

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Most teams have a day off on Monday next week, but the Athletics will make up for the lost day with a double-header in Texas later in the week.

The Rangers have the fourth-worst ERA in the league and play at Globe Life Park, one of the best hitters parks in the league. Oakland will go up against Lance Lynn, Adrian Sampson, and Drew Smyly and should be able to take advantage.

The A’s first series is against the Angels in Los Angeles. The Angels pitching staff is right behind the Mariners and Orioles in home runs allowed, at 91 for the season. The Halos will have Felix Pena, Tyler Skaggs, and Andrew Heaney on the mound. So the A’s could hit four home runs a game or get shut out in three straight. Feeling lucky?

Notable Players

Stephen Piscotty, Marcus Semien, and Matt Olson are not universally owned and could be in for big weeks. As of this writing, Semien and Olson have each homered in two consecutive games. Owners should be taking advantage of those hot streaks.

Josh Phegley and Ramon Laureano are solid streamers next week. Both are owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues.

Offense to Avoid – Cleveland Indians

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The Indians will have two difficult matchups, going up against the Twins and Yankees next week.

The Twins offense has been getting all the headlines but their pitching staff has been one of the best in the league. The Minnesota staff ranks fourth in WAR, sixth in ERA, and is one of the best staffs in the league at limiting walks.

The week doesn’t get any easier for Cleveland, as they welcome the Yankees to town later in the week. The New York staff has been incredible this season, ranking second in WAR, fifth in ERA, and seventh in K-BB%. Through all their injuries, the Yankees have managed to be a nightmare matchup for any lineup. Especially those that are already struggling.

Notable Players

Jose Ramirez finally got himself over the Mendoza line but could see his average fall right back below .200 with the tough week. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana are really the only other Indians worth playing but should struggle if the supporting cast is mowed down.

Platoon Target

Harold Ramirez, OF, Miami Marlins

This is just a way for me to sneak Ramirez in as an add candidate. But it works. In an extremely small sample size, Ramirez has hit right-handers very well, slashing .417.475/.556 in 40 plate appearances. As I write this, he has a 10-game hitting streak and will be facing five straight righties to start the week.




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About Jonathan Chan

Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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