Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner! Week 10 was a horror show of injuries. Just over the last couple of days Mitch Haniger, J.D Martinez, Carlos Carrasco, Matt Carpenter, Gleyber Torres, and Caleb Smith have either hit the DL or are day-to-day.
Haniger's injury was definitely the most grotesque.
Roster move: Mitch Haniger to the DL with a ruptured testicle.
I have a stomach ache just typing that. https://t.co/6fF8fTplul
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 7, 2019
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner
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Offense to Target - San Diego Padres
The Padres are prime targets for streamers this week. In addition to a couple of easy matchups, they will get Fernando Tatis Jr. back from injury to give the whole lineup a boost.
San Diego's first matchup is against the Giants, who are the league's 29th ranked pitching staff. They rank in the bottom 10 for team ERA, strikeout rate, and give up the most hard contact of any team in the league.
Their next matchup is a four-game series in Colorado against the Rockies. Of course, Coors Field is still one of the best hitters parks in the league. By ESPN Park Factors, Coors is by far the best park for run scoring in the league. Although it has lost its crown as the easiest home run park, fifth place is still a respectable number and more than a good enough for owners to stream Padres.
The Padres have had an unremarkable offensive season, but things could change with the return of Tatis. Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes are the main targets this week. Two excellent power hitters with excellent matchups. Renfroe is owned in just 58% of Yahoo leagues and Reyes in owned in just 62%.
Offense to Avoid - Los Angeles Angels
The Angels got some good news this week, as Justin Upton will begin his rehabilitation this week. Before then, Los Angeles will need to deal with an extremely tough week, going against the Dodgers and Rays.
The Dodgers rotation has been incredible of late. Over the last 30 days, their team ERA is a league-best 2.69 and their walk rate is a ridiculously low 4.9%. The starters have been even better in that same span. In 25 games, the rotation has put together a 17-2 record with a 1.98 ERA. The Angels bats are lucky they only get two games against their state rivals.
If it wasn't for the Dodger's absolute dominance over the last month, I would have led with the Rays. Tampa Bay's staff has the second-best ERA (3.21) and have allowed the fewest home runs per nine innings in that span.
Do not bench Mike Trout. Feel free to bench David Fletcher, Tommy LaStella, Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin. Shohei Ohtani has been excellent, and I would lean towards keeping him in lineups, despite the tough matchups.
Offense to Target - Boston Red Sox
The defending champs could be without Martinez due to back spasms, but the rest of the lineup should feast.
Boston's first matchup will be at home against the Rangers. Over the last month, Texas has been a middle of the road staff, coming in with an ERA of 4.62. However, the Rangers allow the most hard contact in the league (tied with the Giants) and have the fourth worst strikeout to walk ratio in the league.
The Red Sox then travel to Boston for a matchup with their AL East rival Orioles. I won't go through the stats for Baltimore, because if you're a regular reader, you know how bad they are. If you're new, just know that the Baltimore staff is poor and all players should be started against them.
The struggling Michael Chavis is an ideal streamer next week against weak competition. Christian Vazquez is a good catching option, while Jackie Bradley Jr., Mitch Moreland, and Brock Holt are solid, widely available streamers for next week.
Offense to Avoid - Texas Rangers
The Rangers have the worst ranked offense over the last two weeks, hitting .248 as a team with just 12 home runs, second worst in the league in that time span. The loss of Joey Gallo has heavily impacted their lineup and they shouldn't be expected to improve until he gets back.
Of course, their first matchup is in Fenway against the Red Sox. The Boston rotation ranks ninth in WAR for the season, but have improved over the last 30 days. Since the beginning of May, their staff is ranked third in WAR, third in K/9, and second in K-BB%.
The Rangers' will then take on the Reds and their third ranked rotation. Cincinnati's 3.65 ERA is fourth in the league and their strikeout rate is third in the league.
Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Reynolds has hit very well since making his Pirates debut and the hot hitting should continue next week. Reynolds will face seven right-handed pitchers next week, against whom he is batting .331 this season.
78% of his RBI have come against right-handers, while 82% of his runs have come against righties.
The outfielder is owned in just 27% of Yahoo leagues and is a solid bet to hit well against a slew of righties next week.
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