2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner: Championship Hangover

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

I finally happened. I get to talk about the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner. After 24 seasons with some of the lowest lows in NBA history, the Raptors toppled the Golden State Warriors to bring home the first title in franchise history.

Following the win, Toronto fans flooded the streets in celebration. Was it worth it for this guy? It definitely was for me.

There were almost as many people on the streets following the win as there will be if Joey Gallo ever bats .300 in a season.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target - Seattle Mariners

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Yes, the Mariners as a team have been atrocious. But their offense should have a boost this week against two of the worst rotations in the league.

The Orioles and Royals have a combined 5.40 ERA and have the 30th and 27th ranked ERAs in the league, respectively. The teams have two of the worst strikeout rates in the majors. This should allow the Mariners to put enough men on base to extend their lead over the Brewers for the second most home runs in the league.

Notable Players

Slugger Daniel Vogelbach is owned in just 54% of leagues and should be added for next week. Mallex Smith is in the middle of a 10-game hitting streak and is still one of the premier speed options in the league at just 51% owned.

Anyone in desperate need of a catcher can take a flier on Tom Murphy. He started four games last week and swatted four home runs. He won't be an everyday player but can provide some power on the plays he does play.

Offense to Avoid - San Francisco Giants

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The Giants already struggling offense will have its work cut out for it next week, going up against two Top 10 rotations.

The Dodgers rotation remains one of the best in the league. Over the last two weeks, they have been lights out, holding a 2.12 ERA, by far the lowest in the league. In that span, their 18.9 percent K-BB% is third best in the league and they have been holding opposing teams to .179 average.

The Diamondbacks rotation has been right behind the Dodgers over the last two weeks. Their 3.08 ERA trails only Loa Angeles and their 5.7% walk rate is the lowest in the league.

Notable Players

The Giants offense isn't heavily owned, but the usual suspects like Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt, and the recently returned Buster Posey should be avoided this week.

Offense to Target - San Diego Padres

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Like the Mariners, the Padres have a good opportunity next week, facing two teams with struggling pitching staffs.

The Brewers rotation has allowed plenty of runs over the last 14 days, holding a 5.35 ERA good for 25th in the league in that span. Milwaukee is in the bottom-10 in WHIP and walk rate over the last two weeks.

The Pirates rotation is a mess right now, carrying a league-worst 6.67 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, .285 opponents average and 19.9% walk rate.

Notable Players

Somehow, Fernando Tatis Jr. is only owned in 80% of Yahoo leagues and needs to be added everywhere. Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, Franmil Reyes, and Hunter Renfroe are owned in less than 70% of leagues and make for good options.

Offense to Avoid - New York Yankees

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The Yankees are a normally prolific offense but could struggle against two of the best rotations in the league.

The Rays have the top pitching staff in the league, carrying a league-leading 3.02 ERA over the course of the season. Tampa Bay is exceptional at limiting home runs, allowing just 0.85 home runs per nine innings.

The Astros are another of the league's top pitching staffs, ranking fourth in WAR. They also limit opposing teams to the third-fewest walks in the league.

Now this pick could blow up in my face with the impending returns of Aaron judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

Notable Players

I don't think many of the Yankees hitters will be benchable. However, owners should expect lowered production next week, especially from Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu, and Clint Frazier.

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