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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Hitting Planner: Red Faced


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Hitting Planner! A lot has happened injury-wise this week that will affect future matchups. Owners who need help finding the biggest beneficiaries should check out our Waiver Wire.

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge add more power to a Yankees lineup that now boasts Edwin Encarnacion. The power potential of that lineup is absolutely monstrous.

Mike Clevinger is back on the IL with a sprained ankle and could miss a couple of starts. Trevor Story is also on the IL with a thumb injury and will miss multiple weeks.

Frankie Montas was suspended for 80 games for PED use, while Dallas Keuchel is up with Atlanta.

I’m sure four hundred other things will happen by the time I finish.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers will embark on a seven-game road trip next week but will find themselves in more hitter-friendly parks than Dodger Stadium.

First, Los Angeles will travel to Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Chase Field isn’t as friendly as it used to be thanks to the humidor but is still a middle of the pack park.

Of course, we can’t talk about NL West rivals without a juicy matchup at Coors Field. Four games against the Rockies rotation in Colorado gives the Dodgers a big leg up next week.

Notable Players

Chris Taylor, Alex Verdugo, and Enrique Hernandez are the widely available options on the Dodgers roster that could see an uptick in production this week.

Offense to Avoid – Cincinnati Reds

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The Reds offense isn’t dead last like it was earlier in the season, but they haven’t picked up the pace enough to be matchup proof.

Cincy actually has a good matchup in their first series of the week, but it will only be two games against the struggling Angels staff. However, they will be facing off against Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning, the best Los Angeles has to offer.

After another day off, the Reds will travel home for a three-game series against the Cubs. While the Chicago rotation hasn’t been as hot as they were at the end of May, they’ve still been a top-10 rotation over the last 30 days and should be more than enough to handle the struggling Reds offense.

Notable Players

Eugenio Suarez has been Cincinnati’s best hitter thus far but has just seven hits in his last 13 games. Joey Votto has not been himself this season and can be safely benched.

Offense to Target – Milwaukee Brewers

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The Brewers offense is good enough that it doesn’t need the help of good matchups, but they’ll get it anyways with matchups against Seattle and Pittsburgh next week.

The Mariners pitching staff has struggled all season long and currently sits at 27th in the league. Their biggest problem is the long ball, having given up the second most home runs in the league this year.

Over the last 14 days, the Pirates pitching staff has been horrid, carrying a 7.41 ERA, second worst in that span (Go Blue Jays!). Their HR/9 is third worst in that span (Mariners are second worst), and their BB/9 is second worst.

Notable Players

Start Christian Yelich. Other than the MVP front runner, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw should have a good week ahead. The struggling Lorenzo Cain should also be able to get back on track.

Offense to Avoid – Los Angeles Angels

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Having already mentioned the Angels, I didn’t want to pile on but it seemed necessary based on their matchups.

The Reds offense hasn’t been great, but their pitching sure has been. Their staff ranks fifth in WAR, and third in ERA as well as HR/9.

The Angels next matchup is against their AL West rival Athletics. As I mentioned in the intro, their ace Frankie Montas has been suspended and we’ve yet to see how badly it will affect the rotation. With Montas the A’s rotation ranked eighth in WAR, and ERA. Not an upper echelon staff, but good enough to cause problems for LA, provided they can work around Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Notable Players

Tommy LaStella has struggled over the last 14 days, getting on base at just a .288 clip. David Fletcher has also struggled of late collecting just eight hits in the last two weeks. Both players performed well at the beginning of the month, but have slowed enough to give owners pause in tough matchups.

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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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