2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner: Break Time

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner! This is a pre-All-Star break edition of the Hitting Planner, which means nothing in particular because the break starts on Monday. If you need advice on who to get off your team, check out our Drop List!

That doesn't mean that this week's edition won't be just as thrilling. Who wouldn't be thrilled with Joey Gallo returning without skipping a beat?

The Yankees lost Giancarlo Stanton to yet another long term injury. This time, the slugger strained his PCL and will be out until August. The New York lineup is still one of the best in the league, but obviously, the loss of his bat won't be doing anyone any favors.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target - Chicago Cubs

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The Cubs have the best pre-break schedule in the league. Their first series comes against the Pirates. While Pittsburgh has improved lately, they still own a bottom-10 ERA over the last month. Their starting rotation is prone to blow-ups and their bullpen outside of Felipe Vazquez has been inconsistent.

Next, the Cubs will travel across town for a mini two-game series against their south side rival White Sox. While Lucas Giolito is bordering elite territory, nobody else in the Chicago rotation has an ERA below 4.50. The White Sox team ERA is the fourth worst in the league overall, while their walk rate is second worst.

Notable Players

Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are the main targets for stream savvy owners next week. Owned in just 55 and 19 percent of Yahoo leagues, respectively, the Cubbies regulars should take advantage before the All-Star break. David Bote has been in a horrible slump lately but is worth taking a shot on in deeper leagues.

Offense to Avoid - Kansas City Royals

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The Royals' 21st ranked offense will be in a tough spot next week against two of the best pitching staffs in the league.

Kansas City's first matchup (outside of a game with the Blue Jays) is against the Indians. Cleveland's staff ranks sixth in WAR and fourth in ERA despite extended IL stints for Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger. Unfortunately for the Royals, Clevinger will be back next week. He will take the hill along with Shane Bieber and Trevor Bauer in the three-game set.

Things don't get easier for Kansas City, as their next matchup is on the road against the Nationals. Washington has been a top-10 pitching staff by WAR all year and has also improved their team ERA to eighth over the last month. Yes, they will have to face Max Scherzer.

Notable Players

Whit Merrifield is too good to bench but the lineup around him should struggle enough to severely impact his counting stats. Jorge Soler, Alex Gordon, and Billy Hamilton are all terrible options next week.

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Offense to Target - Washington Nationals

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The Nats' bats will also have a good time next week, getting to face the Marlins in addition to the Royals.

The Miami staff ranks in the bottom third of the league. Although the addition of Zac Gallen and their other young arms has set things in the right direction, the Marlins are an easy target for the Nationals.

The Royals have a similarly poor rotation, carrying a 4.93 ERA this season, which is the sixth worst in the league. Kansas City has the third worst K% in the league at just over 20 percent, which should help the Washington batters put plenty of men on base.

Notable Players

Howie Kendrick is a good streaming option in the games he will play in. Adam Eaton should be a good source of runs next week. Brian Dozier is an option in deeper leagues for owners who are willing to sacrifice their batting average.

Offense to Avoid - Colorado Rockies

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It seems odd to avoid the Rockies, considering they're second in runs scored this season. However, their matchups this week are tough and should not be overlooked when planning for Week 14. Not to mention they only play five games.

Colorado's first matchup is at home against the Astros. Normally a home matchup would be great for the Rockie's bats but Houston's rotation has been very good at avoiding bats (10.01 K/9, 2nd in MLB) and limiting baserunners (2.76 BB/9, 3rd in MLB) hat they should be able to limit the damage.

Their second matchup is on the road against the rejuvenated Arizona pitching staff. The D'Backs have the 11th ranked staff in the league and have been good at limiting runs at home. At Chase Field, the Diamondbacks are top-10 in HR allowed, opponents average, and hits.

Notable Players

Anyone not named Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, or David Dahl should be benched next week. Daniel Murphy is a fringe option but has just four RBI in his last 10 games.

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