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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner: Busting Out


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner. What an All-Star break and more specifically, what a Home Run Derby.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the rest of the field put on an absolute show on Monday. I know I’m a little behind gushing about the performance but it was still insane watching Vlad, Pete Alonso, and Joc Pederson create one of the best Derby’s in a long time.

If you’re a little out of the loop after the break, check out our Week 15 Waiver Wire to catch up on who could help you out in the second half.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – San Francisco Giants

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I’ll push the limits of credibility here and recommend the 25th ranked offense in the league for next week. The Giants have the benefit of an extra game this week and will play in two juicy matchups.

First, the Giants will enjoy a four-game series in the friendly confines of Coors Field. Colorado has always been a hitter-friendly environment but has been orders of magnitude better in 2019. According to ESPN park factors, Coors Field has a run factor of 1.64 runs above average. The next closest park is PNC Park with a 1.18 run factor.

The Rockies pitching staff is ranked 16th overall but falls has the worst ERA (6.23) in the league when pitching at Coors.

San Francisco then travels home for another four-game series against the living soap-opera that is the Mets. Over the last two weeks, New York’s 6.32 ERA is the second worst in the majors. They’re giving up more than two home runs per nine innings and their .284 opponents average is 26th in that span.

Notable Players

There aren’t many, but there is potential for very sneaky production for Brandon Belt, Evan Longoria, and Kevin Pillar. Over the last month, Alex Dickerson ranks just outside the top-100 batters and could be a decent option this week. Buster Posey should have a decent week is you’re in the 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues where he is available.

Sorry, Joey Bart isn’t getting called up this week.

Offense to Avoid – Texas Rangers

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My affinity for Joey Gallo means I’ll never bench him, but he and the rest of the Rangers will be in a tough spot next week. Texas will only play five games next week against a pair of tough opponents.

Their first series against the Diamondbacks won’t be easy, thanks to a great run from the Arizona pitching staff. Over the last 14 days, the D’Backs have held opponents to a league-best .217 average and a fourth-ranked 3.74 ERA.

The Rangers will then travel to Houston to take on the division rival Astros. Their rotation struggled going into the All-Star break but maintained the fourth-lowest ERA (3.86) in the league.

Notable Players

The Astros HR/9 is actually the sixth worst in the league, so Gallo needs to stay in lineups. Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara, and Shin-Soo Choo should see production dips next week, especially with Hunter Pence on the IL.

Offense to Target – Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland offense isn’t the best but thanks to playing in the AL Central, they have plenty of good matchups to take advantage of.

Next week the Indians get the two of the worst rotations in the American League. First up is a series against the Royals and their 27th ranked staff. They are dead last in K-BB% and the only team in the league below 10 percent in that category. Over the course of the season, they’ve given up the highest opponent batting average, which will help the Indians improve on their poor .244 team average.

The Tigers pitching staff had a great start to the season, but have struggled of late. Over the last 30 days, they have gone 5-20 with a 5.55 ERA. Their .284 average allowed to opponents is second worst in the league, only to the Blue Jays.

Notable Players

Outside of Cleveland’s big three, who should perform well this week, there are a few options for owners to take a shot on. Oscar Mercado should be able to break out of his slump. Jake Bauers has multiple hits in five of his last six games, while Roberto Perez has homered in two of his last three.

Offense to Avoid – Oakland Athletics

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The A’s don’t have a murderers row on the schedule but may struggle in their first full week back from the break.

Two games against Seattle may seem easy but the Mariners have actually pitched well over the last two weeks. Their 3.89 ERA ranked fifth in that time. Despite a lack of strikeouts, the staff has been good enough at limiting hits (.238 opp. average) enough to be effective.

The Twins are the second matchup for Oakland and represent a far tougher opponent. Over the last 30 days, Minnesota has the third best rotation by WAR, aided by their ability to limit home runs, which ranked fifth over the last month.

Notable Players

Khris Davis hitting below .247 and hasn’t hit a home run since June 18. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson could have some trouble against Minnesota who, as mentioned, are excellent at limiting the long ball.

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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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