2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Hitting Planner: Bigger in Texas

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Hitting Planner

Due to popular demand, the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Hitting Planner is back!

After a one-week school induced hiatus, the planner is back and ready to help with all your streaming needs.

As rosters are set to expand in September, some of the best adds will be prospects brought up in the next couple of weeks.

For a better look at who could be coming up, check out Tyler's Week 21 Prospect Report.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target - Texas Rangers

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The Rangers offense isn't what it once was but they should get a shot in the arm this week against a pair of division rivals.

First, Texas will play a two-game series in Los Angeles against the Angels. The Halos' rotation has struggled all season and could be in for a tough end to the season with Griffin Canning out for the rest of the season.

The Angels' pitching staff has given up 208 home runs this season, fourth-most in the league. Their 5.04 ERA is sixth highest in the league and over the last two weeks, their opponent's batting average has been .270, ninth highest in the league.

The Rangers will then travel back to Arlington for a four-game series with the Mariners. Seattle's pitching staff has the second-worst WAR and strikeout rate in the league. Seattle has also given up 217 home runs this season, second-most in the league, just behind the Orioles.

The combination of the Mariners bad pitching staff and the hitter-friendly confines of Globe Life Park will make for a great offensive week for the Rangers bats.

Notable Players

Danny Santana will have a chance to continue his hot-hitting against a pair of poor rotations. Shin-soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have fallen into a rut lately but should break out next week. At the time of this writing, Willie Calhoun has multiple hits in six straight starts making him a prime, under-owned option next week.

Offense to Avoid - Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays' offense has gone downhill over the last two weeks. Their slash line over that span is .228/.305/.373. Compared to the rest of the league, those numbers rank 28th, 24th, and 27th. They have had issues getting on base and hitting for power, making them a prime avoid candidate against two of the best pitching staffs in the league.

Tampa Bay will first travel to Houston to take on the Astros. If the schedule doesn't change, the Rays will line up against the Astros' ace trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Greinke. Absolutely not ideal.

Following that series, they travel home to Tropicana Field to take on the Indians. Cleveland's pitching staff has the third-highest WAR this season and boasts the fourth-best K-BB% in the majors. Just to pile on, the Rays are scheduled to face Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber during the series.

Notable Players

Austin Meadows is hitting just .188 over the last 14 days and will continue to struggle against the slew of tough opponents. In fact, over the last two weeks, the only Rays hitter ranked better than 155th in Yahoo leagues in Tommy Pham at 43. But even he is hitting just .222 in that span.

Jesus Aguilar, Travis d'Arnaud, and Eric Sogard should be benched or dropped this week.

Offense to Target - Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pirates will play all seven games next week on the road in a pair of very friendly ballparks.

Pittsburgh will first travel to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies for three games. Citizens Bank Park is one of the best hitters parks in the league, sitting at sixth in park factor for home runs.

The disappointing Phillies rotation adds to the Pirates fortune. Philadelphia' rotation sits at 27th in WAR and HR/9 while also carrying a K/BB and opponents average in the bottom third of the league.

Next, the Pirates will travel to Colorado for a four-game series against the Rockies. Coors Field continues to be far and away the best hitter's park in the league. Their run factor of 1.46 is 0.3 runs higher than the next park.

Add Coors Field to a Rockies rotation that has a 6.37 ERA at home with a .298 opponent average and the Pirates will be laughing all week long.

Notable Players

Bryan Reynolds, who is somehow owned in just 56% of Yahoo leagues needs to be added and started in all leagues. Colin Moran, Kevin Newman, and Adam Frazier are decent options in deeper leagues for next week.

If Jose Osuna gets consistent at-bats he should be a sneaky source of power.

Offense to Avoid - Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona does have a great matchup against the Giants to start the week but owners need to be careful, as their next four games are against the Dodgers' league-best rotation.

Los Angeles holds a 3.35 ERA (1st), 2.34 BB/9 (1st), and, .223 opponents average (2nd). The D'Backs will manage to avoid MLB ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu but will still run into Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, who are a combined 23-5 with a 2.94 ERA.

Notable Players

The hot-hitting Ketel Marte could be slowed against the tough Dodgers rotation. Eduardo Escobar, Nick Ahmed, and David Peralta could see a decrease in production this week as well.

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