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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner


A hearty welcome to those of you still chugging along through the start of Fantasy Football season. If you’re reading this you’re either in the playoffs, or really want to see how I’ll screw up this week. Congratulations! Either way, there’s bound to be some heartbreak in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner!

Anyone looking for Waiver Wire help should check out our Week 23 article. 

I’ll get right to the planner this week so everyone can set their playoff lineups as early as possible.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – Chicago White Sox

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As we close in on the end of the season, owners need to look in the strangest places to make a playoff push.

The White Sox have one of the worst offenses in the league but should have a good week against two of the worst staffs in the league.

They’ll open the week on Tuesday with a three-game series at home against the Royals. Kansas City is ranked 24th in WAR and has the third-worst strikeout rate in the league. The Royals also have a walk problem, carrying the sixth-worst BB/9 in the major leagues.

Next, Chicago will travel to Seattle for a three-game series with the Mariners. The M’s have had one of the worst pitching staffs all season long. Their biggest problem has been the long ball, having allowed 236 home runs thus far, second-worst in the league.

Notable Players

Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada will continue to be their productive selves. Tim Anderson has recorded multiple hits in five of his last six games and should continue to swing a hot bat next week.

Eloy Jimenez is also on a hot streak and should also by universally owned next week. James McCann and Leury Garcia are sneaky deep league options for the second week of the playoffs as well.

Offense to Avoid – Minnesota Twins

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Despite setting the record for most home runs in a single season, the Twins offense will be in tough next week.

A series against the third-ranked Nationals pitching staff will put the Minnesota bats in a rough spot to start the week. Washington has allowed just 173 home runs this season, fifth-best in the league. They also rank in the top-10 in strikeout and walk rates.

Minnesota’s next series is against the Indians, who have been one of the top rotations in the league all season long. Cleveland is also above average at limiting home runs and are also in the top-10 in both K% and BB%.

Notable Players

The Twins have eight players with 20 home runs or more, all each of them might experience a power outage next week.

Offense to Target – St. Louis Cardinals

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The Cardinals offense has been on fire of late, ranking second in the league in WAR and runs scored over the past 14 days. Over that span they’ve slashed .281/.361/.472.

The streaking St. Louis offense will be gifted another good matchup to start the week, with three games in Coors Field. Colorado remains one of the best hitters parks in the league and should provide plenty of fireworks.

Second, the Cardinals will travel home for a three-game series against the NL Central rival Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have been in a tailspin late in the season, falling to third in the division, seven games back of the Cardinals.

Over the last 30 days, Milwaukee’s pitching staff has struggled, carrying a 4.52 ERA with a 4.31 BB/9. In that span, they also have the fifth-highest HR/9 in the league, behind the sterling Tigers, Rockies and Marlins rotations.

Notable Players

If Matt Carpenter was dropped in the midst of his poor season, this is a perfect week for him to go on a hot streak. Paul DeJong has two home runs in his last three games and has a shot to reach 30 home runs before the end of next week.

Kolten Wong and Tommy Edman are two middle infield options for owners in deep leagues.

Offense to Avoid – Oakland Athletics

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As the Athletics look to hold onto the second Wildcard spot they will need to do so in a pair of tough division matchups.

They will first need to deal with the Astros rotation that has the best strikeout percentage in the majors at 27.3%. For the season they have the third-best ERA and the lowest opponents average.

Next, Oakland will take on the surprisingly effective Rangers’ pitching staff. Anchored by an incredible season from Mike Minor, the Rangers staff has been great over the last two weeks. They rank seventh in WAR, ninth in ERA, and fourth in HR/9.

Notable Players

There’s a lot of hype going around for the return of Ramon Laureano. In his first week back after a long layoff, don’t expect the outfielder to pick up right where he left off before going on the IL.

Khris Davis is not going to reach a .247 average this year, don’t rely on him to carry you through the playoffs. He’s not hitting for power to make up for his poor average. Sit him in a crucial week.

Marcus Semien has grown into an excellent leadoff hitter, scoring 103 runs thus far but could see lowered production if the power hitters behind him can’t put the ball into the seats.

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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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