2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner: Detroit Rock City

by Jonathan Chan
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner

Friday was a roller coaster of emotions for Jays fans. First, they were teased with this tweet:

The city stopped. Maple Leaf Square was renamed to Vladdy Village and the big screen was switched from the NHL and NBA playoffs to Guerrero highlights. Then this happened:

As you can see, it was a rough few hours for baseball fans in Toronto. I may or may not have purchased tickets for a certain Tuesday game myself, so you know which outcome I'm cheering for.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target - Detroit Tigers

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Yes, the Tigers have one of the worst offenses in the league. But even the worst teams have good showings once in a while. Next week Detroit will face two of the leagues worst pitching staffs, making some of their players sneaky good options in deep weekly or DFS leagues.

The Tigers will start their week with a four-game series at Fenway against the Red Sox. Boston has still not fixed their pitching issues, carrying the worst team ERA in the league at 6.01.

Detroit will then finish their week with a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Chicago has the third worst team ERA and the fourth high walk rate of any pitching staff in the majors.

Notable Players

Miguel Cabrera has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games and should continue the hot hitting against poor rotations this week. Niko Goodrum is a widely available utility player who can help owners fill holes in their lineups. Grayson Greiner has started four of the last six games behind the plate and could be a good streamer for owners in need of a catcher.

Offense to Avoid - San Francisco Giants

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The Giants don't have a very good offense and will be put into a tough position in Week 4, playing just five games against good opponents.

First, they'll visit Toronto for a two-game series against the Blue Jays. The Toronto pitching staff has the eighth-best ERA in the majors, and are pitching much better than expected. The Jays are top-10 in both strikeout rate and walk rate and should be able to stifle the poor Giants offense.

The Giants will continue their East coast trip with a three-game series against the Yankees. New York has one of the best pitching staffs in the league, owning the fifth best K-BB% in the league.

Notable Players

All Giants should be benched this week. Including Buster Posey. He is having a terrible start to the season and this week will only make it worse.

Offense to Target - Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays are on the target list for the second week in a row with two more solid matchups on the horizon.

Kansas City and it's 26th ranked rotation is first on the schedule. The Royals are bottom 10 in both strikeout and walk rates as well as ERA. Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, and Homer Bailey shouldn't be scaring anyone out of starting their Rays.

Tampa Bay's second series comes against the Red Sox on the road. For more Boston stats, refer to the Tiger's section above if you didn't read it the first time.

Notable Players

Brandon Lowe is a must-add this week. He has hit five home runs in the last 10 days, including two in the last three games. Avisail Garcia has hit two homers in his last four games and is worth an add this week as well. Kevin Kiermaier and Yandy Diaz also warrant consideration.

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Offense to Avoid - San Diego Padres

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The Padres offense has gotten off to a great start but will be a team to avoid with only five games on the schedule.

The mini two-game series against Seattle may bring success but their next series against Washinton will be extremely difficult. As the schedule lines up, they will have to face Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Luckily the Padres will avoid Max Scherzer but the rest of the Nationals pitching staff is still formidable.

Notable Players

I don't think I can convince anyone to bench Manny Machado or Fernando Tatis Jr. but guys like Eric Hosmer, Hunter Renfroe, and Franmil Reyes are borderline options thanks to the light schedule.

Platoon Target

Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets

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The Mets will be facing six consecutive right-handed pitchers this week, which bodes well for the young shortstop. Rosario is hitting .309 against righties and .118 against lefties.

Moving into a week only facing right-handers on two struggling rotations (Philadelphia, Milwaukee) should give Rosario the boost he needs to have a good week.

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