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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Hitting Planner: Called Up


Talk about a whirlwind week. Within the last few days, some of the league’s top prospects were called up to the majors. Keston Hiura, Brendan Rodgers, and Austin Riley headline the list of call-ups. None of these prospects are on the teams featured in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Hitting Planner but should be added if they’re available.

Other recalled prospects include Willie Calhoun, Oscar Mercado, and Nicky Lopez. Calhoun and Lopez have been very good in their short stints and are great speculative adds as well.

Well enough stealing content from Tyler’s Prospect Report.

Onto the Hitting Planner!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target – New York Yankees

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The Yankees are the matchup lottery winners next week, with games against the Orioles and Royals.

The Orioles are still by far the worst rotation in the league, their ERA still sits at a league-worst 5.44 and they’ve given up nine more home runs in the last week, bringing their total to 89. There is no pitcher on the Baltimore staff that should worry owners. Target them until further notice.

The Royals rotation started the year off well, but they’ve gone downhill in the last few weeks and now have an ERA of 5.03. They have one of the worst K-BB percentages in the league, and finished giving up 16 runs to the Rangers before I started to write this post.

Notable Players

The Yankees’ injuries have opened up spots for their lesser-owned players. D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks should see ownership spikes this week as two bonafide starters who are only owned in 79 percent of leagues. Gio Urshela is hitting .370 over the last three weeks and is a good option in easy matchups.

Offense to Avoid – Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays have one of the better offenses in the league but could run into some trouble with a couple of tough matchups in Week 8.

Tampa Bay starts their week on Tuesday with a two-game series against the Dodgers. The entire Los Angeles rotation is dangerous and the Rays will run into one of, if not the best pitchers of this generation in Clayton Kershaw. Kenta Maeda was scheduled to start but it’s looking like he’ll hit the injured list. Ross Stripling will likely re-enter the rotation in his place.

The Rays will then travel to Cleveland to face their fourth-ranked pitching staff. Of course, the Rays have the misfortune of running into Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer.

Notable Players

Yandy Diaz is struggling with an ankle injury and may not be at full strength for next week. As of this writing, Brandon Lowe has struck out 12 times in his last five games, a situation that could get even worse in Week 8. Kevin Kiermaier and Willy Adames should be avoided this week as well.

Offense to Target – Seattle Mariners

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The Mariners already lead the league in home runs and will have a chance to extend that lead next week.

Their first matchup is against the Rangers, who are the only team who can compete with the Orioles for the title of the worst pitching staff in the league. Their 5.43 ERA is only slightly better than Baltimore’s, but their K-BB% is by far the worst in the league. The series will also take place at Globe Life Park, one of the best hitters parks in the league.

The Mariners second matchup is in Oakland against the Athletics. The A’s rotation isn’t a walk in the park, but they’re set up perfectly for a team like Seattle. Oakland pitchers allow the highest fly ball rate of any team in the league at 41%. A lineup as powerful as Seattle’s should take advantage if given the opportunity.

Notable Players

If Omar Narvaez is still available in your league he needs to be added immediately. Catcher is a horrible position as he’s hit seven home runs with a .387 OBP. Mallex Smith was just recalled from Triple-A after being sent down earlier in the season. If he was dropped, he should be added for his steals. Owners needing power should look at Jay Bruce, Dan Vogelbach, or Ryon Healy. Just watch out for your ratios.

Offense to Avoid – Chicago White Sox

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The White Sox don’t have the greatest lineup to begin with, but they will be in a very tough spot next week against Houston and Minnesota.

Houston still has a fearsome pitching staff, holding a 3.52 ERA and 20% K-BB percentage, good for first and fourth in the league respectively.

Minnesota’s pitching staff has been surprisingly effective this season, ranking seventh in WAR through 42 games. Led by ace Jose Berrios, the Twins have a top 10 ERA and are one of the best teams at limiting opposing home runs.

Notable Players

Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, and Tim Anderson have been too good to bench, but expect their performance to dip next week.

Platoon Target

Nick Ahmed, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Ahmed showed flashes of offensive talent last season, hitting a career-high 16 home runs for Arizona. The shortstop is still a defense-first player, but will have a chance to break out this week.

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Ahmed is hitting .409 against left-handed pitchers this season and will face at least three southpaws in Week 8. He rarely misses a game, and more at-bats against left-handers make him a solid streaming option for next week.

Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

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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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