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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner: Red Faced

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Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner. I’m watching Game 5 of the Raptors-Bucks series as I write this, so forgive me if I accidentally slip an NBA name in here.

I want to apologize to the Minnesota Twins. In an early edition of the Hitting Planner, I poked fun at them for having just one home run through two weeks of the season. On Thursday, they came out and hit eight home runs against the Angels. The eight homers tied a team record and pushed them into the league lead with 98.

To say the Twins have been incredible is an understatement. The return of slugger Miguel Sano just adds another (one) dimension to their lineup. Target everyone in that lineup.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner

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Offense to Target

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona’s appeal is very simple this week. They have four games in Colorado against the Rockies. Coors Field has once again taken it’s customary spot as the best hitters park in the league. Coors is currently at a park factor of 1.556 runs (with an average of 1.00) while the next highest park, Camden Yards, sits at 1.273.

Keep in mind, the Orioles’ historically bad pitching staff has the “advantage” of giving up 107 home runs in 50 games. The Diamondbacks are hitting very well in Colorado, slashing .304/.344/.617 there this season.

Notable Players

Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar are owned in 59 and 77 percent of Yahoo! leagues respectively and should be added for next week if they’re available.

After a hot start, Christian Walker has cooled significantly and is only owned in just 36 percent of leagues. If he was dropped in yours, there’s no better time to bet on a rebound.

Owners needing a shortstop should look into Nick Ahmed, and those needing speed should add Jarrod Dyson because both are widely available in Yahoo! leagues.

Prospect Kevin Cron is expected to join the team shortly and is worth an add for his debut in Coors Field.

Kansas City Royals

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The Royals don’t have a particularly intimidating offense, but their matchups next week make the Kansas City bats a prime target next week.

Their first matchup is against the White Sox in Chicago. The White Sox have the worst walk rate in the majors and do not strike out enough batters to make up for all the runners they put on base. Their 4.93 ERA is ninth worst in the majors and their HR/9 is the fourth worst. Their home park, Guaranteed Rate Field is the sixth best hitters park in the league for runs and second best hitters park for home runs.

The Royals second matchup is on the road against the Rangers. Texas has the 28th worst ERA in the league and the 29th worst strikeout rate and walk rate in the majors. An added bonus is that Globe Life Park in Arlington remains one of the best hitters parks in the league.

Notable Players

Hunter Dozier, Jorge Soler, and Nicky Lopez are the waiver wire targets that are widely available. Only deep league owners should add Billy Hamilton.

Offense to Avoid

Boston Red Sox

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The defending World Series champs will be in tough next week against two of the best rotations in the league.

The first series is against the Indians and their fifth-ranked pitching staff. The matchup isn’t as dangerous as it looks on the surface as Jefry Rodriguez and Adam Plutko will be the pitchers on the hill for Cleveland.

The real challenge will be the four-game series against the Yankees and their fourth-ranked pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and Domingo German are scheduled to be on the hill. In addition to the feared New York bullpen, German and Tanaka are each carrying an ERA below three.

Notable Players

No owner is going to bench any of the Red Sox stars, but second-tier players like Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr., and hot rookie Michael Chavis should see production dips next week.

New York Yankees

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At this point, everyone knows about the Yankees injuries. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Miguel Andujar remain out of the lineup. While the Bronx Bombers are still hitting pretty well, they can’t lean on facing the Orioles every week.

The Red Sox have the ninth-ranked pitching staff, which should be on the rise with Chris Sale pitching like his old self. Even through the early struggles, the Boston staff is carrying the fourth best K-BB% in the majors.

The Padres staff is hovering around league average in WAR but they do have the third-lowest walk rate in the majors and a top-10 ERA.

Notable Players

D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier are some of the mid-tier players that could struggle next week. Owners with other options should watch the matchups very closely.

Platoon Targets

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, San Francisco Giants

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The Giants have an entire slate of right-handers next week, which should be perfect for Sandoval. All seven of Panda’s home runs have come against right-handers, as have all 16 of his RBIs. He is hitting .328 against righties while only batting a paltry .174 against southpaws.


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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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