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2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner: Aug 3 – Aug 9


Okay, sorry I’m getting to this a little late in the game. Long story short, I’m having internet issues at the house and am writing this on my lunch break at the office. It is what it is! Hopefully, I can handle this better than Rob Manfred handles tough situations.

Before we get into the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner, let’s see how my picks fared last week:

  • Few teams had as rough a week as the Rays, capped off by a sweep at the hands of the Orioles. As a result, the players I suggested were very hit or miss. Brandon Lowe had a fantastic week with two dingers and a 152 wRC+. On the other hand, Ji-Man Choi struck out in over half his at-bats and gave you basically nothing. Better days ahead!
  • The Mariners had an up-and-down week after I labeled them as an offense to target. The specific players listed did perform well though! Kyle Lewis remained scorching hot and should not be on any waiver wires at this point. J.P. Crawford has been a great early source of runs and stolen bases. Surprisingly, the top half of this lineup has been fun to watch!
  • My Braves took care of business this week, going 5-2 and sweeping the Mets over the weekend. While the team performed well, the offense was average. I hope you avoided my take on Dansby Swanson this week as he has been off to one of his annual hot starts. With Ozzie Albies on the mend, Swanson has been hitting in the 2-hole in a stacked lineup. Austin Riley on the other hand has looked incredibly lost and could lose at-bats to Johan Camargo and Nick Markakis moving forward.
  • As mentioned before, the O’s have been a pleasant surprise in the early going! Rio Ruiz should be a candidate to move up in the lineup in the near future. Anthony Santander is a name to continue to monitor as well as Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez.

Not a consistent week for last week’s targets. I did absolutely nail my Trent Grisham pick, but I am not satisfied with my overall performance. Let’s fix that here in Week 2!

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner

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Offenses to Target

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Colorado Rockies

It’s hard to ignore what the Colorado offense has done this year en route to an NL West-leading 0.750 winning percentage. They’ve got a good chance to keep the train rolling too with four games against the Giants at home and three games on the road at Seattle. Neither of those starting staffs scares me and the bullpens are among the worst in the league.

This presents great opportunities for some of the fringe guys in the lineup to show out. Ryan McMahon should be an easy plug-and-play for the entire week. You may have to flip-flop between Sam Hilliard and Garrett Hampson based on the handedness of pitcher, but both are fantastic options as cheap DFS plays. Hilliard may be a better play for season-long as the probable pitcher matchups are more lefty-friendly.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have been very impressive on offense so far in the shortened season, batting a 4th-best 0.349 wOBA and slamming 15 homers in their first nine games. This week, they’ll have a two-and-two with the Royals before traveling to St. Louis to play the Cardinals (pending).

The two names I’m most interested in here are Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner. All of a sudden, Happ is looking like the guy we got at the end of 2017. He’s incredibly better against righties than lefties though, so you may have to mix and match a little this week. The Cardinals only throw righties it seems, but the Royals do have a couple of southpaws in the rotation. Hoerner has been an empty-average kind of player so far, but this could be the week that changes with these matchups. With consistent playing time and incredible contact skills, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him improve drastically at the plate with each passing week.

Offenses to Avoid

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Arizona Diamondbacks

This has arguably been the worst offense in the league thus far, scoring just 2.7 runs per game and running a league-worst 52 wRC+. It’s kind of a cop-out answer, but I wanted to just highlight them since they still have the talent and 2019 performance that brings people back. They have two homers as a unit, which is hilariously bad considering the Marlins, who have only played three games, have three more homers than them. Any way you slice it, Arizona’s offense has been putrid. To cap it off, they’ll face the Astros and Padres this week and a diverse collection of talented righties.

Outside of the two Marte’s, I would be avoiding this offense like the plague. While Christian Walker has been okay, the matchups just don’t look great for him this week. The veterans like Kole Calhoun, David Peralta, and Eduardo Escobar just can’t get anything going. They will be firmly on my bench or even on the waiver wire if other options are out there. There’s just no time to waste with these types of guys in a condensed season.

TBD Teams

While the Yankees and Phillies will be playing double-headers, the schedules of the Orioles and Nationals are still up in the air for Week 2. Those are situations to monitor although I can’t see myself taking the risk of playing any of those guys in leagues where the rosters lock at the beginning of the week. We’ll also have to see how the Cardinals situation plays out as already mentioned.

Notable Players

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J.D. Davis, OF, New York Mets

With the weird story of Yoenis Cespedes coming to a close, playing time should be more available for Davis as well as a better spot in the hitting order. Davis has been mashing the ball this year with a 0.400 wOBA and 0.927 OPS. There are a couple of tough matchups within the six games on the Mets’ schedule, but a three-game set with the Marlins should help out his week 2 stats.

At the very least, you’ve gotta make sure this dude isn’t on waivers and stash him.

Tyler O’Neill, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

We don’t know what the week holds for the Cardinals, who had multiple personnel test positive for COVID-19 last weekend. However, if they are going to get games this week, O’Neill has to be in consideration for a roster spot on your fantasy squad.

He’s been killing the ball, slugging a ridiculous 0.600 in his first five games. He should get an opportunity to hit higher in the lineup against lefties with guys like Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter struggling.

Should he get consistent time as the team’s cleanup or 5-hole hitter, look out! It seems like we’ve been saying this since the beginning of 2019, but it could take a weird season like this for the Cardinals to give him a shot.

With seven games this week, including four against a mediocre Tigers starting staff, O’Neill should continue to do great things for this offense.

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