Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner!
This season has been weird for not just for Fantasy Baseball, it has been tough for baseball in general. We are on pace for a higher strikeout rate this season than batting average which is mind boggling.
I would like to point out that it makes it a little more difficult on the guy who has to write the weekly hitting planner. I really feel for that guy.
However, baseball did recently announce that they would be cracking down on foreign substances used by pitchers. I am fine with a little pine tar for pitchers to help control their pitches and not hit any batters, and I would image most hitters would agree with that statement.
The sticky stuff such as spider tack that is increasing spin rates is what Major League Baseball is looking into.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on spin rates and hitting performances over the upcoming months to see how much of an impact it makes.
It might make my weekly hitting planner more interesting! With that being said, I think we can jump right into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner!
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner
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Offenses To Target
Team wRC+: 86
Yes, I know that the Brewers as a team have not been hitting well in 2021. However, I think the Brewers are finally starting to turn it around as they now find themselves at the top of the NL Central.
The Brewers are averaging just under five runs per game in their last twelve games. Christian Yelich being healthy probably helps, and of course their great pitching staff.
It could be a fun week for the Brewers lineup as they take on the Reds' 28th pitching staff which is ranked 28th in team ERA (4.92) and then will travel to hitter-friendly Coors Field to take on the Rockies pitching staff that ranks 25th in team ERA (4.71).
I think it could be a fun week for the Milwaukee lineup.
Yelich's line does not look Yelich like, I know. .234/.395/.372 three home runs, twenty-two runs, nine RBIs, and only four steals is not the best line. His hard-hit rate is at 50.9% which is above his career average of 49%. Maybe he is not an MVP candidate anymore, but I still like Yelich in my lineup.
Omar Narváez is having a great season from the catcher position. He is hitting .311/.399/.500 with six home runs, eighteen runs, seventeen RBIs, and 147 wRC+. I will take that from a catcher in Fantasy Baseball.
Avisaíl García has been solid for the Brewers and Fantasy Baseball this season, hitting .247/.316/.468 with twelve home runs, twenty-nine runs, thirty-five RBIs, and a 113 wRC+. He has also added in four stolen bases which is always a welcomed addition for Fantasy Baseball.
Team wRC+: 86
I continue to pick struggling offenses in this week's hitting planner. This time, the Cleveland Indians, a team that has been no hit twice already this season. I know that is not a stat one would think they would find when being told to target an offense in a hitting planner, but I am doing it anyways.
In their last eight games played they have scored more than five runs a game, so maybe, just maybe, I am not going too far out on a limb with this pick.
Plus, they have an ideal schedule for success this week. They play the Baltimore Orioles four times and then will travel to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game weekend series.
The Orioles are 29th in team ERA (4.97) and the Pirates are 24th (4.65). I think the Indians could have some sneaky good plays this week.
José Ramírez is playing well to start the year, .265/.347/.536 with fourteen home runs, forty-one runs, thirty-five RBIs, six steals, and a 137 wRC+. I like his chances of improving on that this week, especially when one considers his xwOBA (.403) is higher than his wOBA (.371) meaning he could improve on his numbers.
Harold Ramirez has been hot to start the month of June, hitting .364/.400/.591 adding in one home run, three runs, and seven RBIs. He has also added a stolen base which is always a welcome addition for fantasy lineups.
Bobby Bradley has burst onto the scene in Cleveland, hitting .400 in his first three games. If he is still available in leagues, he could be a big boost for at least the next few weeks if not the rest of the season.
I know that Amed Rosario's overall line of .256/.316/.394 four home runs, twenty-nine runs, eighteen RBIs, and five stolen bases is not exactly eye-popping, but I ask that one hears me out. I would like to show some numbers from May and June to sell people on Rosario.
- May: 96 PAs .307/.365/.443
- June 26 PAs .280/.308/.480
I am not saying he is a superstar, and Cleveland's overall offense may limit some counting stats, but Rosario currently deserves some consideration.
Offenses To Avoid
Team wRC+: 88
I know that I told everyone to avoid the Diamondbacks last week, but we need to avoid them again. They started 15-13 and are 5-30 since. I think we should keep avoiding them.
Especially when everyone sees who they play this upcoming week. They play four in San Francisco and then a weekend series with the Dodgers to end the week. It will not be getting any better for them anytime soon.
The Giants are 5th in team ERA (3.28) and the Dodgers are 3rd (3.21). It might be a long season in Arizona.
Ketel Marte has only played twenty-five games, but he has been really good when on the field. A line of .365/.404/.573 is eye-popping. The counting stats are down because of the few games and a bad offense around him, but Marte has been great when he plays. He has also become a popular topic in trade conversations.
Eduardo Escobar (.738 OPS) and David Peralta (.713) have not had their best years. However, Escobar at least has fourteen home runs. I think these two could find themselves with a change of scenery soon and hopefully, that serves them well. It has not been good so far in 2021 though.
Pavin Smith has been a hot and cold player this season. His .290/.343/.447 line with five home runs, thirty-four runs, and twenty-one RBIs is promising. However, I worry that he may go on an extended cold streak again, especially if this team continues to lose.
Team wRC+: 99
I know, I know. This one is a little risky because the Cubs have been playing better as of late. I am not suggesting anyone benches Kris Bryant this week though, I am suggesting being careful with the other players.
The Cubs play the Mets in New York for four games and then play the Marlins for three games on the weekend.
The Mets are currently 2nd in team ERA (3.15) and the Marlins are 8th (3.52).
Javier Báez has been a little disappointing with a .240/.276/.480 and a 104 wRC+. While the slash is not ideal, he does have 14 home runs and nine stolen bases to boost his fantasy value.
The early returns on Joc Pederson have been alright. However, I would think the Cubs and Fantasy Baseball owners would want more than a .238/.312/.415 and just seven home runs.
Ian Happ is having a season to forget, hitting .188/.313/.345 and just seven home runs. At least he is walking a good amount and he is salvageable in OBP leagues, but I do not think anyone would blame someone for cutting bait in an average league.
Patrick Wisdom has been incredible with his 1.371 OPS, but how long will this continue? A strong performance against the Mets and Marlins pitching staff would be impressive for the young third baseman.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner Sleeper/Waiver Option
Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt is having, quietly, a pretty solid year out in the bay area. On the year, he is hitting .238/.361/.467 with eight home runs, twenty-one runs, twenty-one RBIs, a .361 wOBA, and 132 wRC+.
He was dropping a few leagues due to an injury, and I think Fantasy Baseball owners should take advantage. He is owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues and less than 10% of ESPN leagues. Go pick him up.
I know it is not the sexiest option, but Belt could absolutely help a Fantasy Baseball lineup in the upcoming weeks.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner Sleeper/Waiver Option
Jesús Sánchez, OF, Miami Marlins
I really do not know what more Sanchez has to do to get back to the big leagues. He debuted last year and struggled big time, posting a -16 wRC+. Yes, a negative wRC+.
However, he is absolutely killing the ball in AAA, where he is slashing .353/.405/.647 eight home runs, seventeen runs, twenty-five RBIs, and a 177 wRC+. I think he has figured out AAA pitching.
Plus, the Marlins are starting to somewhat fall out of it in the NL East and are probably still a year or two away from truly competing. It might be time to see if Sanchez can bring his AAA success up to the big-league club.
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