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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner (June 21-June 27)


Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner!

I love All-Star weekend. I love the home run derby and the game itself. With the game being just a little over a month away, voting has begun to see who will get to represent their respective leagues in the midsummer classic.

Currently, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr. lead their leagues in voting. I love to see two superstars who are the future of the game getting as much love as they are getting.

Those two, Fernando Tatis Jr., Bo Bichette, Shohei Ohtani, Yordan Alvarez, Juan Soto, and many more young superstars are making baseball fun again and I love seeing them get the recognition they deserve.

As a huge fan of baseball, these guys are making the game of baseball more entertaining and exciting to watch. I think the game is in good hands with these guys at the forefront.

They also make their teams a lot better and will be featured in hitting planners for years to come. All of these young guys will be fantasy studs for years to come, and I am excited that I get the opportunity to write about them.

With that being said, I think we should jump right into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner Schedule

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

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Offenses To Target

Houston Astros

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Team wRC+: 123

The Houston Astros are arguably the best offensive team in baseball. I know that will raise some eyebrows, but the numbers show they have been an excellent offensive team this year.

While this production will create a fun conversation on social media, but one that can probably continue into the next week. They have an ideal schedule for an offensive point of view and should have a fun week.

The Astros will play in Baltimore for three games, and then play four games in Detroit. The Orioles are 29th in team ERA (5.13) and the Tigers are currently 19th (4.42).

Notable Players

Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are playing well. Correa has a 146 OPS+ and Altuve has a 140 OPS+. They are playing well, but with the past of the team one can imagine these two will draw some attention. No matter the situation, they are helping Fantasy Baseball teams right now.

Yordan Alvarez is a young superstar in the making, hitting .301/.354/.512 nine home runs, thirty-seven runs, thirty-five RBIs, and a 138 OPS+.

Michael Brantley just keeps hitting, and I keep loving having him in my lineups. He is currently hitting .344/.389/.497 three home runs, thirty runs, twenty-one RBIs, and a 145 OPS+.

Chicago White Sox

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Team wRC+: 111

I thought about going in a different direction here because the White Sox only have five games next week, but when one sees their schedule, it makes sense to pick the White Sox.

They will travel to Pittsburgh Pirates for two games and then will play the Seattle Mariners for three games in Chicago.

That is an ideal schedule for an offense. The Pirates are 25th in team ERA (4.79) and the Mariners are 21st in team ERA (4.53).

Notable Players

Yoan Moncada has been solid this year, but not how most would imagine him being successful. Moncada is hitting .280/.402/.408 with five home runs, thirty-one runs, thirty-two RBIs, and a 129 OPS+. Most would have thought Moncada would have more power at this point, but it is hard to argue with the success he is having.

Tim Anderson is having a stellar year, hitting .313/.351/.446 with six home runs, forty runs, twenty-five RBIs, thirteen stolen bases, and a 123 OPS+. Anderson is one the leaders of this ballclub in the clubhouse and on the field.

Yasmani Grandal is having one of the more intriguing seasons in history. He is currently hitting .152/.387/.384 with ten home runs, thirty-two runs, twenty-four RBIs, and a 119 OPS+. Breaking it down further, Grandal has twenty-one hits on the year and fifty-three walks. I really do not know what to say about Grandal except he is really good for OBP leagues, and probably really frustrating for average leagues.

Offenses To Avoid

Boston Red Sox

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Team wRC+: 104

I have to admit that the Red Sox are either going to make me look really smart or really dumb with this prediction next week. The Red Sox have a solid offense and were doing great to start the year. They have slowed down slightly in the last few weeks.

The reason I am worried about them is the schedule is not kind next week. They will travel to Tampa for a three-game series with the Rays, and then will take on the Yankees in Boston for the weekend series.

The Rays pitching staff is 6th in team ERA (3.24) and the Yankees are 8th in team ERA (3.56). I do want to say that the Yankees pitching staff is tough to gauge since it seems some of their pitchers may have been benefiting from the foreign substances.

Notable Players

Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, and Rafael Devers are nothing to worry about. They all have OPS+ of 158, 147, and 145 respectively. It is the rest of the lineup that has fallen off.

Enrique Hernandez has not been great in Boston, hitting .224/.279/.371 with five home runs, thirty-one runs, sixteen RBIs, and a 76 OPS+. Maybe the more full-time role is not for Hernandez, as he was used as more of a platoon when in Los Angeles.

Bobby Dalbec is one of the disappointments of the season as a lot of people had him as a dark horse for the rookie of the year award. Dalbec is at .201/.252/.397 eight home runs, seventeen runs, twenty-nine RBIs, and a 74 OPS+. I know that a lot of people had higher hopes for Dalbec coming into 2021 but he has just not lived up to the hype so far.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Team wRC+: 89

The Arizona Diamondbacks are really bad. I do not see it getting better anytime soon.

The Diamondbacks take on the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff that is 9th in team ERA (3.60) and the San Diego Padres who rank 2nd in team ERA (3.13).

They also play three games in San Diego and the Diamondbacks have currently lost twenty-three straight road games and counting. I think it is safe to say that the Diamondbacks are struggling, and the selling should start soon.

Notable Players

Ketel Marte has been great when he plays. .347/.391/.525 and a 150 OPS+ will help any lineup. Fantasy Baseball owners may get a benefit if he is traded to a team with a better lineup to help compliment Marte.

Eduardo Escobar is interesting: his slash line is .241/.292/.456 which is not the worst, but it is not the greatest either. However, the power is there with fifteen home runs on the year. If fantasy owners have guys that can boost average or OBP to allow Escobar to hit home runs, he is playable. If not, owners still have to play him, but he is frustrating.

David Peralta is another guy that has been disappointing and could be on a different team in a matter of weeks. Peralta is hitting .260/.320/.423 with four home runs, twenty-six runs, thirty-five RBIs, and 103 OPS+.

Josh Rojas has been solid, with a .265/.335/.460 with nine home runs, thirty-six runs, twenty RBIs, and a 117 OPS+. Rojas is having a solid breakout year; it will be interesting to see how he performs with the tough pitching matchups scheduled for this week.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner Sleeper/Waiver Option

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

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The guy that I suggested stash last week is the guy I go with here. If anyone took my advice last week, they may have gotten ahead of the crowd. However, if one did not grab Sanchez, grab him now before he makes a big impact.

In AAA, Sanchez was hitting .349/.400/.643 with nine home runs, nineteen runs, twenty-eight RBIs, and a 173 wRC+ in thirty-three games. He probably does not hit for that high of an average, but he could provide a solid amount of power.

Remember, some of these prospects that come up can sometimes add more value than a random veteran on waivers. However, prospects are always more volatile in this situation because they have never hit on the major league level before. We are just projecting what they could end up becoming.

In two games, he is currently hitting .125/.125/.125 which is not ideal. However, this might make it easier to pick up over other owners. Remember, if he does not perform in one’s redraft league, then he can drop because there is not any capital being used on a waiver wire pickup.

I was going to double down on Sanchez as my minor league stash this week due to his performance, so I will not be doing that section this week as my guy got called up as I prepared to write this article. It will return next week though!

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About Trent Dickeson

Trent joined the Fantasy Six Pack crew in 2020 to provide fantasy baseball information and analysis. He has been an avid fantasy baseball player for several years now and uses his knowledge of advanced metrics to predict fantasy baseball performances.

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