Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner!
The All-Star break is right around the corner, and that means the Home Run Derby is approaching. I personally love watching the derby and seeing the impressive displays of power by some of the game's best players.
I will be pulling for Mancini to win the derby. He arguably had the comeback player of the year award locked up just by playing this year after beating cancer. Imagine how great it would be if he adds the Home Run Derby crown as well.
I do not get to talk about Mancini much during the weekly hitting planners often, and that is because he plays for the Orioles.
However, Mancini has been having a solid season. His line is currently .254/.330/.451 with fourteen home runs, forty-three runs, fifty-two RBIs, .338 wOBA, 114 wRC+, and a 113 OPS+.
I love Mancini's story, and I really want to see him win the Home Run Derby. It would be one of the best stories of the entire sports year.
With that being said, good luck to Trey Mancini, and the rest of the participants in the 2021 Home Run Derby.
I think we can move on to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner now.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner
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Offenses To Target
Boston Red Sox
Team wRC+: 106
The Boston Red Sox offense has carried this team to the top of the AL East this season and have carried a few Fantasy Baseball teams as well.
I think we are in for more of the same this week, as they face a pretty weak pitching schedule. They will travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Angels and then take on the Phillies at home during the weekend.
The Angels are 27th in team ERA (5.04) and the Phillies are 18th (4.27).
The big three in Boston have been excellent this season. Xander Bogaerts has a 151 OPS+, Rafael Devers a 149 OPS+, and J.D. Martinez a 148 OPS+. They have been everything one could have asked for a Fantasy Baseball manager.
Alex Verdugo is having a great season, .280/.348/.434 nine home runs, fifty-two runs, thirty-two RBIs, four stolen bases, and a 110 OPS+. He may never hit for a ton of power, but if he adds a few more home runs, he will consistently be a stud for Fantasy Baseball purposes.
I snagged Hunter Renfroe off the waivers in a few leagues, and he has been a solid contributor in all Fantasy Baseball formats. His 2021 line, .272/.329/.476 twelve home runs, forty-four runs, forty-three RBIs, and a 114 OPS+.
Chicago White Sox
Team wRC+: 108
Unfortunately, waiver wire darling Yermin Mercedes got demoted to AAA, but he had been struggling over the last few months, so it was probably for the best. However, the White Sox offense has not missed a beat during that time.
I see weak pitching coming their way next week, so I think their offense should keep up the good work. They will play three in Minnesota and then three against the Baltimore Orioles next weekend.
The Twins have the 25th ranked team ERA (5.04) and the Orioles are last in the league in team ERA (5.44). The White Sox might have some fun DFS days as well next week.
Yasmani Grandal is having one of the most interesting seasons of all time. His line, .188/.388/.441 fourteen home runs, forty-one runs, thirty-seven RBIs, and a 130 OPS+. What I love the most about Grandal's season, thirty-three hits and fifty-nine walks. That is not a line one sees often.
Yoan Moncada is having a solid season, but where has the power gone? He is hitting .280/.403/.394 with five home runs, thirty-four runs, thirty-five RBIs, two stolen bases, and a 123 OPS+. He has a career .177 ISO, which makes me think he should see improvement of his .114 ISO this year sometime.
Andrew Vaughn is having an alright rookie season, hitting .242/.314/.415 with seven home runs, thirty-two runs, twenty-one RBIs, and a 100 OPS+. I would like to see if he can show some more of the potential that made him a top prospect this week.
Offenses to Avoid
Team wRC+: 90
The Marlins were built on pitching and their offense is still a year or two away. I think the offense should be fine once Jesus Sanchez, JJ Bleday, and the other top offensive prospects arrive in Miami.
However, I do not like this offense, and I see tough matchups this next week. They will take on the Dodgers for four games and then three in a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers have the best team ERA (3.19) in baseball and the Braves are 16th in team ERA (4.25). However, the Braves starters have an ERA under three in the past two weeks.
Adam Duvall has eighteen home runs and fifty-six RBIs which is extremely good for our Fantasy Baseball teams. His .224/.271/.480 line does hurt the ratios in average and OBP leagues, but he has a 103 OPS+ so he has been productive. I know it is hard to trust a guy who is mainly a home run or bust player, but we can do worse than Duvall.
Jazz Chisholm has been electric this season and been what most of us wanted out of him this season. .256/.321/.447 with nine home runs, thirty-one runs, twenty-eight RBIs, ten stolen bases, and a 110 OPS+. Chisholm looks like he might be able to reach the twenty-twenty potential that most of us thought possible.
Team wRC+: 99
I think this is more because of the Nationals' injuries starting to pile up. We do not know how bad Trea Turner or Kyle Schwarbers' injuries are, but if they miss significant time, the Nationals' offense becomes really weak.
One could argue it becomes Juan Soto or bust for the lineup. Add in a tough week of pitching matchups against the Padres and Giants, and I would just avoid most of the Nationals lineup this week.
The Padres are third in team ERA (3.26) and the Giants are second in team ERA (3.24).
The Nationals played Alex Avila at second the other day, so I will do my best at guessing who is healthy for this team.
Juan Soto is healthy and starting to play closer to what most of us expected from Soto. .280/.399/.439 nine home runs, forty-five runs, thirty-seven RBIs, five stolen bases, and a 139 OPS+. I think we will see his power numbers tick up as the season goes on, but his plate discipline will always make Soto a threat at the plate.
Josh Bell has not been bad, but he has not been what the Nationals or Fantasy Baseball players wanted. Bell is currently at .235/.302/.441 eleven home runs, thirty-five runs, thirty-seven RBIs, and a 109 OPS+.
Victor Robles has a 91 OPS+ which is not good, but he has added seven stolen bases. Steals are so valuable in Fantasy Baseball that this may tempt owners to keep giving him chances.
Alex Kirilloff, OF/1B, Minnesota Twins
I do not think enough people have bought into Alex Kirilloff just yet. Looking at his numbers, he is slashing .265/.305/.446 with six home runs, seventeen runs, twenty-seven RBIs, .318 wOBA, and a 100 wRC+. That does not seem special, I know, but I think he is about to go on an extended hot stretch.
Take a look at these numbers:
- xBA- .308 (Top 3% of the league)
- xSLG- .579 (Top 6% of the league)
- xwOBA- .385
- xwOBAcon- .487
I am telling everyone now, go invest in Kirilloff before people start to notice his potential. He could help win leagues.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner Waiver Wire Stash
Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox
I could almost make a case that this could be a waiver wire pickup rather than a stash, however, there is no certainty on when Duran will get the call.
The best thing to happen for Duran possibly debuting this year, as he was left off the Olympic Team's roster. I know that would have been an honor for Duran, but if he was playing in Tokyo, he probably does not make his MLB debut this season. Now, there is a shot it could happen soon.
How is he doing in AAA this year? Well, he is currently hitting .278/.372/.599 with fifteen home runs, thirty-five runs, thirty-one RBIs, ten stolen bases, and a 152 wRC+. If I had a spot open on my roster, I would consider stashing Duran, especially if there become more signs he is about to get the call.
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