2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner (September 13th-September 19th)

by Trent Dickeson
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner!

We are officially in the thick of the championship push! There are only a few weeks left to determine the champions in our Fantasy Baseball leagues.

Thankfully, that honor will go to all of us, because we are taking the time to do the research necessary to win. That will give Fantasy Baseball managers an edge.

Good luck to everyone as they push for those championships. It is now time for the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner.


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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner

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Teams to Target

Boston Red Sox

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Team wRC+: 107

The Boston Red Sox are currently hanging onto the top Wild Card spot in the American League. They have been up and down since the All-Star break, but I do think they have the ability to extend their Wild Card lead next week.

I think they can also help our Fantasy Baseball teams too.

They will travel to take on the Seattle Mariners and their middle-of-the-pack pitching staff (4.31 team ERA). They then return home to play the Baltimore Orioles, who currently have the worst team ERA (5.74) in baseball.

Notable Players

Bobby Dalbec to the moon and then some. Since August 1st, Bobby Dalbec is hitting .326/.414/.733 9 HR, 14 R, 29 RBI, .470 wOBA, and a 200 wRC+. Play Bobby Dalbec and reap the rewards.

Alex Verdugo has also been pretty good since the beginning of August. He is hitting .351/.426/.505 2 HR, 16 R, 12 RBI, .393 wOBA, and a 148 wRC+.

Enrique Hernandez has also had a solid month, and along with the two young guys, have really helped the Red Sox offense go. Since August 15th, Hernandez is hitting .271/.364/.438 2 HR, 8 R, 7 RBI, .350 wOBA, and a 119 wRC+. That is playable, especially in deeper formats.

Houston Astros

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Team wRC+: 117

The best offense in baseball is in store for another strong week. Especially as they make a push for playoff positioning.

They start the week on the road for four games against the Texas Rangers and their 4.61 team ERA, good for 21st in the league. Add in that the Rangers are in full tank mode, and it is even more exciting.

They then head home for a three-game series with the 2nd worst pitching staff in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are arguably the worst team in baseball and carry a 5.16 team ERA

Notable Players

The Kyle Tucker breakout season has been exciting to watch. His .290/.349/.546 24 HR, 70 R, 79 RBI, 12 SB, .374 wOBA, and a 143 wRC+ has rewarded those that believed in him.

Michael Brantley may not hit for a ton of power, only 8 HR on the year, but he does provide value in other ways. His slash line of .315/.368/.442 is pretty solid. He may not win leagues, but his average and OBP are good enough to anchor a lineup and pair well with lower average sluggers.

Yuli Gurriel is playing fine since August 15th, .278 batting average and a .369 OBP, but he is not hitting for as much power as we would like. However, he has provided great value all season, and I think we could see an uptick in power this week.

Teams to Avoid

Detroit Tigers

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Team wRC+: 93

On the year, the Tigers have not been the best team. However, they were hot coming out of the All-Star break and were providing some solid fantasy numbers.

This week might be a rough week.

They will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at home for two games. The Brewers are third in team ERA (3.44). The Tigers then travel to Tampa Bay for a four-game series with the Rays. The Rays 3.73 team ERA is good for seventh in the league.

Notable Players

Jonathan Schoop has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks. Since August 15th, Schoop is hitting .255/.268/.340 with 1 HR, 10 R, 8 RBI, .262 wOBA, and a 62 wRC+. He was a great value in deeper leagues earlier this year, but that ship may have sailed.

Eric Haase has not been good since returning on August 27th. He is hitting .211/.244/.289 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, a .233 wOBA, and a 42 wRC+. I know catcher is thin, but he has been unplayable even at the catcher position.

Willi Castro has been disappointing this year as many thought he would provide great value in the later rounds. Castro on the year has hit .211/.270/.350 9 HR, 52 R, 37 RBI, 6 SB, .269 wOBA, and a 67 wRC+.

Texas Rangers

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Team wRC+: 84

The Texas Rangers are in a rebuilding stage. With that comes some disappointing season, and that has translated to some poor offensive play this year.

They are trying to figure out who will be a part of this team long-term, and that often means playing a few guys that probably should not play at the major league level. It is also a rough week pitching wise.

We mention the four-game series with the Astros, who have a 3.73 team ERA good for fifth. They will finish the week with a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox and their 3.80 team ERA which comes in as ninth in all of baseball.

Notable Players

Adolis Garcia was one of the better stories in all of baseball earlier this year, but it has not been great as of late for Garcia. Since the beginning of August, he is hitting .207/.267/.407 6 HR, 20 R, 15 RBI, a .290 wOBA, and an 83 wRC+. He is providing some power, but his fantasy value has dropped off big time in recent weeks.

Jonah Heim provided a few nice moments early on, but he has hit a wall as well. I know catcher is thin, but a .194/.232/.345 .286 wOBA, and a 54 wRC+ just does not play. Even with the thin position.

If there is a player to consider picking up, it might be Nick Solak. Since returning on August 23rd, Solak has been on fire. He is hitting .321/.377/.464 2 HR, 8 R, 8 RBI, 2 SB, .366 wOBA, and a 134 wRC+. He could be an interesting add if there is a need.


Jonathan Villar, 2B/SS/3B, New York Mets

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If there is room, Jonathan Villar should be on Fantasy Baseball teams at this point. Since August 1st, he is hitting .311/.378/.533 7 HR, 18 R, 17 RBI, 4 SB, .389 wOBA, and a 149 wRC+.

Add in the multi position flexibility and it gives us the option to move him around to fill out lineups to their best ability for any given night.

Jonathan Villar needs to be rostered in leagues if there is room to do so. He might have the ability to help win leagues with a late push.

Thanks for reading the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Hitting Planner!

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