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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner (May 10 – May 16)

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner!

Before we fully get into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner, I feel like we need to acknowledge the somewhat surprising news we got this week.

This news broke early Thursday morning, before I started writing this article, so I felt like Albert Pujols deserves some acknowledgement. He was truly one of the best players of our generation and was a fantasy superstar early in his career.

If this is the end of his career, he will finish with a career line of .298/.376/.545 667 home runs, 1852 runs, 2112 RBIs, 142 wRC+, and 87.0 fWAR.

A truly remarkable career.

Here are a few fun facts about Pujols at this point in his career.

He has a .298 career batting average but has not hit higher than .285 in the last ten years with the Angels. The lowest batting average he ever had as a Cardinal was .299.

Pujols has a career .921 OPS. His lowest OPS with the Cardinals was .906 and his highest with the Angels was .859 in 2012. Every year since 2013, his OPS has been lower than .800.

In his eleven seasons in St Louis, he was worth 77.3 fWAR. For Fantasy Baseball purposes, Albert Pujols would single-handedly carry fantasy teams between 2001-2011.

I felt like we should recognize Pujols to start the hitting planner as he was one of the best hitters to ever play the game during his peak. Plus, it was better than the other intro I had in mind for the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner where I was going to talk about how I put Huascar Ynoa in last week’s planner. Ynoa did hit a grand slam this week.

Oh well, if this is the end for Pujols, then it was an amazing career. Now we move on from one elite hitter to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Hitting Planner!

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Schedule

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Offenses to Target

Houston Astros

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Team wRC+: 109

I know the Astros are not winning any fan favorites awards anytime soon. They finally made their way to New York after nearly two years, and they were met with a lot of *vocal* Yankee fans. Jose Altuve especially got a nice warm welcome in the Bronx.

Nevertheless, I really like their schedule this upcoming week and I think fantasy owners will too. The Astros will play the Los Angeles Angels for three games and then will follow that up with a four-game series with the Texas Rangers.

The Angels are currently 27th in team ERA at 4.96 while the Rangers are 21st with a 4.31 ERA. I really like the Astros offense in week 6.

Notable Players

I was big on Yordan Alvarez coming into 2021 if he was healthy. I know that knee injuries can be tricky, but when he has been on the field, he has been phenomenal, hitting .337/.376/.609 with five home runs, seventeen runs, seventeen RBIs, and 153 wRC+. Also, the time he has missed has been related to Covid protocols and not his knees with is a positive.

Alex Bregman continues to make his case as one of the best third basemen in all of baseball, hitting .292/.346/.469 with five home runs, sixteen runs, sixteen RBIs, a 137 wRC+.

Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve have not gotten off to great starts, sporting an OPS of .720 and .667, respectively. They have both looked off at the plate, which I know means a lot of people will continue to question how much the scandal really helped them.

Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel have both been great this year. Brantley has a .852 OPS and Gurriel has a .914 OPS which makes both valuable across all leagues.

Kyle Tucker is interesting to me. I see the .179/.250/.349 and I understand why people may be scared of him, but I think a breakthrough is coming. I see a lot of red on his baseball savant page and his wOBA sitting at .255 while his xwOBA is at .359 suggests he could be an interesting buy-low candidate. Other encouraging metrics are his xBA (.279) and xSLG (.530), so I like Tucker long-term even though he has been frustrating early.

Cincinnati Reds

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Team wRC+: 104

The Reds jumped out to a blistering hot start in 2021 and were actually the best team in baseball by record for a short while. They have cooled off and now sit at 14-15 which is 4th in the NL Central.

Despite the cooling off, I really like their Week 6 schedule. They will travel to the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games before heading to the hitter’s paradise known as Coors Field for a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies.

The Pirates are currently 20th in team ERA at 4.31 and the Rockies are deal last with a 5.16 ERA. Four games in Coors against a bad pitching staff is exactly how teams get hot.

Notable Players

Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the best players in baseball early on in 2021. An OPS over 1.000 and nine home runs will put one in that category.

Jesse Winker has been amazing as well, hitting .359/.422/.641 with six home runs, twenty runs, seventeen RBIs, and a 182 wRC+. I would still be cautious playing him against a left-handed pitcher though, he currently has a 40 wRC+ against southpaws.

Tyler Naquin started really hot and currently sits at an .882 OPS. I am worried about his playing time as he has cooled somewhat and there are other members of the Reds that have a priority when it comes to playing time. If someone would take Naquin, I would consider floating him out in trades if anyone is interested.

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Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez have not looked good to start the year. Moose has a .753 OPS and three home runs, but his baseball savant page is not a great site and suggests that he is not currently on the right path. Maybe that can be chalked up to the injury he had though. Suarez is in a similar situation in that he is just not hitting the ball hard like we know he can, but maybe the move to shortstop is impacting his game early in the season.

I think Nick Senzel might be figuring it out after the slow start, and I like him this upcoming week. In the last seven games, he has an OBP up around .390 and his metrics for the year are encouraging. A .297 xBA and .483 xSLG tells me that he is making solid contact and will eventually take a step forward.

Offenses to Avoid

St Louis Cardinals

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Team wRC+: 96

I know the Cardinals are in first in the NL Central, but I think that is mostly due to the ineptitude of the entire NL Central. That is a division filled with a bunch of meh teams in my opinion. The Cardinals fit that bill as well as they sit in the middle of the pack in both hitting and pitching as a team.

I also do not like the matchups they face this week. They travel to Milwaukee for three games before heading out west to San Diego for a three-game matchup with the Padres.

The Brewers are currently 9th with a 3.62 ERA and a pretty dominant starting rotation when healthy. The Padres currently have the best ERA in all of baseball with a 2.76 ERA. I think it could be a long week for the Cardinals hitting, and for that reason I am avoiding them.

Notable Players

.276/.336/.488 with five home runs, fifteen runs, twenty-two RBIs and a 125 wRC+ is a pretty solid line. Nolan Arenado owners would probably like a little more, but he seems to be heating up in the midwest.

I am not sure what is up with Paul Goldschmidt but he does not look like himself so far. He is currently sporting a .667 OPS and an 86 wRC+.

Dylan Carlson supporters should be pleased with his early season performance, currently hitting .275/.347/.459 with three home runs, twenty runs, fifteen RBIs, and a 122 wRC+. I think most Fantasy Baseball players would have signed up for that in a heartbeat from Carlson before the season started.

If fantasy players took a shot on Paul Dejong late as a SS in a deep league or a MI option, they are probably disappointed. A line of .187/.281/.402 is not the best. Thankfully, he has added seven home runs, but he has been hurting owners in other areas. The home runs at least make up for it.

Tampa Bay Rays

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I liked the Rays in week five and the offense definitely got clicking in the series against the Angels, but I am flipping my opinion for week six and it is purely because of matchups.

They play three against the New York Yankees and three against the New York Mets in week 6. The Yankees ranked second in team ERA with a 3.01 ERA and the Mets are 4th with a team ERA of 3.23.

I think it could be a long week for the Rays offense.

Notable Players

Joey Wendle has arguably been the best Rays hitter, hitting .293/.349/.475 with three home runs, twenty runs, and sixteen RBIs. Maybe he can keep it up against some tough pitching.

I was lower than some on Randy Arozarena coming into 2021, but I still like his long-term outlook. I was worried pitchers would game plan better against him after getting more film and realizing he struggles with off-speed pitches and breaking balls. His average (.264) and OBP (.352) are fine but there has not been as much power as he currently only has a .127 ISO. I think he may struggle next week with some tougher pitching.

Austin Meadows is an interesting player for fantasy. His .202 average is not sexy at all; however, he is walking at a decent clip (12.6% walk rate) and he is hitting for plenty of power with seven home runs. His .253 xBA and .552 xSLG suggests to me that he could be in for some positive regression in his hitting line which would make him more valuable to fantasy owners.

The Rays do a good job getting the most out of their players due to analytics and great game plans, but realistically this is not a great offense, and they face tough pitching in week six. They could be in use of some spark plugs in their offense and there happen to be two really good middle infielders in their system that are close that could lite this offense on fire in the coming months.

2021 FANTASY BASEBALL HITTING PLANNER WEEK 6 SLEEPER/WAIVER OPTION

Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers

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Adolis Garcia has forced his way into the Rangers lineup on a regular basis, slashing .259/.312/.514 with seven home runs, twelve runs, nineteen RBIs, a .362 wOBA, and a 138 wRC+. It does not appear to be a fluke either because his xBA is .251, his xSLG is .518, and his xwOBA is .363.

Garcia is who he is and there are no real surprises. His baseball savant page shows a lot of red and makes me think he can keep this up for the time being. Plus, the Rangers have no reason not to play him until he gives them a reason to pull him from the lineup.

The only concern I have with Garcia is the 32.3% K%, so there could be stretches where he just does not touch the baseball. It does not matter how hard one hits the ball if they have trouble connecting with the ball.

I think Garcia is the perfect guy to help boost a lineup for a few weeks. Maybe he is a season long hold in lineups, maybe he turns into a decent trade chip, or maybe he turns into a pumpkin and fantasy owners have to drop him. Either way, I would feel confident with him in my lineup in week six.

Bonus: Minor League Players

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I wanted to add this small section because last week I mentioned Jarred Kelenic and his impending call-up. I think he is the type of player that could help owners win their leagues.

However, there are several other players like Kelenic that could be called up. I know most will assume Wander Franco, and they would be correct. He could arrive at any time and make an immediate impact. However, fellow Rays prospect Vidal Brujan has been impressive in the early minor league season. I would keep an eye on Brujan to make an impact in 2021.

Other top prospects like JJ Bleday, Brandon Marsh, Jeter Downs, or CJ Abrams could all potentially come up in 2021 and make an immediate impact. Some are closer than others, so it is important to keep an eye out for news on when they arrive.


If there is an open spot on the bench and fantasy owners are getting the feeling that a call-up is close, throw those guys on the bench. They could be a league winner. If they struggle, they can easily be dropped in redraft leagues, but these guys provide higher upside than majority of the MLB guys currently on the waiver wire.


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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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