2022 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (April 11 – April 17)

by Nate Miller
2022 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (April 11 – April 17)

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (April 11 – April 17). Last week I published Part I of the Week 1 Pitching Planner, highlighting Opening Weekend.

Every Saturday of the MLB regular season, the Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner takes a look at the upcoming SP landscape for the week ahead. I will look to answer some of the questions regarding which hurlers to start, sit, or stream.

A ranking of low-owned (under 50%), two-start options that may be worthwhile acquiring off the waiver wire leads things off.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner (April 11 – April 17)

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Two-Start Waiver Options

*** Rostership based on Yahoo! Leagues as of April 9 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Rostered
1. Huascar Ynoa (ATL)vs WASat SD48%
2. Adrian Houser (MIL)at BALvs STL9%
3. Yusei Kikuchi (TOR)at NYYvs OAK38%
4. Dakota Hudson (STL)vs PITat MIL5%
5. Zach Thompson (PIT)at STLvs WAS1%
6. Luis Patino (TB)vs OAKat CWS11%
7. Matt Brash (SEA)at CWSvs HOU38%
8. Jameson Taillon (NYY)vs TORat BAL24%
9. Chris Flexen (SEA)at MINvs HOU28%
10. Taijuan Walker (NYM)at PHIvs ARI18%
11. Carlos Hernandez (KCR)vs CLEvs DET3%
12. Nestor Cortes (NYY)vs TORat BAL25%
13. Elieser Hernandez (MIA)at LAAvs PHI6%
14. Patrick Corbin (WAS)at ATLat PIT21%
15. Ryan Yarbrough (TB)vs OAKat CWS5%

Start ‘em

Tylor Megill, New York Mets – at Phillies

As you can see, Megill was outstanding versus the Nationals on Opening Day this past Thursday. The big righty worked 5.0 shutout frames, allowing only three hits and no walks while punching out six. He sat above 96 mph with his heater and when he was not getting whiffs, the ball was routinely hit on the ground. The Phillies offense is certainly more potent on paper than that of the Nationals, but Megill is clearly in a groove here in the early days of the season. Run him out there for an encore.

Alex Cobb, San Francisco Giants – vs Padres

Many around the industry have Cobb pegged as a major sleeper this year. Count this analyst among them. The veteran sinkerballer will be making his debut for the Giants in San Francisco. Any time he is taking the mound in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park, just go ahead and run him out there with confidence.

Following a solid season with the Angels that saw him post a 3.76 ERA and career-high 24.9 K%, Cobb looked very strong during the abbreviated spring training. There is really no need to be overly fearful of the Padres right now.

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Sit ‘em

Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks  -  vs Astros

Gallen is attempting to right his once very promising ship this year. Injuries and inconsistency plagued him in 2021. The 26-year-old did get look quite healthy in his 6.1 innings during spring training, but he is not fully stretched out, topping out at 51 pitches this past Tuesday. The future could certainly still be a very bright one for Gallen. This matchup against the defending A.L. Champs is not an inviting one though.

Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Dodgers – at Twins

With all due respect, Heaney simply is not a good MLB starting pitcher. Sure, the 30-year-old southpaw can get some strikeouts (career 9.2 K/9), but at what cost. Between the Angels and Yankees in 2021, Heaney limped to a 5.83 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while surrendering a whopping 29 homers across 129.2 innings. The Dodgers seem to believe they can get Heaney on the right track, but there is no sense getting on that train with them.

Stream ‘em

Carlos Carrasco, New York Mets – vs Diamondbacks

Pay attention to Carrasco’s season debut this Sunday. If he appears healthy and pitches well, it is time to rely on him once again. The veteran righty delivered 82 pitches over 4.1 innings in his final spring outing this past Monday and a showdown with the defanged Diamondbacks offense is one to target. Carrasco has always been able to rack up whiffs (career 9.4 K/9) and is a must-start fantasy asset when he is on.

Thanks for checking out the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 (Part II) Pitching Planner (April 11 – April 17) and be sure to check out the rest of the F6P Fantasy Baseball content.


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