2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner (4/7 – 4/10)

by Nate Miller
Dynasty Baseball Draft Strategies

Welcome to the 2022 MLB regular season as well as the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner! The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 (Part II) Pitching Planner is now live!

Each Saturday from here on out, this article will take a look at the upcoming week’s starting pitcher landscape and answer some of the questions regarding which hurlers to start, sit, or stream.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner (4/7 – 4/10)

This Week's Top-10 SPs

Start 1 Start 2
1. Corbin Burnes (MIL)@Cubs---
2. Robbie Ray (SEA)@Twins---
3. Max Scherzer (NYM)@Nationals---
4. Logan Webb (SFG)vs Marlins---
5. Brandon Woodruff (MIL)@Cubs---
6. Max Fried (ATL)vs Reds---
7. Aaron Nola (PHI)vs Athletics---
8. Freddy Peralta (MIL)@Cubs---
9. Adam Wainwright (STL)vs Pirates---
10. Charlie Morton (ATL)vs Reds---

Start 'em

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros – at Angels

Verlander has not appeared in a regular-season game since July 24, 2020. The future Hall of Famer’s return to an MLB mound in a game that counts is definitely one of the most anticipated events of opening weekend. That is slated to happen Saturday, April 9 in Anaheim.

Given the form Verlander has shown over his first three outings of spring training, the excitement has only increased. The 39-year-old has worked 8.2 shutout innings, surrendering just five hits and three walks while punching out 10.

The Angels have plenty of pop in their lineup, but with Verlander looking so strong recently, run him out there with confidence. Back in the mid-90s with his heat and showing strong secondary stuff, Verlander can rack up the whiffs even if his pitch count is limited.

Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals – vs Guardians

After more than a decade away, Greinke has made his way back to where it all began for him. The six-time All-Star went from rookie to ace during his original run with the Royals from 2004-2010. Now, he is gearing up to serve as the club’s Opening Day starter for the second time in his career and first in 12 years.

Greinke is coming off a pretty pedestrian season, especially by his standards, and is clearly on the tail end of a sensational career. Across 171.0 innings for the Astros in 2021, he put together a 4.16 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 17.2 K%. The ERA and WHIP were both his weakest marks since 2016 while the K-rate was the lowest since the 18-year veteran’s second season in the bigs.

Even still, Greinke is not completely washed up. He turned in four scoreless frames in a Game 4 start during last year’s World Series and showed he can still flip a switch when the moment calls. You can bet Greinke will be amped to take the mound in Kansas City once again. The newly-named Guardians are in the midst of a rebuild and provide Greinke with a favorable matchup for the occasion.

Sit ‘em

Tyler Mahle, Cincinnati Reds – at Braves

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Speaking of the 2021 Fall Classic, Mahle draws the difficult task of facing the victors of that series in their home stadium on Opening Day. The Atlanta crowd will be in full force as the Braves begin the defense of their World Series title. This will be no walk in the park.

Mahle is coming off a nice season in which he asserted himself as a stable rotation piece for the Reds. The 27-year-old righty posted a 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while striking out a career-high 210 across 180.0 innings. Be that as it may, he could be running into a buzzsaw against a Braves offense that can bring the thunder in spots 1-9 even without Freddie Freeman or Ronald Acuna.

Jon Gray, Texas Rangers – at Blue Jays

Gray has finally escaped pitcher-killing Coors Field. He now sits atop the Rangers rotation in hopes of finally establishing himself as a consistent starter. That may well come. Gray has the makeup. However, an Opening Day start in Toronto against arguably the league's most potent offense could be troublesome for anyone.

The Blue Jays scored a whopping 5.6 runs per game at home in 2021. They are a right-handed heavy offense, but righties actually handled Gray better in 2021 than lefties. This risk simply outweighs the potential reward here.

Stream ‘em

Kyle Gibson, Philadelphia Phillies – vs Athletics

Gibson earned an All-Star invitation with his work for the Rangers in the first half of last season. Following a deadline deal that sent him to Philadelphia, he reverted back to the backend starter that he has been for most of his nine-year career. This streamer suggestion is less about Gibson and more about the depleted A’s.

Matt Olson is gone, Matt Chapman is gone. Mark Canha; gone. Ramon Laureano; suspended. Simply put, the A’s just offer very little in the way of offensive punch. Gibson could not ask for a better foe in which to get his season started off on the right foot and win over the Philly faithful.

Thanks for reading the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Pitching Planner and be sure to check out the rest of the F6P Fantasy Baseball content.

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DawgLB51 April 5, 2022 - 10:46 am

Max Fried plays for ATL not CIN. You have a typo up top.

Keith Lott April 5, 2022 - 1:02 pm

thank you – fixed!


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