Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner!
The year keeps on going. It seems to be flying by, in fact, the Golden State Warriors have already won the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals are underway.
We are nearly three months into the Fantasy Baseball season and wondering if our team can make that push for a title.
As we continue to climb up the standings, we turn to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner
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Week 11 Schedule
Offenses to Target
The Texas Rangers were hoping for a much better offense after that big offseason of spending. While it has not quite translated, there has been signs of life from the Rangers offense in recent weeks. Add in a good week of matchups, and the Rangers might be worth looking at for Fantasy Baseball in Week 11.
They start the week with two games against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies come in with a 3.93 ERA, 3.61 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP which sits near the middle of the league. The starters for Philly actually rank near the top ten, with a 3.74 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 3.48 xFIP and are showing they are not the problem.
As has been the case for Philly, a leaky bullpen is causing problems with a 4.24 ERA, 3.96 FIP, and 4.16 xFIP but that is not the only issue in the city of brotherly love. They rank 29th with -19 runs prevented and -24 OAA in the league.
There is only one team in the league worse defensively than the Phillies which is the Washington Nationals. The Texas Rangers will end the week with a weekend series with the Nationals defense that has -21 defensive runs saved and -27 OAA.
They also have the worst pitching staff in baseball with a 5.50 ERA, 4.89 FIP, and 4.48 xFIP and that is in large part due to a horrible starting rotation. The Nationals starting rotation has a 6.24 ERA, 5.28 FIP, and 4.72 xFIP while the bullpen has a 4.59 ERA, 4.41 FIP, and 4.20 xFIP.
Do you know who Ezequiel Duran is? Well, it is time to look him up.
He came over in the Joey Gallo trade and is making a name for himself in Texas. Duran is hitting .319/.333/.532 with two HR, eight runs, eight RBI, two SB, .373 wOBA, and 148 wRC+ since arriving two weeks ago. He is establishing himself at third for the Rangers and in our fantasy lineups.
Since the calendar turned to June, Nathaniel Lowe has played well. He is hitting .321/.333/.643 with five HR, eight R, eight RBI, .417 wOBA, and 179 wRC+ this month. He has turned it on for fantasy, and for the middle of the Rangers offensive lineup.
Adolis Garcia might always be an antagonizing player because of how hot and cold he will be. Since June 8th, he has carried lineups hitting .448/.515/.655 with two HR, six R, five RBI, three SB, .506 wOBA, and 241 wRC+.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays were a trendy World Series pick before the season, and while they have not climbed to the top of the division so far, they are playing well. They rank as a top-three offense with a 114 team wRC+.
The week will begin with three against the White Sox. A team that has disappointed on the year. Their staff has a 4.05 ERA, 3.91 FIP, and 3.93 xFIP. Their starters have a 3.91 ERA, 4.00 FIP, and 3.96 xFIP, but it has been the bullpen that has held them back. The pen carries a 4.21 ERA, 3.82 FIP, and 3.89 xFIP. Defensively, they have -13 runs saved and -15 OAA which does not go well with a bad bullpen.
The week will end with three against the Brewers. The Brewers have a good staff with a 3.71 ERA, 3.73 FIP, and 3.57 xFIP but are being held back by bad defense. The Brewers defense has -11 runs prevented and -15 OAA. The staff is injured, and it may be in a spot for the Blue Jays to take advantage.
Alejandro Kirk has been one of the best catchers in baseball this season. Kirk is hitting .318/.398/.465 with five HR, 26 R, 21 RBI, .378 wOBA, and 146 wRC+.
The Blue Jays have another catcher of interest, and he is currently getting regular ABs as well. Gabriel Moreno reached the majors this week and is hitting .333/.375/.333 early in his career. In deeper leagues, he is worth looking at, and might end up being a nice addition off the waivers.
Lourdes Gurriel appears to be heating up. A small sample, but since June 10th he is hitting .500/.520/.792 with one HR, four R, five RBI, .562 wOBA, and 276 wRC+. He might be heating up, and it will be worth riding the hot hand is he does heat up.
Offenses to Avoid
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees have the best offense in baseball and I am listing them in my offenses to avoid section. Crazy I know, but they do have a tough schedule and I think it makes sense to avoid some of their lesser options. I will not be saying anything crazy like sit Aaron Judge.
The week begins with three in Tampa Bay who has a 3.18 ERA, 3.77 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP. The starters have a 3.34 ERA, 3.70 FIP, and 3.54 xFIP but like always their bullpen is great. A pen that carries a 3.00 ERA is phenomenal and has been a major weapon for the Rays this season. They carry a solid defense with five runs prevented and 4 OAA.
The Yanks will then host the Astros for four games and their staff has been great as well. A 3.03 ERA, 3.64 FIP, and 3.94 xFIP has them near the top of the league. The starters have a 3.25 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 3.90 xFIP and the bullpen has been just as good with a 2.66 ERA, 3.28 FIP, and 3.99 xFIP. Their defense is one of the best in the league with 15 runs prevented and 18 OAA.
It just is not working for Joey Gallo in New York. He is hitting .184/.287/.354 with eight HR, 20 R, 15 RBI, .289 wOBA, and 89 wRC+. He probably needs a change of scenery after the year, and might need to find the waiver wire if he has not already in fantasy.
Josh Donaldson has not been good in June and has held back fantasy lineups. He is hitting .200/.262/.286 0 HR, two R, three RBI, .241 wOBA, and 55 wRC+ this month and has not looked good at all. He might bounce back, but right now he needs to be out of lineups, especially with tough matchups ahead.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa is hitting .274 with a .324 OBP which is solid. The 9 stolen bases is also good, but there has not been any power from him which hurts. His .325 SLG and 0 HR really lowers his ceilings and makes it hard to play him in Fantasy Baseball.
The Cincinnati Reds have not been good this year, but thankfully it has not been as bad as the start of the season suggested it could be. It is still not a good year, and it will be an even tougher week for the Reds.
They begin the week with three against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have a 2.98 ERA, 3.50 FIP, and 3.65 xFIP and that is due in large part to arguably the best starting staff in the league. The starters have a 2.64 ERA, 3.59 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP and their bullpen has a 3.47 ERA, 3.36 FIP, and 3.53 xFIP.
The week will end with a weekend series with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have a 3.92 ERA, but their 3.38 FIP and 3.62 xFIP suggests they have been a bit unlucky and should be in for positive regression.
Joey Votto is a legend. However, he is not the man who we once knew, he is now hitting .206/.342/.375 with five HR, 18 R, 22 RBI, .325 wOBA, and 103 wRC+. He is probably better at making Tiktoks at this point than he is for Fantasy Baseball. Still a legend, just should not be in lineups.
Mike Moustakas has not been who the Reds hoped he would be. He is hitting .211/.315/.317 with 3 HR, 17 R, 13 RBI, 2 SB, .290 wOBA, and 80 wRC+. He is not who he once was, and is only playing because he is on the Reds.
Jonathan India has had an injury plagued year and I wonder when he will get going. His .288 batting average is fine, but there has been no power to his game and I wonder how much the injury has played into this. A tough week of pitching will give us more answers on India's game.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup
Michael Harris, CF, Atlanta Braves
The young center fielder has figured it out in Atlanta. He came up and started slow at the plate, but was shining with his elite defense. Now, the offense is coming along as well.
He is currently hitting .328/.357/.537 with two HR, 12 R, 11 RBI, two SB, .385 wOBA, and 146 wRC+. He will hit a rookie wall eventually, but he is red hot right now and that means he should be in lineups.
His defense will give him consistent ABs the rest of the year. If his bat stays this way, Fantasy Baseball managers are getting a steal on the waiver wire right now.
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