2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

June 27th-July 3rd

by Trent Dickeson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner!

I am writing this during NBA draft season. Of course, that usually means we are about to get a flurry of NBA moves and I am curious to see what my Phoenix Suns do.

It also leads me to think. What moves could be done to help me down the stretch in my Fantasy Baseball leagues? That is not my best Segway, but that is what I leave everyone with. Time for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner

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Offenses to Target

Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners have not gotten off to as good of a start as fans may have liked, however, they could be in line for a strong offensive week. The schedule does lighten up and if "America's Team" is going to make a run, it will need to start next week.

They begin their week with three against the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles have a 4.21 ERA, 4.30 FIP, and 4.30 xFIP. The starting pitching has been worrisome with a 5.14 ERA, 4.87 FIP, and 4.61 xFIP. While the starters have been bad, the bullpen has actually been a strong suit in Baltimore. The bullpen has a 3.18 ERA, 3.68 FIP, and 3.95 xFIP. The bullpen may be fine, but the Mariners will have plenty of opportunity to take advantage early.

The real fun will begin at the end of the week, with a four game weekend series with the Oakland Athletics. The Atlhletics have struggled, and the pitching staff carries a 4.47 ERA, 4.30 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP. The starters sit at a 4.46 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 4.31 xFIP and the bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 4.09 FIP, and 4.32 xFIP. June has been worse for the Athletics with a team 5.55 ERA, 5.08 FIP, and 4.80 xFIP. The Mariners want to move up the standings, and there is a great opportunity to gain ground and get the offense going next week.

Notable Players

Since June 13th, Jesse Winker is hitting .333/.515/.625 with 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, .486 wOBA, and 231 wRC+. Winker has heated up for the Mariners and could be looking at continuing that stretch into the next week. Fantasy owners should be salivating.

JP Crawford has had a notable season as a late round target and could even be considered a steal after three months. His .276/.359/.407 line with 5 HR, 30 R, 19 RBI, .340 wOBA, and 128 wRC+ does not jump off the page but has been a welcome addition for someone who went late in drafts.

Taylor Trammell has played his way into our hearts and hopefully into some Fantasy Baseball lineups. He is hitting .254/.354/.522 with 3 HR, 13 R, 8 RBI, .375 wOBA, and 153 wRC+ over 80 plate appearances. Is it a breakout? The Mariners fanbase hopes so and it could continue into next week with the easier schedule.

Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves have been arguably the best team in the month of June and a large reason why is due to their offense. The Braves offense as a team have .275/.335/.527 line with 44 HR, 126 R, 122 RBI, .369 wOBA, and 135 wRC+. That will play, especially, with the Phillies and Reds on the upcoming schedule.

The Phillies will host the Braves for three, and as we know, Citizens Bank Park is a hitter's friend. The Phillies have a 3.94 ERA, 3.69 FIP, and 3.78 xFIP. Phillies starters have not been horrible with a 3.74 ERA, 3.49 FIP, and 3.51 xFIP but the bullpen is holding them back with a 4.27 ERA, 4.02 FIP, and 4.22 xFIP. It also does not help that Philadelphia's defense ranks 29th with -21 runs prevented and 29th with -26 OAA. The defense does not help the pitching, and often allows opposing offenses to take advantage.

They will then head to Cincinnati for a weekend set with the Reds. The Reds have the worst staff in baseball with a 5.32 ERA, 4.64 FIP, and 4.40 xFIP. The starters have a 5.41 ERA, 4.63 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP and the bullpen has the worst ERA at 5.21 which comes with a 4.65 FIP and 4.52 xFIP. Since the start of June, the Reds have a 6.50 ERA, 5.35 FIP, and 4.43 xFIP. Poor pitching combined with bad defense, -8 runs prevented and -11 OAA, often ends poorly for the pitching.

Notable Players

Orlando Arcia is filling in for the injured Ozzie Albies and should be worth a look in all leagues. Currently hitting .329/.389/.506 with 3 HR, 8 R, 13 RBI, .386 wOBA, and 146 wRC+. He is worth a shot at a discount if he is still available.

Since the start of June, Adam Duvall has woken up and could be available on some waiver wires. He is hitting .239/.311/.582 with 6 HR, 15 R, 11 RBI, .378 wOBA, and 141 wRC+. He is a bit of an all or nothing player, but he is hot, and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.

Michael Harris has burst on the scene and is making a name for himself. The young center fielder is hitting .330/.358/.538 with 3 HR, 16 R, 14 RBI, .385 wOBA, and 146 wRC+. He has a shot to be the biggest steal of the waiver wire this fantasy season at this pace.

Offenses to Avoid

Los Angeles Angels

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Two superstars in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani take up most the attention in Aneheim. However, outside of them, the offense has been struggling especially in the month of June. In June, the team is hitting .209/.270/.345 with 20 HR, 71 R, 70 RBI, .272 wOBA, and 76 wRC+.

The week does not start with the toughest task, as they will host the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox carry a 4.20 ERA, 4.05 FIP, and 3.96 xFIP but with the Angels overall struggles, it could be an opportunity for them to get back on track.

The test will come during the weekend set with the Houston Astros. The Astros lead the division and have done so with strong pitching performances. Overall, the Astros have a 3.04 ERA, 3.55 FIP, and 3.87 xFIP. Their starting pitching is strong with a 3.34 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 3.87 xFIP but it has been the bullpen that has stood out. The pen has a 2.55 ERA which leads the league, and once the Astros get the lead, they usually do not give it up.

Notable Players

Brandon Marsh has not hit just yet in his young major league career, but there is reason to believe he could still be a very good baseball player in the future. In 2022 though, a .237/.293/.355 line with 6 HR, 25 R, 30 RBI, 4 SB, .285 wOBA, and 84 wRC+ will not help many Fantasy Baseball rosters.

Matt Duffy is a name projected to replace the injured Anthony Rendon. Thinking about picking him up in deeper leagues? May need to look elsewhere. He is hitting .266/.314/.297 with a .276 wOBA and 78 wRC+. Expert analysis tells me that will not work in Fantasy Baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays offense has hit a wall in the month of June. Overall, this team is hitting .232/.298/.370 with 18 HR, 75 R, 73 RBI, .295 wOBA, and 97 wRC+. Ahead of them is two tough pitching staff in Milwaukee and Toronto.

The series with the Brewers is only for two games, but the Brewers still carry a good pitching staff. The staff has a 3.69 ERA, 3.73 FIP, and 3.57 xFIP. The starters have not been as good as thought, but are still very solid with a 3.82 ERA, 3.78 FIP, and 3.56 xFIP. The bullpen has been really good with a 3.48 ERA, 3.66 FIP, and 3.60 xFIP.

The week ends with four games across the boarder with the Blue Jays. Toronto carries a 4.02 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 3.86 xFIP as a team. The starters have been solid for Toronto with a 3.74 ERA, 3.58 FIP, and 3.76 xFIP. The Rays may have their hands full with the pitching next week.

Notable Players

Vidal Brujan has struggled early in his major league career. This season, he is hitting .165/.210/.261 with 2 HR, 7 R, 12 RBI, 2 SB, .209 wOBA, and 37 wRC+. The speed is there to be a fantasy star, but he cannot get on base consistently enough to take advantage.

Josh Lowe is another prospect who has not yet adjusted to the major league for the Rays. He is hitting .173/.244/.307 with 1 HR, 10 R, 6 RBI, 1 SB, .240 wOBA, and 58 wRC+. He is walking at a decent clip, which provides hope, he just has not put it all together at the plate quite yet.

Randy Arozarena has struggled over the last week. Since June 14th, he is hitting .121/.194/.121 with 1 R, .158 wOBA, and 1 wRC+. A really bad time for a slump for Arozarena, and with tough pitching next week, there is concern it could last another seven days.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup

Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox

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Jarren Duran has returned to the major leagues and he has returned to Fantasy Baseball relevance. He is still available in a lot of leagues, so pick him up before anyone else notices him.

Duran is hitting .297/.366/.486 with 8 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, .386 wOBA, and 139 wRC+. The home runs are not there currently, but plenty of doubles and triples still play in Fantasy Baseball. He could be a solid three category contributor until that power turns into home run power.

Take a look at Duran.

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