2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner

June 27 – July 3

by Nate Miller
Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner.

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 (50% or less), two-start options that may be worthwhile acquiring off the waiver wire leads things off. The first two guys have really made an impression on me so far in the young season. I highly recommend them if needed.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Waiver Options

*** Ownership Percentages based on Yahoo! Leagues as of June 24 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Rost%Recommend?
1. Keegan Thompson (CHC)vs CINvs BOS38%YES
2. Zach Plesac (CLE)vs MINvs NYY38%Likely
3. Tyler Wells (BAL)at SEAat MIN13%Likely
4. Jose Quintana (PIT)at WSHvs MIL11%Likely
5. Kris Bubic (KC)vs TEXat DET3%Likely
6. Ross Stripling (TOR)vs BOSvs TB31%Likely
7. Devin Smeltzer (MIN)at CLEvs BAL14%Likely
8. Erick Fedde (WSH) vs PITvs MIA3%Unlikely
9. Chad Kuhl (COL)vs LADvs ARI18%Unlikely

Start ‘em

Alex Wood (SF) – vs Detroit Tigers

Wood is coming off of a couple of tough road starts, particularly this past Thursday at Atlanta. His original MLB team roughed him up for six earned runs in just one-plus innings. So, why would the veteran southpaw be a recommended start this week?

Well, the Tigers are the worst offense in baseball. A trip to an extremely pitcher-friendly park – one where Wood regularly performs very well – is not going to help that. This is a great spot for Wood to keep his ratios down, rack up some strikeouts, and grab a victory.

Prior to that meltdown versus the Braves, Wood had pitched to a 3.42 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 20.9 K% across 23.2 innings in June. Expect a rebound from him.

Hunter Greene (CIN) – at Chicago Cubs

Few, if any, around the league can bring the heat quite like Greene. For those that have stuck with the rookie flamethrower through the ups and downs over his first three months in the bigs, a matchup with the Cubs is the type in which to deploy him.

Greene predictably struggled a bit versus the Dodgers this past Thursday, but he was on a nice roll in his previous three outings. In that stretch, he put up a 2.65 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, and 33.9 K% across 17.0 innings. There are plenty of whiffs to be found in the Cubs lineup, and Greene should have no problem finding them.

Sit ‘em

Tarik Skubal (DET) – at San Francisco Giants

The home-run issue that Skubal dealt with last year has reappeared. After allowing just two deep drives over his first 58.2 innings this season, the 25-year-old lefty has given up four of them in his last 20.2 innings. Obviously, that is not a good trend.

In that same stretch, Skubal has limped to a 7.84 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. His talent level should lead to a rebound soon, but a matchup with a strong San Francisco offense is difficult for any pitcher. The Giants entered play on Saturday ranked fourth in runs scored per game (4.86).

Carlos Carrasco (NYM) – vs Houston Astros

Carrasco lasted only 2.1 innings this past Wednesday in Houston before a lower-back issue forced him out of the game. He likely was not long for that contest anyway, as the veteran righty had already been tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks.

It was clear Carrasco was not quite 100 percent in that outing, but the Mets brass seem to believe he will be fine, at least physically, for a rematch with the Astros. That does not mean the results will be fine. Going on his recent performance, it is best to avoid this matchup.

In his last three starts overall, Carrasco has allowed 13 earned runs on 21 hits and five walks across 13.1 innings. Opponents have slugged .767 with six homers against him in that span.

Stream ‘em

Mitch Keller (PIT) – at Washington Nationals

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Well after the hype, Keller is finally showing some signs of figuring out how to be successful at the big-league level. Despite facing plenty of stiff competition including the Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants, and Rays over his last five starts, the hard-throwing righty has handled his business quite well.

Across 27.1 innings in that stretch, Keller has posted a nice 2.96 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while giving up only one home run. The strikeouts are coming at a middling 20.0-percent rate, but the 26-year-old has been inducing groundballs at a 56.4-percent clip while limiting hard-contact to under 30-percent.

The Nationals entered play on Saturday having averaged a mere 3.2 runs per game over their last ten. Keller has a great opportunity to keep his nice run going.

Thanks for checking out the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Pitching Planner and be sure to check out the rest of the F6P Fantasy Baseball content.

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