2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner

July 11th-July 17th

by Trent Dickeson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner!

As we continue our journey to grabbing a Fantasy Baseball championship, we approach the MLB Trade Deadline. Trade season can have a huge impact on who wins the World Series (Go Braves), but it can also impact some of the guys on our Fantasy rosters.

Normally, it is just pitchers, relief pitchers especially, that can lose tremendous value due to a trade. Keep an eye out though.

Any fun bold trade predictions out there?

While we ponder what could happen, we should jump into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner

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Week 14 Schedule


Offenses to Target

San Diego Padres

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The Padres have scuffled as of late, going 2-8 in their last 10 games at the time of writing. However, they still have a top four record in the National League putting them in a good spot for the Wild Card race. They still have time to track down the Dodgers for the NL West and could begin that pursuit this week.

The Padres head to Colorado for four games with the Rockies at Coors Field. An offense haven and the Rockies pitching has predictably not been great for the last month. Since June 1st, Colorado has a 4.93 ERA, 4.48 FIP, and 4.49 xFIP which is in the bottom five of the league. The starters have been mostly to blame with a 5.31 ERA, 4.75 FIP, and 4.61 xFIP while the bullpen has been somewhat better with a 4.30 ERA, 4.03 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP. Add in a bad Rockies defense with -9 runs prevented and -10 OAA and the Padres could get their offense rolling again.

They then end with a weekend set with the Arizona Diamondbacks who come in with a 4.67 ERA, 4.28 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP since the start of June. Ideal for a struggling offense. The starters have struggled with a 4.72 ERA, 4.11 FIP, and 4.29 xFIP which does not help a struggling bullpen. The arm barn has a 4.58 ERA, 4.54 FIP, and 4.33 xFIP since the beginning of June. Arizona does support the poor pitching with one of the better defenses in baseball with 12 runs prevented and 14 OAA.

Notable Players

Trent Grisham is entering a big stretch for himself. He has had a down year hitting .186/.285/.331 with 8 HR, 31 R, 32 RBI, 2 SB, .277 wOBA, and 79 wRC+. He has not provided the fantasy value we were hoping but he is also in danger of losing his starting job. The Padres could look to upgrade this position at the trade deadline if Grisham does not get going. Next week is important.

Speaking of Grisham, the Padres have given Nomar Mazara a shot and has performed. Mazara is hitting .301/.356/.434 with 2 HR, 10 R, 13 RBI, .347 wOBA, and 127 wRC+. He might be available in some leagues and might be keeping a hold on his lineup spot for some time.

Eric Hosmer has been really bad since the start of June after the hot start. Hosmer is hitting .202/.241/.303 with 2 HR, 11 R, 9 RBI, .236 wOBA, and 52 wRC+. If he is going to get it turned around, next week is as good as any. It will determine his value for the remainder of the season.

Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays have not quite reached the lofty expectations that was placed upon them this offseason. A large portion of the blame belongs to the Yankees stealing the spotlight with their start. The Blue Jays are still very good and have an opportunity to have a fun offensive week next week.

Toronto starts the week with two games against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have actually had good pitching numbers since the start of June with a 3.45 ERA, 3.67 FIP, and 3.76 xFIP. They still have a really bad defense though with -16 runs prevented and -21 OAA. A good offensive team like Toronto should take advantage of a poor Philadelphia defense.

The week ends with four against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have a 4.79 ERA, 4.68 FIP, and 4.55 xFIP since the start of June. The starters have struggled with a 4.97 ERA, 4.70 FIP, and 4.28 xFIP and the bullpen has a 4.54 ERA, 4.64 FIP, and 4.95 xFIP.

Notable Players

Since June 1st, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.has been on fire. He has hit .365/.407/.530 with 3 HR, 20 R, 16 RBI, .407 wOBA, and 166 wRC+. Gurriel has really turned it on over the past month and has arguably carried fantasy lineups.

Matt Chapman has put up some good numbers over the last couple of weeks as well and could make sense for someone needing CI help. He is hitting .259/.288/.556 with 4 HR, 8 R, 13 RBI, .351 wOBA, and 127 wRC+.

Santiago Espinal has continued to have his nice season. Espinal is hitting .275/.326/.407 with 6 HR, 31 R, 37 RBI, 4 SB, .320 wOBA, and 105 wRC+ and has done a great job of feeding the top of the order in Toronto.

Offenses to Avoid

Washington Nationals

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It has been a long season for the Nationals and it may get tougher soon. They figure to be sellers at the deadline and this offense could become even worse. In the meantime, they face tough pitching that could give their offense problems.

They will begin the week with two against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have a 3.04 ERA, 4.04 FIP, and 4.02 xFIP since the start of June which ranks 11th in baseball. The starters have a 3.00 ERA, 4.11 FIP, and 4.37 xFIP in that time frame and the bullpen has a 3.11 ERA, 3.90 FIP, and 3.39 xFIP. The Mariners bullpen has been solid with 3 runs prevented and 2 OAA.

Washington will end the week with a four-game set with the Atlanta Braves. Since June 1st, the Braves have had one of the best staffs in baseball with a 3.09 ERA, 3.04 FIP, and 3.10 xFIP. The starters have sported a 3.15 ERA, 2.77 FIP, and 2.99 xFIP while the bullpen has a 2.97 ERA, 3.50 FIP, and 3.31 xFIP. Defensively, Atlanta has 3 runs prevented and 5 OAA.

Notable Players

Cesar Hernandez has not been what Washington hoped he would be. He has hit .248/.306/.313 with 42 R, 19 RBI, 3 SB, .278 wOBA, and 75 wRC+. Hernandez was brought in to set the table for Washington and has not been able to dot that for the Nationals.

Maikel Franco got off to a decent start and was a fun waiver wire add, especially in deeper leagues. However, he has fallen back to Earth hitting .210/.243/.333 with 4 HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, .253 wOBA, and 58 wRC+ since the start of June. He no longer belongs on fantasy rosters.

Lane Thomas has not taken advantage of his opportunity in Washington. He has hit .217/.275/.374 with 8 HR, 28 R, 30 RBI, 1 SB, .284 wOBA, and 79 wRC+. There was hope that he could provide power and speed but unfortunately, that has not happened.

Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels have fallen apart. They started off hot but have really fallen off the cliff, especially offensively. Since the start of June, they are the worst offense in baseball with a .203/.270/.337 with a .267 wOBA and 72 wRC+. It is hard to believe a team with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani can be that bad but they have very little help. They have a tough week ahead with the Astros and Dodgers.

The week begins with the Astros who have been dominant this year. Since June, the pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA, 3.67 FIP, and 3.51 xFIP. The starters have a 3.40 ERA, 3.86 FIP, and 3.54 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.01 ERA, 3.27 FIP, and 3.44 xFIP.  They also have the second-best defense in baseball with 18 runs prevented and 21 OAA.

A Los Angeles matchup will end the week as the Dodgers and Angels play. The Dodgers have a 3.12 ERA, 3.48 FIP, and 3.68 xFIP since the beginning of June. Their starters have been great with a 2.76 ERA, 3.52 FIP, and 3.83 xFIP and the bullpen carries a 3.70 ERA, 3.43 FIP, and 3.43 xFIP. They have a great pitching staff which is not ideal for a struggling offense.

Notable Players

Brandon Marsh has not been great offensively so far with a .255/.275/.340 with 6 HR, 27 R, 31 RBI, 5 SB, .270 wOBA, and 73 wRC+. Thankfully, his defense has been great which has provided value for the Angels. However, for Fantasy Baseball, he has been a low point.

Jared Walsh has been in a slump recently. Since June 16th, Walsh is hitting .212/.235/.348 with 2 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, .253 wOBA, and 61 wRC+. It might be a tough task for Walsh to get going against tougher pitching next week. If Walsh is not hitting, it really hampers the entire Angels lineup.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Hitting Planner Waiver Target

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Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Kansas City Royals

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Fantasy owners have been slow to add Vinnie Pasquantino to their rosters. On the surface, that makes sense with a .133/.316/.233 .271 wOBA, and 72 wRC+ line. However, Vinnie P has plenty to be excited about.

He is walking with a 15.8% walk rate which equals his strikeout rate in a short sample. Vinnie has a .130 BABIP in his short stint, suggesting some tough luck. He is seeing the ball well and making good contact.

He has an average exit velocity of 95.3 mph so far with a 14.1 degree launch angle. That is really good. He also carries a .284 xBA, .544 xSLG, .422 xwOBA, and .436 xwOBAcon. In a small sample, he is smoking the ball and that tells me that he is going to get going real soon. Add him while he is still available and reap the benefits.

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