2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner

July 21 - July 31

by Trent Dickeson
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner!

A different time for the Hitting Planner due to the All-Star Break. With no actual games for Fantasy Baseball purposes, we moved to today and will cover from this Thursday (July 21) all the way until next Sunday (July 31).

Of course, we did have activities across baseball with the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. Up next, we have one of the more exciting times of the year, the trade season. The winner of the Home Run Derby, Juan Soto, might actually end up being traded. It is not often a generational talent gets moved at the deadline. Will it happen this year and who will be the winner of the Soto sweepstakes?

While we ponder that, how about some Fantasy Baseball talk? Starting with the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner

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Offenses to Target

St Louis Cardinals

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The St Louis Cardinals are attempting to make a run at the NL Central title while also fighting for the Wild Card. They will get a great opportunity coming out of the break.

The Cardinals begin with three road games at Cincinnati against the lowly Reds. A Reds team that has a 5.31 ERA, 4.72 FIP, and 4.40 xFIP this season. Breaking it down, their starters have a 5.23 ERA, 4.57 FIP, and 4.27 xFIP but seeing as it is the first series out of the break, they will probably see Luis Castillo. However, the Reds bullpen has been the worst this year with a 5.42 ERA, 4.92 FIP, and 4.57 xFIP. Defensively, the Reds rank near the bottom with -13 runs prevented and -18 OAA.

Finally, they travel to Toronto for a matchup with the Blue Jays. The Jays have a 4.00 ERA, 3.96 FIP, and 3.84 xFIP and a solid defense. They also play in a country with strict Covid restrictions which could hold back a few players from the Cardinals. However, with it being just a two-game series, do not worry too much.

The Cardinals will end the week with a weekend set with the Washington Nationals. A club with a pitching staff that is arguably worse than the Reds, the Nats have a 5.13 ERA, 4.87 FIP, and 4.41 xFIP. This is the worst starting rotation in baseball with a 5.74 ERA, 5.22 FIP, and 4.59 xFIP and the bullpen is bad as well with a 4.36 ERA, 4.44 FIP, and 4.19 xFIP. Maybe most importantly, the Nationals have the worst defense in baseball with -26 runs prevented and -33 OAA.

Notable Players

Nolan Gorman has been solid since coming to the majors, hitting .241/.320/.444 with 9 HR, 26 R, 22 RBI, .335 wOBA, and 120 wRC+. I think we could be in for a nice week for Gorman against some weaker competition.

Brendan Donovan has been another great rookie contributor in St Louis and could be in for a great week. He is hitting .287/.395/.389 with 2 HR, 29 R, 30 RBI, 2 SB, .352 wOBA, and 131 wRC+. Not a ton of power, but there seems to be a quality hit tool.

Corey Dickerson has not done much this year but that can be attributed to an injury. He is hitting .202/.256/.319 with 3 HR, 15 R, 15 RBI, .252 wOBA, and 63 wRC+. If he gets the playing time, maybe he could get it turned around this week. Keep an eye on him.

Atlanta Braves

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The Braves were one of the best teams in baseball the month plus leading into the All-Star break. Will they keep it up?

They will begin the week with the Los Angeles Angels and face Shohei Ohtani in game 1 but after that, the Angels pitching has not been great. Overall, they have a 3.96 ERA, 4.03 FIP, and 3.99 xFIP. The starters are fine with a 3.88 ERA, 3.94 FIP, and 3.96 xFIP but the bullpen has a 4.08 ERA, 4.15 FIP, and 4.02 xFIP.

Following that, they will head to Philadelphia for three games. The Phillies have a decent staff with a 3.71 ERA, 3.61 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP, however, their is putrid with -15 runs prevented and a -18 OAA.

Finally, they welcome the Diamondbacks for a weekend series. The Diamondbacks have a 4.34 ERA, 4.29 FIP, and 4.42 xFIP on the year. Their starters have a 4.35 ERA, 4.30 FIP, and 4.39 xFIP while the bullpen has a 4.33 ERA, 4.27 FIP, and 4.48 xFIP.

Notable Players

Eddie Rosario needs to get going coming off the eye surgery. Since his return, he is hitting .195/.186/.366 with 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB, .228 wOBA, and 41 wRC+. The Braves need more from him.

Since Michael Harris has arrived and pushed Adam Duvall back to left field, Duvall has heated up. The veteran is hitting .240/.295/.558 with 10 HR, 22 R, 20 RBI, .362 wOBA, and 132 wRC+. Could be a sneaky play in deeper formats.

Michael Harris has cooled off a tad in July, hitting .203/.266/.441 with 4 HR, 10 R, 9 RBI, 6 SB, .306 wOBA, and 94 wRC+. His defense has been elite and will keep him in lineups, but it would be nice to see him turn it around offensively.

Offenses to Avoid

Colorado Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies have a tough lineup to get the second half started. They are beginning with four games against the Milwaukee Brewers' staff and their 3.84 ERA, 3.86 FIP, and 3.67 xFIP. The starters carry a 3.85 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 3.65 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.84 ERA, 3.96 FIP, and 3.70 xFIP.

They then take on the Chicago White Sox for two games. The White Sox have a 4.00 ERA, 3.92 FIP, and 3.93 xFIP. The Sox starters have a 4.07 ERA, 4.11 FIP, and 4.06 xERA and the bullpen carries a 3.90 ERA, 3.67 FIP, and 3.77 xFIP. It is only two games, but the White Sox may come out motivated to make up for a disappointing first half.

Finally, four games with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have a 2.96 ERA, 3.44 FIP, and 3.63 xFIP which is the best in baseball. The starters have been elite all year with a 2.77 ERA, 3.51 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.26 ERA, 3.34 FIP, and 3.47 xFIP.

Notable Players

Ryan McMahon has been a disappointment this year, especially because the power has not been there. He is hitting .246/.341/.382 with 7 HR, 37 R, 41 RBI, 5 SB, .323 wOBA, and 94 wRC+. It might be time to worry about McMahon for fantasy.

Randal Grichuk has not provided the impact the Rockies hoped he would after trading for him. Grichuk is hitting .248/.287/.397 with 9 HR, 33 R, 42 RBI, 2 SB, .298 wOBA, and 77 wRC+. There was hope he could be a sneaky fantasy asset this year but that has not materialized.

Connor Joe has really hit a wall in July. He is hitting .185/.338/.296 with 0 HR, 10 R, 7 RBI, 2 SB, .296 wOBA, and 76 wRC+. He looked like a breakout candidate early in the year but has struggled in recent months.

New York Mets

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The New York Mets have been one of the best teams in baseball but will have a tough task after the break. They will begin with the San Diego Padres who have a 3.77 ERA, 3.76 FIP, and 3.85 xFIP. The starters have a 3.72 ERA, 3.80 FIP, and 3.92 xFIP and the bullpen has a 3.85 ERA, 3.68 FIP, and 3.72 xFIP. They also have the second-best defense with 19 runs prevented and 24 OAA.

The Mets will then play in the Subway Series with the New York Yankees. The Yankees have been the best team in baseball over the first half and a large reason is due to their pitching. They have a 3.08 ERA, 3.43 FIP, and 3.50 xFIP overall. The starters have a 3.20 ERA, 3.66 FIP, and 3.45 xFIP and the bullpen has been elite with a 2.89 ERA, 3.05 FIP, and 3.60 xFIP. They also sport an elite defense with 11 runs prevented and 15 OAA.

The Mets will finish with a weekend set with the Miami Marlins who have a 3.78 ERA, 3.93 FIP, and 3.85 xFIP. Their starters have a 3.62 ERA, 3.98 FIP, and 3.86 xFIP while the bullpen has a 4.04 ERA, 3.86 FIP, and 3.84 xFIP. They have a decent defense with 2 runs prevented and 4 OAA.

Notable Players

Eduardo Escobar has not worked out the way the Mets would have liked. He is hitting .224/.279/.397 with 11 HR, 37 R, 40 RBI, .293 wOBA, and 94 wRC+. The power is there but unfortunately not much else.

Luis Guillorme has been fine, hitting for a decent average (.293) but there has been very little power. It will be interesting to see if the week ahead will limit his already limited fantasy upside.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Hitting Planner Hitting Target

Jose Miranda, 1B/3B, Minnesota Twins

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Jose Miranda got off to a sluggish start with the Minnesota Twins. So much so, that people gave up on him for redraft purposes. However, that might be a mistake. Miranda in the month of July is hitting .293/.356/.537 with 3 HR, 5 R, 12 RBI, .385 wOBA, and 154 wRC+,

It has raised his season totals to .251/.293/.444 with 8 HR, 16 R, 32 RBI, .319 wOBA, and 108 wRC+. It may be time to trust Miranda for fantasy again. He could be a high upside play in a corner infield slot on our fantasy rosters!

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