Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Hitting Planner!
This could be an interesting edition of the Hitting Planner. Simply because the trade deadline is next week and it could mean several offenses look completely different. For example, Andrew Benintendi was traded to the Yankees on Wednesday night. He was having a great year for average and OBP but not showing much power.
Now, in a smaller ballpark like Yankee Stadium, could he see an uptick in power? It is a better lineup so the counting stats figure to go up and it should be a positive for his fantasy value. Watch to see what other moves happen before the trade deadline and adjust accordingly.
For now, here is the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Hitting Planner!
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Hitting Planner
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Offenses to Target
Respect America's team. The Baltimore Orioles have given their fans something to be excited about and are squarely in the playoff picture for the first time in years. While they are probably still a year or two away, it is best to ride the hot hands while we can.
The Orioles open the week with three against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were hoping to be better this year, but that has not shown up in 2022. As a pitching staff since the start of June, the Rangers have a 4.32 ERA, 4.30 FIP, and 4.31 xFIP. Their starters have a 4.60 ERA, 4.44 FIP, and 4.34 xFIP while the bullpen has been slightly better with a 3.98 ERA, 4.13 FIP, and 4.27 xFIP. Add in the Rangers have a very bad defense on the year with -12 runs prevented and -15 OAA.
Finally, the week will end with a weekend set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates since the start of June have a 4.71 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 4.16 xFIP. Breaking it down in that timeframe, the starters have a 4.38 ERA, 4.28 FIP, and 4.10 xFIP while the bullpen has struggled with a 5.19 ERA, 4.55 FIP, and 4.26 xFIP. The Pirates' defense also struggles with -9 runs prevented and -11 OAA.
Since June 15th, Adley Rutschman has been one of the best hitters in baseball. His .286/.392/.562 with 5 HR, 21 R, 17 RBI, 1 SB, .407 wOBA, and 167 wRC+. Those who were patient with him for 2022 have been rewarded.
Anthony Santander always feels like he slides under the radar for fantasy value. He can be a sneaky value and that has been the case for the month of July. Santander is hitting .266/.326/.456 with 3 HR, 12 R, 12 RBI, .341 wOBA, and 120 wRC+.
Ramon Urias has been a phenomenal play in July as well, hitting .371/.400/.661 with 5 HR, 11 R, 18 RBI, .449 wOBA, and 196 wRC+. A sneaky play, especially in deeper leagues. Go find Urias if he is still available and ride the hot hand.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox have not been as good as they would have liked in 2022. However, they do have a weak schedule next week and are still in the playoff picture despite a tough start. They could be buyers at the deadline to try to spark the offense.
The week begins with three against the Kansas City Royals. Over the last two months, The Royals have a 4.30 ERA, 4.31 FIP, and 4.36 xFIP. The starters have a 4.37 ERA, 4.29 FIP, and 4.18 xFIP while the bullpen has a 4.19 ERA, 4.34 FIP, and 4.63 xFIP. Add in that the Royals will absolutely be selling and it could be an even worse pitching staff.
The White Sox then finish the week with four against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers' pitching was mentioned in the previous section. It could be a bounce-back week for the White Sox, especially if they get offensive reinforcements.
AJ Pollock has shown some signs of life after the All-Star Break. He is hitting .368/.429/.632 with 1 HR, 3 R, 8 RBI, .453 wOBA, and 201 wRC+ in a very small sample. However, it is a welcome site from what has been a horrible year for Pollock. Keep an eye on him.
Andrew Vaughn is hitting .291/.339/.452 with 10 HR, 38 R, 49 RBI, .343 wOBA, and 125 wRC+. This bat will play no matter where he is slotted on the field.
Keep an eye out for some trade acquisitions for this team. It could benefit everyone in the starting lineup.
Offenses to Avoid
The Braves have been great over the past two months, largely due to their offense. However, it could be a tougher week for the bats as they will play a quick set with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies have a 3.54 ERA, 3.75 FIP, and 3.77 xFIP since the beginning of June. The starters have a 3.66 ERA, 3.87 FIP, and 3.80 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.33 ERA, 3.54 FIP, and 3.71 xFIP.
The Braves will then play a five-game series with the New York Mets. The Mets have a 3.45 ERA, 3.68 FIP, and 3.32 xFIP since the start of June. The starters have 3.38 ERA, 3.46 FIP, and 3.19 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.56 ERA, 4.03 FIP, and 3.53 xFIP. The Braves figure to be buyers at the deadline but it will be a tough week of pitching ahead.
Travis d'Arnaud earned All-Star honors this year for an incredible season but he has hit a massive wall in July. d'Arnaud is hitting .192/.263/.212 with 0 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, .222 wOBA, and 37 wRC+.
Their other catcher, William Contreras has been a breakout guy this season. However, he has also slowed down in July. Since July 3rd, Contreras has a .200/.317/.371 line with 2 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, .310 wOBA, and 96 wRC+.
Marcell Ozuna has struggled in July as well. He is hitting .213/.259/.400 with 4 HR, 8 R, 8 RBI, .286 wOBA, and 80 wRC+. As someone who is a designated hitter, he is not doing a great job at his one job.
It is tough to pick a second team because there is a possibility several of these teams could look completely different next week. Some will lose their only offensive threats and leave me with little to talk about.
Kansas City has already moved Andrew Benintendi. Could they decide to finally trade Whit Merrifield? They should have traded him a year ago but it appears to be time to finally usher in a new era for the Royals.
The Miami Marlins are apparently listening to everyone not named Sandy Alcantara. That could be a completely new ball club by this time next week!
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Hitting Planner Waiver Target
Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Is it finally time to buy back into Alec Bohm? The former top prospect was thought to be a major league-ready hitter immediately after his promotion but that has not translated. It has been an up-and-down start for Bohm.
He has raked in the month of July. Bohm is hitting .439/.468/.632 with 2 HR, 11 R, 12 RBI, .466 wOBA, and 203 wRC+. It is time to kick start the Alec Bohm campaign again. He has a hot hand and might be what we need to push us up the standings for the home stretch.
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