Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Hitting Planner!
A wild trade deadline has shaken up the league! It also could change up some players on our Fantasy Baseball teams. Whether for the good or bad.
We now start the playoff push, both in our Fantasy Baseball leagues and across Major League Baseball. Hopefully, we can capture a championship and maybe our favorite teams will go far in October.
Time for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Hitting Planner.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Hitting Planner
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Offenses to Target
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox were surprisingly not too active at the trade deadline. They are in a winnable AL Central but did not improve too much. However, they do have a favorable schedule next week.
They will start with three against the lowly Kansas City Royals. The Royals have a 4.17 ERA, 4.48 FIP, and 4.22 xFIP since the start of July. The starters have been decent with a 3.95 ERA, 4.10 FIP, and 4.08 xFIP, but the bullpen has a 4.50 ERA, 5.05 FIP, and 4.45 xFIP.
Afterwards, they will take on the Detroit Tigers. They sit with a 3.89 ERA, 4.14 FIP, and 4.66 xFIP since the beginning of July. Breaking it down, the starters have a 4.92 ERA, 4.87 FIP, and 5.08 xFIP in that time frame. The bullpen has surprisingly been great with a 2.58 ERA but a 3.22 FIP and 4.12 xFIP suggests some regression could be on the way. The White Sox will need to get after the Tigers starters early.
Shockingly, Andrew Vaughn getting regular playing time is a good thing. It is not actually shocking but remember when that was an issue? Vaughn is hitting .299/.348/.462 with 10 HR, 42 R, 49 RBI .351 wOBA, and 131 wRC+.
Since the All-Star break, AJ Pollock has been on fire. Pollock is hitting .303/.378/.485 with 1 HR, 4 R, 9 RBI, .376 wOBA, and 149 wRC+. We would love to see more power but he is providing in every other category at this moment.
On the other side of the Windy City, the Chicago Cubs also have an easy schedule. They also had an interesting deadline, not dealing either Willson Contreras or Ian Happ. They may not be competitive this year but should have a good week at the plate.
The Cubs will play the Washington Nationals for three games at home. The Nationals are the definition of a AAA team after the deadline and since the start of July have a 5.18 ERA, 4.97 FIP, and 4.42 xFIP. Washington's starters have a 6.73 ERA, 5.87 FIP, and 4.61 xFIP. The bullpen has been shockingly fine with a 3.42 ERA, 3.95 FIP, and 4.21 xFIP. They do have the worst defense in baseball this year with -35 runs prevented and -43 OAA.
Afterwards, they will finish the week with the Cincinnati Reds who got rid of their best two pitchers. Since July, the Reds have a 3.79 ERA, 4.11 FIP, and 4.15 xFIP. Their starters have a 3.53 ERA, 3.86 FIP, and 3.89 xFIP but remember, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are no longer there. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 4.51 FIP, and 4.57 xFIP. Their defense has been poor this year as well with -8 runs prevented and -11 OAA.
While the Cubs are rebuilding, they do have some exciting young players for the future. Christopher Morel is one of them. Morel is hitting .264/.338/.463 with 9 HR, 40 R, 29 RBI, 9 SB, .347 wOBA, and 122 wRC+.
Seiya Suzuki is another exciting guy for the future and he is back from an extended injury. He is hitting .256/.329/.436 with 8 HR, 28 R, 30 RBI, 5 SB, .331 wOBA, and 111 wRC+.
I was a little disappointed Ian Happ was not moved mostly because I wasted Nelson Velazquez to get more of an opportunity. However, I think they will have to keep playing this kid more. He is hitting .237/.301/.500 with 5 HR, 14 R, 15 RBI, 2 SB, .343 wOBA, and 120 wRC+. There is a lot of power in this bat and the Cubs need to see if he is legit at the major league level.
Offenses to Avoid
The Marlins did not do much at the deadline although there was reports they would be one of the biggest sellers across the league. Instead, they held onto Pablo Lopez and others, mostly staying pat outside of moving some bullpen arms. They think they are close to competing but in 2022 they are 12-1 against the Washington Nationals, meaning they are 36-56 against everyone else.
It is not an easy schedule either, as they start with three against the Philadelphia Phillies. Since the start of July, the Phillies have a 3.62 ERA, 3.77 FIP, and 3.78 xFIP. The starters have a 3.37 ERA, 3.75 FIP, and 3.78 xFIP and the bullpen has been better with a 4.02 ERA, 3.81 FIP, and 3.79 xFIP. Their defense on the year has been bad but in July, they actually had 4 runs prevented and 5 OAA. The Phillies are trying to climb up the standings and the Marlins may be in the way.
Following the Phillies, the Marlins will play the Atlanta Braves for four games. Since the start of July, the Braves have the third best pitching staff with a 2.88 ERA, 3.26 FIP, and 3.51 xFIP. The starters have been elite with a 2.70 ERA, 2.96 FIP, and 3.23 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.21 ERA, 3.80 FIP, and 4.02 xFIP. Their defense ranks in the top half of the league with 4 runs prevented and 6 OAA.
Remember Jesus Sanchez hot start? Well, on the year, he is now hitting .205/.271/.387 with 12 HR, 36 R, 37 RBI, 1 SB, .288 wOBA, and 87 wRC+. It has been a quick downhill fall.
Jesus Aguilar has not provided much value at all. He is hitting .243/.290/.395 with 13 HR, 34 R, 44 RBI, .297 wOBA, and 94 wRC+. Maybe in deeper leagues he is providing some value but other than that, he has been disappointing.
I like JJ Bleday long term for Miami but not sure if he can be trusted right now for fantasy. Bleday is hitting .214/.250/.357 with 1 HR, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .265 wOBA, and 72 wRC+ in 12 games. It takes time to adjust to the big leagues for some but we are in a playoff push ourselves and Bleday probably will not contribute to our runs.
The Baltimore Orioles got hot and made a nice little run to get in the playoff race. However, their moves at the deadline suggest they know that 2022 is still not their year as they sold off a few pieces.
They will play the Toronto Blue Jays who have a 3.52 ERA, 4.08 FIP, and 3.68 xFIP since the beginning of July. The Blue Jays are fighting for a wild card spot and had one of the better deadlines. The Orioles will also play the Red Sox for a one-game set.
Finally, the week ends with the Tampa Bay Rays who have had one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball this year. Their 3.43 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and 3.79 xFIP which ranks them near the top of the league. Three divisional foes that believe they could make the playoffs this year will be a tough week for the Orioles.
Ramon Urias has been a solid add for the Orioles but he has slowed down after the All-Star break. Urias since the break is hitting just .213/.275/.362 with 2 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .282 wOBA, and 80 wRC+.
Jorge Mateo has been a great addition of steals (26) but overall has not provided much else as of late. He is hitting .216/.264/.389 with a .283 wOBA, and 81 wRC+.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Hitting Planner Waiver Wire Target
Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners
I know I know. Kelenic has struggled in the majors. However, he is back and I am suggesting take a flyer on him again. If one has a roster spot. Kelenic has all the talent in the world but has not figured it out just yet in the majors.
However, in July in AAA he hit .276/.370/.529 with 3 HR, 12 R, 13 RBI, 1 SB, .381 wOBA, and 119 wRC+. That would be a nice add to fantasy lineups. He did come up and hit a home run off Gerrit Cole in New York. Sometimes, it is a moment like that that gives the young talent confidence and they finally realize they belong.
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