2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner

August 8-August 14

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner.

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner is here to help all Fantasy Baseball managers make the tough decisions on which pitchers are deserving of making the team.

This week all 28 two-start pitchers are listed and receive a letter grade between A, B, C, D, or F. This ranking is based on the pitcher's previous statistics, and their upcoming opponent as well.

Below the two-start pitchers, an additional 30 pitchers are recommended to be Started, Benched, or Streamed. Be sure to grab those streaming options off the waiver wire this week before the opponent does it first.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers

Here's a quick rundown on the rankings.

A: Aces, start without questioning it.

B: Reliable starter but not as dependable as the grade A's.

C: Middle of the pack players. Usually provide decent Fantasy value and can be started.

D: Risky streamers, not trustworthy, but Fantasy managers can start them if necessary.

F: Leave on the waiver wire, unlikely to provide any Fantasy production.

*** Roster Percentages based on FantasyPros as of August 5 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Roster %Grade
Zack Wheeler (PHI)vs MIA@ NYM99%A
Miles Mikolas (STL)@ COLvs MLW88%A
Blake Snell (SD)vs SF@ WSH81%A
Martin Perez (TEX)@ HOUvs SEA89%A
Chris Bassitt (NYM)vs CINvs PHI95%A
Shane Bieber (CLE)@ DET@ TOR99%A
Charlie Morton (ATL)@ BOS@ MIA94%A
Zac Gallen (ARI)vs PIT@ COL91%A
Jose Urquidy (HOU)vs TEXvs OAK80%A
Lance Lynn (CHW)@ KCvs DET80%B
Cole Irvin (OAK)vs LAA@ HOU45%B
Braxton Garrett (MIA)@ PHIvs ATL30%B
Jameson Taillon (NYY)@ SEA@ BOS74%C
Jose Suarez (LAA)@ OAKvs MIN2%C
Brady Singer (KC)vs CHWvs LAD44%C
Graham Ashcraft (CIN)@ NYMvs CHC8%C
Keegan Thompson (CHC)vs WSH@ CIN40%C
Jordan Lyles (BAL)vs TOR@ TB16%C
Yusei Kikuchi (TOR)@ BALvs CLE29%C
Alex Wood (SF)@ SDvs PIT61%C
Kyle Bradish (BAL)vs TOR@ TB1%D
Rich Hill (BOS)vs ATLvs NYY5%D
Tyler Alexander (DET)vs CLE@ CHW1%D
Tommy Henry (ARI)vs PIT@ COL1%F
Chad Kuhl (COL)vs STLvs ARI13%F
Tyler Beede (PIT)@ ARI@ SF0%F
Zach Thompson (PIT)@ ARI@ SF2%F
Anibal Sanchez (WSH)@ CHCvs SD0%F

Start 'em

Madison Bumgarner/Merrill Kelly (ARI) - vs Pittsburgh Pirates

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Bumgarner isn't the most trustworthy option at this point in his career, but he is worth starting when he takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. Over the last 15 days, the Pirates have the second-fewest runs and third lowest OPS (.610) in MLB. This season Bumgarner's strikeout rate is a career-low, but the Pirates have the third most strikeouts this season so Bumgarner will have a chance of getting a good amount against them.

Kelly is currently in the midst of a career year. He has six straight quality starts with a good chance of extending that this week. Fantasy managers roster Kelly in just 77% of leagues. This means, despite his incredible streak, he will be on the waiver wire in 23% of Fantasy leagues. Kelly should be started in every league this week.

Marcus Stroman (CHC) - vs Washington Nationals

Stroman comes into the week with a roster percentage of just 61%, but this should be higher. In his last three starts, his ERA is 1.93 through 18.2 innings, with 14 strikeouts and just 3 walks. He now gets to face the Nationals who just lost their two best batters in Juan Soto and Josh Bell. Be sure to start Stroman this week in Fantasy Baseball.

Johnny Cueto (CHW) - at Kansas City Royals

Cueto has seven straight quality starts with a good opportunity of extending it against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have scored the fourth-fewest run in MLB this season. The last time Cueto played them he shut them out through six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Expect more of that this week.

Nick Lodolo/Hunter Greene (CIN) - vs Chicago Cubs

These two Reds' rookies have had an up-and-down first season in the Bigs. Lately, however, it's been an up for both of them. In Lodolo's two previous starts, he's allowed just one earned run in 12 innings while striking out 16 batters. In Greene's two previous starts he's allowed two earned runs in 12.1 innings while striking out 14 batters.

These two get another easy matchup here against the Chicago Cubs who, over the last seven days, have the second-fewest runs scored and the second-lowest OPS (.519). The rookies both have a roster percentage below 35% but are making a case to be rostered for the rest of the season.

Zach Plesac (CLE) - at Detroit Tigers

Plesac has struggled mightily as of late. In his last five starts, he has a 7.04 ERA in 23 innings with a 0-4 record. This week, however, he has a good shot of breaking out of the rut when he takes on the Detroit Tigers. Over the last 15 days, the Tigers have the lowest OPS (.588) and the sixth most strikeouts in MLB. While some may have already moved on from the struggling righty, he should remain in lineups for at least one more week.

Freddy Peralta (MLW) - vs Tampa Bay Rays

Peralta missed two months of the season with an injury. In his first game back, he pitched just 3.2 innings and allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts. It was not the game he, or Fantasy managers, were hoping for but it's not time to worry yet. Keep Peralta in the lineup for his second start which comes against the Tampa Bay Rays. Peralta is a strikeout pitcher, and the Rays have the fifth most strikeouts on the season.

Noah Syndergaard/Kyle Gibson (PHI) - vs Miami Marlins

Syndergaard and Gibson have both had their troubles this season, but they should remain in the Fantasy lineup this week against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have scored the fewest runs in MLB over the last seven days while also having the ninth-most strikeouts. Take advantage of the matchup here and start both of these Philadelphia starters.

Alex Cobb (SF) - at San Diego Padres

Cobb is pitching impressively as of late by recording two straight quality starts with 19 strikeouts total. He does have a tough matchup this week against the Padres, but Fantasy managers should ride the hot streak and start him.

Jose Quintana (STL) - at Colorado Rockies

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The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Quintana to the St. Louis Cardinals at the deadline and it has turned the veteran lefty into a must-roster player. Quintana goes from one of the worst defenses to one of the best in the move. Fantasy managers, however, roster him in just 31% of leagues. If Quintana is on the waiver wire pick him up and start him every game.

Ian Anderson (ATL) - at Miami Marlins

Here is another favorable matchup against the Marlins that Fantasy managers need to take advantage of.

Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU) - vs Oakland Athletics

McCullers has missed the whole season with a forearm injury but is set to make his fourth rehab appearance on Sunday. If everything goes smoothly, he should be in line to make his season debut at the end of the week.

In 2021 McCullers finished the season with a 3.16 ERA and a 13-5 record in 162.1 innings. When he makes his eventual return it's safe to expect a similar performance from him.

Edward Cabrera/Jesus Luzardo (MIA) - vs Atlanta Braves

These two Marlins pitchers have returned from the injured list at the same time, both making one start thus far. Cabrera pitched five innings against the Cubs, striking out eight batters without allowing a single hit. Luzardo wasn't as impressive in his return but still showed some potential by pitching five innings and allowing just two earned runs with five strikeouts as well.

This will be a much tougher matchup, but Fantasy managers can safely put these two back in their lineups.

George Kirby (SEA) - at Texas Rangers

There's been some concern over Kirby and the possible innings limit the Mariners have set for him. Kirby has now officially pitched 100 innings in the majors and minors this season. In his most recent start, Mariner's manager Scott Servais removed Kirby after the fourth inning with just 74 pitches thrown by the rookie

It's fair to be concerned over this possible limitation but Kirby should be in Fantasy lineups as long as he's starting games.

Bench 'em

Nick Pivetta (BOS) - vs Atlanta Braves

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Pivetta is no stranger to the bench this season and he lands on it again. He's failed to make it out of the sixth inning in his last six starts. This probably won't be the game to end his slump either as the Braves have scored the fourth-most runs in the last seven days.

German Marquez (COL) - vs St. Louis Cardinals

Marquez has been solid as of late but has a tough opponent against the Cardinals who have the third-most home runs in the last seven days. Fantasy managers should expect the Cardinals to continue their hot streak when they get to play in homer-friendly Coors Field.

Zack Greinke (KC) - vs Chicago White Sox

Greinke has pitched six innings just four times this season, limiting his Fantasy value greatly. He is also averaging just 5.13 strikeouts per nine innings with a 4.58 ERA. This is the third lowest K/9 among all pitchers with at least 80 innings. Keep Greinke on the bench.

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Cal Quantrill (CLE) - at Toronto Blue Jays

Quantrill, similarly, to Greinke has one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball. He is averaging just 5.77 strikeouts per nine innings, just slightly more than Greinke. Quantrill also has a tough matchup against the Blue Jays this week. The Blue Jays rank in the top-5 for all offensive categories this season, making it a tough game for any opposing pitcher.

Josiah Gray (WSH) - @ Chicago Cubs

Gray has been struggling mightily as of late, and while some of that can be chalked up to his tough schedule, it's still hard to put him in lineups this week. Leave the struggling righty on the bench.

Patrick Corbin (WSH) - vs San Diego Padres

Corbin continues to be one of the most underwhelming pitchers in Fantasy Baseball. Despite this, he still has a 23% roster percentage. Bench him or drop him, do whatever you can to stop this guy from hurting your Fantasy team.

Stream 'em

Kris Bubic (KC) - vs Chicago White Sox

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Bubic is on a roll with four straight quality starts. Fantasy managers should ride the hot streak and stream Bubic this week.

James Kaprielian (OAK) - vs Los Angeles Angels

Kaprielian has allowed just two earned runs in his last three starts. He doesn't get many strikeouts but if he can continue limiting runs then he will be well worth a stream.

Mitch Keller (PIT) - at Arizona Diamondbacks

Keller has four straight quality starts and is impressing fans and Fantasy managers alike. His roster percentage is just 4% making Keller widely available. The Diamondbacks have the fifth-fewest runs in the last seven days making this one of the better streaming options of the week.

Adrian Sampson (CHC) - at Cincinnati Reds

Sampson has been one of the favorite streaming options on the Pitching Planner as of late. This week he takes on the Cincinnati Reds who have scored the fourth fewest runs in the last seven days. Sampson remains a solid streamer.

Kutter Crawford (BOS) - vs New York Yankees

Crawford has pitched extremely well this season, especially for a rookie. Despite this, his roster percentage is still just 9%. This does, however, make him an excellent streaming option. Crawford does have a tough matchup ahead but I'm willing to take the risk based on his previous performances.

Spenser Watkins (BAL) - at Tampa Bay Rays

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Watkins, who was the 910th selection in the 2014 MLB draft, is starting to make a name for himself. He's earned a quality start in three of his last five starts and has a chance to do it again versus the Rays who have scored the fourth fewest runs in the last 15 days.

Fantasy managers roster Watkins in just 9% of leagues despite his recent run of success.

Mitch White (TOR) - vs Cleveland Guardians

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded White to the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline. White is set to take Ross Stripling's spot in the rotation after the Blue Jays placed him on the injured list.

White's last appearance came against the Washington Nationals where he allowed two earned runs across six innings while striking out four batters. It's not the best line, but if he can replicate that this week, it will greatly help Fantasy Baseball teams.

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