2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner

August 15th- August 21st

by Trent Dickeson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner!

We approach the end of the season and can see the end of the tunnel. Our Fantasy Baseball teams are of course at the top of the standings and will be fighting for a championship. It is time to make that last push for a title.

Starting with the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner

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Offenses to Target

Minnesota Twins

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The Minnesota Twins are fighting for the AL Central crown and have a great opportunity next week to move back up the standings. They currently find themselves behind the Cleveland Guardians in a tight division race.

They start the week with the lowly Kansas City Royals. A team in 4th in the division and looking towards the future. Since July 1st, the Royals have a 4.04 ERA, 4.33 FIP, and 4.14 xFIP. The starters have not been horrible with a 3.88 ERA, 4.13 FIP, and 4.01 xFIP, but the bullpen has 4.29 ERA, 4.66 FIP, and 4.34 xFIP.

The week will end against the Texas Rangers. Texas pitching staff has a 4.44 ERA, 4.51 FIP, and 4.23 xFIP since the beginning of July. The starters have a 4.48 ERA, 4.84 FIP, and 4.29 xFIP while the bullpen has a 4.38 ERA, 4.08 FIP, and 4.15 xFIP. The Rangers also have one of the worst defenses in the league with -8 runs prevented and -11 OAA.

Notable Players

Jose Miranda has adjusted to the major leagues quite well. Since the beginning of June, Miranda is hitting .322/.372/.529 with 9 HR, 23 R, 40 RBI, 1 SB, .390 wOBA, and 158 wRC+.

Nick Gordon has also been playing extremely well since the beginning of July and most people probably have not noticed. Gordon is hitting .316/.371/.506 with 2 HR, 12 R, 9 RBI, 2 SB, .376 wOBA, and 148 wRC+.

Seattle Mariners

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Seattle has gotten hot and climbed into the playoff picture. 2021 America's team is looking to recreate last year's magic, but hopefully, it will lead to a playoff appearance this time.

The week will begin with three against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels fell off a cliff obviously, and part of that has been due to inconsistent pitching. Since July 1st, they have a 3.97 ERA, 3.84 FIP, and 4.00 xFIP. The starters have a 4.14 ERA, 3.71 FIP, and 3.64 xFIP and the bullpen has a 3.73 ERA, 4.01 FIP, and 4.50 xFIP.

The week will end with the rebuilding Oakland Athletics. Oakland has a 3.67 ERA but a 4.36 FIP and xFIP which would suggest regression. The starters have a 4.02 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 4.63 xFIP but the bullpen has a 3.13 ERA, 4.31 FIP, and 3.97 xFIP. Get to them early.

Notable Players

Mitch Haniger is back and is swinging a hot bat! Since returning, he is hitting .412/.500/.647 with 1 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI, .491 wOBA, and 234 wRC+ in 5 games. He is trying to quickly make up for the lost time.

JP Crawford is still a reliable option in deeper leagues. He is hitting .255/.331/.354 with 5 HR, 46 R, 28 RBI, 3 SB, and 104 wRC+. He can provide some value in the deeper leagues.

Offenses to Avoid

Miami Marlins

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The Miami Marlins were surprisingly inactive at the trade deadline. They are still rebuilding and kind of stuck in purgatory for the rest of the 2022 season. The best they can do is play a spoiler role.

It will be a tough week as it begins with the San Diego Padres who have pushed all their chips to the middle. The Padres have a shocking 4.50 ERA since the start of July but a 3.86 FIP and 3.91 xFIP. Defensively, they have been one of the best teams in the league with 18 runs prevented and 23 OAA.

The week will end with the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA has a 2.69 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 3.75 xFIP since the start of July.  The starters have a 2.55 ERA, 3.12 FIP, and 3.75 xFIP and the bullpen sits at a 2.95 ERA, 3.46 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP.

Notable Players

Miguel Rojas has not been good with the bat in 2022. Last year he was serviceable in deep leagues, but a .231/.281/.331 with 6 HR, 27 R, 28 RBI, 8 SB, .270 wOBA, and 75 wRC+.

Peyton Burdick got the call-up recently and has only appeared in 6 games. He is hitting .200/.273/.400 with 1 HR, .294 wOBA, and 91 wRC+. It takes time to adjust to major league pitching for some and next week could be a tough week for a young player.

JJ Bleday is another young player getting an opportunity. He has been slightly better with a .242/.309/.435 with 2 HR, 7 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .323 wOBA, and 111 wRC+. Keep an eye on him to see how he performs against tougher matchups next week.

New York Yankees

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Look out, but the New York Yankees have finally hit a wall. It happens to even the best teams, but they are currently in a rough patch as a team. Next week features two divisional foes trying to fight for a playoff spot that may be desperate.

The week begins with three against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have a 3.82 ERA, 3.41 FIP, and 3.70 xFIP since the start of July. The starters have a 3.83 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 3.66 xFIP while the bullpen has a 3.82 ERA, 3.59 FIP, and 3.74 xFIP. They are always solid defensively with 5 runs prevented and 4 OAA.

Finally, the Blue Jays will head to town for a four-game set. The Blue Jays have a 3.81 ERA, 4.27 FIP, and 3.91 xFIP since July. The starters have been a tad unlucky with a 4.40 ERA, 4.14 FIP, and 3.89 xFIP while the bullpen has held it down with a 3.02 ERA. They also carry one of the best defenses with 10 runs prevented and 15 OAA.

Notable Players

Andrew Benintendi has not adjusted to New York just yet. He is hitting .175/.320/.275 with 0 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 3 SB, .278 wOBA, and an 80 wRC+. Hopefully, we all sold high on Benny Biceps.

There was hope Isaiah Kiner-Falefa would be a sneaky value in deeper or AL-only leagues. However, a .265/.311/.312 with 0 HR, 48 R, 33 RBI, 15 SB, .276 wOBA, and 79 wRC+ is unplayable. It even has Yankee fans calling for Oswald Peraza.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Hitting Planner Waiver Target

Vaughn Grissom, 2B/SS, Atlanta Braves

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Vaughn Grissom certainly made a great impression in his debut for the Braves. A massive shot over the Green Monster in Boston will endear him to Braves fans.

It could also be a sneaky add on the waiver wire. In AA, Grissom was hitting .363/.408/.516 with 3 HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 7 SB, .413 wOBA, and 147 wRC+ in 22 games. In High-A, he hit .312/.404/.487 with 11 HR, 62 R,  55 RBI, 20 SB, .404 wOBA, and 143 wRC+. There may be questions of where he plays defensively long-term, but he looks to have a bat that will play at the major league level.

He was not even expected to reach the major leagues this year and could be a sneaky grab on waivers late in the season.


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