2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Pitching Planner

August 15-August 21

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Pitching Planner.

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 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 47 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 29 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 18 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 12 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Roster %Grade
Dylan Cease (CHW)vs HOU@ CLE99%A
Shohei Ohtani (LAA)vs SEA@ DET99%A
Julio Urias (LAD)@ MILvs MIA99%A
Sandy Alcantara (MIA)vs SD@ LAD99%A
Brandon Woodruff (MIL)vs LAD@ CHC99%A
Gerrit Cole (NYY)vs TBvs TOR99%A
Joe Musgrove (SD)@ MIAvs WSH99%A
Alek Manoah (TOR)vs BAL@ NYY99%A
Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY)vs TBvs TOR96%A
Luis Castillo (SEA)@ LAA@ OAK94%A
Kyle Wright (ATL)vs NYMvs HOU93%A
Charlie Morton (ATL)vs NYMvs HOU94%B
Freddy Peralta (MIL)vs LAD@ CHC90%B
Jose Urquidy (HOU)@ CHW@ ATL83%B
Joe Ryan (MIN)vs KCvs TEX83%B
Merrill Kelly (ARI)@ SFvs STL82%B
Carlos Carrasco (NYM)@ ATL@ PHI81%B
Taijuan Walker (NYM)@ ATL@ PHI80%B
Noah Syndergaard (PHI)@ CINvs NYM70%B
Marcus Stroman (CHC)@ WSHvs MIL64%B
Johnny Cueto (CHW)vs HOU@ CLE46%B
Jeffrey Springs (TB)@ NYYvs KC45%B
Jose Quintana (STL)vs COL@ ARI36%B
Justin Steele (CHC)@ WSHvs MIL18%B
James Kaprielian (OAK)@ TEXvs SEA12%B
Mitch Keller (PIT)vs BOSvs CIN5%B
Sean Manaea (SD)@ MIAvs WSH87%C
Nick Pivetta (BOS)@ PIT@ BAL43%C
Josiah Gray (WSH)vs CHC@ SD36%C
Alex Cobb (SF)vs ARI@ COL30%C
Aaron Civale (CLE)vs DETvs CHW28%C
Zack Greinke (KC)@ MIN@ TB27%C
Madison Bumgarner (ARI)@ SFvs STL21%C
Ryan Pepiot (LAD)@ MILvs MIA11%C
Dean Kremer (BAL)@ TORvs BOS9%C
Kris Bubic (KC)@ MIN@ TB4%C
JP Sears@ TEXvs SEA2%C
Glenn Otto (TEX)vs OAK@ MIN2%C
Cole Ragans (TEX)vs OAK@ MIN1%C
Yusei Kikuchi (TOR)vs BAL@ NYY29%D
Jakob Junis (SF)vs ARI@ COL14%D
Drew Hutchison (DET)@ CLEvs LAA1%D
Patrick Corbin (WSH)vs CHC@ SD22%F
Kyle Freeland (COL)@ STLvs SF7%F
Mike Minor (CIN)vs PHI@ PIT3%F
Ryan Yarbrough (TB)@ NYYvs KC2%F
Kyle Bradish (BAL)@ TORvs BOS1%F

Start 'em

Cal Quantrill/Zach Plesac (CLE) - vs Detroit Tigers

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Plesac made the start 'ems a week ago when he faced off against the Tigers. Now, this week he is joined by teammate Cal Quantrill as both are slated to face the same Tigers team. Keep it simple here and start these two pitchers against one of the worst offenses in baseball.

Antonio Senzatela/German Marquez (COL) - at St. Louis Cardinals

These two talented pitchers get an opportunity to play in a pitcher-friendly park when they face the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Normally it's not a good thing playing against the Cardinals, who rank second in OPS (.942) in the last seven days, but both of these pitchers have played well lately.

Marquez has pitched at least six innings in seven straight games. His ERA in this span is a solid 3.50. Senzatela has three straight quality starts with a 3.66 ERA in these games. Despite their tough matchup, Fantasy managers should still start Senzatela and Marquez.

Reid Detmers/Patrick Sandoval (LAA) - at Detroit Tigers

Detmers continues his excellent play after he struck out seven batters and allowed just one run in seven innings against the Seattle Mariners. This makes five impressive games in a row. In these games, he pitched 31 innings and allowed just four earned runs while striking out 38 batters. There's no way a Fantasy manager can take Detmers out of the lineup now.

Sandoval on the other hand hasn't been near as impressive lately. He's failed to make it past the sixth inning in four straight starts, posting a 5.30 ERA in these games. Coming into this game against the Tigers, however, Fantasy managers should feel confident starting Sandoval. In the last seven days, the Tigers have the lowest OPS (.531) and the fifth-fewest runs in MLB.

Andrew Heaney (LAD) - at Milwaukee Brewers

Heaney has made three starts since returning from the injured list on July 27th. In these three games he's yet to make it past the fifth inning but otherwise has been brilliant. He allowed just one run in those 12.2 innings. It's possible some Fantasy managers are worried about his low number of innings but it's about time the Dodgers let him go further.

Dustin May (LAD) - vs Miami Marlins

The much-anticipated return of Dustin May has finally arrived. He's scheduled for one more rehab start this Sunday before he returns to the big-league roster. Two seasons ago May was ranked as the 13th best prospect in baseball, according to FanGraphs. In his MLB career, he has pitched 113.2 innings and recorded a 2.93 ERA. It's going to be exciting to see the 24-year-old take the mound in a Dodgers uniform for the first time in over a year, be sure to start him in Fantasy lineups.

Edward Cabrera (MIA) - vs San Diego Padres

Here's another top prospect Fantasy managers have quickly fallen in love with. Cabrera made two impressive starts at the beginning of June before the Marlins placed him on the injured list. Since returning he's made two appearances, allowing just three hits and five walks in 10.2 shutout innings with 14 strikeouts. Cabrera is turning into a must-start pitcher.

Cole Irvin (OAK) - vs Seattle Mariners

Irvin has been the most impressive member of the Oakland Athletics this season. He currently has seven straight-quality starts. In this span, he has a 1.88 ERA across 48 innings. Similarly, to Cabrera, Irvin is turning into a must-start pitcher.

Kyle Gibson (PHI) - at Cincinnati Reds

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Gibson has previously made the bench 'em segment of the pitching planner, but this time he makes it as a start 'em. He's thrown three straight quality starts and has a good chance to continue that against the Reds who rank in the bottom half of all offensive categories. In the last seven days, the Reds also have the most strikeouts in baseball, giving another reason to start Gibson.

Blake Snell (SD) - vs Washington Nationals

Snell has been on a tear lately. His ERA in the first nine games of the season was an atrocious 5.22, but in his last four games, it's been an amazing 1.19. During that first set of games, it was hard for Fantasy managers to start Snell, but after his recent run, they can return to starting him with confidence.

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Adam Wainwright/Miles Mikolas (STL) - at Arizona Diamondbacks

Wainwright and Mikolas both struggled in their most recent outing. Wainwright allowed six earned runs in just four innings against the New York Yankees. Mikolas allowed 10 earned runs in just 2.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies.

Fantasy managers shouldn't worry about starting these two and those games can be seen as a fluke.

Drew Rasmussen (TB) - vs Kansas City Royals

Rays' manager Kevin Cash removed Rasmussen from his last outing after just three innings. This move surely left Fantasy managers wondering what could be wrong. Luckily nothing was wrong with Rasmussen, it appears Cash removed the righty early because he was on just four days of rest. Fantasy managers can start Rasmussen moving forward without worrying about this again.

Brady Singer (KC) - at Tampa Bay Rays

Singer is starting to show his potential. He pitched at least six innings in his last six starts with a slim 2.29 ERA. His matchup this week is a favorable one as well. Over the last seven days, the Rays have the third lowest OPS (.587) and the sixth-fewest runs scored. Singer will be a solid start this week in Fantasy Baseball.

Bench 'em

Michael Kopech (CHW) - vs Houston Astros

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Kopech heads to the bench despite throwing an 11-strikeout no-hitter through six innings against the Detroit Tigers. Besides for this start, Kopech has struggled with striking batters out and he's going to have a hard time doing so against the Houston Astros.

The Astros currently have the best record in the American League in part because they have the third-fewest strikeouts in baseball. The Astros also rank in the top-10 for almost all offensive categories making this an extremely difficult matchup for the young pitcher.

Nick Lodolo (CIN) - vs Philadelphia Phillies

Lodolo made the pitching planner a week ago as a recommended start but disappointed Fantasy managers when he allowed four earned runs in 4.2 innings. Now he finds himself on the bench versus a tougher opponent in the Phillies.

Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU) - at Atlanta Braves

McCullers was listed as a start 'em a week ago for his matchup against the Oakland Athletics. This week, however, he has the tough task of going up against one of the best offenses in baseball, the Atlanta Braves. With just one appearance under his belt, Fantasy managers should leave McCullers on the bench for his second appearance.

Frankie Montas (NYY) - vs Toronto Blue Jays

Montas has not been great in his previous three starts. In this span, he allowed eight earned runs in just 11 innings. This alone is enough to keep Montas on the bench but having to face one of the best offenses in baseball doesn't help his case either.

Alex Wood (SF) - at Colorado Rockies

Wood makes the bench not because of his performance but because of having to play the Rockies at Coors Field. At home, the Rockies have the highest OPS (.816) and most runs in MLB. Earlier in the week, they destroyed an All-Star pitcher in Mikolas to a tune of 10 runs in the first three innings. Play this one safe and leave Wood on the bench.

Jose Berrios (TOR) - at New York Yankees

Berrios is one of the biggest disappointments in Fantasy Baseball this season. His ERA is 5.61 and his strikeout rate is five percent lower than last season. He comes into a tough divisional matchup against the New York Yankees who have hit the most home runs in their home ballpark.

Jake Odorizzi (ATL) - vs New York Mets

Odorizzi has made two starts with his new team and has failed to make it past the fifth inning in both games, limiting his Fantasy value greatly. If Odorizzi continues to do this, it will undoubtedly hurt Fantasy Baseball teams. This matchup versus the Mets is not an easy one either as they have scored the most runs in the last seven days.

Stream 'em

Drew Smyly (CHC) - at Washington Nationals

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Smyly was the starting pitcher in the Field of Dreams game, and he put on a show. He allowed four hits and two walks across five innings while striking out nine batters. These are back-to-back impressive outings from the veteran lefty. These games did come against weaker opponents, but he's in line to face another weak opponent in the Nationals who have scored the fifth fewest runs this season.

Dane Dunning (TEX) - vs Oakland Athletics

Dunning gets a matchup against the Oakland Athletics who have the second-fewest runs and the third-fewest walks this season. The walks have been a big issue for Dunning this season but against the Athletics, he should be able to limit them.

Graham Ashcraft (CIN) - at Pittsburgh Pirates

Ashcraft has consistently been a streaming candidate on the pitching planner. This week he takes on the Pirates who should be an easy matchup after their continuous struggles in 2022.

Touki Toussaint (LAA) - vs Seattle Mariners

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Every baseball fan should be happy to see Toussaint playing well. He was a top-50 prospect in 2018 with the Braves but struggled to find a rhythm in the big leagues.

Toussaint is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels and he's finding some success. He made three appearances so far and allowed four earned runs across 13.1 innings. Toussaint may fall back to being the below-average pitcher he was with the Braves, but for now, he's worth taking a risk on and streaming.

Matt Manning/Tyler Alexander (DET) - vs Los Angeles Angels

Manning made two appearances in April before the Tigers placed him on the injured list. He returned on August 2nd and has made two more appearances. In these two August appearances, he allowed three earned runs in 12 innings. Manning was a top prospect just a year ago and now that he's back on the field it's starting to show.

Alexander's season hasn't been the best but every so often he's provided good Fantasy Baseball value. Last week he allowed just two earned runs in seven innings against the Cleveland Guardians. This week he gets to face the Angels who have the second lowest OPS (.573) in the last seven games. This is one of those times where Alexander can provide plenty of Fantasy Baseball value.

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