2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner

August 22-August 28

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner.

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 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 31 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 25 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 19 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 19 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Roster %Grade
Julio Urias (LAD)vs MIL@ MIA99%A
Max Scherzer (NYM)@ NYYvs COL99%A
Robbie Ray (SEA)vs WSHvs CLE98%A
Adam Wainwright (STL)@ CHCvs ATL92%A
Michael Kopech (CHW)@ KCvs ARI88%A
Jordan Montgomery (STL)@ CHCvs ATL81%A
Ranger Suarez (PHI)vs CINvs PIT70%A
Sonny Gray (MIN)vs TEXvs SF86%B
Eric Lauer (MIL)@ LADvs CHC70%B
Noah Syndergaard (LAA)vs CINvs PIT69%B
German Marquez (COL)vs TEX@ NYM47%B
Jeffrey Springs (TB)vs LAA@ BOS46%B
Edward Cabrera (MIA)@ OAKvs LAD43%B
Ross Stripling (TOR)@ BOSvs LAA24%B
Drew Smyly (CHC)vs STL@ MIL14%B
Lucas Giolito (CHW)@ BALvs ARI94%C
Nathan Eovaldi (BOS)vs TORvs TB84%C
Corey Kluber (TB)vs LAA@ BOS48%C
Jake Odorizzi (ATL)@ PIT@ STL15%C
Nick Lodolo (CIN)@ PHI@ WSH15%C
Domingo German (NYY)vs NYM@ OAK14%C
Adrian Sampson (CHC)vs STL @ MIL4%C
Austin Voth (BAL)vs CHW@ HOU3%C
Daniel Lynch (KC)vs CHWvs SD3%C
Zach Plesac (CLE)@ SD@ SEA40% D
Tucker Davidson (LAA)@ TB@ TOR1%D
Adam Oller (OAK)vs MIAvs NYY0%D
Roansy Contreras (PIT)vs ATL@ PHI10%F
Zach Logue (OAK)vs MIAvs NYY1%F
Cole Ragans (TEX)@ MINvs DET1%F
TJ Zeuch (CIN)@ PHI@ WSH0%F

Start 'em

Johnny Cueto (CWS) - at Baltimore Orioles

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Cueto has been dominating on the mound this season, but Fantasy managers roster him in just 43% of leagues. The righty has nine straight quality starts with a 2.86 ERA in this span. Keep this one simple and ride Cueto's hot streak.

Luis Garcia (HOU) - vs Minnesota Twins

Garcia has been solid this year but comes into the week having allowed three or more earned runs in his last five starts. It's not time to panic just yet on Garcia, keep him in the starting lineup.

Pablo Lopez (MIA) - at Oakland Athletics

Lopez is in a similar situation as Garcia. Lopez has been mostly unspectacular since the All-Star break. In this span, he has a 1-4 record with a 7.20 ERA and allowed 1.5 home runs per nine innings. This is not what fans and Fantasy managers have come to expect from Lopez who had a 6-4 record, 2.86 ERA, and allowed just .95 home runs per nine innings before the All-Star break.

Fantasy managers should be worried about Lopez, but for now, he stays in the lineup.

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Brady Singer (KC) - vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Singer added another dominant showing under his belt, this time against the best team in baseball, the Dodgers. He pitched six shutout innings and allowed just one hit and three walks while striking out seven batters.

If Singer can do this against the Dodgers, he can do it against anybody. He's quickly become a must-start pitcher in Fantasy Baseball.

Andrew Heaney (LAD) - vs Milwaukee Brewers

Heaney is coming off a start against this same Brewers team where he allowed three home runs in 4.2 innings. Not the best performance but the lefty made up for it by striking out 10 batters in this game. This makes five straight outings where Heaney has failed to make it past the fifth inning.

Despite not making it past the fifth, Heaney has still provided value by getting strikeouts and limiting walks. Due to this, Heaney should remain in Fantasy lineups.

Jameson Taillon (NYY) - at Oakland Athletics

Taillon has pitched two straight quality starts and he gets a chance to repeat his success against a lower opponent. The Athletics have the second lowest OPS (.625) and have scored the second-fewest amount of runs this season. Look for Taillon to have another solid day on the mound.

Sean Manaea (SD) - at Kansas City Royals

Manaea is one of the bigger Fantasy Baseball disappointments this season as his ERA is 4.83. Despite his lack of success, Fantasy managers should still keep him in the lineup when he faces the Royals who have been a bottom-10 offensive team this season.

Eduardo Rodriguez (DET) - at Texas Rangers

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Rodriguez is back in the Tigers rotation after missing two months, and he should be starting in every Fantasy Baseball lineup. He first takes on the Angels Sunday, August 21 then will head to Texas to face the Rangers. There may be some hiccups at first, but Fantasy managers must be happy to have him back in the lineup.

Michael Wacha (BOS) - vs Tampa Bay Rays

Wacha similarly to Rodriguez is another pitched that missed some time this season. Wacha made his return from the injured list on August 14 and proceeded to pitch seven shutout innings against the New York Yankees while striking out nine.

On the season Wacha has a 7-1 record with a 2.44 ERA and Fantasy managers should expect more of the same moving forward.

Bench 'em

Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) - vs Toronto Blue Jays

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Eovaldi missed his last start due to neck soreness and for this reason, should hit the bench in Fantasy Baseball for his next start. An injury like this can certainly linger around and cause discomfort making it hard to pitch. This game also comes against the division rival Blue Jays who are always a tough matchup for any pitcher.

Keegan Thompson (CHC) - vs St. Louis Cardinals

Thomspon hits the bench here due to a rough matchup against the Cardinals who have been one of the best offenses in baseball. The Cardinals have hit 10 home runs and have the third-best OPS (.825) in the last seven days. Do not risk starting Thompson in this one.

Dylan Bundy (MIN) - at Houston Astros

Bundy is another pitcher who is benched due to their matchup. Bundy is slated to face the American League-leading Houston Astros who have the highest OPS (.873) and scored the most runs in the last seven days.

Dean Kremer (BAL) - at Houston Astros

Kremer has been a solid streaming option lately but hits the bench here for the same reason as Bundy above.

Frankie Montas (NYY) - vs New York Mets

Montas made the pitching planner a week ago as a bench candidate and it paid off as he allowed six earned runs against the Toronto Blue Jays. This week he's scheduled to face the cross-town rival New York Mets and their star pitcher, Jacob deGrom.

Montas hasn't pitched well recently and having to face deGrom will limit his chances of earning the win. Keep Montas on the bench versus the Mets.

JT Brubaker (PIT) - vs Atlanta Braves

Brubaker dominated in his last start to a tune of seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings with just two hits allowed. Some may see Brubaker as a solid streaming option after this performance, but he should be kept on the bench.

The Braves have been one of the best offenses in baseball this season and even more so in the last seven days. In this span, they've scored the second most runs while having the second-best OPS (.834). This should make any Fantasy manager weary of starting Brubaker.

Mike Clevinger (SD) - vs Cleveland Guardians

Clevinger has failed to make it past the fifth inning in three straight contests. He will have a hard time breaking that streak in this one. Over the last seven days, the Guardians have scored the fourth most runs and recorded the sixth-best OPS (.768) in baseball.

Marco Gonzales (SEA) - vs Cleveland Guardians

Gonzales hits the bench for the same reason as Clevinger above. Firstly, the Guardians have been a really good team as of late. Secondly, Gonzales has struggled mightily since the All-Star break. In this span, he has a 6.52 ERA and allowed 2.17 home runs per nine innings. For these reasons, keep him on the bench.

Dane Dunning (TEX) - at Colorado Rockies

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Dunning draws the unlucky card of having to play the Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies have scored the most runs and have the highest OPS in baseball when playing on the home field.

Braxton Garrett (MIA) - vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Garrett has been used as a streamer in past weeks, but this time around he should be left on the bench. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball in part due to their prowess on the road. In away games, they have the highest OPS (.779) and have scored more runs than any other team.

Stream 'em

Mitch White (TOR) - vs Los Angeles Angels

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White has officially taken a spot in the rotation from Yusei Kikuchi and Fantasy managers should be willing to insert him in the lineup immediately. The Angels have been a bottom-10 offense in terms of OPS and runs scored this season. On top of this, they have the most strikeouts in MLB as well.

White might not have the best game ever right here but do expect him to provide solid Fantasy value.

Zach Davies (ARI) - at Kansas City Royals

Davies has a nice matchup against the Royals this week and Fantasy managers should stream him. The Royals have the fourth lowest OPS (.584) and have scored the fewest runs in MLB over the last seven days.

Davies does not have a great strikeout rate or walk rate this season, but this matchup still plays in his favor. The Royals have the sixth fewest walks and ninth most strikeouts over the last seven days. This makes Davies a solid streaming option this week.

Garrett Hill (DET) - vs San Francisco Giants

Hill has pitched well recently and looks to continue doing so against the Giants this week. He's 2-0 in his last three starts with a combined 1.62 ERA across 16.2 innings.

Hill has had a problem with walking too many batters while not striking enough out. However, the Giants are tied with the fourth most strikeouts in the last seven days which could help Hill produce more Fantasy Baseball value this week.

James Kaprielian/JP Sears (OAK) - vs New York Yankees

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At first glance, this might not be the best matchup for a streaming candidate, but the Yankees have been one of the worst offenses in baseball over the past seven days. They have the third lowest OPS (.567), the third-fewest runs, the fourth most strikeouts, and the 10th fewest walks in this span.

The Yankees are expected to break the slump eventually but until then Fantasy managers can take a risk and stream these pitchers against them.

Glenn Otto (TEX) - vs Detroit Tigers

Otto has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last three starts and has a good chance of doing the same against the Tigers. The Tigers have the lowest OPS (.613) and scored the fewest amount of runs in MLB this season.

Some may say Otto allows too many walks but that might not be an issue this week. The Tigers have recorded the fewest amount of walks this season. Lastly, the Tigers have the fourth most strikeouts this season, making Otto an excellent streaming option.

Thanks for reading the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Pitching Planner.

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