2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner (April 18th-April 24th)

by Trent Dickeson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner!

Baseball is here, and although an opening week is now over, the excitement around the game is still here. The first actual week of Fantasy Baseball is upon us in week 2.

Be careful not to overreact to a week of play. Some guys are historically slow starters, and others will get off to hot starts before fizzling out. Do not lose confidence in a player due to a week of games.

We will get better ideas of guys' seasons in another week or two and maybe even identify a few potential breakout candidates. But, for now, focus on this week, starting with the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner

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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner Schedule


Offenses to Target

Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers got off to a slower start to the 2022 season, but it is too early to worry about this team. The pitching staff will get the attention in Milwaukee, but there are some bats to watch.

A favorable schedule is also on tap for the Brew Crew. They begin the week with a three-game home set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates, early in the season, have a team ERA of 4.81. A rebuilding team is giving guys shots that fill innings, and it is hurting their team ERA.

They will finish with three in Philadelphia against the Phillies. While the Phillies are about the middle of the pack in team ERA (4.00), that ballpark is favorable for hitters. It could be a fun weekend series for the Brewers hitters if the bats finally begin to warm up.

Notable Players

Hunter Renfroe is off to a slow start, hitting .143/.250/.190 and a 34 wRC+. It is too early to give up on Renfroe, and he is coming off a season where he hit 31 HR. The shortened spring training affected everyone differently, and he may need time for his bat to catch up.

Rowdy Tellez was a popular target late in drafts, and it is paying dividends early. Tellez is hitting .313/.353/.625 with 1 HR, four runs, and 4 RBI. But, again, it is early, and while we are still waiting to see what is real and what is not, ride the hot hand that Tellez provides in Milwaukee.

Seattle Mariners

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Affectionately known as "America's Team," towards the end of 2021, the Seattle Mariners won a lot of people over, due to their exciting young team. That figures to continue in 2022 and could start next week with a hitter-friendly schedule.

They begin the week with three games against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers spent big this offseason on Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Jon Gray. While Gray helps the rotation, the other four spots are still question marks, leading to the 29th worst team ERA early in the year.

The only way it could get better for the Mariners is if they would play the team whose pitching staff has looked worse to start the year, the Kansas City Royals. The Mariners will finish the week by welcoming the Royals to town for a weekend series.

Notable Players

Ty France was thought to be a potential "breakout" in the draft's middle rounds. He has started the season well, hitting .273/.407/.455 with a homer, two runs, 4 RBI, and a 157 wRC+. However, the time to get France in deals is closing, and he is on pace to finally be recognized as a top fantasy player at this pace.

Jarred Kelenic was a top prospect in 2021 and struggled initially. A strong September got people excited, but people were cautious with Kelenic in drafts. He has started slow but connected for his first home run of the year with a 114 MPH exit velocity. There is pop in that bat, and Fantasy Baseball owners may look to give up on him early in redrafts.

Julio Rodriguez has gotten off to a slow start, hitting .056/.105/.111. Prospect growth is not linear, and some guys struggle out of the gates. Nevertheless, he may be someone to keep an eye on in redraft leagues, especially if he hits the waivers from a frustrated manager.

Teams to Avoid

Washington Nationals

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It has been a slow start for the representatives of our nation's capital. They currently have a 70-team wRC+ in the early stages. We knew the Nationals might face some growing pains in 2022, but it has been a slow start for the fighting Juan Sotos.

They will be at home all of next week and maybe can find a way to turn it around. They will play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks for four games. While the Diamondbacks are rebuilding, the pitching staff has looked good early, with a team ERA under three at the time of writing.

They then play a weekend set with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have gotten the most out of their pitching staff over the last year plus and might give the Nationals problems.

Notable Players

Lane Thomas was a popular name as a breakout candidate due to the idea he would get plenty of playing time in Washington. Instead, he has started the year hitting .158/.190/.211 and nine wRC+. It is far too early to give up on Thomas, but this upcoming week will be huge in determining how much we can trust him in fantasy formats.

Cesar Hernandez will be an interesting name to keep an eye on at the top of the Nationals lineup. However, he is currently hitting .276 with a .276 SLG while the opportunity is there. All eight hits have been singles. He also has not stolen any bases earlier in the year. If he does not hit for any power and does not steal any bags, his fantasy value will be limited.

Kansas City Royals

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The Royals got everyone excited by announcing Bobby Witt Jr would make the opening day roster. However, that excitement has not translated to the offensive side of the ball.

A 70-team wRC+ shows the offensive struggles early in the year. While it may be a down year in Kansas City, the future is bright with a solid farm system. Witt was the biggest name, but he will not be the only high-level prospect to debut shortly. However, it may be best to avoid some of the Royals players in 2022.

They will begin the week with three against the Twins and end with a three-game road series in Seattle. Neither team's pitching staff has set the world on fire to begin the year, but both organizations believe they could be competitive in 2022.

Notable Players

Carlos Santana's time in Kansas City is limited, but it could be shortened if he struggles this year. It is early, but he is hitting .059/.238/.118 with an 18 wRC+. Santana's time is drawing near with Nick Pratto and Vinnie Pasquantino on the horizon.

Adalberto Mondesi was arguably the most polarizing player in the offseason for Fantasy Baseball. He is hitting .158/.238/.158 but already has three stolen bases. If he can get on base, he will steal bases, but can he get on base regularly will always be the question. He is the definition of high risk, high reward.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner Waiver Target

Owen Miller, 1B/2B, Cleveland Guardians

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Middle infield depth is always an area Fantasy Baseball managers look for. Owen Miller has been a pleasant surprise early in the year and needs to be grabbed before it is too late. He came into the year under the radar and has already made a splash.

Miller is currently hitting .524/.545/1.048 with 2 HR, 8 R, 6 RBI, a .677 wOBA, and 350 wRC+. At this pace, he will go down as the best player to ever play the game of baseball.

Obviously, he will not hit over .500 all year, but there is no reason not to benefit from the hot hand as long as possible. Will he be the next big thing, or is he this year's Yermin Mercedes? Time will tell, but Miller should be in fantasy lineups right now.

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