2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner (April 18 – April 24)

by Nate Miller
Is Streaming Pitchers A Better Idea in a Low Run Environment

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner.

Every Saturday of the MLB regular season, the Fantasy Baseball Pitching Planner takes a look at the upcoming SP landscape for the week ahead. I will look to answer some of the questions regarding which hurlers to start, sit, or stream.

A ranking of low-owned (under 50%), two-start options that may be worthwhile acquiring off the waiver wire leads things off. The first two guys have really made an impression on me so far on the young season. I highly recommend them if needed.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Pitching Planner (April 18 – April 24)

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Two-Start Waiver Options

*** Ownership Percentages based on Yahoo! Leagues as of April 15 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Rostered
1. Merril Kelly (ARI)at WSHvs NYM24%
2. Justin Steele (CHC)vs TBRvs PIT10%
3. Josiah Gray (WSH)vs ARIvs SFG22%
4. Madison Bumgarner (ARI)at WSHvs NYM26%
5. Zach Thompson (PIT)at MILat CHC2%
6. Cole Irvin (OAK)vs BALat TEX4%
7. Rich Hill (BOS)vs MINat TBR6%
8. Dallas Keuchel (CWS)at CLEat MIN6%
9. Dylan Bunday (MIN)at BOSvs CWS3%

Start ‘em

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals – at Marlins

Wainwright did not get the overall results he was looking for last time out at Milwaukee. The veteran righty did register seven strikeouts across 4.1 innings, but the Brewers plated four earned runs on eight hits.

Wainwright will carry a 3.48 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 29.5 K% into Miami as he aims for a rebound. This is a favorable matchup in a favorable environment. Expect better this time around.

Brad Keller, Kansas City Royals - vs Twins

Keller has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and looks like a different guy out there than the one who limped to a 5.39 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 133.2 innings in 2021.

So far in 2022, the big right-hander has allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out 10 across 13.0 innings. Keller has his stuff working and should feel quite comfortable on his home mound once again.

Sit ‘em

Kyle Gibson, Philadelphia Phillies – at Rockies

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Gibson has had one brilliant outing so far this season. He followed that up with a poor one this past Thursday in which he surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks across 4.2 innings in Miami.

This call really is a no-brainer. Colorado’s Coors Field can give even the best pitchers fits. Gibson does not rank among those and is simply far too hittable to recommend. The risk far outweighs the potential reward.

Cal Quantrill, Cleveland Guardians – vs White Sox

Loaded with right-handed, impact bats such as Luis Robert and Tim Anderson in their batting order, the White Sox feast on southpaws like Quantrill. The club is averaging 4.6 runs per game so far and went into play on Friday sporting a monstrous 1.035 OPS against left-handed pitching. That does not bode well for Quantrill. The Cleveland lefty is a solid, young hurler, but it is advisable to leave him on the bench for this one.

Stream ‘em

Drew Smyly, Chicago Cubs – vs Pirates

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Smyly will take the mound in Colorado on Sunday. That could get ugly.

Pay no mind to that. The 32-year-old lefty has already thrown 5.0 shutouts frames versus the Pirates in his first start of 2022. He will try to do it again on Friday.

The Pirates batting order just brings little punch and Smyly is crafty enough to keep them down. If you need help in ratios this upcoming week, he could be your man.

Erick Fedde, Washington Nationals – vs Diamondbacks

On the other hand, if you need a boost in strikeouts and do not mind a little more risk in ratios, Fedde is readily available too.

The 29-year-old recorded a career-high 21.7 K% in 2021 and that has ticked up even a little more through his first two starts this year. Overall on the young season, Fedde holds a 3.60 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 11-to-4 K/BB across 10.0 innings.

Like the Pirates, the Diamondbacks offense is not very threatening.

Thanks for checking out this edition of the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Pitching Planner. Be sure to check out the rest of the F6P Fantasy Baseball content.

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