2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner

September 19-September 25

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Pitching Planner.

The 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 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 40 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 37 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 23 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Pitchers

Here's a quick rundown of 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 September 16 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Roster %Grade
Dylan Cease (CHW)vs CLEvs DET99%A
Corbin Burnes (MIL)vs NYM@ CIN99%A
Max Scherzer (NYM)@ MIL@ OAK99%A
Carlos Rodon (SF)@ COL@ ARI99%A
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)vs ARIvs STL98%A
Shane McClanahan (TB)vs HOUvs TOR98%A
Luis Castillo (SEA)@ LAA@ KC95%A
Kyle Wright (ATL)vs WSH@ PHI94%A
Logan Gilbert (SEA)@ LAA@ KC94%A
Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY)vs PITvs BOS93%A
Tyler Anderson (LAD)vs ARIvs STL92%A
Sonny Gray (MIN)@ CLE vs LAA87%A
Ross Stripling (TOR)@ PHI@ TB56%A
Drew Rasmussen (TB)vs HOUvs TOR87%B
Cal Quantrill (CLE)vs MIN@ TEX78%B
Edward Cabrera (MIA)vs CHCvs WSH57%B
Nick Lodolo (CIN)vs BOSvs MIL44%B
Roansy Contreras (PIT)@ NYYvs CHC20%B
Wade Miley (CHC)@ MIA@ PIT11%B
Adrian Sampson (CHC)@ MIA@ PIT3%B
Charlie Morton (ATL)vs WSH@ PHI95%C
Adam Wainwright (STL)@ SD@ LAD91%C
Luis Garcia (HOU)@ TB@ BAL90%C
Kyle Gibson (PHI)vs TORvs ATL54%C
Zack Greinke (KC)vs MINvs SEA26%C
Austin Voth (BAL)vs DETvs HOU7%C
Jose Suarez (LAA)vs SEA@ MIN20%C
Kyle Freeland (COL)vs SFvs SD7%C
Brayon Bello (BOS)@ CIN@ NYY5%C
Mike Clevinger (SD)vs STL@ COL65%D
Dylan Bundy (MIN)@ CLEvs LAA18%D
Tyler Wells (BAL)vs DETvs HOU13%D
Chad Kuhl (COL)vs SFvs SD11%D
Jakob Junis (SF)@ COL@ ARI10%D
JP Sears (OAK)vs SEAvs NYM9%D
Zach Davies (ARI)@ LADvs SF6%D
Cole Ragans (TEX)vs LAAvs CLE1%D
Merrill Kelly (ARI)@ LADvs SF85%F
Tyler Alexander (DET)@ BAL@ CHW2%F
Corey Abbott (WSH)@ ATL@ MIA0%F

Start 'em

Chicago Cubs Rotation

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The Cubs are coming off a sweep against the New York Mets, in large part due to their starting rotation. This week they face the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates. This is a much easier week for the Cubs pitching staff as both the Marlins and Pirates have been a bottom-10 offense all season.

If the Cubs starters perform as well as they did against the Mets, then they will provide plenty of Fantasy Baseball value. Look for Wade Miley, Adrian Sampson, Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly, and Javier Assad to start in Fantasy Baseball lineups.

Chicago White Sox Rotation

The White Sox rotation needs to be placed in Fantasy lineups this week. Dylan Cease and Lance Lynn are obvious starts, but the others can be tricky. Johnny Cueto, Lucas Giolito, and Michael Kopech, however, are also worth starting this week.

Cueto has been up-and-down in his last four games. He has a 6.00 ERA in 21 innings during this stretch. The last time he faced the Tigers at home, however, he was dominant. In that start, he pitched eight shutout innings while striking out five batters.

Giolito has been up-and-down all season long, making it hard for Fantasy managers to start the righty. His next start comes at home versus the Cleveland Guardians. The last time he faced them at home he allowed just one run in seven innings while striking out five batters.

Kopech made two starts after coming off the injured list but hasn't been his best. This week, however, Fantasy managers can expect his best when he faces the Detroit Tigers. The last time he faced them at home, he pitched six no-hit innings while striking out 11 batters.

Expect all five members of the White Sox rotation to have an excellent week and provide lots of Fantasy value.

Seattle Mariners Rotation

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The Mariners are another rotation that Fantasy Baseball managers need to target this week. They face the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, then the Oakland Athletics for three games, and finish the week with three games in Kansas City against the Royals.

This is an easy week for one of the best pitching staffs in MLB. Fantasy managers need to start George Kirby, Logan Gilbert, Luis Castillo, Marco Gonzales, and Robbie Ray.

Gonzales is the biggest question mark in this rotation, but even he should be starting in every Fantasy league this week. He has four straight quality starts and there's a good chance he'll keep it going.

Michael Wacha (BOS) - at Cincinnati Reds

Wacha is on fire lately and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. He has earned four straight quality starts and will likely keep the streak going when he faces the Cincinnati Reds.

Bailey Ober (MIN) - at Kansas City Royals

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Ober made the pitching planner last week as a start 'em and makes it again this week. He made his return from the injured list on Friday and pitched five shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five.

As mentioned last week, Ober should be starting in every Fantasy lineup as he is making an immediate impact after returning to the field.

Luis Severino (NYY) - vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Severino is set to make his much-anticipated return from the injured list this Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Severino made his last MLB appearance on July 13 before the Yankees placed him on the injured list.

Similarly, to Ober expect Severino to make an immediate impact when he returns. There are not many better teams to play after returning to the rotation as the Pirates have the second most strikeouts in the last seven days.

Logan Webb (SF) - at Colorado Rockies

Webb, for the most part, has been excellent all year so most weeks it's not even a question of whether to start him or not. This week, however, he plays in the dreaded Coors Field versus the Colorado Rockies. Anytime a pitcher has to play here it needs to be asked whether to start him or not.

Webb makes the cut, due in part to his reliable performance all season long and also due to his performance the last time he played at Coors Field. This game was May 18 and Webb pitched seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out six. It wasn't a perfect game, but it is enough to trust him this time around.

Bench 'em

Philadelphia Phillies Rotation

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Firstly, DO NOT bench Aaron Nola or Zach Wheeler, they're obvious starts and Fantasy managers need not worry about them.

The other pitchers in this rotation, however, should worry Fantasy managers. This includes Bailey Falter, Kyle Gibson, Noah Syndergaard, and Ranger Suarez.

Firstly, Falter may lose his spot in the rotation if Wheeler returns from the injured list this week. Secondly, Gibson is coming off an excellent game versus the Miami Marlins but faces the Toronto Blue Jays this week, a much tougher matchup.

Thirdly, Syndergaard made the pitching planner a week ago as a start 'em but didn't have a good performance. He allowed four runs in six innings while striking out just three batters. This means he is a bench player this week.

Lastly, Suarez is slated to face the Atlanta Braves in what will be a tough game. He allowed just one run in six innings against them on Friday, September 16, but it's still hard to fully trust him.

Patrick Corbin/Josiah Gray (WSH) - at Atlanta Braves

Corbin is coming off one of his best starts of the season but will have trouble this week against the Braves. In his last start, he allowed just one run in six innings while striking out four batters. Some Fantasy managers may think Corbin can repeat this success but, it's doubtful. On the season he has a 6.11 ERA and 1.66 WHIP and he should be left on the bench.

Gray allowed at least four runs in his last three appearances, and this may continue. He faces the Braves this week and Fantasy managers should play this one safe and leave him on the bench.

Sean Manaea (SD) - vs St. Louis Cardinals

Manaea made a relief appearance on September 10, before rejoining the starting rotation on September 15 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that start, he allowed two earned runs in five innings with just three strikeouts.

His next appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have been one of the best offenses all season long, making this a tough game to start Manaea. The Padres moved Manaea to the bullpen for a reason and that makes it all the harder to trust him in the Fantasy Baseball Playoffs

Nick Pivetta (BOS) - at New York Yankees

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Pivetta has failed to pitch six innings in five straight starts and will likely fail to do so again when he faces Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees. The Yankees have the second-best OPS (.854) and are tied with the second most runs in the last seven days. Play this one safe and leave Pivetta on the bench.

Colorado Rockies Rotation

The Rockies return home for a seven-game homestand at Coors Field. This means that every Rockies starter should be left on the bench in Fantasy Baseball this week. The Rockies have the worst home-field ERA (5.19) in MLB this season. Leave Chad Kuhl, German Marquez, Jose Urena, Kyle Freeland, and Ryan Feltner on the bench.

Stream 'em

Ryne Nelson (ARI) - vs San Francisco Giants

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Nelson continues to be a premier streaming option after pitching six shutout innings with just two hits and two walks allowed. This marks 13 scoreless innings to start Nelson's career. The rookie will face the Padres Sunday, September 18 before facing the Giants on Friday, September 23.

Even if Nelson throws a bad game on Sunday, Fantasy managers should still feel comfortable starting him next week.

Jordan Lyles (BAL) - vs Detroit Tigers

Lyles hasn't been great this season, but this could be a good matchup for the veteran hurler. The Tigers are tied with the second-fewest runs scored in the last seven days and have been one of the worst offenses all season.

Matt Manning (DET) - at Baltimore Orioles

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Former top prospect, Manning is coming off back-to-back quality starts and looks to continue the streak against the Orioles. The Orioles have the sixth-fewest runs scored in the last seven days, making this an intriguing matchup in Fantasy Baseball.

Mitch Keller (PIT) - vs Chicago Cubs

Keller has four straight quality starts and each has come against a solid team. Two against the New York Mets, and one each against the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. Keller is an excellent streaming option in the Fantasy Baseball playoffs.


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