Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner!
It feels fitting that in an article that looks at hitting, I mention one of the best to ever pick up a bat, Miguel Cabrera. Miggy will reach 3000 career hits this week, and there was a time when he was the most feared hitter in the league. He carried Fantasy Baseball lineups for a stretch of time. A remarkable career from one of the best hitters to ever play the game.
Now, here is the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner
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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner Schedule
Offenses to Target
The Cleveland Guardians have been the best offense in baseball to start the 2022 season. As a whole, they are slashing .272/.343/.433 with a .347 wOBA and 132 wRC+. Is it sustainable? Time will tell, but we can ride the hot hand in the meantime.
They will travel to LA for a four-game series with the Angels. The Angels pitching staff currently has a 4.15 ERA and 4.28 FIP. The Guardians could get off to a strong start to the week.
They will finish the week with three games in Oakland. The Athletics have been one of the biggest surprises early, but we know they have entered into a rebuild and are not expected to be great. The Athletics currently have a 3.25 ERA and a 3.90 FIP.
If Owen Miller is still on waivers, then go pick him up. He is currently slashing .500/.545/.964 2 HR, 9 R, 7 RBI with a .628 wOBA and 334 wRC+. Hopefully a small stint on the Covid IL does not slow down his fast start.
Those that believed in Myles Straw have been thrilled with his start. Currently hitting .318/.434/.409 13 R, 2 RBI, 4 SB with a .386 wOBA and 160 wRC+. He may not hit for much power, but his on-base skills will always provide fantasy value. His 17% walk rate may not be sustainable, but a 10.9% career walk rate shows he is willing to take his base. If he gets on base, he will steal plenty of bases, and should score plenty of runs thanks to Jose Ramirez.
Steven Kwan got off to a hot start that included an amazing stretch without a swing and a miss. His slash of .387/.524/.548 .472 wOBA and 222 wRC+ reflects that, but it has been a tale of two weeks for Kwan. Over the last week (at the time of writing), Kwan has hit .167/.304/.222 with a .258 wOBA and 68 wRC+. Can Kwan regain that early magic?
Unlike the Guardians, the Braves offense has sat in the middle of the pack to begin the 2022 year. As a unit, the team is hitting .233/.309/.402 with a .321 wOBA and 104 wRC+. The offense has shown more signs of life in recent weeks but has not fully kicked it into gear. The Braves are tied for the league lead in HR with 16, but 15 of those homers have been solo shots.
The Braves will host the Chicago Cubs for three games. The Cubs look good to start the year, but that is mostly due to their offense. Pitching-wise, their staff currently sits at a 4.59 ERA, but it could be bad luck as they have a 3.90 FIP.
The Braves will end the week with a trip to Texas to take on the lowly Rangers. If I wanted, I could suggest taking the two teams (The Astros are the other team this week) that play the Rangers each week because of how poor the staff has been in Texas. The Rangers staff has a 6.09 ERA and 5.43 FIP. Start your guys against the Rangers and enjoy the results.
Marcell Ozuna was one of the biggest question marks coming into the 2022 season and for good reason. An injury and off-the-field issue kept him out for 2021 and even threatened his 2022 season for a while. He has produced early in 2022 and rewarded those that took a shot on him. A line of .291/.310/.582 4 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI, .388 wOBA, and 149 wRC+.
On the opposite end, there were some that loved Eddie Rosario coming into the year. Coming off a magical postseason that saw him win the NLCS MVP, it was easy to see why. However, it has not been a good start for Rosario, and he has probably been dropped by several managers. Rosario is currently hitting .081/.190/.108 3 R, with a .157 wOBA and -6 wRC+. Yes, a -6 wRC+.
He needs to turn it around soon, or he will not just fall out of Fantasy Baseball lineups.
Teams to Avoid
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The Athletics have been a fun surprise to start the season, but do we really believe it is sustainable? Time will tell as they have a tough schedule this upcoming week.
They begin the week with a two-game set in San Francisco. The Giants currently have a 2.33 ERA and 2.46 FIP and look like one of the better staffs in the league once again.
Afterwards, they will return home for a weekend series with the Cleveland Guardians. The Guardians currently have a 3.03 ERA and 3.57 FIP. If the Athletics get through next week, then maybe we will start believing in them a little more.
Sheldon Neuse has gotten off to a strong start, hitting .324/.395/.412 1 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI with a .369 wOBA and 152 wRC+. This week will be big in determining what kind of season he may have.
Tony Kemp has a good average (.293), great OBP (.408), and a phenomenal 127 wRC+, but there is just no power in his bat as evident from his 23 career home runs. He also does not run as much as one would think, but maybe that will change seeing as he already has 2 stolen bases in 2022. He is a backend fantasy player anyways but is a name worth keeping an eye on this week against tougher pitching.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals have gotten off to a slow start and it does not get any easier soon. Currently hitting .215/.267/.330 with a .272 wOBA and 77 wRC+, the Royals' offense has been.. rough to start the year. A tough week of pitching awaits.
They will begin with three in Chicago against their divisional foe, the White Sox. The Sox currently have a 3.72 ERA and 3.23 FIP. While the ERA is middle of the pack, the FIP suggests they have outperformed the current ERA.
The Royals then end the week with three against the New York Yankees. The Yankees currently have a 2.52 ERA with a 3.25 FIP. Could be a long week for the Royals.
Two-hit Whit has gotten off to a slow start. Whit Merrifield is currently hitting .150/.190/.175 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB with a .172 wOBA and 4 wRC+. A dreadful start for a guy that people were relying on coming into the Fantasy Baseball season. Hopefully, he gets things going soon but it is a worrisome start.
Top prospect Bobby Witt, Jr. has not adjusted well to the big-league level. Currently hitting .128/.150/.231 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB with a .169 wOBA and 3 wRC+. It has been a struggle for Witt, and that is tough because fantasy owners spent decent draft capital on Witt. It would be hard to drop him considering draft cost, but he cannot occupy a lineup spot currently. Prospect growth is not linear, and some players take a while to adjust, but the growing pains are currently a drain in fantasy lineups.
Adalberto Mondesi will always be one of the most divisive players in Fantasy Baseball. He is currently hitting .147/.194/.147 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB, with a .164 wOBA and -1 wRC+. If he cannot get on base, then it limits his most important fantasy value, his speed.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup
Ji-Man Choi, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays
Ji-Man Choi has been off to a hot start for the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .393/.553/.714 2 HR, 7 R, 8 RBI, .538 wOBA, and 275 wRC+. The Rays' usage of platoons scares people away, and it often leads to some of their players being undervalued.
The worrisome note here is that Choi has a high ground ball rate (47.1%) so it could turn quickly once teams figure out how to shift him. However, his line drive rate is up nearly 4% and he ranks in the top 1% in average exit velocity so far. The rest of his Statcast metrics support the data, and he is patient at the plate with a 26.3% walk rate.
There will be some regression, but sometimes we just need to look past the numbers and historical data and simply ride the hot hand. Right now, Choi is one of the hottest hands in all of baseball.
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