Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner!
We are now in the thick of the Fantasy Baseball schedule. It is still too early to know exactly who our teams will be, but hopefully, we have all gotten off to hot starts in our leagues.
Unfortunately, I am not feeling the best this week, so I will not be as long-winded. I still hope the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner benefits everyone in their matchups.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner
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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner Schedule
Offenses to Target
Los Angeles Angels
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A team featuring Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani should have a strong offense every year. The issue with the Angels was the guys around them and the pitching staff. Thus far, the supporting cast in the lineup has been solid as well and the Angels are off to a great start.
They begin the week with one game against the Chicago White Sox who will send Dylan Cease to the mound. Cease could cause problems with his 3.27 ERA, 2.47 FIP, and 30.4% strikeout rate. It does get easier after Cease, and the Angels' offense could continue to soar atop the league.
The Angels will take on the Red Sox for three in Boston. The Red Sox have a 3.55 ERA and 4.07 FIP on the year and currently sit in the middle of the pack. The weekend series against the Nationals could be fun for the Angels' offense. The Nationals are rebuilding, and because of that, have a weaker pitching staff who currently have a 5.01 ERA and 4.10 FIP.
The Taylor Ward breakout has arguably been one of the biggest reasons for the Angels high powered offense. Ward is hitting .381/.509/.762 4 HR, 13 R, 11 RBI, 1 SB, .542 wOBA, and 269 wRC+. Ward probably was not thought of by many Angels fans or Fantasy Baseball players. His breakout proves some guys take longer to figure it out, but will the hot start continue over the entire season?
Brandon Marsh has also gotten off to a blazing hot start and was a gift later in drafts. He is currently hitting .340/.411/.532 2 HR, 7 R, 15 RBI, 3 SB with a .413 wOBA and 178 wRC+.
Tyler Wade has gotten off to a decent start, hitting .273/.319/.341, 6 R, 5 RBI, and 2 SB. He may not hit for a ton of power, but if he can hit enough to stay in the lineup, he could rack up a ton of stolen bases.
The Twins have gotten off to a hot start offensively (107 wRC+) and that has vaulted them to the top of the AL Central standings early. An interesting offseason has worked so far.
The Twins will take on the Orioles for four games in Baltimore. The Orioles have a 3.87 ERA and 4.00 FIP and are still rebuilding. They believe they are close, but until then, opposing offenses will tee off.
They will finish with a three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics have gotten off to a hot start with a 3.40 ERA and 3.70 FIP, but most do not believe this will hold up over the course of the season.
Luis Arraez may not provide a ton of power, but he is currently making up for that in other areas. Hitting .333/.406/.421 1 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI with a .371 wOBA and 149 wRC+ is playable in any format. There is less margin for error in his game, but he can still contribute to several categories.
Trevor Larnach may be available in some leagues and could be worth a look especially in deeper formats. Currently hitting .286/.326/.405 with 5 R and 5 RBI is nothing special but could be worth a stash in some leagues.
Gio Urshela is mainly thought of as a defensive first player but that has not stopped him from a hot start. He is hitting .321/.393/.377 with 1 HR, 8 R, and 5 RBI. He will regress eventually, but no reason not to ride the hot hand.
Offenses to Avoid
The Texas Rangers spent a lot of money this winter hoping to compete. That has not worked in their favor just yet especially offensively. With only five games this week, some of their players are worth avoiding if one plays with weekly lineups.
They will play two in Philadelphia against the Phillies who have a 4.11 ERA and 3.81 FIP. They then head to the Bronx for a three-game series with the Yankees who currently have a 2.92 ERA and 3.22 FIP.
With only five games, it may be best to just play their top guys and avoid some of the fringe players this week.
Mitch Garver was a popular late-round catcher target, but it has not gone well. Garver is hitting .186/.279/.288 with 2 HR, 6 R, and 5 RBI on the year. It may be time to look elsewhere for a catcher and come back to Garver when he figures it out.
Adolis Garcia has been a mixed bag of results in 2022. His slash of .200/.284/.386 leaves more to be desired, but he has 3 HR, 12 R, 12 RBI, and 3 SB. The counting stats are there, but can he keep it up at that rate?
Willie Calhoun has struggled with a .150 batting average, but a 16.3% walk rate has his OBP at .306. With only 1 HR though, it may be time to give up on Calhoun if he cannot string together more hits.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants yet again look good. They find ways to succeed and put their players in the best spots to be successful. It is a reason they won over 100 games in 2021. It might be a tougher week for some of their guys though.
They will play a two-game series against their divisional foe, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers staff currently has the best ERA in baseball 2.21 that is supported by a strong 2.90 FIP.
The Giants will then play the Cardinals for four games to end the week. The Cardinals have a 3.13 team ERA and a 3.37 FIP.
One may have taken a shot on Joey Bart who was tasked with filling the large void left by Buster Posey. Bart has not played badly this season, but that is mostly due to his defense. Offensively, he is hitting .158/.304/.342 with 2 HR, 6 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB including a .303 wOBA and 101 wRC+. The belief is the bat will come around, but Fantasy Baseball players should probably look elsewhere right now.
Brandon Crawford is coming off the best offensive season of his career, but it has not translated to a quick start this season. Crawford is hitting .227/.311/.333 1 HR, 9 R, 8 RBI with a .293 wOBA and 93 wRC+. Shortstop is the deepest position in baseball, so it would make sense to look for other options.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup
Anthony Santander, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Anthony Santander sometimes gets forgotten about in Baltimore but will provide decent fantasy production. He is currently hitting .222/.395/.397 3 HR, 8 R, 7 RBI with a .365 wOBA and 143 wRC+.
He is better suited in OBP leagues but provides solid numbers in any format. Baltimore being bad will hurt his runs and RBI totals, but if he keeps up this pace, he will be a value in any lineup.
Giving him a shot as one of your last outfielders or in a utility spot could be worthwhile, especially if injuries have taken hold of your team.
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