2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner

May 9th-May 15th

by Trent Dickeson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner!

Now a month into the Fantasy Baseball season, we have a better understanding of what our teams are made of. Do we look like contenders or are moves needed to right the ship?

There is a lot of season left and plenty of time to fix the rosters. Learning to work the waiver and take care of matchups can go a long way in climbing up the standings.

That is why we are here at the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner

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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner Schedule


Offenses to Target

Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers offense sits in the middle of the pack so far with a 102 wRC+ as a team. They did wake up this past week and might be figuring things out at the plate.

They also play three games against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds are two runs worse than the next team and are openly tanking.

The Brewers will finish the week with three in Miami, who carries a 3.59 ERA and 3.69 FIP. It could be a great week for the Brewers, and it may get off to a hot start thanks to three with the lowly Reds.

Notable Players

Remember how Rowdy Tellez was a popular late draft pick target? Well, he has returned value early this season. So far, he is hitting .267/.337/.613 7 HR, 15 R, 21 RBI with a .410 wOBA and 167 wRC+. Over the last week, Tellez is hitting .357/.455/.857 4 HR, 8 R, 13 RBI with a .551 wOBA and 261 wRC+. He is hot and needs to be in fantasy lineups right now.

Omar Narvaez starts slow, but he has been playing well over the last week. Over his last seven games, he is hitting .278/.381/.333 2 R, 2 RBI with a .332 wOBA and 115 wRC+. There is not much power currently, but the average/OBP is good and catcher is thin.

Luis Urias is back! It is early, but three games in and he is hitting .444/.615/.778 1 HR, 4 R, 2 RBI with a .589 wOBA and 287 wRC+. Was he the catalyst for the Brewers' recent surge?

San Diego Padres

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The Padres have started well, and look to continue that into next week.  The NL West looks to be competitive, they need to continue their hot streak to keep up in that division.

They begin the week by hosting the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies will come in with a below-average staff that currently sports a 4.17 ERA and 4.28 FIP and the opportunity for the Padres may be able to take advantage. The Cubs are projected to pitch Kyle Hendricks, Keegan Thompson, and Drew Smyly.

They finish the week with a three-game weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves currently sport a 4.08 ERA and 3.66 FIP and the staff has been inconsistent to begin the year. It could be a good week for the Friars.

Notable Players

Eric Hosmer was an afterthought coming into the fantasy season and maybe he took that personally. Hosmer is hitting .378/.457/.573 3 HR, 11 R, 17 RBI with a .447 wOBA and 197 wRC+. He is still hitting the ball on the ground (58%), but his line drive rate is up from 18.7% to 23.2%. It may turn anytime, but as always, ride the hot hand.

Ha-Seong Kim has gotten an extended run thanks to the Fernando Tatis Jr.injury and he has made the most of it. Kim is hitting .259/.368/.517 3 HR, 14 R, 11 RBI, 1 SB with a .391 wOBA and 159 wRC+. His multiple position eligibility and should play when he is in the Padres lineup.

Jake Cronenworth has gotten off to a slow start by his standards, .207/.324/.337 2 HR, 14 R, 14 RBI with a .300 wOBA and 99 wRC+. Looking at his expected stats, he is in line to get things going. His .263 xBA, & .439 xSLG suggest he should turn it around, and with weaker pitching in line, maybe it is next week.

Offenses to Avoid

Washington Nationals

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The Washington Nationals have not gotten off the best start. Their 94 wRC+ as a team ranks in the bottom third of the league, and Juan Soto has 6 home runs but only 7 RBI.

They will start the week with the New York Mets who currently have a 3.21 ERA and 3.10 FIP. The Mets have built a division lead on pitching and that could spell trouble for the Nationals.

They finish the week with the Houston Astros. The Astros staff has pitched to a 3.23 ERA and 3.83 FIP and have been shutting down some pretty stout offenses. The Nationals may have trouble over the next week with these pitching staffs.

Notable Players

The hot start that Maikel Franco got off to seems to have cooled off. Over the last week, Franco is hitting .243/.282/.324 no home runs, 4 R, 2 RBI with a .273 wOBA and 75 wRC+. There were a lot of hard-hit balls to begin the year, but they have disappeared recently, will he turn it around against tougher pitching?

Nelson Cruz has not got off to a good start. He is hitting .143/.233/.209 2 HR, 11 R, 12 RBI, with a .207 wOBA and 31 wRC+. As a designated hitter, that will not cut it, and he has not given Juan Soto the protection in the order the Nationals were hoping for. Cruz may turn it around, but currently, he is unplayable in fantasy formats.

Lane Thomas has just not figured it out like many hoped he would. He was a popular late-round flyer, mainly because of the speed potential but it has not shown up. He is hitting .219/.271/.313 1 HR, 5 R, 9 RBI, 1 SB with a .264 wOBA and 69 wRC+. The Nationals are in a position to give him an extended opportunity, but he is going to need to hit better to get that opportunity, even on a rebuilding team.

Philadelphia Phillies

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The Philadelphia Phillies have committed to offense even at the expense of defense. It has gone well so far, with a team wRC+ of 107, but they have a tough road of pitching ahead of them next week.

They begin the week with their easier pitching matchup, the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have a staff ERA of 3.48 but a 4.24 team FIP. However, the Mariners will throw out 2021 AL CY Young Robbie Ray and breakout candidate Logan Gilbert.

They will then play a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers who have had the best pitching staff in 2022. They currently sit at a 2.21 ERA and 2.88 FIP which has slowed down every offense they have faced.

Notable Players

Didi Gregorius recently returned after a short absence and is hitting .292/.333/.333 0 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI with a .299 wOBA and 93 wRC+. The average and OBP are not bad, but there has been no power since his return and with tough pitching matchups next week, it may not show up.

Jean Segura is hitting .256/.299/.354 2 HR, 8 R, 6 RBI, 1 SB with a .295 wOBA and 90 wRC+. That batting average needs to be higher from Segura if he is not going to provide any power, but it has not been there so far. Tough matchups could mean fantasy owners need to look the other way.

Something is off with Rhys Hoskins, who is hitting .195/.297/.356 2 HR, 12 R, 9 RBI with a .296 wOBA and 91 wRC+. The groundball rate is up from 29.3% to 37.3% this year, and that could be the reason for the lower average even as he continues to hit the ball hard. Maybe he turns it around once he gets the ball in the air, but this next week may not be the week for the turnaround.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup

Edward Olivares, OF, Kansas City Royals

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Going a little deeper in the waiver wire for this pickup for Edward Olivares. He is available in many leagues, and that should change in deeper formats.

He may never provide a ton of power, but he provides something all fantasy managers covet on the wire, speed. Speed with the potential to hit for a decent average or high on-base percentage. The Royals are giving him an opportunity right now and he is making the most of it, hitting .364/.417/.485 5 R, 5 RBI, and 2 SB with a .402 wOBA and 169 wRC+.

Will it last forever? Probably not, but as always, ride the hot hand. Especially a hot hand off the waiver wire because that is added value. Allow him to benefit your lineups now, and whenever, if ever, he goes on a slump, drop him for the next hot hand on the waiver wire.

I will do my best to find that next guy for you when the time comes.

Thanks for reading the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner. Be sure to keep an eye out for some more Fantasy Baseball content from the F6P team!

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