2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner

May 16 - May 22

by Nate Miller
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 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 (50% or less), 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 6 Pitching Planner

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Two-Start Waiver Options

*** Ownership Percentages based on Yahoo! Leagues as of May 13 ***

SPStart 1Start 2Rost%Recommend
1. Jameson Taillon (NYY)at BALvs CWS41%YES
2. Yusei Kikuchi (TOR)vs SEAvs CIN26%YES
3. Chris Archer (MIN)at OAKat KC6%YES
4. Zach Logue (OAK)vs MINat LAA2%Likely
5. Madison Bumgarner (ARI)at LADat CHC37%Likely
6. Brad Keller (KC)vs CWSvs MIN31%Likely
7. Martin Perez (TEX)vs LAAat HOU18%Likely
8. Kyle Bradish (BAL)vs NYYvs TB3%Unlikely
9. Steven Matz (STL)vs SFat NYM35%Unlikely
10. Wade Miley (CHC)vs PITvs ARI6%Unlikely
11. Taijuan Walker (NYM)vs STLat COL23%Unlikely
12. Taylor Hearn (TEX)vs LAAat HOU2%Unlikely
13. Chris Flexen (SEA)at TORat BOS23%Unlikely
14. Bryse Wilson (PIT)at CHCvs STL1%NO
15. Spenser Watkins (BAL)vs NYYvs TB1%NO
16. Antonion Senzatela (COL)vs SFvs NYM2%NO

Start ‘em

Luis Severino (NYY) – at Baltimore Orioles, vs Chicago White Sox

During his first three starts of the season, Severino looked quite similar to the All-Star he was before injuries knocked him out of the Yankees rotation for basically three calendar years. Things have been a little tougher for him in his three subsequent outings. At least, on the surface they have.

Despite a 5.74 ERA over his last 15.2 innings, Severino has put up a 3.35 xFIP and 25.0 K% while limiting the opposition to a .246 AVG and 34.8 HardHit%. In other words, he certainly seems to be running into some bad luck lately.

Both the Orioles and White Sox entered play this past Friday ranked among the bottom seven MLB teams in runs per game on the year. The White Sox are more talented than that of course, but this is still a promising setup for Severino.

Mike Clevinger (SD) – at Philadelphia Phillies

Speaking of comebacks, Clevinger is another former ace-level hurler aiming to reassert himself as such this year. He is two starts into that venture, and though a 5.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP do not look good on the surface, more digging needs to be done.

Obviously, nine innings and 42 batters faced is just a small sample. There are things to take away from the available info though. The fact that Clevinger has topped 90 pitches in both starts so far is positive for sure. His heater sitting at 94.0 mph is as well.

Clevinger has turned in an encouraging 23.8 K% and sub-30.0 HardHit% too. A groundball rate of 48.1-percent and average exit velocity of 87.0 mph are also notable. All that has resulted in an xFIP of 3.90 which is probably more reflective of his actual performance to this point. The Phillies pack some punch, but there are plenty of Ks to be found in their batting order.

Sit ‘em

Chad Kuhl (COL) – vs San Francisco Giants

For the sit selections this week, look no further than the hitter’s haven that is Coors Field. Kuhl cruised to the tune of a 1.82 ERA through his first five starts of the season. Then, he faced the Giants this past Wednesday.

The Giants plated five runs on seven hits and three walks over 4.2 innings against Kuhl. That was in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park. He will now get a rematch in Denver, but do not count on a rebound. Kuhl is worth hanging onto. This is just not an inviting matchup for fantasy purposes.

Logan Webb (SF) – at Colorado Rockies

Now to the other side of this series. Webb might be a somewhat surprising choice here, but he has been pretty hittable of late and has not enjoyed himself very much at Coors in the past.

Over his last four starts, Webb has posted a 5.48 ERA and 1.83 WHIP while his K-rate has dipped to 17.3-percent across 21.1 innings. At Coors Field in his career, the 25-year-old has struggled to a 6.00 ERA in 21.0 innings. None of this adds up to a “must-start” scenario. Steer clear.

Stream ‘em

JT Brubaker (PIT) – at Chicago Cubs

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Brubaker’s season did not get off to a great start, but he has lowered his ERA with each of his last five outings. In that stretch, the Pirates righty has worked to a 3.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 26-to-9 K/BB ratio across 23.0 innings.

The Cubs provide Brubaker with a favorable opportunity for a sixth straight start allowing three earned runs or less. The Cubs also rank in the bottom third of teams in strikeouts per game. Brubaker has always been able to get whiffs, as evidenced by his career 23.9 K%.

Josh Winder (MIN) – at Oakland Athletics

Winder was fantastic over his first two big-league starts back on May 1 and May 6 respectively. Combined between those two games, the rookie right-hander fired 12.0 innings in which he allowed only one unearned run on five hits and a walk while piling up 15 punchouts.

Following that impressive run, Winder hit a wall this past Thursday against a stout Astros lineup. Forget that excusable hiccup and run him out there versus the Athletics anemic offense next week if possible. Winder dominated the A’s earlier this month and should be able to again.

Thanks for checking out the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Pitching Planner and be sure to check out the rest of the F6P Fantasy Baseball content.

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