Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner!
Going on nearly two months of baseball, it is extremely apparent that offense is down to start the 2022 season. It had been trending down since 2019, but it has dropped big time here in 2022.
- 2019: .252/.323/.435/.758
- 2020: .245/.322/.418/.740
- 2021: .244/.317/.411/.728
- 2022: .235/.307/.378/.685
Just from the last year, OPS is down 43 points and SLG is down 33 points. This supports the claims that the baseballs have been deadened or at least that the humidors are preventing the balls from traveling. It makes predicting hitting tougher.
Maybe the ball will start traveling more as the weather heats up, but as of right now, it looks like we are watching a different game. That means we will be playing a different version of Fantasy Baseball as well. Time for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner
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Week 7 Schedule
Offenses to Target
Yes, the Colorado Rockies show up on this list despite being on the road all of next week. They are currently 15th in the league in team wRC+ (99) and have actually been a small surprise to start the season. So why pick them away from Coors?
The schedule. They start their week with a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are young and rebuilding, and that means they will take their lumps as evident by the 4th worst ERA (4.68) in baseball. Their 4.18 FIP suggests some improvement, but it still is a pitching staff that offenses will take advantage of.
The Rockies will finish the week with a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have the 3rd worst ERA (4.93) in baseball. Of course, their 4.34 FIP suggests improvement, but this is another rebuilding team with a young pitching staff that will give up runs to competent offenses.
Has Yonathan Daza won you over yet? Daza is hitting .375/.425/.431 10 R, 8 RBI with a .382 wOBA and 134 wRC+. There is not much power, but he is taking advantage of the spacious confines of Coors Field and slapping the ball all over the field. The lack of power and .403 BABIP suggest it is not sustainable for long, but as always, play the hot hand. Daza has the hot hand.
Randal Grichuk is having a fine season for the Rockies, hitting .275/.322/.440 with 5 HR, 14 R, 21 RBI, and 1 SB. Grichuk is going to hit for decent power and has shown a decent feel for the plate in the early season.
Charlie Blackmon is having a slightly down year, hitting .222/.285/.421 6 HR, 19 R, 17 RBI, with 1 SB. He is hitting for decent power and scoring/driving in runs. However, he is draining the average and OBP categories. It will be interesting to see if he can turn it around against lesser pitching or if his age is finally catching up to him.
The Houston Astros bats have woken up and they look like the team that reached the World Series last year. Their 116 team wRC+ is good for third in major league baseball and it just keeps climbing.
They begin the week with three against the Cleveland Guardians whose pitching staff has been subpar. Their 4.16 ERA and 4.07 FIP means teams have feasted on their pitching to begin the year.
The Astros will then finish with a weekend set with the divisional rival Seattle Mariners. The team dubbed America's Team in 2021 has struggled lately, and that is due to the pitching staff as a whole. They currently sport a 3.82 ERA and 4.16 FIP.
Jeremy Pena has made the loss of Carlos Correa not so bad in Houston. The young shortstop has hit .274/.333/.522 with 7 HR, 19 R, 21 RBI, and 1 SB with a .370 wOBA, and 152 wRC+. The prospect looks to have solidified faith in him as the shortstop of the future in Houston.
Michael Brantley continues to hit, with a line of .282/.354/.431 3 HR, 15 R, 15 RBI, with a .347 wOBA and 135 wRC+. He will not lead the league in home runs, but he has a great hit tool in a strong lineup that will provide plenty of counting stat opportunities.
Yuli Gurriel has started to heat up. Since May 10th, the veteran is hitting .375/.400/.719 3 HR, 8 R, 7 RBI, 1 SB with a .475 wOBA and 226 wRC+. Ride the hot hand of Gurriel.
Offenses to Avoid
The Brew Crew have been fine offensively with a 105 wRC+ as a team. However, they will be without shortstop Willy Adames for a while and will face some tougher pitching this week.
The Brewers will begin with three against the San Diego Padres. The Friars pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA and 3.60 FIP and got Mike Clevinger back recently. The Padres pitching staff figures to get stronger as the season continues.
Finally, the Brewers will end the week with a pivotal four-game series with divisional foe, the St Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals currently sit near the middle of the pack with a 3.67 ERA, but with it being a divisional series at home, they will be a tough matchup.
Luis Urias has cooled off from the hot start after returning from injury. Since May 11th, he is hitting .259/.323/.296 with just 3 runs and 3 RBI. It has been a tale of two extremely small sample sizes for Urias and it will be interesting to see which version shows up next week.
Christian Yelich is having a bounce-back year of sorts but has hit a wall in recent games. Since May 8th, he is hitting .189/.318/.351, 1 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB. He is taking his walks which is encouraging, but right now the average is way down which is concerning for fantasy.
Tyrone Taylor, Jace Peterson, and Lorenzo Cain are all hitting near the bottom of the order and may have some intrigue in deeper leagues. However, with the tougher matchups this week, it would be best to look for other streaming options.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays just continue to find ways to be successful even when people count them out. It will surprise no one if they are in the playoffs come October, but for this next week, they could have a few of their hitters struggle with the tougher matchups.
The week will begin with a two-game set with in-state foe, the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have been built through young pitching, which is paying dividends early in 2022. They currently have a 3.33 ERA, good for 5th in baseball.
The Rays will then take on the divisional foe, the New York Yankees in a four-game series with the New York Yankees. The Yankees have started 2022 on a tear, and their pitching has been a major part of that. They currently have the best team ERA (2.74 ERA) in all of baseball and will certainly be fired up to take on the Rays.
Mike Zunino was a trendy late-round catcher target, and with it being a thin position, it made perfect sense. The dead balls may be affecting the slugger though. He is currently hitting .150/.198/.300 3 HR, 5 R, 10 RBI with a .221 wOBA and 49 wRC+. He is feast or famine, with only 12 hits on the year, 6 singles, 3 doubles, and 3 HR.
Prospect growth is not linear, and some guys will inevitably struggle with the Major League Baseball learning curve. That has been the case with Vidal Brujan. He is hitting .111/.200/.185 with no home runs, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 1 stolen base. His speed makes him interesting, but he cannot steal first base. Meaning he does not currently have a spot on fantasy rosters. Hopefully, he figures it out soon.
Since returning from the injured list on May 8th, Ji-Man Choi has hit .154/.185/.192 with just 5 RBI, a .172 wOBA, and 14 wRC+. Now, in his last three games, he has hit .429/.500/.571 with a .470 wOBA and 226 wRC+ so maybe he is finally shaking off the rust. It would be nice to see him get back to how he was playing before the injury, and this week against some tough pitching will give us a better idea of where he is.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Hitting Planner Waiver Target
Nolan Gorman, 2B/3B, St Louis Cardinals
Sometimes, it becomes an easy choice for the waiver pickup of the week. That was the case when the Cardinals announced they were calling up their top prospect as I was writing the weekly hitting planner.
Prospects always carry risk, but they also carry higher ceilings than most guys found on the waiver wire at this point in the year. Gorman carries plenty of potential and at a thin position.
In AAA, Gorman was hitting .308/.367/.677 15 HR, 31 R, 23 RBI, and 3 SB in 34 games. He was absolutely deserving of a promotion and is absolutely deserving of a roster spot in every Fantasy Baseball league. If he brings his hot bat to the majors, he brings incredible value, if he struggles early, then he is an easy drop in a few weeks. These are the guys that can help make jumps in the standings if they play well, and if one capitalizes on picking them up before anyone else.
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