Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 xwOBA Targets!
This is a series where look for under rostered xwOBA targets in Fantasy Baseball for the week ahead. We set the cutoff at 65% rostered on Yahoo and 80 plate appearances for this early season update.
MLB.com does a great job explaining xwOBA vs wOBA.
"Expected Weighted On-base Average (xwOBA) is formulated using exit velocity, launch angle and, on certain types of batted balls, Sprint Speed.
xwOBA is more indicative of a player's skill than regular wOBA, as xwOBA removes defense from the equation. Hitters, and likewise pitchers, are able to influence exit velocity and launch angle but have no control over what happens to a batted ball once it is put into play."
We have also added DRC+ (Deserved Runs Created Plus) to the table below this season. DRC+ comes from Baseball Prospectus and it "differs from other (public) hitting metrics in that it focuses on each hitter's expected contribution, rather than merely averaging the result of hitter PAs."
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 xwOBA Targets
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Joc Pederson went 5 for 12 in the Giants series against the Mets with four home runs and racked up 10 RBI in two games. San Francisco is about to play three games in Cincinnati before traveling to Philadelphia. This seems like a good time to get Joc Pederson back on your rosters!
Mike Yastrzemski is slashing .338/.451/.600 over his last 65 at bats. Four of his last 11 extra-base hits have come in the last week. He should also benefit from the Giants upcoming road trip to hitter-friendly parks!
Kole Calhoun is on some tear right now, slashing .338/.392/.704 in the month of May. He has 10 extra-base hits in the last 15 days including six home runs. His 15 runs batted in this month is top 25 in the MLB.
Andrew Vaughn is back in the Chicago White Sox lineup after missing the first half of the month. He owns a 1.054 OPS over his last 21 at bats and is batting over .300 this month.
Did Not Return From Last Week
- Josh Naylor - 65% rostered
- Christian Bethancourt - .358 xwOBA
- Brandon Nimmo - .358 xwOBA
- Jonah Heim - .350 xwOBA
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