Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner!
The calendar turns to June, and Fantasy Baseball leagues are starting to take shape.
The contenders are starting to get separated from the rest of the pack, and they can begin to smell a fantasy championship.
However, the season is not over. If one is at the bottom of the standings, there is still plenty of time to bounce back. Starting with the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner
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Week 9 Schedule
Offenses to Target
The Milwaukee Brewers sit atop the NL Central and would love to see their lead grow over the dreaded Cardinals. The possibility exists as they will take on two NL East foes.
They begin the week by hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have fallen to 22-29 at the time of writing, and it does not look to be getting better anytime soon. Their pitching staff carries a 4.07 ERA and 3.68 FIP which is in the bottom half of the league. We know the staff is not the best, and defense has been optional in Philadelphia, meaning Milwaukee could take advantage.
The Brew Crew will finish the week with the Washington Nationals, and well, things are not going well in the Nation's capital. At 18-34, the Nationals are in a rebuild, and it has even reached the point where they were rumored to be listening to trade offers for Juan Soto. It has gotten bad, and a lot of that is due to the pitching staff. The Nationals have a 5.24 ERA and 4.54 FIP and it does not look to be getting better anytime soon.
Luis Urias has been solid, especially with Willy Adames on the shelf, and it has helped keep the Brewers afloat. Overall, Urias is hitting .245/.348/.408 5 HR, 18 R, 11 RBI with a .339 wOBA and 116 wRC+ in 26 games.
In deeper OBP leagues, Kolton Wong has been a solid value play. His .228/.322/.363 line does not jump off the page, nor does the 3 HR. However, his 24 runs, 14 RBI, and 8 SB have made for a solid play either in a middle infield or utility slot.
Tyrone Taylor has been hot over the last week. Since May 27th, he is hitting .259/.333/.556 with 2 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, with a .383 wOBA and 145 wRC+. He is worth a look in deeper leagues, and as always, ride the hot hand.
The Cleveland Guardians are in an interesting position as a franchise. Some believed it was time to rebuild, while others thought they had decent building blocks for the near future. They extended Jose Ramirez and have seen some of their younger talents take steps forward. It may not show in the 2022 standings, but they will be a pesky team the entire year.
The Guardians begin the week with three against the Texas Rangers, who are in a similar position as a franchise albeit for different reasons. They signed big name free agents, and hope to compete soon, but that has not immediately translated in 2022. A large reason why is the pitching staff carrying a 3.81 ERA and 4.03 FIP.
They will then greet another AL West foe for four games, the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics started surprisingly well but have cooled off as the weather warmed up. The Athletics pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA and 4.06 FIP, and it may be a long summer for the team (and fans) in Oakland.
Myles Straw has been an interesting player. His line of .231/.337/.296 displays that. He has 0 HR and 6 RBI, which is not good. However, 34 runs and 9 SB is really good. In OBP leagues, Straw has been perfectly fine as a third or fourth outfielder.
Andres Gimenez has been great so far, hitting .302/.326/.504 5 HR, 16 R, 25 RBI, and 4 SB with a .359 wOBA and 138 wRC+. He may not take his walks, but if he can hit over .300 and add in some steals, he will be valuable in any format.
Josh Naylor has been good since returning from that devasting injury last season. Naylor has been a solid contributor in the middle of the lineup, hitting .279/.339/.500 with 6 HR, 13 R, 25 RBI a .365 wOBA, and 143 wRC+. If he can develop into a consistent power bat, it will do wonders in protecting Ramirez in the lineup.
Offenses to Avoid
The Colorado Rockies are an interesting team because of some of their offseason moves. Now, they sit at the bottom of arguably the toughest division in baseball and are faced with a dilemma of where is this franchise going.
For now, they will begin the week in San Francisco with three games against the Giants. The Giants have a team ERA of 4.33 but their 3.51 FIP and 3.64 xFIP suggest they have been unlucky. Could the turnaround start with Colorado?
Finally, the week ends with the San Diego Padres. The Padres are trying to chase down the Dodgers, and their pitching staff is a big reason for their success. As a team, they carry a 3.44 ERA and 3.65 FIP.
We were hoping for more power from Ryan McMahon than we have seen. He is hitting .244/.338/.398 with 4 HR, 26 R, and 26 RBI with a .330 wOBA, and 98 wRC+. Maybe the deadened balls have affected McMahon's game more than we would have liked.
Elias Diaz was a popular late catcher target due to playing in Coors Field. However, he is hitting .203/.254/.301 with 2 HR, 10 R, 9 RBI a .248 wOBA, and 42 wRC+. This experiment is over.
Connor Joe got off to a hot start, but he has regressed back to the mean in a hard way. Since May 21st, Joe is hitting .231/.298/.308 with 0 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, a .275 wOBA, and 62 wRC+.
The Minnesota Twins have been great to start the 2022 season, and that is shown with them sitting atop the AL Central. The Twins even have a top 10 offense, which makes their addition in the avoid section curious. However, it is due to their matchups, and some of their guys should be played with caution.
The week begins by welcoming in the New York Yankees, who have arguably been the best team in baseball. They have definitely been one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, as evidenced by their 2.91 ERA and 3.18 FIP.
Following the Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays will come into town for the weekend set. The Rays find ways to be successful, and they have done that again in 2022 with their pitching staff. Their staff has a 3.32 ERA.2 and 3.80 FIP and continues to be one of the best overall staffs in baseball.
Since May 21st, Jorge Polanco is hitting .225/.289/.300 with 1 HR, 6 R, 4 RBI, .267 wOBA, and 73 wRC+. The power disappearing has not been ideal, and with a tough week of pitching ahead, it might be a tough week for Polanco.
Could we be in store for the Gary Sanchez revenge tour? That remains to be seen, but he has been decent this season with a .224/.288/.435 with 6 HR, 14 R, 25 RBI, 1 SB, .316 wOBA, and 108 wRC+. Tough week of pitching, but he is playing his former team. Should be a fun matchup.
If Byron Buxton is on one's team, he will play, but he has been a mixed bag of results this year. He is hitting .207/.287/.486 with 11 HR, 26 R, 21 RBI, 1 SB, .335 wOBA, and 122 wRC+. He has hit for power and has decent counting stats, but the average and OBP are low. Plus, where are the steals?
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Hitting Planner Waiver Pickup
Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Christian Walker was a popular late draft pick during draft season but got off to a really slow start that caused him to be dropped in plenty of leagues. Makes sense given the draft capital used, he could be picked back up when he turned it around.
It is time to pick him back up. Since May 1st, Walker is hitting .245/.342/.559 with 9 HR, 14 R, 18 RBI, .386 wOBA, and 146 wRC+. Walker is hitting for the power that made him a popular late-round target, and now he is free on most waiver wires.
Ride the hot hand. The Diamondbacks may limit his ceiling with runs and RBI, but the power could be beneficial to some. Especially, with some injuries starting to pile up as we near the summer months.
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