2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (4/10 – 4/16)

by Trent Dickeson
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Hitting Planner (4/10-4/16)

It is so nice to have baseball back. It has been an exciting week of baseball. The new rules seem to be doing what they were intended to do. Base hits are up, steals are way up, and the pace of play is much quicker including cutting the average times of games down. Now it is time to set your lineups with the help of the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner for 4/10 - 4/16.

I know it can be easy to overreact to one week but we do not want to do that! Some guys get off to slow starts and that can impact our lineups. We will get back to the winning ways soon.

If we got a win this week, well, the only thing better than one winning week is two winning weeks.

2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (4/10 - 4/16)

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2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Schedule


Team to Target

Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves have come out of the gates firing in 2023. A 6-1 start has people hopeful this could be a long exciting year for the Braves. While they may have one of the more complete rosters in baseball, it has been an impressive offensive explosion to begin the year. They have several Fantasy Baseball studs such as Ronald Acuna Jr. Matt Olson, Austin Riley, and Ozzie Albies, however, even guys like Travis d'Arnaud and Orlando Arcia have gotten off to quick starts.

The Braves are a team we are going to play most of their players anyways, but it is always nice when they are expected to have an easier week. They will probably have an easier week offensively.

Monday through Wednesday will see the Braves take on the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds, as we know, are fully committed to a rebuild and while they are 3-2 early, we do not expect them to finish with a winning record. They do have some exciting arms but there will be growing pains. Early in the season, their staff has a 4.80 ERA & 4.21 xFIP. The Reds are projected to start Connor Overton, Luis Cesa, & Hunter Greene.

The Braves will end the week with a weekend set with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals are one of the worst teams in arguably the weakest divisions in baseball. Brady Singer, Kris Bubic, and Zack Greinke are the projected starters for the series. Singer shows some promise and Greinke is, well, Greinke so that could be solid, but the Royals bullpen is top-heavy and can be exploited.

Team to Avoid

Chicago Cubs

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The Cubbies spent this offseason with the intention of being competitive rather soon. However, there were some that think it might be 2024 before the team could truly make the next jump with the next wave of prospects coming in to complement the major league club. A team with Dansby Swanson, Cody Bellinger, and Eric Hosmer is going to have some ups and downs. The ups will be really fun while the downs will certainly be tough to bear.

It could be a rough one next week. They begin the week with the Seattle Mariners. A team that believes it can make a jump this year. Luis Castillo, Chris Flexen, and Logan Gilbert are a tough run of pitchers to navigate for the Cubs and could force a down week. The Mariners also have a solid bullpen that can prevent any late-inning rallies.

If that seems like a tough start to the week, it does not get any easier as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers. A franchise that always has strong pitching. The Cubs will draw Noah Syndergaard and Michael Grove which is not as daunting but they do get the Ace of the staff Julio Urias to end the series. As we know though, the Dodgers' bullpen is elite and could be what gives the Cubs some trouble to end the week.

Player(s) to Start

Adam Duvall, OF, Boston Red Sox

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This is one of the easier predictions I will make. Play Adam Duvall while he is hot because it will not always be this way. I love Duvall as a Braves fan but I know the peaks and valleys he provides at the plate.

He is hitting .458/.536/1.042 with 3 HR, 8 R, 12 RBI and a .638 wOBA & 321 wRC+. When Duvall is hitting as this play him because he is such a boost to any fantasy roster. When he gets hot, he gets hot.

I know from watching him that it will not last forever. He will go on an extended stretch of bad play but we need to take advantage now, especially in deeper leagues.

Player(s) to Avoid

Javier Baez, SS, Detroit Tigers

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Please tell me we avoided Javier Baez in drafts. I know we did not because I see the roster percentages and even the start percentages. Stop playing him.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they are stuck with him for several years. That does not mean we have to play him though. Baez is hitting .080/.148/.080 with no home runs, one run scored and one RBI with a .118 wOBA, & -38 wRC+ through 27 plate appearances. Coming off a rough 2022 season, this is not what we wanted to see from Baez.

Maybe he gets it turned around but I want no part of him. Not until he shows some signs of life.

Thanks for reading the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner (4/10 - 4/16). I hope you get some value out of it! As we advance into the season, we will get more in-depth and have more teams/players to cover. The first few weeks of the season are always a learning process and that goes for us fantasy experts too!

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