Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner: April 5th – April 8th

You can find the link to this week’s hitting planner RIGHT HERE. Jorge, Micah, and I are willing to tag-team this thing each week if it actually seems to help enough people out. There are four possible games for this early part of the week, and the sheet is color-coded by the volume of games each team has. Check the key on the far right side.

The idea would be the early part of the week (Mon-Thurs) hitting planner dropping ahead of everyone’s Sunday FAAB runs, and the second hitting planner of each week dropping on Fridays ahead of lineup tweaks at the NFBC. This planner is only a first pass, and far from a finished product. So if there are suggestions, please share in the comments or hit any of us up on Twitter.

My goal in this space will be to highlight a few takeaways…but make sure to read the sheet. I added some basic notes on it, but you’re all savvy and can draw far more conclusions than I have time for. Most of my time was spent compiling the sheet, after all. If you know of a platoon bat that can benefit based on the pitching matchups, please do share. As we get more into the flow, I’m hoping that’s information I can more easily pull out–I’m certain to be utilizing Mike Kurland’s lineup takeaways!

With no further preamble, here are a few thoughts on the early part of the week…

Bench most Cleveland bats

Except for Jose Ramirez? Cleveland plays only two games in the first part of this week, and one against a lefty in Danny Duffy. Maybe you can consider Eddie Rosario and Franmil Reyes…but mostly just plug Cleveland guys back in on Friday at the beginning of their three-game set against Detroit. For what it’s worth, Rosario has 120 career homers, and 105 of them are against RHP. His .277 BA versus LHP is in line with his .278 versus RHP, but his power drops precipitously in that split. You can absolutely bench Rosario in my opinion.

Load up on Blue Jays

Toronto gets potential gas can (or bounce-back candidate?) Mike Foltynewicz, as well as the eroding Kyle Gibson. And yes, Dane Dunning is fine. Total studmuffin Andrew Heaney should start for the Angels in Toronto’s fourth game, but I like that the baby Blue Jays have four games and two potential spots for eruptions. And it looks like three right-handers against Toronto to start the week, so maybe Rowdy Tellez’s lefty bat is in the lineup for three of four games for the early part of this week.

Cardinals getting bad volume?

The Cards get a park downgrade during a three-game set in Miami. They face three solid starters in Trevor Rogers, Sandy Alcantara, and Pablo Lopez. After that trio, they travel back home for the grand prize–Corbin MF Burnes. So yeah, unless you really love your Cardinal bats, you can consider alternatives.

Pirates are viable as roster-fillers

Don’t overlook bad teams. They get a huge park upgrade with a three-game set in Cincinnati, and the fourth game is against the aging Jake Arrieta. Three of four games are against RHP, so if you’re using Adam Frazier anywhere you can probably get three leadoff games out of him this week. I suppose the same would go for lefty bats Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco–though to be clear I’m not really rostering them anywhere, so my word’s no good on the topic. I didn’t even know Polanco was healthy, to be honest. Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman are solid Pirates I’ll be rolling out in tons of spaces. And sure, Ke’Bryan Hayes goes without saying, so long as he’s healthy (X-rays on his left wrist were negative, so stay tuned).

Left-handed Brewers…

With Milwaukee currently slated to face four right-handed starters, you can likely use lefty hitters Kolten Wong (probably leading off), Travis Shaw, and Omar Narvaez. Yes, Christian Yelich, too. #analysis

Giants are sketchy…

Only three games, two of which are versus Darvish and Snell? And the opening matchup against Adrian Morejon…that one could be tough, too. You better like your Giants if you’re playing them.

In Summary…

I’m considering benching Ramon Laureano given the recent wrist injury and the tough Dodger matchups to start next week. But we’ll see if Sunday brings about more encouraging news for the stud outfielder who is on like 90% of my teams. As for the Athletics, they get a tough matchup at home against stud Dodgers pitching. Yikes. Better like those guys if you use them.

We hope the sheet helps someone! We are just brainstorming ways to try to help the fantasy community. If you have feedback, drop it in the comments or send an @ to any of us on Twitter:

@roto_ranks
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