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Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 7 (2021)

Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 7 (2021)

Two teams play only five games next week. Two teams play eight games at the other end of the games-played ledger, thanks to a mid-week, seven-inning doubleheader. The other teams will play either six or seven games next week. With so many teams in the middle, I’m especially focused on a boatload of games at the most hitter-friendly ballparks.

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Notable Matchups

Kansas City Royals vs. MIL (2), vs. DET (3)
The Royals have a double-oof week on tap. First, they’re one of two teams with a week-low five games on the docket. Second, they draw Matthew Boyd (1.94 ERA), Brandon Woodruff (1.64 ERA), and Corbin Burnes (1.57 ERA). Yikes.

Milwaukee Brewers at KC (2), @ CIN (3)
The Brewers are the other team with only five games scheduled next week, but the outlook is less dire for them than the Royals. Their pitching matchups aren’t nearly as troubling, and they play three games at Great American Ball Park. According to the three-year average we use at FantasyPros, Great American Ball Park has the second-highest park factor for runs (1.106) and leads the way for homers (1.347).

Boston Red Sox @ TOR (3), @ PHI (3)
The Red Sox are road-bound for a pair of three-game series. The first is at uber-hitter-friendly Dunedin TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida. According to this year’s park factors at ESPN, it ranks second for runs (1.412) and third for homers (1.429). It also boosts all hit types. The other three-game series is at Citizens Bank Park, home of the third-highest park factor for homers (1.202). It’s a National League park, so there won’t be a designated hitter. If you’re a manager rostering J.D. Martinez, don’t fret. He’s already played six games in the field (five starts), so the Red Sox are willing to put him in the field to keep his lethal bat in the lineup.

Colorado Rockies @ SD (3), vs. ARI (3)
This is your weekly look at the Rockies. Three games at pitcher-friendly PETCO Park against Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove make for a tough stretch, but three games soften the blow at home to conclude the week.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. BOS (3), vs. TB (3)
Remember the juicy park factors at TD Ballpark in Dunedin that I mentioned above? The Blue Jays will play six games there next week. As a reminder, these will be some of their last games there (they have one more game there on Monday, May 24), as they’re set to return to their 2020 temporary home, Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, on June 1. Sahlen Field slightly enhanced run-scoring last year (1.096), but it greatly depressed homers (0.760).

Arizona Diamondbacks @ LAD (4), @ COL (3)
The Diamondbacks have some challenging pitching matchups on the schedule next week, including Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, and Trevor Bauer. Still, a full seven-game week and three contests at Coors Field outweigh the three tricky matchups.

Cincinnati Reds vs. SF (4), vs. MIL (3)
It’s never fun to adjust after playing a series at Coors Field, but the Reds can take solace in playing seven games at home next week after their four-game series at Coors Field. Between the seven games, dreamy hitting conditions at Great American Ball Park, and a ho-hum collection of opposing starters on the schedule, the Reds’ hitters should feast next week.

Los Angeles Angels vs. CLE (3), vs. MIN (2), vs. OAK (3)
The Angels are one of two teams with eight games scheduled next week. They have a mid-week doubleheader against the visiting Twins. As a reminder, doubleheader contests are once again only seven innings each this year. Because all eight games are at home, the Angels will have the services of a designated hitter for each game. That’s optimal for Shohei Ohtani’s hitting outlook. Additionally, it means that their hitters will take hacks in a park with ballpark factors of 1.039 for runs and 1.116 for homers.

Minnesota Twins vs. CWS (3), @ LAA (2), @CLE (3)
The Twins are in the same boat as the Angels, as both squads will play eight games and in only American League ballparks. That’s ideal for Nelson Cruz. Not everything comes up roses, though. They have a few potentially challenging pitching matchups, including Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Bundy, and Shane Bieber. Further, it’s a week filled with travel, playing at home Monday through Wednesday, playing a pair on the road against the Angels Wednesday, and closing the week with three games in Cleveland.

Hitter Notes

Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD), Wil Myers (SD), Eric Hosmer (SD), and Jurickson Profar (SD)
This is our reminder that we’re still navigating a pandemic. Alden Gonzalez, ESPN Staff Writer, reported that Tatis Jr. and Myers have tested positive for COVID-19, and Profar and Hosmer will miss time due to contact tracing. Gamers in leagues with weekly changes should look for alternatives next week.

Gleyber Torres (NYY)
Torres has also tested positive for COVID-19, and he’s a unique case — he already had it back in December and had been vaccinated. Gamers will need to make do without him.

Christian Yelich (MIL)
It isn’t all doom and gloom in this section. Yelich is starting a Triple-A rehab assignment Friday night, and, according to manager Craig Counsell, “then we’ll see where we’re at after the weekend.” Gamers should have a better idea of if he’s an option in leagues with weekly lineup changes for next week by Sunday.

Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)
Acuna Jr. left Thursday’s contest early after hurting his ankle while running out an infield single, but he dodged bad news — his X-rays came back negative. He’s presumably day-to-day.

Pitcher Notes

Jacob deGrom (NYM)
deGrom is on the injured list. The good news is that it’s not related to the lat soreness that caused him to be bumped back a start. He is dealing with tightness on his right side. His timetable for return is unclear.

Luis Severino (NYY)
Severino is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and his throwing session on Thursday reportedly went well.

He is a stash candidate for gamers with the bench or IL space.

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