Week 16 Quick Grades (2021 Fantasy Baseball)
Greetings, friends, and welcome to Week 16 of the Fantasy Baseball Quick Grades series. We made it through the All-Star break, and we’re now officially dealing with fantasy baseball fatigue and the allure of fantasy football. This is when leagues are won.
I went over how the grades for this series are calculated in Week 1, and I’ll link to that breakdown every week rather than filling this space with a lengthy explanation every time. If you’re interested in knowing my process or just want to talk baseball, feel free to reach out on Twitter @mikeMaher. I reply to Tweets, and my DMs are open. Here’s a link to the Week 1 piece with the full Quick Grades breakdown:
For Week 16, we’re going to do things slightly differently. Since the majority of teams haven’t released their probable pitchers coming out of the All-Star break, we’re going to wait until next week to jump back into pitcher grades. Guessing at proposed pitchers and going with a mess of “TBD” didn’t seem helpful to anyone. You’ll also notice that we’re publishing mid-week instead of on Saturday, in order to include this week’s Thursday-Sunday games. The full period for the sake of these grades is from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 25. This means the Games grades are tweaked a little bit since some teams are playing just eight games and others are playing as many as 11 or 12.
Now, let’s get to the rest of the Week 16 grades and notes.
Week 16 Hitter Grades
Note: This table is three pages (see the button on the top right) and is sortable and searchable, so feel free to look around!
- The Red Sox and Marlins are scheduled to play 11 games in 11 days for this period (July 15-July 25). The Twins are scheduled to play ::checks notes:: 12 games in 11 days?! Some streaming options who could be available in your leagues: Max Kepler, Alex Kirilloff, Jorge Polanco, Trevor Larnach, Garrett Cooper, Kike Hernandez, Adam Duvall.
- Though the final matchups throughout the next 11 days will likely look a little different, I tried to look ahead and grade the matchups as accurately as possible according to our usual formula. The Diamondbacks (21.60), Tigers (21.50), and Nationals (20.55) lead the way in terms of Matchup grades. Check the above grades and compare them with your leagues for streaming options.
Looking ahead to this Week 16 #FantasyBaseball period (July 15 - July 25), and here's something to keep in mind:
The #Twins play 12 games in 11 days!
— mike Maher. (@mikeMaher) July 14, 2021
Fades of the Week
- The Rockies, Royals, and Brewers are only scheduled to play eight games this week. Over the course of 11 days, that's significantly fewer than other teams there are playing 10, 11, or even 12.
- On top of only playing eight games, the Rockies and Brewers have the lowest Matchups grades, at 15.00 and 15.63, respectively.
- Trea Turner, Robbie Grossman, Brandon Crawford, and Shohei Ohtani are the only four batters to top the 90.0 mark this week. Grossman has been hot at different times this year. After batting just .184 in 25 games in June, he is batting .280 with two home runs and two stolen bases through nine games in July.
- Juan Soto was heating up before the break and looked just fine during that Home Run Derby. His 89.36 comes in as the fifth-highest grade this week. What should be a big second half is likely to kick off with a productive Week 16 period.
- Garrett Cooper has pretty much forced his way into a full-time roll in Miami. I'm not necessarily buying Cooper for the rest of the season, but I'm definitely streaming him this week in leagues where I need 1B/OF production.
- Jace Peterson has a high grade this week because of his numbers and stolen bases recently, but I'm probably looking elsewhere given Milwaukee's small slate of games and tough matchups.
- Is Francisco Lindor finally back? He's batting .333 with two home runs, nine runs scored, 10 RBI, 10 walks, and two stolen bases through 11 games in July. He receives a strong grade of 85.48 this week.
That's it for this week. Again, if you have any questions, feedback, or requests, hit me up on Twitter!
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