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Week 6 Quick Grades (2022 Fantasy Baseball)

by Chris Clegg | @RotoClegg | Featured Writer
May 13, 2022

We are over a fifth of the way through the season. It is hard to believe we are halfway through May and teams have played over 30 games already. Standings for fantasy baseball are rounding into form and it’s time to take a look at where your team may need to address needs. Setting your lineups and making pick-ups to help fill those holes in the standings can take you a long way. Quick Grades is here to help make those hard decisions. Haven’t heard of Quick Grades before? I explain it all below as well as post the top-100 hitters for the upcoming week.

The Quick Grade Series

Each week, I will provide breakdowns of hitters with a grade range from 40 to 100. Think about a school grade (90-100 being an A, 80-89 equaling a B, and 70-79 = C, and so on). Grades are weighted based on several different factors that I discuss below.

Week six covers games for the week of Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22.

You can find Week 5’s Quick Grades here.

How It Works

We established that each hitter would have a grade based on four categories that would land them a total score between 40 and 100. Each of the four categories will are graded from 10 to 25, which lands us at that total score. Here is what goes into it:

  • Games Played – Let’s start simple. The more games played in a week, the more stats a player can accumulate. Maximizing plate appearances for fantasy baseball is huge. If the player you roster has seven games versus a different player having five games, it is a no-brainer. If a team is scheduled to play seven games that week, the team’s hitter will get 25 points. Six games earn a hitter 23 points, and five games drop you down to 20. If a team is set to play more than seven games in a week, that player will get 27 points for games.
  • Ballpark Factors – Is a hitter playing four games in Coors? What about three in Oakland? These things matter. We will use the FantasyPros park factors to help us out there. I have created an algorithm that gives each ballpark a score from 10-25. Then factoring in how many games a hitter plays where each week, a score of 10-to-25 is given.
  • Matchups – Does a hitter have strong splits against a left or right-handed pitcher? What if they face three lefties this week with a poor split against lefties. We factor that in. What about facing a murderers’ row of pitchers like Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta. All these factors are taken into account.
  • Projections – Finally, we will factor in projections. I will update using FantasyPros projections and scale them down to a weekly projection. It is not perfect, but using projections with the other factors can help project how a player might perform.

Week 6 Hitter Grades (5/16-5/22)

Team to Stream

  • Chicago Cubs - The Cubs draw a very favorable schedule next week. Three games against the Pirates and four with the Diamondbacks all at home. Outside of Zac Gallen, it's a pretty easy lineup of arms against the Cubs. Despite Quick Grades not ranking any Cub hitter very high, it's a promising week for them.

Team to Fade

  • Washington Nationals - It is not a great week to be a Nationals hitter. On top of being on the road all week, they draw tough pitching matchups. First is a three-game set against the Marlins who are lined up to pitch Jesus Luzardo, Sandy Alcantara, and Pablo Lopez. Then after an off day, the Nationals travel to Milwaukee who are scheduled to pitch Eric Lauer, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta. It is an easy week to fade any fringe startable Nationals hitters.

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Chris Clegg is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Chris, check out his archive and follow him @RotoClegg.

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