Week 7 Quick Grades (2022 Fantasy Baseball)
The season is flying by and it is time for another edition of “Quick Grades.” Each week I rank the top 100 hitters without bias using a variety of data. I take games played, park factors, matchups, and projections to help you find the top hitters for the upcoming week. I have described the process in more detail below as well as have the top-100 projected hitters for the week. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in your leagues this 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 seven covers games for the week of Monday, May 23, through Sunday, May 29.
You can find Week 6’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 7 Hitter Grades (5/23-5/29)
Team to Stream
- Los Angeles Dodgers - You were likely already rostering and starting most Dodgers hitters anyways, but they have some great matchups in the upcoming week. They are on the road for seven games but get three against the Nationals and four against the Diamondbacks. They even miss Zac Gallen in the four-game set with Arizona. Start all Dodgers next week!
Team to Fade
- Miami Marlins - Five games are never ideal over a full week and then tack on the fact they get two tough matchups against Tampa Bay and three games with Atlanta. The Marlins face Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen in Tampa. Then they head to Atlanta to square off against Ian Anderson, Tucker Davidson, and Max Fried. It could be a tough week for lefties like Jazz Chisholm and Jesus Sanchez.
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