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Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Planner: Josh Rojas, Hunter Dozier, Luke Voit (2022)

by Josh Shepardson | @BChad50 | Featured Writer
Jun 3, 2022
Luke Voit

Luke Voit is an intriguing streamer.

There are only two teams at the bottom of the heap next week with five games on the agenda. Next, 20 teams are scheduled to play six games. Finally, eight teams are tied with a week-high seven games.

Notable Matchups

Chicago Cubs at BAL (2), at NYY (3)

The Cubs are one of two teams with a week-low five games next week. Sadly, they also have challenging pitching matchups. So, gamers with viable alternatives to Cubs’ hitters should consider using them. Willson Contreras is the only player gamers shouldn’t bench in any format, but Christopher Morel is also a consideration to use, despite the undesirable schedule.

Detroit Tigers at PIT (2), vs. TOR (3)

The Tigers are the other team with just five games next week. In addition, they have lesser hitters than Chicago’s lineup. As a result, it’s hard to imagine gamers lack legitimate alternatives. So, sit your Tigers next week.

Arizona Diamondbacks at CIN (4), at PHI (3)

The Diamondbacks might be a sneaky source for streaming hitters next week. First, they have a seven-game week. Second, they travel to two homer-friendly parks. According to the MLB park factors, Great American Ball Park has the highest park factor for homers (1.352), and Citizens Bank Park has the seventh-highest park factor for taters (1.120). In deeper leagues, Josh Rojas, Christian Walker, Alek Thomas, David Peralta, and Pavin Smith are widely available players gamers can consider streaming.

Boston Red Sox at LAA (4), at SEA (3)

The Red Sox will play seven games next week. Unfortunately, both series are on the road, away from their hitter-friendly home digs. Regardless, the volume is good enough to thrust Enrique Hernandez and, in deeper formats, Franchy Cordero into the churn-and-burn mix.

Colorado Rockies at SF (3), at SD (4)

Colorado’s hitters’ only good news is seven games on the docket. Yet, they’re a mess on the road. According to FanGraphs, the Rockies are 27th in wRC+ (84) on the road this year. Further, San Francisco and San Diego play in the sixth and fifth-lowest scoring ballparks. So even with the seven-game week, gamers are advised to bench their Rockies.

Kansas City Royals vs. TOR (3), vs. BAL (4)

The Royals are another potentially sneaky team for streaming next week. First, they play seven games. Second, their pitching matchups aren’t imposing. As a result, Hunter Dozier and MJ Melendez are outstanding waiver additions for the upcoming scoring period.

San Diego Padres vs. NYM (3), vs. COL (4)

San Diego’s seven-game week is a mixed bag. Sadly, they won’t get a park-factor boost playing both series at home. However, their pitching matchups are mainly non-threatening. Moreover, they’re downright good against the Rockies, including facing their MLB-worst bullpen. As a result, Luke Voit is an intriguing streamer. Voit has woken up from his early-season slumber, beginning to hit since returning from the Injured List (IL) on May 10. In addition, his increase in production has resulted in a climb to the cleanup spot.

Hitter Notes

Tim Anderson (CWS) & Eloy Jimenez (CWS)

Unfortunately, Anderson is expected to miss at least three weeks with a right groin strain. Thankfully, the news is slightly more upbeat for Jimenez despite an initial scare. The rehabbing outfielder left Saturday’s game early with right leg soreness. However, he’s returned to action, and his timetable for rejoining the White Sox is fluid and depends on how long it takes him to get his timing back at the dish.

Jean Segura (PHI)

Segura will miss the next 10-12 weeks while recovering from his fractured right index finger surgery. Gamers can stash him in an IL spot if one is available. However, he should be cut as soon as an IL spot is needed for another player.

Willy Adames (MIL)

Adames missed a few days on his rehab assignment for an ankle injury with a quad ailment, but he was scheduled to play approximately half of a game on Thursday.

Wander Franco (TB)

On Tuesday, Franco was placed on the 10-day IL with a right quadriceps strain.

Pitcher Notes

Sonny Gray (MIN)

Gray is on the IL with a pectoral strain.

Jack Flaherty (STL)

Flaherty should be nearing a rehab assignment.

Shane Baz (TB)

Baz is eligible to be activated from the 60-day IL on June 6. He fired four scoreless innings in his last rehab start on May 30, throwing 56 pitches. Since he’s had time to get built up in the minors, gamers can comfortably start him as soon as he toes the slab for the Rays.

Lance Lynn (CWS)

Lynn was sharp in his first rehab start but will need a few more starts before rejoining the parent club, estimating he’d need at least three outings before making his first start.

 

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