Week 18 Quick Grades (2022 Fantasy Baseball)
The grind continues as we march through August. The end is in sight, but there is still time to move up in the standings. At this point, making lineup decisions and waiver pickups are crucial. Quick Grades are here to help.
Each week I rank the top 100 hitters without bias using various 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 and 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, 70-79 = C, and so on). Grades are weighted based on several different factors that I discuss below.
Week 18 covers games for the week of Monday, August 15, through Sunday, August 21.
You can find last week’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.
- 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 18 Hitter Grades (8/15-8/21)
Team to Stream: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox desperately need a big week if they want to push back into the wild card mix. They couldn't ask for better matchups as they draw three games against Pittsburgh and three against Baltimore. Even though they are on the road for all six games, Red Sox hitters could be in for a big week.
Team to Fade: Atlanta Braves
The Braves have performed well against nearly every team except the New York Mets this year. The Braves draw seven games at home, including four against the Mets and three against the Houston Astros. These seven games could be crucial for the Braves' chances to repeat as division champions, but it won't be an easy week. It could be a good week to fade fringe Braves hitters like Marcell Ozuna.
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