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20 Things to Watch: Wyatt Langford, Mark Vientos, Luis Gil (Fantasy Baseball)

20 Things to Watch: Wyatt Langford, Mark Vientos, Luis Gil (Fantasy Baseball)

It is important to look at important storylines and aspects this week to be ahead of the curve and gain an edge on your league mates.

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Fantasy Baseball 20 Things to Watch: Week 10

Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Schedule Notes

The following teams have just five games this week:

  • Texas Rangers vs. ARI, at MIA
  • Pittsburgh Pirates at DET, at TOR

The following teams have seven games this week:

  • Boston Red Sox at BAL, vs. DET
  • Kansas City Royals at MIN, vs. SD
  • Minnesota Twins vs. KC, at HOU
  • Houston Astros at SEA, vs. MIN
  • Seattle Mariners vs. HOU, vs. LAA
  • Atlanta Braves vs. WAS, vs. OAK
  • New York Mets vs. LAD, vs. ARI
  • Washington Nationals at ATL, at CLE
  • Chicago Cubs at MIL, vs. CIN
  • Milwaukee Brewers vs. CHC, vs. CWS

Wyatt Langford (DH, OF – TEX)

Wyatt Langford is currently on a rehab assignment but should be back soon. Langford was lackluster in his first couple of months as a pro, but the underlying skills are still good and he is hitting the ball hard in his rehab assignment. This may be the last time to buy low on the rookie.

Mark Vientos (1B, 3B, DH – NYM)

Mark Vientos is up and playing more regularly for the Mets. He is hitting .344/.417/.750 with three home runs in just 10 games this season. More important than the hot streak is that he is not striking out a ton, which has been his Achilles heel. If he can continue to limit the strikeouts, he can have a lot of fantasy appeal.

DJ LeMahieu (1B, 2B, 3B – NYY)

DJ LeMahieu is on his way back, giving the Yankees an interesting dilemma. The Yankees’ offense has been great and while they can use LeMahieu it would push Oswaldo Cabrera out. LeMaheiu also led off for the Yankees a lot last season, so it will be interesting to see where the almost 36-year-old hits in the improved lineup.

David Hamilton (2B, SS – BOS)

With Ceddanne Rafaela struggling, David Hamilton is beginning to see more time at shortstop. Hamilton has been viewed as an AAAA player —too good for the minors, but not good enough for the majors for a few years now. However, the profile has a ton of speed. If Hamilton can find a regular role he could be really valuable in fantasy.

Miguel Andujar (OF – OAK)

Miguel Andujar has been activated by the Oakland A’s and has started two of their last three games, hitting third and fourth in the lineup. Andujar has never lived up to his former prospect hype, but in Oakland, he may have a great path to regular playing time with enough power to be interesting for fantasy.

Matt Chapman (3B – SF)

Matt Chapman’s San Francisco career started very slow with a .222 average in the first month of the season. In May, however, he is hitting .265/.365/.482 with four home runs and two stolen bases while racking up 19 runs. Chapman is a streaky hitter, but he hits in the middle of the Giants’ lineup. As long as he is making decent contact, he is very valuable as a power and runs source.

Luis Gil‘s Management

Luis Gil has been fantastic, but there are now whispers about how long before he gets managed. Gil has not thrown a lot of innings in recent seasons due to injuries and the Yankees may decide to preserve his health for the playoffs with a move to the bullpen.

Blake Snell (SP – SF)

Blake Snell is projected to return from the injured list (IL) for a two-start week this week. However, they are tough matchups and Snell has struggled with control and command this season. I wouldn’t start him, but this is a make-or-break time for Snell in a lot of shallower leagues.

Paul Skenes (SP – PIT) vs. Jack Flaherty (SP – DET)

This isn’t hugely fantasy-relevant as both Paul Skenes and Jack Flaherty should be rostered everywhere at this point, but it should be a really fun pitching matchup. Skenes has been fantastic since his call-up and is starting to stretch out more and more. Flaherty has been great in his own right, racking up strikeouts and limiting walks. This should be a great game to tune in to.

Nick Lodolo (SP – CIN)

Nick Lodolo is also returning from the IL this week for a two-start week, but unlike Snell, he is probably a must-start. He missed very little time with his injury and will hopefully go back to being a 5-6 innings guy, but his usage is something to watch.

The Tigers’ Bullpen

Jason Foley continues to be the main guy in Detroit, but he has had bumpy patches and the Tigers turned to Tyler Horton to get a save after sending Alex Lange down to the minors. If the Tigers are going to compete this season, they will need to either commit to a closer or trade for one.

The Mets’ Bullpen

After just recently writing about the committee that was developing in New York for the Mets, it appears Edwin Diaz is beginning to take control of the committee again. It could always go sideways again, so keep an eye on the bullpen usage this week.

13-16. Streaming Options

Alek Manoah (SP – TOR) at CWS

I don’t know who the real Alek Manoah is, but this is a great matchup that is hard not to stream.

Robert Gasser (SP – MIL) vs. CWS

I have not been the biggest fan of Robert Gasser, but he has pitched well and we love this matchup.

Michael Lorenzen (SP – TEX) at MIA

Since being activated off the IL Michael Lorenzen has pitched well, even if the underlying numbers scream regression. I think regression can wait another week as the Marlins are one of the worst offenses in baseball and their park is a pitcher’s haven.

Ben Lively (SP, RP – CLE) vs. WAS

I don’t think Ben Lively is a very good pitcher, especially in terms of stuff, but he has limited walks and home runs this season and has a great matchup at home.

17-20. Two-Start Options

Gavin Stone (SP – LAD) at NYM, vs. COL

If not for a shakier last start, Gavin Stone would likely be in the must-start tier. Stone has done a great job of limiting hard contact and avoiding walks, but he doesn’t tend to get a lot of swings and misses. However, these are great matchups with the Mets in New York and the Rockies away from Coors, so you probably are starting him in every situation.

Cooper Criswell (SP, RP – BOS) at BAL, vs. DET

Cooper Criswell has been fantastic this season, allowing a 2.86 ERA over 34.2 innings of work while striking out 34. He has done a good job at limiting walks and home runs so far, though the underlying numbers are a little worrisome. He has a tough matchup at the beginning of the week versus a good Orioles team, but it is in Baltimore and the back half is against the lowly Tigers offense. He may be worth rolling with in most formats.

Alec Marsh (SP, RP – KC) at MIN, vs. SD

Alec Marsh has been great this season. He has lowered his walk and home run rates. While the strikeouts haven’t been as strong, the ratios have been. These aren’t the best matchups, but it is hard not to trust him at this point in the season.

Simeon Woods Richardson (SP, RP – MIN) vs. KC, at HOU

Simeon Woods Richardson has been fantastic this season, limiting walks and hard contact. He is likely due for some regression at some point as he has had a pretty small batting average on balls in play (BABIP). That regression could come this week, which is why he is as low as he is because both the Royals and Astros have good offenses. It is hard to not roll him out there considering his results thus far.

Cole Irvin (SP, RP – BAL) vs. BOS, vs. TB

Cole Irvin returns to the Orioles’ rotation with John Means hitting the IL. He has done a good job limiting hard contact and walks this year. He gets decent matchups at home versus the Red Sox and Rays and should be in consideration for leagues where you are win-seeking or looking for ratio help despite the poor strikeout rates.

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