Hey, batters need loving too, right?
While two-start pitching options get all the love in fantasy, finding the right bats each week can be huge for your quest to the fantasy gold. Finding hot hitters with friendly matchups makes your team all-around better for that given week. And let’s be honest. There is no worse feeling in the world than watching a guy you contemplated adding go off for five home runs and 15 RBI in one week.
Okay, so maybe there are plenty of worse things. You know, like war, poverty, sickness, turning on the radio right when your favorite song ends– that sort of stuff.
Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox (@CHC, vs ARI)- The White Sox have very ideal matchups this week, facing two of the worst starting rotations in all of baseball. You always want to target hitters against the Diamondbacks, as this unit is surrendering the most home runs 36 and third-most HR per game (1.13) per game thus far. They have also coughed up the most runs (179). That bodes well for a guy like Viciedo who has 25-home run pop and is swinging a hot bat right now, batting .323 thus far. His chase rate is down 10 percent from last year, which probably has a ton to do with his strong play. Viciedo gets awesome matchups this week, facing guys who give up the long ball like Wade Miley (1.50 HR/9) and Brandon McCarthy, who is sporting the highest HR/FB ratio in baseball at 26.9. And when you consider they face Arizona in homer-friendly US Cellular field, you begin to love him even more.
Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers (vs HOU, vs MIN)- The Tigers are already one of the most vaunted lineups in baseball, and now they get home meetings with two horrid rotations? Sign me up. The Twins are allowing the most runs per game, while Houston is right behind them, sitting at 27th. There are no pitchers in these rotations that fear me, and Davis is seeing the ball well, batting .325 with two home runs and nine RBI. He could easily have a nice week with his bat, but I like his steals upside. Davis has already attempted 11 steals, being successful a healthy nine times. Meanwhile, Astros catcher Jason Castro has allowed 17 stolen bags this year, the fourth-most among qualified catchers. And batting leadoff, expect him to score an insane amount of runs this week, too.
*Also consider Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos. The Tigers should score plenty of runs this week.