Happy Friday everyone! Here is a look at some of the best hitters to stream and fade for the week ahead in fantasy baseball.
The Numbers Game
At the time of this writing the Mets are still scheduled to play games as normal. This, and any other team that runs into COVID-19, is subject to change.
15 of the 30 teams are set to play seven games. 10 teams will get six games in the week. Two teams (the Cardinals and the Reds) get eight-game weeks due to a double-header mixed in. Three teams, the Braves, Yankees, and White Sox, get just five games. For the Yankees, three of those five games are against the Mets.
The Nationals have a great slate of games in Week 5. They play the Marlins once then the Phillies three times at home before going to Boston for three games against the Red Sox. Victor Robles (85% rostered) has been a let down, especially for steals. Perhaps this week he swipes a few bags. Asdrubal Cabrera (32% rostered) has hit .295 with four homers over the past 15 days. He should be started in more leagues. Luis Garcia (4% rostered) needs to be more highly owned. He has done nothing but hit since being called up and is the new everyday second baseman for the Nats with Starlin Castro done for the season.
The Padres are arguably the hottest team in baseball. In Week 5, they get a three-game set at home vs the Mariners. After, they travel for a three-game series in Colorado. Wil Myers (68% rostered), Trent Grisham (59% rostered), and Eric Hosmer (52% rostered) should be highly regarded in most formats this week. Even Jake Cronenworth (12% rostered) deserves a look.
The Blue Jays play every day in Week 5 and get the added bonus of six games in Buffalo. Randal Grichuk (46% rostered) has been on fire lately and has been the most added hitter virtually everywhere. He has six home runs in the past eight games. Add him and start him while he's hot. Teoscar Hernandez (65% rostered) should be started as well.
Jesse Winker (58% rostered), Kole Calhoun (32% rostered), and Nick Ahmed (24% rostered) have great Week 5 schedules as well. Take advantage.
Fade! Fade! Fade!
As mentioned above, the Yankees have just five games set at this time. Outside of the questionable three-game set against the Mets, New York has a quick two-game series in Atlanta. Maybe look elsewhere if you're considering Clint Frazier (41% rostered), Brett Gardner (29% rostered), or Mike Tauchman (14% rostered).