The All-Star break means a bite-size week in Fantasy, with every team playing only three games.
(Well, except for the Royals and White Sox, who play a doubleheader Friday. The extra game gives them a leg up on everyone else.)
The scheduling oddity puts all the more emphasis on individual matchups, but it also makes your lineup decisions a little more straightforward. The gap between the best and the worst matchups is especially large this week.
The Rockies travel to San Diego, so the Coors effect is a non-issue. The Indians and Rays should benefit from their trips to Cincinnati and Toronto, though. The Indians are the only AL team that will go without the DH this week, not that you'd ever start David Murphy or Ryan Raburn outside of an AL-only league.
Best Hitting Matchups for Week 15:
1. White Sox: KC4
2. Padres: COL3
3. Angels: BOS3
4. Royals: @CHW4
5. Tigers: BAL3
• Matt Kemp was finally in a groove before the All-Star break, batting .429 (9 for 21) with two homers in his last five games. Facing the hapless Rockies pitching staff will benefit the entire Padres lineup, but he's one of the players you have to start.
• The Tigers face nothing but righties in their three games, which makes the widely available Anthony Gose (28 percent owned) a strong play. He's batting .393 (11 for 28) with two stolen bases in his last nine games. Yoenis Cespedes should also benefit from the matchups given his strong reverse platoon split, but you'd probably start him regardless.
• The Pirates didn't quite make the cut, but only because that doubleheader bumped them out. They facing nothing but righties this week, which is great news for Neil Walker and Gregory Polanco, both hot hitters.
• The Giants would have also been strong choice for the fifth spot and might have claimed it if not for the wide range of possible outcomes for opposing pitches Robbie Ray and Patrick Corbin. If you haven't gotten around to activating Hunter Pence yet, this week would be a good time to do so.
Worst Hitting Matchups for Week 15:
1. Reds: CLE3
2. Dodgers: @WAS3
3. Nationals: LAD3
4. Mets: @STL3
5. Twins: @OAK3
• The Reds open the week against Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, so the whole team will struggle to make contact. It might even be enough to bring the red-hot Jay Bruce down the size, so in a shallower three-outfielder league, you could consider sitting him. In a deeper five-outfielder league, you could consider sitting Marlon Byrd, who has an unfavorable split against right-handers.
• The problem with including the Dodgers and Nationals is that neither has the kind of players you'd start or sit based on matchups. You could make a case to bench either shortstop, be it Jimmy Rollins or Ian Desmond, but it's not like the waiver wire is bursting with viable replacements at that position.
• The Twins, meanwhile, have plenty of players on the Fantasy fringes, making their matchups against Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez, some of the more impactful. Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe were both doing some damage before the All-Star break, but those matchups should keep you from going out on a limb for them at two of the deepest positions in Fantasy. This week might also be a good time to bet on Miguel Sano slowing down.
• The Red Sox were a near miss for this list, going against C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards and Hector Santiago, but two lefties in three days might be a deal-breaker for David Ortiz. He has performed better recently, but he's still batting just .128 with a .352 OPS against lefties this year.