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Only one interleague series is played in an NL park this week -- a two-gamer for the Royals -- so you don't have to worry about your players losing at-bats. Kendrys Morales suffers, of course, but he's not exactly a hot commodity in Fantasy right now.
What could be a factor are a pair of lefty-heavy schedules. The Blue Jays are expected to face four lefties in their five games this week, which actually benefits the left handed-hitting Michael Saunders, who has delivered half of his home runs and a 1.076 OPS against lefties. Chris Young, with his .405 batting average and 1.260 OPS against lefties, could be a monster with the Red Sox facing five in seven games this week, as could Hanley Ramirez with his .351 batting average and 1.023 OPS.
Travis d'Arnaud, who has been out since late April with a strained rotator cuff, is set to return Tuesday and rates as a top-10 catcher right away, as bad as that position is. Troy Tulowitzki (qudriceps) and Yasiel Puig (hamstring) have begun rehab assignments and are good bets to play the full week as well. Josh Reddick (thumb) and Alex Gordon (wrist) are also closer to returning, but since their timetables aren't as clear-cut, you should probably hold off on them another week.
And with that, on to the matchups ...
Best hitter matchups for Week 12
1. Rockies @MIA1, @NYY2, ARI4
2. Diamondbacks @PHI1, @TOR2, @COL4
3. Athletics MIL2, @LAA4
4. Padres @BAL2, @CIN4
5. Giants @PIT4, PHI3
- As is so often the case when they get four or more games at home, the Rockies occupy the top spot his week, with their opponent for that series, the Diamondbacks, right behind them. You should probably already be playing D.J. LeMahieu, who has been especially hot lately, but Mark Reynolds and Ryan Raburn, who's replacing the injured Gerardo Parra in left field, have some sleeper appeal this week. Reynolds' power numbers are lagging, but in the thin air of Coors Field, it's only a matter of time before he goes off, especially since he's playing every day.
- The beneficiaries for the Diamondbacks are a little harder to pin down with David Peralta healthy and Peter O'Brien also in the mix. Yasmany Tomas and Brandon Drury still pop in from time to time, making at-bats a concern for all four. The two games in Toronto, where they'll have use of the DH spot, help a little, but the three left-handers on tap make Peralta and Jake Lamb questionable plays in mixed leagues, despite the favorable matchups.
- The Athletics are maybe your best bet if you're mining for sleepers this week. Matchups against Jimmy Nelson, Junior Guerra, Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin and Hector Santiago should make for home runs galore, and Khris Davis and Danny Valencia are two hitters who could take advantage. And hey, home runs are about the one thing Marcus Semien provides, so there's some middle infield help.
- These matchups come at the right time for the Padres, whose one fringy player, Melvin Upton, happens to be swinging a hot bat. A couple weeks ago, I could have said the same for Wil Myers, but he has streaked himself right out of fringy status. The Giants actually have a higher number of borderline players (in part because so many of the Padres' are low-end), and Brandon Belt, Joe Panik and Denard Span are all looking like advisable plays against some of the worst the Pirates and Phillies have to offer.
Worst hitter matchups for Week 12
1. Braves @MIA2, NYM4
2. Brewers @OAK2, WAS3
3. Pirates SF4, LAD3
4. Cardinals @CHC3, @SEA3
5. Marlins COL1, ATL2, CHC4
- As hot as Freddie Freeman is right now, sitting him might seem unfathomable, but you can just imagine how the rest of the Braves lineup is going to perform against Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Even if Freeman holds his own vs. that fivesome, who's he going to drive in? And who's going to drive him in? It just seems like a low-ceiling play in mixed leagues.
- Of the four teams playing only five games the week, the Brewers have it the worst by far, going against Sonny Gray, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. I couldn't see anyone sitting Ryan Braun or Jonathan Lucroy because of it, but the ever-streaky Chris Carter seems like an unnecessary risk. About the only other mixed league-caliber hitter the Brewers have is Jonathan Villar, and he's an interesting case given where he ranks among shortstops to date. If you've been looking for a way to get Jung Ho Kang in your lineup, though, perhaps this is it.
- Or perhaps not. Even in a seven-game week, the Pirates aren't exactly sitting pretty against pitchers like Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Kenta Maeda and Clayton Kershaw, so especially if Kang is in and out of the lineup as usual, he'll have a hard time measuring up. You're probably not sitting Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte or, yes, Andrew McCutchen (I wouldn't recommend it, anyway), but Josh Harrison, whose lack of power gives him a low ceiling from week to week anyway, is always risky with matchups like these.
- The Cardinals are the last team with truly bad matchups, so you won't want to get too cute with your Marlins, who don't have it so much worse than the Indians or Tigers, really. The Cardinals, though, have a slumping Aledmys Diaz and yet-to-heat-up Jhonny Peralta who are both pretty sittable. Whether you use Matt Holliday or Brandon Moss probably depends on if you're in a three-outfielder or five-outfielder league.