Fantasy baseball rankings 2018: Elite expert reveals sit-start, waiver wire, matchup advice for Week 9

Fantasy Baseball Week 9 (May 21-27) brings plenty of opportunities to load up on hitters with ideal pitching matchups and bench those who don't. But before you make a move on the waiver wire or set any of your fantasy baseball lineups, you need to see what Chris Towers has to say.

As the Senior Editor for Fantasy at CBS Sports, Towers is one of the most respected voices in the industry. If there's anybody who can spot an edge in a matchup or a player about to break out, it's him. You need to see his fantasy baseball rankings and matchups to get a leg up in your league.  

In Week 8, Towers identified Rays first baseman C.J. Cron as a player to start because of a week full of dream fantasy baseball matchups. The result: Cron entered Friday recording at least one hit in every game with three home runs and four RBI. Anybody who followed Towers' advice on Cron got an absolute steal.

Now, Towers has studied the upcoming week and is sharing his best and worst hitting matchups for Week 9 over at SportsLine. They'll help you figure out who to sit, who to start, who to add, and who to drop. Without knowing the matchups, you're literally flying blind.

One player Towers isn't high on for Week 9: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.

Belt entered Friday of Week 8 hitting over .300, with four consecutive games with a home run and 12 hits in his previous six games. But with Belt battling knee soreness and the Astros on the horizon in Week 9, owners shouldn't expect the same type of results.

"Any time you see the Astros on the schedule, you know bad things are coming for your hitters," Towers told SportsLine. "Sure, it's just two games, but it's Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. And the Giants only have five games on the schedule to begin with. You're still starting Buster Posey, but I would try to avoid anyone else on the Giants -- and that includes the red-hot Brandon Belt."

A player shooting up this week's fantasy baseball rankings: Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

The 36-year-old's bat is certainly slowing down, and he's hitting .258 on the year, but all five of his home runs have come against right-handed pitching. He's set to face Marlins and Brewers this week and only one lefty is on the slate.

Towers has also identified a sleeper who is heating up and gets a dream slate of pitching matchups this week. This player should return massive Fantasy numbers and might even be on your waiver wire right now.

So what MLB Fantasy Baseball matchups can make or break your team this week, and which sleeper do you need to be all over because of his schedule? Visit SportsLine now to see the worst and best matchups of the week from CBS Sports' Senior Fantasy Editor, and find out.

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