Week nine of the fantasy baseball season is here. Fantasy owners should take a look at some players that should either start or sit.
Start: Luke Voit, 1B, New York Yankees
Luke Voit is raking right now, and he should be considered a top tier first basemen by fantasy owners. His power plus the fact that he plays at Yankee Stadium is a great combination. Voit will be home against the Padres and the Red Sox in week nine, and there is a good chance he’ll continue his power surge. His career line against current Red Sox pitchers is .370/.433/.889, and more than half of those hits went for extra bases.
Start: Hunter Pence, OF, Texas Rangers
The Hunter Pence people have been expecting for years may be here. The 36-year-old has been battling numerous injuries throughout his career, and for the first time in a while, he seems healthy. This has also been showing on the field, as Pence is currently hitting over .300 while slugging close to .650. Pence is owned in under 40 percent of leagues, and he is definitely a player worth picking up in fantasy.
Start: Lance Lynn, SP, Texas Rangers
Lance Lynn is also a veteran on the Rangers, like Pence, and he will be getting two starts this week. The right-handed pitcher has thrown three consecutive quality starts, and will look to keep that streak going. He is scheduled to pitch against the Mariners on Monday, and then the Royals later on in week nine. Current Royals are hitting just .228/.319/.283 against Lynn, which helps his case to have a great two-start week. Lynn is available in a lot of leagues, being owned in only about 10 percent of them.
Sit: Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Jose Ramirez was in the running for American League MVP last season, and he took a turn for the worse this season. He’s struggling to keep his average at .200, and he only has four long balls on the year. He will be playing against both the Red Sox and White Sox this week. Based on stats, he should continue to struggle, as his line against current Red Sox pitchers is .167/.264/.192. If he struggles against the Red Sox, there’s a great chance he could be lacking mentally against the White Sox in week nine.
Sit: Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
Amed Rosario has been getting a lot of playing with the injuries of Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil. He isn’t necessarily having a bad season, but he also isn’t lighting up fantasy baseball either. There should be better options available this week, especially with the fact that Rosario is facing the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on the road. He is hitting just .250 against both teams, and that stat should be similar after this week with pitchers like Kershaw in store this week.
Sit: Asdrubal Cabrera, IF, Texas Rangers
Asdrubal Cabrera is the third Ranger to appear on this list, but just the first one under the sit category. Cabrera is a good fill-in player granted the positions he can be played at, but he still isn’t producing too well this season. The switch-hitter will be taking on the Mariners and the Royals this week, He’ll start the week against pitchers he hasn’t fared well against. His line against active Mariners pitchers is .207/.236/.354. This line shows that it’ll be tough for Cabrera to light up the scoreboard in week nine of the fantasy baseball season.
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