Actionable Platoons (6/12/21)

Normally, I’m the fantasy manager who fades anyone in a platoon. I find that most weeks these hitters are unstartable and just take up roster spots. After two months of trying to find starting outfielders in 15-team leagues, I’m looking into platoons to help me find some weekly rentals. For that reason, I wanted to add set platoons to my weekly lineups article. Here is my first stab at the format and let me know what should be improved.

The main lineup article is being pushed back starting this week to run on Tuesday or Wednesday. Real-life (i.e. my kids are home for the summer) has limited the amount of time I have near the end of the week and my waiver wire article will take precedence.

When I’m looking into the platoons, I’m going to try to only include ones that two players in a distinct lefty-versus-righty platoon. If there is any vagueness or a third player involved, the guesswork needed on who plays when is not an advantage. In the instances where one side is set in stone but the other is iffy, I did include the set player. Also, I’m just going to avoid any catcher platoons for the simple reason I just don’t care. Finally, I going to point out some potential targets for the upcoming week. I know rotations will change, but at least some of the better options will be known.

So with the above guidelines, here is the current actionable platoon grid (I don’t like the table’s look and will try to improve it).

Hitters in Distinct Platoons
Team Position vs LHP vs RHP Notes/others involved
Angels none
Astros none
Athletics 2B/LF Chad Pinder Tony Kemp
Athletics RF Stephen Piscotty Seth Brown
Athletics DH Mitch Moreland Random player slots into DH
Blue Jays DH/OF Jonathan Davis Rowdy Tellez Random regular DH’s when Tellez sits
Cleveland 1B Yu Chang Bobby Bradley Josh Naylor plays some 1B also.
Mariners none
Orioles 2B Pat Valaika Stevie Wilkerson
Orioles LF Ryan McKenna DJ Stewart Maybe not, few LH opponents
Rangers 1B/3B Nate Lowe Brock Holt Lowe is hitting .165/.277/.215 over the last month.
Rangers LF Eli White Jason Martin
Rays INF/OF Mike Brosseau Brett Phillips A lot of moving parts. This was Choi-Brosseau and Phillips-Kiermaier
Red Sox none
Royals SS Hanser Alberto Nicky Lopez
Tigers OF Nomar Mazara Baddoo and Castro on the other side.
Twins OF Kyle Garlick Trevor Larnach
Twins CF Rob Refsnyder Gilberto Celestino
White Sox LF Jake Lamb Lamb and Eaton don’t have set subs right now. Injuries have added to the confusion, but the platoons might clear up in a week.
White Sox RF Adam Eaton
Yankees 1B/2B Chris Gittens Rougned Odor
Yankees OF Clint Frazier Brett Gardner
Braves LF Ehire Adrianza Abraham Almonte
Brewers CF Tyrone Taylor Jackie Bradley Jr. Might be more, but tough to know with the Hiura demotion and the Shaw injury.
Cardinals None
Cubs OF/IF Eric Sogard Jason Heyward
D-backs OF Tim Locastro David Peralta
Dodgers 1B Albert Pujols Max Muncy
Giants OF Mauricio Dubón Steven Duggar Might be more but injuries are masking them.
Giants OF Austin Slater LaMonte Wade Jr
Marlins none
Mets none
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman Josh Bell
Padres none
Phillies none
Pirates none
Reds CF Scott Heineman Naquin and Akiyama both start vs RHP
Rockies none

So using the above list and the projected starters at Rotowire, here are the hitters who could see the most at-bats this upcoming week.

Full week adds (min five games)

  • Brock Holt and Jason Martin: Rangers with five games, all against righties.
  • Nomar Mazara: Detroit with seven games, five against righties.
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.: Milwaukee with seven games, six against righties
  • Jason Heyward: Chicago Cubs with seven games, five against righties.
  • David Peralta: Arizona with seven games, five against righties. Last three verses righties but the Dodgers.
  • Max Muncy: Los Angeles Dodgers with six games, all against righties.
  • Steven Duggar and LaMonte Wade Jr.: San Francisco with seven games, six against righties.

First half (Monday to Thursday, min three games)

  • Stevie Wilkerson and DJ Stewart: Baltimore with four games, all against righties.
  • Scott Heineman: Cincinnati with four games, three against lefties.

Second half (Fri to Sunday, min three games)

  • Ryan Zimmerman: Washington with three games, three versus lefties, one game is a doubleheader.

Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR twice, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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3 years ago

And there are guys who Should be platooned vs LHP who are must starters vs Righties if you’re in a league with ample bench slots. But that’s grist for another article.