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Week 3 Hitting Planner: Lineups Starting to Take Shape

Welcome to the Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner for Week 3.

After two weeks of the Fantasy Baseball season, players are starting to settle in and lineups are starting to take shape.

This, of course, allows us to have a better read on a players’ upcoming schedule.

Each week, we try to point out the best sets of hitters to target each week, so check back every Friday.

Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the schedule for Week 3.

Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Hitting Planner

Teams with Most Total Games

  • Oakland Athletics (7)
  • A. Angels (7)
  • Baltimore Orioles (7)
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees (7)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (7)
  • Chicago Cubs (7)
  • San Diego Padres (7)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (7)
  • Colorado Rockies (7)
  • Cincinnati Reds (7)
  • Detroit Tigers (7)
  • C. Royals (7)
  • Chicago White Sox (7)

Teams with Fewest Total Games

  • Arizona Diamondbacks (5)
  • Texas Rangers (5)

All other teams play six games.

AL Teams Who Play Interleague Games at NL Parks (Lose DH)

  • Texas Rangers

NL Teams Who Play Interleague Games at AL Parks (Gain DH)

  • New York Mets

Best Hitter Matchups for Week 3

Dustin Ackley, OF, Seattle

Ackley has had a strong start to his 2015 campaign, batting .316 with three homers, three RBI, a double and a walk – supporting our breakout prediction.

In Week 3, the left-handed hitting Ackley will face six right-handed pitchers as he plays the Astros and Twins at home. All three of Ackley’s homers have come against righties as he’s batting .313 over 13 AB’s against them. If you’re streaming hitters, Ackley should be a staple in your Week 3 lineup.

First baseman Logan Morrison and outfielder Seth Smith should also be considered if you need a filler for Week 3.

Wil Myers, OF, San Diego

Through two weeks, Myers is batting .293 with five doubles, four RBI and two stolen bases. He’s starting to hit his stride as he has recorded five hits over his last 12 AB’s. Now Myers takes his hot bat into the friendly confines of Coors Field, where he’ll face Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Matzek, Kyle Kendrick and Jordan Lyles. Then finishing the week off against the Dodgers at home.

Catcher Derek Norris should also be up for consideration with such a favorable schedule at Coors Field. Norris is batting .270 with three doubles and four RBI through nine games. If you’re desperate or looking for a ray of hope for second baseman Jedd Gyorko, this could be the week he snaps out of his early-season funk.

Kennys Vargas, DH, Minnesota

The Twins’ lineup isn’t exactly loaded with Fantasy options, but the switch-hitting Vargas will face the Royals’ rotation of Edison Volquez, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie at the hitter-friendly ballpark of Kauffman Stadium. To finish out the week, the Twins will head to Seattle to face Felix Hernandez, James Paxton and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Joe Mauer is starting to gain some steam early in the season. It’s hard to trust Mauer after a tumultuous 2014, but through nine games, Mauer has hit safely in all but one and is currently in the midst of a four-game hit streak.

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco

After a brief four-game absence, Belt returned to the Giants’ lineup but has continued to struggle. Nothing cures your hitting woes, however, like a trip to Colorado. Belt and the Giants will face the Dodgers at home for three games, then head to Colorado to finish off the week. It’s not very common for a player of Belt’s caliber to be mired in a month-long slump. Expect Belt to breakout in Week 3.

Kennys Vargas Photo Credit: WEBN-TV

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