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Welcome to the Fantasy Baseball Hitting Planner for Week 5! Each week, we try to point out the best set of hitters to target each week, so check back every Friday.

The calendar has officially turned to May and we’ve closed the book on an exciting first month of the season.

As we have mentioned before, starting pitchers have yet to hit their stride so continue to start players regardless of their matchup. There are, however, dreamy matchups that we will continue to exploit.

After four weeks, hitters keep hitting and pitchers continue to struggle – Week 5 should be no different.

The Washington Nationals are struggling a bit as a team but they will face the Marlins and Braves pitching staffs. Same can be said for the Boston Red Sox who will face a Tampa Bay Rays’ rotation that ranks 20th in the league for runs allowed (84) and Toronto Blue Jays’ rotation that ranks 29th with a 4.96 team ERA.

Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Hitting Planner

Teams with Most Total Games

  • New York Yankees (7)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (7)
  • Oakland A’s (7)
  • Texas Rangers (7)
  • L.A.A Angels (7)
  • Houston Astros (7)
  • Minnesota Twins (7)
  • San Diego Padres (7)
  • Miami Marlins (7)
  • San Francisco Giants (7)
  • L.A. Dodgers (7)
  • Atlanta Braves (7)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (7)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (7)
  • Chicago Cubs (7)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (7)

Teams with Fewest Total Games

  • New York Mets (5)

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

  • Baltimore Orioles

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

  • Cincinnati Reds

Best Hitter Matchups for Week 5

Ender Inciarte, OF, Arizona

Inciarte is riding a seven-game hit streak while batting .316/.357/.405. He has been batting at the top of the Diamondbacks’ lineup and now heads to Colorado to play a subpar Rockies’ rotation – then home against the San Diego Padres.

In fact, all Diamondbacks are in play here. Yasmany Tomas, who started the season without a job, continues to start at third base. He has recorded eight hits over his last eight games and is now hitting .333/.429/.375 through 24 at-bats. He has also drawn four walks to just two strikeouts. Tomas is a solid play if you need him.

Chris Owings is also a fine play for Week 5. He has recorded 12 hits over his last nine games, with a homer, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Owings still isn’t taking any walks, but he’s swinging well of late and his Week 5 matchups against the Rockies and home against the Padres are very favorable.

Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles

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With Carl Crawford placed on the 15-day disabled list, Either has picked up at-bats and is making the most out of them. Ethier has recorded five hits, two homers and five RBI over his last four games and should continue to see a healthy amount of starts. Ethier and the Dodgers have fantastic matchups in Week 5, facing the Brewers in Milwaukee and finish off the week in Colorado.

Joc Pederson continues to swing the bat well, batting .298 with four homers, 10 RBI, 13 runs and a stolen base on the season, and should be a mainstay in your Fantasy lineups.

Alex Guerrero would make a fine play in Week 5 if he could secure more at-bats. He continues to crush the ball in limited AB’s but a starting job continues to elude him. He likely won’t see too many starts to begin the week, but with the Dodgers set to face two lefties in Colorado (Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Matzek), Guerrero makes for a strong play for the weekend games.

Good luck this week, and hopefully, our Week 5 Hitting Planner sets you up for success!

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