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Like a summer fashion trend, Week 7’s Hitting Planner has come and gone, but the Week 8 Hitting Planner has a new outfit and is ready to hit the streets.

The man bun arrived in style last summer, but 2017 brought another gender neutralizing trend into pop culture: the romper.

Rompers have traditionally been a summer style for women, but this year the romper is for men.

The Romp ”Him,” which it’s been dubbed, has been met with mixed reviews, so it’s only fitting to be this weeks theme.

The Week 8 Hitting Planner is packed with a powerful bunch ready to take the runway to show off their summer fashions.

Week 8 Hitting Planner

Catcher

Gary Sanchez NYY (vs. KC, vs. OAK)

The home runs just have not been there for Gary Sanchez in 2017, but that might start to change. After a poor and injury-laded start to the season, Sanchez is finally back and healthy. Over his last five games, Sanchez has a wRC+ of 161, and while his ISO is still on the up (.190 ISO over the last five games), he was able to knock a homer out (1 of 3 on the year).

As Sanchez gets his legs back beneath him, the power will begin to matriculate into the games, but speaking of legs …  I don’t think Sanchez could fit his legs into a romper. It’s a one piece, so going to the bathroom would be an issue and something about Sanchez screams “that lunch is not sitting well.”

 

First Base

Jesus Aguilar MIL (vs TOR, vs. ARI)

 

Corodoy pants aren’t a mainstay in any summer wardrobe, and Jesus Aguilar wasn’t in the Brewers everyday plans to start 2017. Eric Thames was on fire and pushed Aguilar out of his platoon share, but with a Ryan Bruan injury and some creative managing, Aguilar has put on some pastel shorts and is starting to see consistent playing time.

Aguilar’s last 32 plate appearances resulted in three home runs, two triples, six runs, and eight runs batted in. The main issue with Aguilar is his strikeouts, so avoid him in a points league where strikeouts hurt you.

 

Second Base

Jason Kipnis CLE (at CIN, vs. CIN, vs. KC)

I took a gamble with Robinson Cano facing injury rather than Kipnis coming off of injury in Week 7’s Hitting Planner, and I paid for it dearly. After a strong series against the Rays, Kipnis looks to be reaching 100% health for the first time all season, and the Week 8 Hitting Planner won’t miss out on a Kipnis boon.

This pick feels a little like a no-brainer pick, but Kipnis is walking the runway in an outfit put together by a dad who’s grilling at his fourth of July Cookout. It’s not high fashion. It’s dad fashion.

 

Third Base

Jake Lamb ARI (vs. CHW, at MIL)

 

Jake Lamb is putting on a show, but with the amount of power being produced by the third base slot recently (Miguel Sano, Nolan Arrenado, Kris Bryant, etc.), Lamb is being somewhat overlooked, but not on Week 8’s Hitting Planner Runway. Lamb is stepping out in a seersucker suit that will keep him cool and dapper all summer.

Lamb’s last 40 plate appearances lead to a wOBA of a .437 and a .235 ISO, which has given Fantasy players a nice alternative to the top tier of third baseman. Matchups at home (1.709 HR Park Factor) against the White Sox and against the Brewers at Milwaukee (1.149 HR Park Factor). Look for Lamb to crush homers in style in Week 8’s Hitting Planner.

 

Shortstop

Dansby Swanson ATL (vs PIT, at SF)

Welcome to the Show Dansby Swanson. Well at least welcome to the Week 8 Hitting Planner. After a great debut in 2016, Swanson had been struggling at the plate with an overall wOBA .235 in 2017, but things are turning around in the Georgia heat. Swanson’s last 25 plate appearances have seen that wOBA raise to .334. Swanson is starting to make constant contact at the plate, but his 36% K% in those 25 PAs need to come down to skyrocket his Fantasy value in points leagues.

Dansby is the youngest player on the list and has gotten swooped up in the romper phase. Walking the runway in a floral print romper and blazer is all the rage this week, but can Dansby and the romper hold up all summer?

 

Outfield

Cameron Maybin, LAA (at TB, at MIA)

 

Cameron Maybin can be one dimensional, but lately, Maybin’s power is coming to the plate. Over his last 30 PAs, Maybin has three doubles, the zero homers seem to dim Maybin’s shine. He added a few steals into the mix during that 30 PA span. The Angles outfielder should see a lot of opportunities to score runs at the top of the lineup (batted leadoff the last two games).

What’s a one-dimensional item that gets the most use during the summer? Sunglasses play a key role to any summer wardrobe as they are both fashionable and functional. Maybin is the fashionable and functional pick in Week 8’s Hitting Planner.

Corey Dickerson TB (vs. LAA, at MIN)

Corey Dickerson is a scary player to start a game against, and over his last 30 PAs, Dickerson is getting harder to pitch to. Over his last 30 PA’s, Dickerson’s soft% plummeted to 13%. That uptick in good contact has lead to a crazy 1.333 ISO on fly balls within this 30 PA sample (three homers).

Dickerson should continue being the guy for the Rays at the top of their lineup as he’s packing lots of power into his pockets. Any summer dad wardrobe would be a mess without cargo shorts, and as much as it pains me to say this… get some cargo short for Week 8’s Hitting Planner.

Hernan Perez MIL (vs. TOR, vs. ARI)

A Fantasy darling sleeper pick before 2017, Hernan Perez was off to a slow start and did not get the playing time most expected. The main issue with Perez has been his playing time, but that’s changed with the injury to Ryan Braun. Perez has supplanted himself as the everyday left fielder, and with those consistent ABs, Perez should be able to pick up more steals.

Sunscreen isn’t clothing, but it is a summer necessity. Apply the sunscreen as needed, so add Perez to your lineup for some valuable steals if you can find the space for him.

 

Final Thoughts

I am all about dad vibes this summer, so I will pass on the romper in exchange for New Balance shoes, grill cleaners and dad rock. Stay tuned for next week where the theme will be…

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