Every hit, run, RBI, steal and homer can play a pivotal role in determining who wins your fantasy baseball league’s championship, so owners must carefully select the right matchups this September.
In order to seal the fantasy crown, managers face more pressure than ever to make the right decisions that maximize their chances of living to fight another week during the playoffs.
Of course, optimizing hitting matchups in advance is a tough endeavor. Teams can shift their rotations, and a rain-out can toss everything into disarray.
As playoff time nears, owners can start monitoring daily probable pitchers to consider lefty/righty matchups. Ike Davis is heating up and is now worth using again in fantasy leagues, but benching him against southpaws—against whom he hits .177—is a prudent decision.
Meanwhile, Scott Hairston is making the most of his at-bats against lefties, hitting .313 and slugging .593. In deeper leagues, he’s worth stashing on the bench to shift in your lineup against a left-handed pitcher.
For now, let’s look at the bigger picture and see which teams face off against poor pitching staffs and which players get to tee off against their favorite opponents.