It’s virtually impossible to see some things coming, but by preplanning for each and every week of the Fantasy Baseball season, you can often get a jump on the trends that are brewing around the league. Let’s take a look at how Week 16 of the MLB campaign is shaping up. 

Braves 7 3 4 vs.CHC (3), at LAD (4)
Marlins 6 3 3 vs.PHI (3), at CIN (3)
Mets 7 7 0 vs.STL (4), vs.OAK (3)
Phillies 6 3 3 at MIA (3), vs.MIL (3)
Nationals 6 0 6 at CIN (1), at LAA (2), at ARI (3)
Cubs 6 3 3 at ATL (3), vs.STL (3)
Reds 7 7 0 vs.WSH (1), vs.ARI (3), vs.MIA (3)
Brewers 7 0 7 at PIT (4), at PHI (3)
Pirates 7 4 3 vs.MIL (4), at COL (3)
Cardinals 7 0 7 at NYM (4), at CHC (3)
Diamondbacks 6 3 3 at CIN (3), vs.WSH (3)
Rockies 6 6 0 vs.SD (3), vs.PIT (3)
Dodgers 6 4 2 at CWS (2), vs.ATL (4)
Padres 7 0 7 at COL (3), at SF (4)
Giants 7 7 0 vs.CLE (3), vs.SD (4)
Orioles 7 7 0 vs.TEX (4), vs.HOU (3)
Red Sox 7 4 3 vs.TOR (4), at LAA (3)
Yankees 7 0 7 at MIN (3), at SEA (4)
Rays 6 3 3 at OAK (3), vs.TEX (3)
Blue Jays 7 0 7 at BOS (4), at CLE (3)
White Sox 5 2 3 vs.LAD (2), at KC (3)
Indians 6 3 3 at SF (3), vs.TOR (3)
Tigers 7 0 7 at KC (4), at MIN (3)
Royals 7 7 0 vs.DET (4), vs.CWS (3)
Twins 6 6 0 vs.NYY (3), vs.DET (3)
Astros 6 3 3 vs.SEA (3), at BAL (3)
Angels 5 5 0 vs.WSH (2), vs.BOS (3)
A's 6 3 3 vs.TB (3), at NYM (3)
Mariners 7 4 3 at HOU (3), vs.NYY (4)
Rangers 7 0 7 at BAL (4), at TB (3)
  • First off this week, there a couple of five-game slates to be aware of, as the Angels and White Sox will both be off Monday and Thursday. On the flip side, 16 teams will take the field seven times over the next seven days.
  • The Reds are one of those clubs that will play every day of the upcoming week, and they will do so exclusively at Great American Ball Park. Joey Votto and company have taken advantage of the hitter-friendly dimensions of their home park this season, averaging better than 5.2 runs per game while producing a solid .792 OPS. Votto in particular has been incredibly impressive swinging the bat at home, as he boasts a .351/.476/.703 slash line across 189 plate appearances in Cincinnati this year.  

News From the Mound

  • Over the first couple of months of the season, it appeared that we might be seeing the breakout of young Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, as he posted a 2.77 ERA and 9.6 K/9 across 55.1 innings between April and May. Unfortunately, Rodriguez was diagnosed with a right-knee subluxation after being tagged for seven runs during a June 1 start in Baltimore and has been out of the Red Sox’ rotation since. He is expected to return to the mound at Fenway on Monday evening for a matchup with the Blue Jays, and that is definitely one to pay close attention to. If he looks strong Monday, Rodriguez should be in line to follow up with an outing in L.A. against the Angels over the weekend.
  • It certainly looks as if Michael Pineda will be forced to the DL for the remainder of the 2017 season, as he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL this past Friday. It appears 25-year-old righty Luis Cessa, who has posted a 4.18 ERA and 17-to-7 K/BB ratio across 23.2 innings for the Yankees this season, will get the initial call to action in Pineda’s place and could see two starts during the upcoming week.
Dodgers White Sox 2 Yes Chase Ultey, Trayce Thompson
Indians Giants 3 No Brandon Guyer, Tyler Naquin
Nationals Angels 2 Yes Adam Lind
A's Mets 3 No Matt Chapman
1 Clayton Kershaw @White Sox vs. Braves
2 Corey Kluber vs. Blue Jays  
3 Max Scherzer @Diamondbacks  
4 Chris Sale vs. Blue Jays  
5 Robbie Ray @Reds vs. Nationals
6 Alex Wood vs. Braves  
7 Lance McCullers vs. Mariners @Orioles
8 Zack Greinke @Reds  
9 Jacob deGrom vs. Cardinals  
10 Stephen Strasburg @Reds @Diamondbacks
11 Madison Bumgarner vs. Padres  
12 Jacob Faria @A's  
13 Gio Gonzalez @Angels  
14 Jason Vargas vs. Tigers vs. White Sox
15 Rich Hill vs. Braves  
16 Carlos Carrasco @Giants  
17 Zack Godley vs. Nationals  
18 Jimmy Nelson @Pirates  
19 Luis Severino @Mariners  
20 Yu Darvish @Rays  
21 Dan Straily vs. Phillies  
22 Charlie Morton vs. Mariners  
23 Michael Fulmer @Royals  
24 David Price @Angels  
25 Carlos Martinez @Cubs  
26 Brad Peacock vs. Mariners  
27 Jeff Samardzija vs. Padres  
28 Chris Archer vs. Rangers  
29 Marcus Stroman @Red Sox @Indians
30 Aaron Nola vs. Brewers  
31 Sonny Gray vs. Rays  
32 James Paxton @Astros  
33 J.A. Happ @Red Sox @Indians
34 Drew Pomeranz vs. Blue Jays  
35 Ian Kennedy vs. White Sox  
36 Jameson Taillon vs. Brewers  
37 Lance Lynn @Mets  
38 Cole Hamels @Orioles  
39 Julio Teheran vs. Cubs @Dodgers
40 Jon Lester @Braves vs. Cardinals
41 Ervin Santana vs. Tigers  
42 Trevor Bauer vs. Blue Jays  
43 Mike Foltynewicz @Dodgers  
44 Patrick Corbin vs. Nationals  
45 Mike Fiers @Orioles  
46 Brent Suter @Pirates @Phillies
47 Sean Manaea @Mets  
48 Luis Castillo vs. Diamondbacks  
49 Jhoulys Chacin @Giants  
50 Alex Cobb vs. Rangers  
  • Madison Bumgarner returned to the mound for the Giants this past Saturday following a near three-month stint on the DL. The four-time All Star was a bit shy of his top form, but his performance was mostly encouraging, as he found the zone with 66-of-102 pitches while giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts across 7.0 innings in San Diego. Bumgarner will face the Padres once again on Thursday night, but this time from his home mound in San Francisco where he owns a career 2.76 ERA.
  • One of the few positive signs around the diamond in Philadelphia recently has been the performance of Aaron Nola. Since the beginning of June, the 24-year-old hurler has put up a nice 2.65 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.8 K/9 across 54.1 innings. Nola certainly seems to be emerging as a mixed-league mainstay.
  • Speaking of promising young righties, Reds’ rookie Luis Castillo has indeed walked a few too many batters over his first 29.0 big-league innings, but other than that, he has been flashing the electric arm that has so many around Cincinnati excited about his future on the mound. Through five starts for the Reds here in 2017, Castillo sports a 3.41 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 11.2 K/9.
51 CC Sabathia @Twins @Mariners
52 Steven Matz vs. A's  
53 Mike Leake @Mets  
54 Danny Duffy vs. Tigers  
55 Gerrit Cole vs. Brewers  
56 R.A. Dickey vs. Cubs  
57 Brandon McCarthy vs. Braves  
58 Trevor Cahill @Giants  
59 Jose Quintana vs. Cardinals  
60 Zack Wheeler vs. Cardinals vs. A's
61 Michael Wacha @Mets @Cubs
62 Taijuan Walker @Reds  
63 Rick Porcello @Angels  
64 Felix Hernandez vs. Yankees  
65 Jake Arrieta vs. Cardinals  
66 Ivan Nova vs. Brewers @Rockies
67 Scott Feldman vs. Nationals vs. Marlins
68 Justin Verlander @Royals  
69 Jon Gray vs. Padres  
70 Adam Wainwright @Mets @Cubs
71 Dinelson Lamet @Rockies @Giants
72 Anibal Sanchez @Twins  
73 Andrew Moore vs. Yankees  
74 Paul Blackburn @Mets  
75 German Marquez vs. Padres vs. Pirates

Nate Miller is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and has been an analyst in the industry since 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @Miller_RotoDad, where he is always up for fielding any Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football or DFS questions.