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 13 of the MLB campaign is shaping up.

Braves606at SD (3), at OAK (3)
Marlins633vs.NYM (3), at MIL (3)
Mets633at MIA (3), vs.PHI (3)
Phillies606at ARI (1), at SEA (2), at NYM (3)
Nationals743vs.CHC (4), at STL (3)
Cubs707at WSH (4), at CIN (3)
Reds761at STL (1), vs.MIL (3), vs.CHC (3)
Brewers633at CIN (3), vs.MIA (3)
Pirates660vs.TB (3), vs.SF (3)
Cardinals743vs.CIN (1), at ARI (3), vs.WSH (3)
Diamondbacks770vs.PHI (1), vs.STL (3), vs.COL (3)
Rockies606at SF (3), at ARI (3)
Dodgers725vs.LAA (2), at LAA (2), at SD (3)
Padres660vs.ATL (3), vs.LAD (3)
Giants633vs.COL (3), at PIT (3)
Orioles633at TOR (3), vs. TB (3)
Red Sox743vs.MIN (4), at TOR (3)
Yankees707at CWS (4), at HOU (3)
Rays606at PIT (3), at BAL (3)
Blue Jays660vs.BAL (3), vs.BOS (3)
White Sox770vs.NYY (4), vs.TEX (3)
Indians844vs.TEX (4), at DET (4)
Tigers770vs.KC (3), vs.CLE (4)
Royals743at DET (3), vs.MIN (4)
Twins808at BOS (4), at KC (4)
Astros660vs.OAK (3), vs.NYY (3)
Angels752at LAD (2), vs.LAD (2), vs.SEA (3)
A's633at HOU (3), vs.ATL (3)
Mariners523vs.PHI (2), at LAA (3)
Rangers707at CLE (4), at CWS (3)
  • Leading things off, be sure to take notice of a short five-game schedule for the Mariners this week in addition to a couple of lengthened eight-game slates for both the Twins and Indians, who each have doubleheaders on the docket for Saturday.

News from the Mound

  • Cole Hamels (oblique) of the Rangers has been out of action since April 26, but has been confirmed to start Monday’s game at Cleveland. That should set the veteran lefty up for a two-start week (@CWS). It’s worth a shot to fire Hamels up this week, but as is my typical practice with hurlers coming off the DL, he will be left out of the rankings this week.

  • Dallas Keuchel (neck) has not taken the mound since June 2 and is still without a projected date to return. He has at least been throwing some side sessions over the past week, but it seems at least somewhat likely that the first-place Astros, who have already built a commanding 12.5-game lead in the A.L. West, might just remain cautious and keep their ace out until after the All-Star Break.

At the Plate

  • Hometown Hero - The Diamondbacks are simply an offensive machine at Chase Field, and Chris Owings is one bat to highlight for this week’s seven home games. Headed into play on Sunday, Owings sports a terrific .336/.367/.539 slash line with 15 extra-base hits, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases across 35 games in Arizona so far this season.

  • Road Warrior - Cubs’ slugger Anthony Rizzo has really come on strong over the past few weeks, posting a stout 1.166 OPS since June 4. The defending champs will hit the road for a four-game set in D.C. followed by three in Cincy during the next seven days. In 17 career games at Nationals Park, Rizzo has produced a .618 SLG with five home runs. The three-time All-Star has also made himself right at home in Great American Ball Park, launching 15 homers across 43 games. That mark is only topped by his total (65) at home in Wrigley Field.

BravesA's3YesDanny Santana
AngelsDodgers2NoLuis Valbuena, C.J. Cron
DodgersAngels2YesChase Utley
PhilliesMariners2YesDaniel Nava
RaysPirates3NoShane Peterson, Peter Borjous
  • Pretty much a run-of-the-mill Interleague schedule this week with potentially some deep, league-specific appeal for players such as Chase Utley, Daniel Nava and Danny Santana. In fact, Santana has been really getting it done off the Braves’ bench this month, slashing .351/.415/.595 with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI over 41 plate appearances.

1Max Scherzervs. Cubs@Cardinals
2Clayton Kershaw@Angels 
3Corey Klubervs. Rangers 
4Chris Salevs. Twins@Blue Jays
5Alex Wood@Angels 
6Lance McCullersvs. Yankees 
7Zack Greinkevs. Philliesvs. Rockies
8Carlos Carrascovs. Rangers@Tigers
9Jose Berrios@Red Sox@Royals
10Jacob deGromvs. Phillies 
11Gio Gonzalezvs. Cubs@Cardinals
12Carlos Martinez@Diamondbacksvs. Nationals
13Robbie Rayvs. Cardinals 
14Chris Archer@Pirates 
15Stephen Strasburgvs. Cubs 
16Yu Darvish@Indians 
17Jeff Samardzijavs. Rockies@Pirates
18Mike Fiersvs. A'svs. Yankees
19Dan Strailyvs. Mets@Brewers
20Zack Godleyvs. Cardinalsvs. Rockies
21Luis Severino@White Sox@Astros
22Brandon McCarthy@Padres 
23Chase Anderson@Reds 
24Jason Vargasvs. Twins 
25Michael Pineda@Astros 
26Jon Lester@Nationals 
27Sean Newcomb@Padres 
28James Paxtonvs. Phillies@Angels
29Drew Pomeranzvs. Twins@Blue Jays
30Jacob Faria@Orioles 
31Sean Manaea@Astrosvs. Braves
32Justin Verlandervs. Royalsvs. Indians
33Gerrit Colevs. Giants 
34Michael Foltynewicz@Padres 
35Jake Arrieta@Nationals@Reds
36Jose Quintanavs. Yankeesvs. Rangers
37Jameson Taillonvs. Rays 
38Taijuan Walkervs. Rockies 
39Jimmy Nelson@Reds 
40Brad Peacockvs. Yankees 
41Jhoulys Chacinvs. Bravesvs. Dodgers
42Felix Hernandezvs. Phillies 
43J.A. Happvs. Orioles 
44Jordan Montgomery@White Sox@Astros
45Dinelson Lametvs. Braves 
46David Pricevs. Twins 
47Dylan Bundyvs. Rays 
48Alex Cobb@Pirates@Orioles
49Junior Guerra@Redsvs. Marlins
50Michael Fulmervs. Royals 
  • Landing just outside the Top-5 this week, Lance McCullers (back) was brilliant in his return from a 15-day stint on the DL this past Saturday at Seattle. The young righty limited the Mariners to one run on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts across 5.0 innings (76 pitches). Look for McCullers to have a longer leash next time out.

  • Yu Darvish had to exit what was arguably his most impressive outing of the season this past Friday at Yankee Stadium after the seventh inning due to tightness in his triceps. The most recent reports from Texas suggest Darvish is not in much jeopardy of missing Wednesday’s scheduled start in Cleveland, but be sure to monitor this situation ahead of time.

  • Yet another Astros’ hurler comes into focus, as Mike Fiers breaks into the Top-20 for a week that will see him twice take the ball in Houston. After struggling to an ugly 5.75 ERA while surrendering 16 home runs over his first seven starts of 2017, Fiers has bounced back to post a stellar 2.14 ERA and allow only two long balls over his last seven starts. In addition, he boasts a nice 2.68 ERA at home this season.

  • The Braves have not made this official just yet, but rookie southpaw Sean Newcomb should make a couple of trips to the hill (@SD, @OAK) this week. Three starts into his big-league career, Newcomb has worked to a 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while holding the opposition to a .185 batting average and only one home run across 18.1 innings.

51Johnny Cueto@Pirates 
52Marcus Stromanvs. Orioles 
53Jason Hammelvs. Twins 
54Ivan Novavs. Rays 
55Hyun-Jin Ryuvs. Angels@Padres
56Steven Matz@Marlins 
57Ervin Santana@Royals 
58Mike Clevingervs. Rangers@Tigers
59Nick Pivetta@Diamondbacks@Mets
60Jeff Hoffman@Giants 
61Masahiro Tanaka@White Sox 
62Alex Meyervs. Dodgers 
63German Marquez@Giants@Diamondbacks
64Sonny Grayvs. Braves 
65Ariel Miranda@Angels 
66Rich Hillvs. Angels@Padres
67Julio Teheran@A's 
68Trevor Bauervs. Rangers 
69Aaron Nola@Mariners 
70Rick Porcellovs. Twins 
71Kyle Freeland@Giants 
72Tim Adlemanvs. Brewersvs. Cubs
73Daniel Norrisvs. Royals 
74R.A. Dickey@A's 
75Jose Urenavs. Mets 

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.