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 22 of the MLB campaign is shaping up.

MLB Schedule (8/28 - 9/3)

Braves707at PHI (3), at CHC (4)
Marlins743at WSH (3), vs.PHI (4)
Mets606at CIN (3), at HOU (3)
Phillies734vs.ATL (3), at MIA (4)
Nationals734vs.MIA (3), at MIL (4)
Cubs770vs.PIT (3), vs.ATL (4)
Reds633vs.NYM (3), at PIT (3)
Brewers660vs.STL (2), vs.WSH (4)
Pirates633at CHC (3), vs.CIN (3)
Cardinals606at MIL (2), at SF (4)
Diamondbacks633vs.LAD (3), at COL (3)
Rockies660vs.DET (3), vs.ARI (3)
Dodgers707at ARI (3), at SD (4)
Padres770vs.SF (3), vs.LAD (4)
Giants743at SD (3), vs.STL (4)
Orioles770vs.SEA (3), vs.TOR (4)
Red Sox707at TOR (3), at NYY (4)
Yankees770vs.CLE (3), vs.BOS (4)
Rays606at KC (3), at CWS (3)
Blue Jays734vs.BOS (3), at BAL (4)
White Sox633at MIN (3), vs.TB (3)
Indians707at NYY (3), at DET (4)
Tigers743at COL (3), vs.CLE (4)
Royals633vs.TB (3), at MIN (3)
Twins660vs.CWS (3), vs.KC (3)
Astros660vs.TEX (3), vs.NYM (3)
Angels633vs.OAK (3), at TEX (3)
A's606at LAA (3), at SEA (3)
Mariners633at BAL (3), vs.OAK (3)
Rangers633at HOU (3), vs.LAA (3)

News From the Mound

There are plenty of news updates to cover on the pitching front this week, so let’s get right to them.

Clayton Kershaw (LAD) - Kershaw (back) has been on the DL dating back to July 23, but the three-time Cy Young Award winner declared himself ready to return to the Dodgers rotation following a 64-pitch rehab outing at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday night. If the club’s front office sees it as their ace does, Kershaw could be back on the bump next weekend in San Diego, or possibly even as soon as Thursday afternoon at Arizona.

Alex Wood (LAD) - Another injured L.A. All-Star looking to get back on a big-league mound by next weekend in San Diego, Wood (shouldr) was placed on the DL following a six-inning outing in Pittsburgh back on August 21. That move by the Dodgers brass certainly seemed to be one just to give Wood extra rest here late in the campaign. That’s simply a luxury a team enjoys when it all but wraps up a division crown with more than month to go in the season.

Jhoulys Chacin (SD) - This past Wednesday, Chacin put up one of his worst efforts of the last three months, as he drilled four different batters over 4.2 innings in St. Louis. After the start, it was reported that Chacin is dealing with some swelling in his pitching hand. He is still tentatively slated for home starts against the Giants and Dodgers this week, but the situation should be monitored by fantasy owners. Chacin sports an impressive 1.86 ERA across 82.1 innings in San Diego this year.

Jon Lester (CHC) - Lester (shoulder) was absolutely shelled in his most recent start for the Cubs, allowing nine runs (seven earned) over just 1.2 innings against the Reds on August 17. The veteran lefty was placed on the DL after that beating, but is now hoping to return to the Cubs staff next weekend following a simulated game on Monday. Lester threw 42 pitches in a side session this past Friday and reports were positive.

***None of the SP from the “News” (above) will be in this week’s rankings (below).

Interleague Outlook

TigersRockies3NoVictor Martinez
MetsAstros3YesGavin Cecchini

SP Rankings

1Corey Kluber@Yankees@Tigers
2Jake Arrietavs. Piratesvs. Braves
3Max Scherzervs. Marlins@Brewers
4Rich Hill@Diamondbacks@Padres
5Chris Sale@Blue Jays@Yankees
6Luis Severinovs. Indiansvs. Red Sox
7Stephen Strasburgvs. Marlins 
8Yu Darvish@Padres 
9Drew Pomeranz@Blue Jays@Yankees
10Gio Gonzalez@Brewers 
11Madison Bumgarnervs. Cardinals 
12Jacob deGrom@Reds 
13Chris Archer@White Sox 
14Robbie Rayvs. Dodgers 
15Dallas Keuchelvs. Rangers 
16Zack Greinkevs. Dodgers 
17Trevor Bauer@Yankees@Tigers
18Ervin Santanavs. White Soxvs. Royals
19Carlos Rodonvs. Rays 
20Dylan Bundyvs. Mariners 
21Gerrit Colevs. Reds 
22Marcus Stromanvs. Red Sox@Orioles
23Justin Verlander@Rockies 
24Carlos Martinez@Brewers 
25Mike Fiersvs. Rangersvs. Mets
26Aaron Nolavs. Braves@Marlins
27Masahiro Tanakavs. Red Sox 
28Brad Peacockvs. Mets 
29Luke Weaver@Brewers@Giants
30Luis Castillo@Pirates 
31Sonny Grayvs. Red Sox 
32Chase Andersonvs. Cardinals 
33Lance Lynn@Giants 
34Edwin Jacksonvs. Marlins@Brewers
35Zack Godleyvs. Dodgers@Rockies
36Kevin Gausmanvs. Blue Jays 
37Collin McHughvs. Rangers 
38Jimmy Nelsonvs. Nationals 
39Patrick Corbin@Rockies 
40Kenta Maeda@Diamondbacks 
41Parker Bridwell  
42Kyle Hendricksvs. Braves 
43Mike Clevinger@Tigers 
44Miguel Gonzalez@Twins 
45Charlie Mortonvs. Mets 
46Dan Strailyvs. Phillies 
47Dinelson Lametvs. Dodgers 
48Jon Grayvs. Diamondbacks 
49Tanner Roark@Brewers 
50Hyun-Jin Ryu@Diamondbacks 
51Jose Quintanavs. Pirates 
52Carlos Carrasco@Tigers 
53Jake Junisvs. Rays@Twins
54Jose Berriosvs. White Sox 
55Eduardo Rodriguez@Yankees 
56Taijuan Walker@Rockies 
57Jeff Samardzija@Padresvs. Cardinals
58Doug Fister@Yankees 
59Rick Porcello@Blue Jays 
60Zach Daviesvs. Nationals 
61Matt Moore@Padresvs. Cardinals
62Blake Snell@White Sox 
63German Marquezvs. Tigers 
64Cole Hamelsvs. Angels 
65Sal Romanovs. Mets@Pirates
66Kyle Freelandvs. Diamondbacks 
67Jose Urena@Nationalsvs. Phillies
68Lucas Sims@Phillies@Cubs
69Alex Cobb@Royals 
70John Lackeyvs. Braves 
71R.A. Dickey@Phillies@Cubs
72Jerad Eickhoffvs. Braves 
73J.A. Happvs. Red Sox 
74Chris Strattonvs. Cardinals 
75Kendall Graveman@Angels 

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.