Fantasy Baseball Forecaster for Week 24: Sept. 20 to 26

Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox have a busy week ahead. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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The penultimate week of the 2021 fantasy baseball season -- and first of the two-week championship matchups in ESPN's standard head-to-head leagues -- includes a good share of makeup baseball, three rescheduled games, to be exact, loading the schedule for Cleveland, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

Cleveland enjoys a rare nine-game week, and all nine of those games will be played at home, at Progressive Field. That's the result of a Monday doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, with one game making up their July 11 postponement, and a Thursday doubleheader against the White Sox, with one game making up their June 2 postponement. The added games don't tilt Cleveland's' matchups steeply in their favor, however, as since Aug. 1, both the Royals' and White Sox's pitching staffs have better-than-league-average ERAs (Royals 4.15, 13th; White Sox 4.15, 14th; MLB average 4.37), the White Sox's offense has averaged an 11th-best 4.90 runs per game and the Royals' 4.56 runs-per-game average is just beneath the league's 4.67 average in that time. Cleveland's offense has also struggled at times this year, having been no-hit a record three times. For their lineup, go with the usual starters, while keeping an eye on Amed Rosario's potential return from bereavement leave. On the pitching side, Cal Quantrill (29.6% available), who has five wins, nine quality starts and a 1.79 ERA in 12 second-half starts, should be in every fantasy lineup, especially with the chance that the team could grant Quantrill a two-start week (as projected in the column).