Chris Clegg’s Draft Cheat Sheet (2022 Fantasy Baseball)
It is that time of year, the final stretch for 2022 fantasy baseball drafts. Spring Training is underway, and the regular season will be here before you know it. It is cramming time before the final test, as your most significant drafts are likely getting underway soon!
Sometimes, reading an abbreviated version of something is helpful when you are low on time. This Draft Cheat Sheet is designed for that purpose. Something you can easily reference when you need it. So, here it is: Chris Clegg’s draft cheat sheet for 2022.
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Targets By Position
- Catcher: Will Smith, Daulton Varsho, Mitch Garver, Omar Narvaez (two-catcher leagues), Elias Diaz (two-catcher leagues)
- First Base: Max Muncy, Josh Bell, Rhys Hoskins, Luke Voit, Bobby Dalbec, Nathaniel Lowe
- Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Jose Altuve, Jorge Polanco, Jean Segura, Kolten Wong,
- Third Base: Jose Ramirez, Alex Bregman, Kris Bryant, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Josh Donaldson, Luis Urias
- Shortstop: Trea Turner, Trevor Story, Willy Adames, Oneil Cruz, Jonathan Villar, Paul DeJong, Ha-Seong Kim
- Outfield: Ronald Acuña Jr., Byron Buxton, Bryan Reynolds, Mitch Haniger, Michael Conforto, Charlie Blackmon, Jo Adell, Harrison Bader, Jesus Sanchez
- Utility: Franmil Reyes, Nelson Cruz
- Starting Pitcher: Max Fried, Joe Musgrove, Frankie Montas, Charlie Morton, Dylan Cease, Nathan Eovaldi, Sonny Gray, John Means, Patrick Sandoval, Jon Gray, Jesus Luzardo
- Closer: Raisel Iglesias, Edwin Diaz, Blake Treinen, Corey Knebel
Targets By Round (12 Team League)
- 1st: Top-five hitters in Fantasy Pros ADP, Bryce Harper, Ronald Acuña Jr., Gerrit Cole
- 2nd: Luis Robert, Ozzie Albies, Manny Machado
- 3rd: Shane Bieber, Matt Olson, Yordan Alvarez, Teoscar Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts
- 4th: Tim Anderson, Aaron Nola, Trevor Story, Liam Hendriks, Paul Goldschmidt
- 5th: Jose Altuve, Byron Buxton, Nick Castellanos
- 6th: Max Fried, Raisel Iglesias, Jose Berrios, Brandon Lowe, Alex Bregman
- 7th: Kris Bryant, Joe Musgrove, Frankie Montas, Charlie Morton, Edwin Diaz
- 8th: Bryan Reynolds, Christian Yelich, Dylan Cease, Alek Manoah, Jonathan India
- 9th: Mitch Haniger, Carlos Rodron, Anthony Rendon, Bobby Witt Jr, Kenley Jansen
- 10th: Max Muncy, Kyle Schwarber, Daulton Varsho, Franmil Reyes
- 11th-15th: C.J. Cron, Josh Bell, Willy Adames, Zac Gallen, Blake Treinen, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Sonny Gray, Mike Clevinger, Luis Severino, Seiya Suzuki, Marcell Ozuna, Corey Knebel, Michael Conforto
- 16th-20th: Josh Donaldson, Jorge Soler, John Means, Patrick Sandoval, Taylor Rogers, Charlie Blackmon, Aaron Civale, Jo Adell, Kolten Wong, Bobby Dalbec
- 21st-25th: Jon Gray, Oneil Cruz, Cristian Javier, Riley Greene, Jesus Luzardo, Jonathan Villar
- Post-300 ADP: Tommy Pham, Brandon Nimmo, Hunter Greene, Alex Colome, Michael Pineda, Julio Rodriguez, LaMonte Wade, Reid Detmers, Paul DeJong, Mitch Keller, Keston Hiura, Ha-Seong Kim, Bradley Zimmer
Players To Avoid Near ADP
- Jacob deGrom (19)
- Julio Urias (28)
- Kevin Gausman (55)
- Javier Baez (69)
- Adalberto Mondesi (71)
- Chris Sale (79)
- Jack Flaherty (88)
- Tommy Edman (102)
- Ryan Mountcastle (112)
- Giovanny Gallegos (118)
- Clayton Kershaw (127)
- Adolis Garcia (161)
- Camilo Doval (172)
- Build your draft backward. Everyone wants to start at the front, but building your ideal team from the back of the draft makes it significantly easier to figure out who you want to target at the front end of drafts.
- On that note, always know your end game targets and be willing to jump ADP to get them.
- Know your league settings! This is vital. I have been in too many draft rooms where people did not realize it was OBP instead of AVG. Knowing the simple rules will help you significantly.
- Draft at least one high-end closer. Saves are down more than ever, and you don’t have to try and dominate that category, but having a solid anchor like a top-five closers gives you a great foundation to build on.
- Grab a solid source of speed early. Speed is scarce and waiting on speed hurts you in other categories. The five category contributors go early. Be sure to draft one of them.
- Winning your league is about having boring veterans later in drafts. The shiny new toy is always fun to draft, but you often get more production by grabbing the boring veteran.
- Use a cheat sheet or you can create your own right here at FantasyPros.
- Connect your league to FantasyPros Draft Assistant.
Thanks for stopping by to read my cheat sheet. I am wishing you all a happy draft season and the most success in all of your leagues in 2022!
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