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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 12. Ronald Acuna Jr. DH,RF
In any other year, Acuna, Jr. is an easy top-five pick. The five-category star is a set-it-and-forget-it roster heavyweight. But coming off a gruesome mid-summer ACL tear, he's likely to miss most of April and possibly some of May, and Acuna is unlikely to wreak havoc on the basepaths for the first couple months. He's going to rake once he's healthy, but you might want to pass on Acuna unless you get a significant discount on him.
27 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 14. Ozzie Albies 2B
Ignoring the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Albies stands alone as the only player to score 100 runs, hit 20 home runs and steal 10 bases over each of the last three full seasons. He's a surefire five-category hitter coming into his prime. If Mookie Betts doesn't maintain 2B eligibility in your league, Albies is the No. 2 second baseman behind Trea Turner.
27 weeks ago
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 20. Matt Olson 1B
The Braves' new slugger posted career highs across the board last season - 39 HRs, 111, RBI, 101 runs and a .271 BA - and as he enters his age-28 season, he should be in his prime. The elite power is here to stay, and after batting .195 in the shortened 2020 season, Olson made huge strides in his contact rate (80%) last year and batted a very respectable .271. Going from Oakland to the Braves' friendlier ballpark could spike his HR total. Olson is a worthy power anchor.
29 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 35. Austin Riley 1B,3B
Riley's value swings wildly depending on whether you play in an OBP league or a BA league. In the former, he's a four category stud. In the latter, he's a slightly overvalued three category asset. The young slugger should continue to get better, but reaching last year's ceiling may not be realistic. Kim Kardashian has a better chance of winning an Oscar for Best Actress than Riley does of equaling his 2021 second-half .397 BABIP. That said, while you don't want to reach for him based on his RBI numbers last year, the 3B position isn't as deep as usual, so Riley isn't a bad pick in the fifth or sixth round.
31 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 74. Dansby Swanson SS
Swanson is the type of player that you're not excited to draft but who you know will give you reliable production. At this stage of his career, he's pretty much a .250-25-10 type of bat who should give you about 165 combined runs and RBI in a strong Braves lineup. There's been nearly no change to Swanson's underlying metrics and data over the last three seasons, and though he could show some growth as he moves into his late-20s, chances are that he just is who he is. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since his price is always kept in check by his lack of excitement. If you miss out on the prime shortstops, he's a fine consolation prize late in drafts.
29 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 102. Eddie Rosario LF,RF
Rosario re-signed with the Braves after coming over mid-season last year from Clevelan. He's still a productive MLB player but it's unclear if he can recapture the form that made him one of the more underrated assets in fantasy. He's no longer out-performing his expected batting average and he's never hit the ball particularly hard, so the 32 home runs we saw back in 2019 are probably never coming back. But he'll likely approach a 20-10 season in Atlanta and stick in the lineup every day with the addition of the DH in the National League. You could do worse as your last outfielder in a mixed league.
28 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 109. Marcell Ozuna DH,LF
Ozuna missed the majority of the season after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery last year. He's 31 years old now and his hard hit rate and average exit velocity declined sharply last year, along with his home run percentage and batting average. It's not clear if his numbers last year were just a blip or the start of a steep decline, but you shouldn't be relying on him as a starter for now.
28 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 112. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
Grossman came out of nowhere to put up a 20-20 line in his age-31 season. And by "out of nowhere," I mean that his previous season-high in homers was 11 and his previous high in steals was nine. Everything suggests that Grossman sold out a bit for power, as he greatly increased both his launch angle and fly ball rate (46.2%). If he does that again, he can probably approach 20 homers for a second straight season, but considering his mediocre sprint speed (68th percentile), it would be surprising if he reached 20 steals. Take about 5-7 off your projections for both numbers and you probably won't be disappointed.
28 weeks ago
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 117. Adam Duvall LF,CF,RF
Duvall had the quietest 38-homer season in recent memory, which happens when a bulk of it takes place in Miami. He also led the National League in RBI and was one of the leaders in max exit velocity. But he also batted just .228 and struck out 31.4% of the time. Duvall is now 33 years old so expecting a rebound in batting average or strikeout rate is probably wishful thinking. But if it's power you crave, then Duvall should have you covered, particularly with playing his home game in Atlanta's hitter-friendly Truist Park.
28 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 168. Travis d'Arnaud C,DH
d'Arnaud has plenty of offensive talent, but he's now 33 years old and coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to just 60 games. That's been the bugaboo for d'Arnaud throughout his career, as he's never had more than 391 plate appearances in a season. If you could guarantee his health, then his power upside and strong supporting cast would likely be enough to make him a top-12 catcher. But there's no way to bank on that, so outside of NL-only or two-catcher formats, don't bother with him in fantasy.
27 weeks ago
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 302. Manny Pina C
Alex Dickerson Note
Alex Dickerson photo 375. Alex Dickerson DH,LF
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 381. Orlando Arcia 2B,DH,LF
William Contreras Note
William Contreras photo 396. William Contreras C,DH
Chadwick Tromp Note
Chadwick Tromp photo 488. Chadwick Tromp C
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 492. Ehire Adrianza 2B,3B,LF,RF
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 517. Guillermo Heredia CF,DH,LF,RF
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 519. Rylan Bannon 3B
Jake Marisnick Note
Jake Marisnick photo 530. Jake Marisnick LF,CF
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 605. Pat Valaika 2B,SS
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 608. Delino DeShields CF
Travis Demeritte Note
Travis Demeritte photo 652. Travis Demeritte 2B,LF,RF,SS
Taylor Motter Note
Taylor Motter photo 679. Taylor Motter 3B
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 689. Hernan Perez 2B
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 711. Tyler White 1B
Ryan Goins Note
Ryan Goins photo 724. Ryan Goins 2B,3B,SS