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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 3. Jose Ramirez 3B,DH
Ramirez continues to be one of fantasy baseball's most bankable commodities, reliably stuffing the stat sheet. His fire-hydrant physique belies impressive speed; he swiped 27 bags last year, including 18 after the All-Star Break. The power numbers are stable. The batting average has been less predictable, but it's probably a good sign that he managed to bat .266 last year despite a .256 BABIP. His supporting cast isn't great, but it wasn't great last year either, and he still scored 111 runs and had 103 RBI. Invest with confidence.
41 weeks ago
Josh Bell Note
Josh Bell photo 75. Josh Bell 1B,DH
Bell had a horrid .464 OPS in April, likely because his timing was off after missing time because of a COVID-19 diagnosis. But once he found his footing, he was everything that Nationals hoped he would be. He batted .277 with an .887 OPS in the second half, and even played plenty of outfield so Washington could keep his bat in the lineup even with Ryan Zimmerman playing well. His walk percentage and strikeout rate largely returned to their pre-2020 levels, and he got better and better as the season went along. With Zimmerman now retired and the DH in the National League, Bell's bat should remain in the lineup nearly every day, and the presence of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz should offer him plenty of RBI opportunities. He's not a fantasy superstar, but he's a capable starter at first base for your fantasy team.
38 weeks ago
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 126. Amed Rosario SS,CF
It was a tale of two halves for Rosario, as he slashed .259/.306/.367 in the first half and .309/.339/.457 in the second half. The end result was a good one, as Rosario wound up being a contributor in four of the five rotisserie categories, and is trending up heading into 2022. The biggest issue at this point is the extreme weakness of the Guardians' lineup, which is projected to be one of the worst in baseball. That's going to significantly cut into Rosario's counting stats and depress his value. But the options to help your batting average and generally contribute everywhere are few and far between, so Rosario should be no worse than a high-end bench player for your team.
37 weeks ago
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 132. Myles Straw CF
Straw is your quintessential no-power, all-speed player. He hit four home runs last year and that's not going to be anomaly given his incredibly low hard-hit rate. But he stole 30 bases and ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed. He'll lead off for the Guardians this season and given their likely futility on offense, it's reasonable to expect Straw to try to swipe a bag at every chance he gets. If you're covered in power, he's a fine pick, but don't have any dreams of a home run surge now or anytime in the future.
37 weeks ago
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 197. Andres Gimenez 2B,SS
Steven Kwan Note
Steven Kwan photo 255. Steven Kwan CF,LF,RF
Josh Naylor Note
Josh Naylor photo 301. Josh Naylor RF,1B,DH
Bryan Lavastida Note
Bryan Lavastida photo 467. Bryan Lavastida C
Meibrys Viloria Note
Meibrys Viloria photo 521. Meibrys Viloria C
Owen Miller Note
Owen Miller photo 525. Owen Miller 2B,1B,DH
Gabriel Arias Note
Gabriel Arias photo 570. Gabriel Arias SS
Tyler Freeman Note
Tyler Freeman photo 622. Tyler Freeman SS,3B
Richard Palacios Note
Richard Palacios photo 630. Richard Palacios
Richie Palacios Note
Richie Palacios photo 653. Richie Palacios 2B,LF,DH