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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kris Bryant Note
Kris Bryant photo 41. Kris Bryant 3B,LF,RF
He hasn't turned into the superstar we thought he was going to become, but he's still got power and will still knock in runs, and now he'll be doing his mashing at Coors Field. Bryant might not have been worth a top-100 selection if he landed in a bad spot, but going to the Rockies gives him a significant value boost.
29 weeks ago
C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 70. C.J. Cron 1B,DH
Sometimes, things work out just the way fantasy managers expect them to. Cron became a prime sleeper when he signed with Colorado, and fantasy managers hoped that he could maintain his strong power numbers while letting Coors Field positively impact his batting average. That's exactly what happened, as Cron hit 28 home runs with a career-best .281 average. He also upped his walk rate significantly to 11%, which resulted in both a career-best OBP (.375) and run scored total (70). It's unclear if his gains in plate discipline are sustainable, but it's hard to find too many reasons to doubt his performance so long as he remains in Colorado. He's a fine low-end first base option or a prime target for your corner infield spot.
29 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 98. Ryan McMahon 2B,3B
McMahon showed that his poor performance during the shortened 2020 season was an aberration, as his 2021 statline was nearly identical to the one he put up in 2019. His batting average (.254), OBP (.331) and slugging percentage (.449) were all within four points of his 2019 mark and his counting stats were similarly comparable. There's a chance that McMahon makes some gains this season - he's entering his "magical" age-27 season and he cut his strikeout rate to 24.7% last year. But, given how closely his last two full seasons have mirrored one another, you can likely bank on a .250-ish average, 24 home runs, 145 combined runs and RBI, and five steals. Draft him with those numbers in mind.
29 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 123. Charlie Blackmon RF
Blackmon is in obvious decline as he enters his age-35 season. At one point, he was a lock for at least 29 home runs, well over 100 runs, and double-digit steals with a .300 batting average. Now, you're hoping for .280-15-80, with any steals he throws in as gravy. There's no huge analysis that needs to be done here - Father Time is undefeated, and the old Blackmon isn't coming back. The depth of the Rockies lineup continues to take a hit, even with the addition of Kris Bryant, and at this point, you're drafting Blackmon hoping for one more mediocre season out of him. There are better places to invest your draft capital.
29 weeks ago
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 134. Brendan Rodgers 2B,SS
Rodgers finally provided some fantasy value last year, batting .284 with 15 home runs in just 102 games. The proclivity for stolen bases he showed at times in the minors is non-existent now, but he seemingly did enough to lock down an everyday job in the majors going forward. His putrid walk rate will keep both his OBP and his runs scored total in check, but he should help in batting average and approach 20 home runs. That's perfectly acceptable as a middle infielder, even if it comes with a low ceiling.
29 weeks ago
Randal Grichuk Note
Randal Grichuk photo 139. Randal Grichuk CF,RF
It's not often that an offensive player can be traded out of Toronto and get an upgrade in his value, but that's exactly what Grichuk got with his move to Colorado. We know what Grichuk is by now - he's gonna make elite contact with the ball a ton, but he's not at all selective, so he holds himself back by swinging at bad pitches. There's a ton of power with the veteran, and Coors Field should help boost his batting average from his career .245 mark. He's slated to bat sixth right now, meaning there should be RBI opportunity aplenty, so he makes a fine fifth outfielder for your fantasy team, with the upside to be more.
27 weeks ago
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 178. Garrett Hampson 2B,3B,CF,DH,SS
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 193. Elias Diaz C
Connor Joe Note
Connor Joe photo 199. Connor Joe LF
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 235. Jose Iglesias SS
Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 259. Sam Hilliard CF,LF
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 341. Dom Nunez C
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 351. Yonathan Daza CF,LF,RF
Ryan Vilade Note
Ryan Vilade photo 400. Ryan Vilade LF
Brian Serven Note
Brian Serven photo 490. Brian Serven C
Alan Trejo Note
Alan Trejo photo 555. Alan Trejo 2B
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 557. Elehuris Montero 3B
Tim Lopes Note
Tim Lopes photo 715. Tim Lopes 2B