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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Luis Robert Note
Luis Robert photo 13. Luis Robert CF
The young White Sox slugger missed more than three months after straining his hip flexor trying to leg out an infield single but went nuclear upon his return, batting .350 with 12 HRs and 35 RBI over his final 43 games. Robert runs, too, with 15 SBs in 124 career games. There's legitimate 30-30 potential here, and it's not hard to imagine Robert producing a 40 HR season at cozy Guaranteed Rate Field. A ridiculous .394 BABIP fueled last year's .338 batting average, so there's bound to be some major recoil in that category. Health is a concern as well, as Robert experienced leg tightness in the playoffs. There's a lot to like here, but a second-round ADP seems a bit rich for a 24-year-old who has yet to play a full season.
11 weeks ago
Tim Anderson Note
Tim Anderson photo 21. Tim Anderson SS
Anderson could fall out of bed and go 2-for-5. His batting averages the last three seasons: .335, .322, .309. At this point, we have to conclude that his consistently high BABIPs aren't fluky. Anderson isn't a truly elite base stealer, but he swiped 18 bags in 123 games last season and could conceivably steal 25-30 bases in a good year. Anderson has consistently been in the 17-20 home run range, so while he won't provide a lot of help in the power department, he won't hurt you either. In a loaded White Sox lineup, Anderson has a chance to score 100 runs if he can stay healthy. Anderson's ADP suggests he might slip into the fourth round of your draft. Pounce on him if he does.
11 weeks ago
Eloy Jimenez Note
Eloy Jimenez photo 38. Eloy Jimenez LF
Give the ascending slugger a mulligan for an ill-fated 2021 season. Jimenez ruptured a pectoral tendon in a spring training game and didn't come back until July 26. His surface stats in his 55 games were decent - 10 HRs, 37 RBI a .249 average - but Jimenez didn't live up to the promise he showed in the shortened 2020 season, when he had 14 HRs, 41 RBI and a .296 average. Expect a rebound and substantial power numbers. Speed isn't part of the package - he's played 232 career games and still hasn't stolen a base - but that's the only weakness here. It's only a matter of time before Jimenez gives us a 40 HR season.
11 weeks ago
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 42. Jose Abreu 1B
The White Sox slugger continues to be one of the most reliable investments in fantasy baseball. He hit 30 homers last year, with 117 RBI and 86 runs. In seven full MLB seasons, Abreu has produced 30 or more HRs five times and 100 or more RBI six times. His .261 batting average last season was the lowest of his career, but he batted .280 from July 1 on. His exit velocities and hard-hit percentage say that he still crushes baseballs with authority. If you get an age discount, pounce.
11 weeks ago
Yoan Moncada Note
Yoan Moncada photo 86. Yoan Moncada 3B
We've got a "best shape of his life" alert with Moncada, who has been vocal about his offseason training habits. Talk of 30 stolen bases have leaked out and considering the weakness of the third base position, Moncada's ADP has slowly begun to rise. But he's never stolen more than 12 bases in a season and is in the 67th percentile for sprint speed. Stolen bases are the least of Moncada's problems anyway, as he's hit just 20 homers and batted .253 combined over the last two seasons (196 games). His walk rate is still elite and there should be a ton of run and RBI opportunities again in the Chicago lineup. But until we actually see Moncada get back to the 2019 version of himself, don't bother reaching for him.
8 weeks ago
Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 105. Yasmani Grandal C,1B
Grandal played in only 93 games last year because of a knee injury but still hit 23 home runs with 122 combined runs and RBI. His walk rate (23.2%) was comically high, but it obviously didn't impact any of his other numbers, and his strikeout rate was the lowest it has been in years. Don't extrapolate his home run numbers - he's not going to his 40 - but mid-20s with solid runs and RBI totals are in the bank. That's gold for a catcher.
8 weeks ago
AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 125. AJ Pollock LF,CF,RF
Pollock reminded everyone last year why he was once such a desirable fantasy commodity. In just 117 games, he popped 21 home runs and added nine steals, all while batting .297. Pollock's issue has never been about his talent, and his career might be viewed differently if he could have stayed healthy. But his 117 games played last year represented his most since 2015, and given that he's already dealing with general soreness in the spring, it's highly unlikely that he'll surpass that number in his age-34 season. His skills have not declined much, and his 19% strikeout rate last year represented his best since 2017. So long as you factor in plenty of missed time, Pollock should again offer you fairly elite production on a game-by-game basis.
8 weeks ago
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 154. Andrew Vaughn 1B,LF,RF
Vaughn's rookie season was a little unfair, as he was thrust into the outfield despite little experience there when Eloy Jimenez suffered a serious injury in the spring. His 15 home runs in 127 games as a rookie showed his potential, but his 21.5% strikeout rate was a bit higher than projected. He'll likely see at-bats from several positions this year, as he plays outfield, first base, and DH, and it's likely that an advanced college bat such as his will take a step forward this year. Expect a good 20% increase on all his numbers across the board, which should make him startable, but not quite a fantasy superstar.
8 weeks ago
Josh Harrison Note
Josh Harrison photo 215. Josh Harrison 2B,3B,SS,LF
Gavin Sheets Note
Gavin Sheets photo 245. Gavin Sheets 1B,RF
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 294. Leury Garcia 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
Adam Engel Note
Adam Engel photo 331. Adam Engel CF,RF
Reese McGuire Note
Reese McGuire photo 379. Reese McGuire C
Adam Haseley Note
Adam Haseley photo 389. Adam Haseley CF
Yermin Mercedes Note
Yermin Mercedes photo 419. Yermin Mercedes Util
Jake Burger Note
Jake Burger photo 440. Jake Burger 3B
Seby Zavala Note
Seby Zavala photo 450. Seby Zavala C
Nick Ciuffo Note
Nick Ciuffo photo 523. Nick Ciuffo C
Romy Gonzalez Note
Romy Gonzalez photo 529. Romy Gonzalez Util
Danny Mendick Note
Danny Mendick photo 549. Danny Mendick 2B,SS,RF
Micker Adolfo Note
Micker Adolfo photo 613. Micker Adolfo RF
Blake Rutherford Note
Blake Rutherford photo 687. Blake Rutherford CF
Mark Payton Note
Mark Payton photo 737. Mark Payton Util
Dwight Smith Jr. Note
Dwight Smith Jr. photo 747. Dwight Smith Jr. LF