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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 1. Trea Turner 2B,SS
Turner's excellence depends on his health. He's played more than 148 games only once in his seven-year career. If LA's great weather can keep him on the field, he's a legitimate threat for 30 HRs, 100 RBI and 110 runs in a consistently good Dodgers lineup. But Turner's history makes it more likely he plays in something closer to 120-130 games. Is that worth his top-three ADP? Qualifying at 2B bumps up his value a few ticks, but keeper league owners should beware: He'll return to SS-only eligibility in 2023.
31 weeks ago
Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 7. Mookie Betts CF,RF
If Betts is healthy, he's an automatic NL MVP candidate. He played through back and hip injuries last year that limited his effectiveness. Reports are that Betts is healthy and ready to resume his spot amongst the game's elite. If he has 2B eligibility in your league, he's even more valuable. If Betts slides to 8, 9, 10 in the first round, snatch him up. If he adds 20 steals to his usually impressive R/HR/RBI tallies, he's going to be in the running for the overall No. 1 player at season's end.
31 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 9. Freddie Freeman 1B
It seems odd that Freeman has topped 100 RBI only twice in his career, but he should have little problem getting there now that he'll be batting third for the Dodgers, with Mookie Betts and Trea Turner setting the table for him. Freeman has batted at least .295 every year since 2016. He's not a pure slugger, but his line-drive power should produce 25-35 home runs. He'll even throw in a handful of stolen bases. Now that he's landed in a strong lineup, invest with confidence.
28 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 65. Max Muncy 1B,2B
Muncy had a fantastic 2021 season with 36 homers, making it his third straight full season in which he reached the 35-homer plateau. But he tore the UCL in his elbow late in the year and missed the playoffs, and the fantasy baseball world has been holding its collective breath hoping that he'll be able to be ready for Opening Day this year. All signs - and Dave Roberts's comments - point to Muncy being available, and the addition of the DH to the National League can only help his cause. But although a torn UCL isn't nearly the same injury for a position player that it is for a pitcher, Muncy will still likely see some limitations and need some time off this year. Expect his usual excellent production, but knock off 10-20 games from his usual output.
29 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 71. Will Smith C,DH
If you were targeting J.T. Realmuto and he gets snapped up, take Smith with your next pick. He has the goods to become the best catcher in the game, and with the universal DH now the law of the land, Smith becomes even more valuable. Now that he'll get at-bats as a designated hitter, a 30 HR, 90 RBI season isn't out of the question. Getting that kind of elite production from your catcher spot anchors your offense and allows you all kinds of trade flexibility down the road.
31 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 73. Cody Bellinger CF
The last thing you want to do is pass on a former MVP who can be had in the middle rounds because his draft stock is plummeting. The second-to-last-thing you want to do is grab a player hoping for a bounce-back season and bang your head on a desk every night as he continues his affair with the Mendoza line. What if last year's crater season was an aberration? Worse, what if it wasn't? Bellinger is still only 26, but he won't have 1B eligibility in most formats, leaving him eligible for OF only. Oh, heck, if he's still there in the ninth or 10th round, take a chance. And find a bottle of Advil.
31 weeks ago
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 80. Justin Turner 3B
Turner is entering his age-37 season and saw some mild decline last year, but he also tied his career-high with 151 games played and popped 27 home runs. His walk and strikeout rates largely held, as did his quality of contact. With the addition of the DH in the National League, and with the Dodgers only adding to their elite lineup, Turner should have enough juice left in the tank to put together another productive season. Considering the weakness of the third base position this year, Turner makes an excellent mid-round target with a mitigated health risk in light of the DH.
28 weeks ago
Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 83. Joey Gallo LF,RF
It should tell you all you need to know about Gallo that he hit 38 home runs and scored 90 runs last season and baseball fans and fantasy players view his year as a disaster. Gallo basically did what he always did - he struck out a ton (34.6%), walked more than anyone not named Juan Soto (18%) and left the yard often. His sub-.200 batting average is just basically what Gallo is going to bring to the table unless he changes his approach or gets lucky, though the fact that he hit ground balls at an elevated clip didn't help much. He'll still be batting in the middle of a strong Yankees lineup, so if you can deal with the batting average hit, draft him for the homers and runs scored production.
28 weeks ago
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 89. Chris Taylor 2B,CF,DH,LF,RF,SS
Taylor had an excellent season, hitting 20 homers and stealing 13 bases while playing all over the diamond as usual. The Dodgers rewarded him with a four-year, $60 million deal, which pretty much guarantees that he'll find his way into the lineup nearly every day. He won't wow you in any category but given his position flexibility and placement in the best lineup in baseball, Taylor is an ideal player for any fantasy team who should offer similar numbers to last year.
28 weeks ago
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 170. Gavin Lux 2B,LF,SS
Kevin Pillar Note
Kevin Pillar photo 319. Kevin Pillar CF,LF,RF
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 339. Austin Barnes C,DH
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 372. Edwin Rios 1B
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 480. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B,DH
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 494. Tony Wolters C
Hunter Feduccia Note
Hunter Feduccia photo 518. Hunter Feduccia C
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 526. Tomas Telis C
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 564. Jahmai Jones 2B
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 636. Trayce Thompson LF,RF
Andy Burns Note
Andy Burns photo 662. Andy Burns 2B
Omar Estevez Note
Omar Estevez photo 695. Omar Estevez 2B
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 733. Jason Martin LF