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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 56. Christian Yelich DH,LF
The way you regard Yelich depends on what type of fantasy manager you are. Do you like rolling the dice on potential superstars who can't stay upright? Or would you rather take a lesser player and know you'll get 150 games out of him? If you're in the latter category, Yelich is probably on your do-not-draft list. His upside is huge, but the now-30-year-old outfielder dealt with serious back issues last season, and back injuries have a tendency to reoccur.
30 weeks ago
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 79. Willy Adames SS
If ever a player needed a trade, it was Adames. In his career, he has batted just .217 with a .616 OPS in Tropicana Field. And he was particularly dreadful with the Rays last year, slashing .197/.254/.371. He was an entirely different player after his trade to the Brewers, hitting 20 home runs in 99 games, with nearly a .900 OPS. He's probably due for some regression, as he outperformed his expected batting average and slugging percentage pretty significantly last season. But even if you knock off 20% of what we saw him do with the Brewers last season, he'd still be a startable option in fantasy. He's unlikely to take the leap into stardom, but he can and should certainly maintain the leap he took last year into relevance.
27 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 88. Hunter Renfroe RF
Renfroe has always had power but put it all together last year for Boston and became one of their most reliable and dependable bats.He cut his strikeout rate to just 22.7% and although he was still much better against lefties, he made major gains against righties such that he went far beyond potentially being placed in a platoon situation. Moving to the Brewers can only help his power, so bank on 30 home runs with helpful counting stats everywhere but steals.
27 weeks ago
Kolten Wong Note
Kolten Wong photo 127. Kolten Wong 2B
Wong played extremely well with the Brewers last year, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 12 bases in just 116 games. Wong is what he at this point - he'll chip in double digit steals and homers with a batting average that will help you, but there's no chance of a breakout season given his level of quality of contact. He should lead off for the Brewers so expect plenty of runs scored, and his totals should be enough to make him a passable middle infielder for fantasy purposes.
27 weeks ago
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 145. Luis Urias 2B,3B,SS
Urias exploded last year, putting up 23 homers with 149 combined runs and RBI. Just to put that into perspective, Urias's high in home runs before last year was four, and his best combined runs and RBI total was 51. Most of his production was backed up by the underlying data, as his hard-contact rates exploded. He'd be a prime sleeper but he's battling a quad injury that is going to shut him down until early April at least, so knock him down your draft board a bit with the injury news. Performance-wise, however, last year looks legitimate.
27 weeks ago
Andrew McCutchen Note
Andrew McCutchen photo 155. Andrew McCutchen DH,LF,RF
McCutchen batted just .222 last year with the worst strikeout rate of his career (23%), but he provided plenty of value elsewhere. His walk rate was a robust 14.1%, he slugged 27 home runs, and fell just short of 160 combined runs and RBI. He'll move to Milwaukee this year, and so his power should translate once again, and he'll likely get to extra at-bats as the DH. He's not exciting, but even the batting average should bounce back a bit given his expected stats last year, so don't be afraid to pull the trigger late.
26 weeks ago
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 160. Rowdy Tellez 1B,DH
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 184. Omar Narvaez C
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 227. Keston Hiura 1B,2B,DH
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 275. Tyrone Taylor CF,LF,RF
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 317. Victor Caratini C
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 324. Pedro Severino C
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 359. Corey Ray RF
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 371. Jace Peterson 1B,2B,3B,RF
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 430. Mike Brosseau 2B,3B
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 447. Alex Jackson C
Mario Feliciano Note
Mario Feliciano photo 493. Mario Feliciano C
Pablo Reyes Note
Pablo Reyes photo 609. Pablo Reyes 3B
Jonathan Davis Note
Jonathan Davis photo 651. Jonathan Davis CF
Brice Turang Note
Brice Turang photo 736. Brice Turang SS