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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 56. Christian Yelich LF,DH
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.
41 weeks ago
Jesse Winker Note
Jesse Winker photo 66. Jesse Winker LF,DH
Winker's value drops with the move to Seattle, which has one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in MLB. He should still provide a solid batting average, but aspirations of 30 HR and 90 RBI now seem far-fetched. Winker is yet another player who deals with chronic injuries. He's a guy I usually pass on and regret it at least 21 nights of the season, but pat myself on the back the rest of the year.
38 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.
38 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.
38 weeks ago
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 160. Rowdy Tellez 1B,DH
Lorenzo Cain Note
Lorenzo Cain photo 209. Lorenzo Cain CF
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 218. Abraham Toro 2B,3B,DH
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 227. Keston Hiura 1B,2B,DH
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 275. Tyrone Taylor LF,RF,CF
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 317. Victor Caratini C
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 359. Corey Ray RF
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 430. Mike Brosseau 2B,3B,1B
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 447. Alex Jackson C
Payton Henry Note
Payton Henry photo 476. Payton Henry C
Mario Feliciano Note
Mario Feliciano photo 493. Mario Feliciano C
Eddy Alvarez Note
Eddy Alvarez photo 731. Eddy Alvarez 3B
Brice Turang Note
Brice Turang photo 736. Brice Turang SS