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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 19. Starling Marte CF,RF
Speed kills. Or at least it does outside of the Big Apple. The Mets haven't had a player swipe 30 or more bases in the last seven seasons. Will they let their big free agent acquisition loose on the basepaths? Even if they do, at 34, will Marte still be an elite bag thief? If he's not running, Marte is a fantasy liability relative to his ADP. He's unlikely to pass the 20-dinger threshold, he's only had one season with 90 or more runs in his career, he's unlikely to equal last year's .372 BABIP, and he's part of the Mets' continually anemic offense. Don't overpay. But if he falls, snatch him up.
39 weeks ago
Francisco Lindor Note
Francisco Lindor photo 29. Francisco Lindor SS
Lindor melted like hot butter under the New York spotlight. Last year's $341 million free agent signing was - how do we put this nicely? - awful. Simply awful. There was no pop in his bat, as evidenced by a career-low SLG%. He struck out 96 times in only 125 games, well above his career average, and became an albatross on Mets owner Steve Cohen's hopes and dreams. Lindor is the biggest boom-or-bust top-50 player in the game. If you believe last year was an aberration, snap him up in the late third or early fourth round. If you believe the Mets are going to regret backing up the Brinks truck for a player on an early decline, let someone else get saddled by a name that may well be better than the stats.
39 weeks ago
Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 30. Pete Alonso 1B,DH
A classic power-hitting first baseman, Alonso is most likely going to deliver 40 HR, 100 RBI and should cross the plate close to 100 times. He's a plug-and-play option. Some managers like to punt on first base until later in the draft, but if you want to secure your power numbers late in the fourth round or early in the fifth, Alonso is a rock-solid choice.
39 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 135. Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B,1B
Escobar rarely gets much love from fantasy managers, probably because everything under the hood doesn't usually support his numbers. He almost always outperforms his expected statistics, and he offers no help in batting average or steals. But he does have plenty of pop (53 homers over his last two full seasons, at least 21 in each of his last four), and he's been a plus in runs scored and RBI despite playing on mediocre teams. He'll now be the everyday third baseman for the Mets, so managers can enjoy his dual eligibility, and his placement in the middle of a strong lineup should keep all his counting stats afloat. There's not a ton of upside with Escobar, but there's a high floor.
35 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 136. Mark Canha LF,CF,RF
Canha had an interesting 2021 season, as he saw his average continue to trend down but randomly stole 12 bases with Oakland. Now with the Mets, he'll likely bat toward the bottom of the order, so chances are he won't come close to the 93 runs he scored last year. If you're in an OBP league, Canha's value increases greatly, as his walk rate hasn't been lower than 12.3% in any of the last three seasons. But in a standard 5x5 league, he's mostly just a filler option.
36 weeks ago
Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 163. Jeff McNeil 2B,LF,RF
McNeil's 2019 power outburst looks like a total anomaly, as he hit just seven home runs last year. His usual reliable batting average bottomed out to just .251 as he played through injury, but most of his underlying metrics looked strong. He'll rarely strike out, but there's just not that much that he can offer given his lack of power and speed. Worse still, he'll likely now bat in the bottom third of the Mets' batting order with the team's additions. There's little reason to consider McNeil in any capacity this year unless he somehow finds his power stroke.
34 weeks ago
James McCann Note
James McCann photo 230. James McCann C
Darin Ruf Note
Darin Ruf photo 249. Darin Ruf 1B,LF,DH
Tomas Nido Note
Tomas Nido photo 413. Tomas Nido C
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 414. Daniel Vogelbach 1B,DH
Michael Perez Note
Michael Perez photo 426. Michael Perez C
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 524. Luis Guillorme 3B,2B,SS
Travis Jankowski Note
Travis Jankowski photo 554. Travis Jankowski CF,LF,RF
Khalil Lee Note
Khalil Lee photo 595. Khalil Lee RF
Nick Plummer Note
Nick Plummer photo 677. Nick Plummer LF
Mark Vientos Note
Mark Vientos photo 683. Mark Vientos 3B,DH
Travis Blankenhorn Note
Travis Blankenhorn photo 712. Travis Blankenhorn 2B
Terrance Gore Note
Terrance Gore photo 725. Terrance Gore LF
Brett Baty Note
Brett Baty photo 760. Brett Baty 3B