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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 18. Aaron Judge CF,RF,DH
All rise! His Honor enjoyed a season of reasonably good health in 2021 and posted a career-high .269 BA to go along with 39 HRs, 98 RBI and 89 runs. His 71% contact rate was the best of his career, and naturally his power peripherals were through the roof. No one punishes baseballs quite like Judge. Health is always a concern, and he doesn't run much, but the power skills should age well as this 6-7, 282-pound brute enters his 30s.
31 weeks ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 50. Giancarlo Stanton RF,DH,LF
If he stays relatively healthy, Stanton is probably going to contend for the home run crown. But that's a huge "if," obviously. Stanton enjoyed two relatively healthy seasons in 2018-2019, played 41 combined games in 2019-2020, and managed to play 139 games last year with only one stay on the DL for a quad issue. Statcast numbers show that he's still one of the games top sluggers, and he should have better luck in RBIs and runs than he had last season, when he had 97 and 64, respectively. Stanton doesn't run, but he holds his own in batting average. There's a lot of risk here, particularly with Stanton now well into his 30s, but the lengthy injury history almost guarantees a discount in drafts.
31 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 87. Anthony Rizzo 1B
Rizzo re-signed with the Yankees this offseason, and that's pretty much as good a landing spot as fantasy managers could have hoped for. His counting stats will benefit with the strong lineup and short porch in right, and he still has productive seasons ahead of him. But Rizzo is a different player now than he was in his heyday, and the days of 30 home runs, double-digit steals, or batting averages in the high .200s are over. He can be useful for fantasy managers, but he's a low-end first baseman or decent corner infielder in mixed leagues at this point in his career. Nothing more.
28 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 91. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B
LeMahieu seems like the poster child for the effect of the juiced ball. After drastically increasing his home run power over the previous few seasons, he hit just 10 home runs last year and his slugging percentage dropped to .362. LeMahieu had offseason surgery to repair a hernia, so perhaps his injury was bothering him longer than he let on and is responsible for his down year. But it's equally possible that at 33 years old, and without the juiced ball, LeMahieu just isn't as valuable a fantasy commodity as he used to be. Chances are, at the very least, that the days of a .300-plus batting average are gone, and now with likely low-teens home run potential, LeMahieu is more of a late-round pick whose main value is his position flexibility.
29 weeks ago
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 96. Josh Donaldson 3B,DH
Spoiler alert with Donaldson - he's going to hit the ball really, really hard, he's going to walk a ton, andhe' going to miss time with an injury or two, probably involving his calf. The move to the Yankees can only help his fantasy outlook but, as with the Twins, the Yankees' DH spot will be filled most days, so Donaldson will need to play the field. His quality of contact has remained remarkably consistent despite his advanced age, so even in his age-36 season, fantasy managers shouldn't worry much about a decline. Book the production when he plays, but have a fill-in ready.
28 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 103. Gleyber Torres SS,2B
Forget about ever seeing Torres come close to the 38 home runs he hit in 2019. His power has come crashing back down to earth over the past two years, along with his batting average. He did rebound a bit in the second half, hitting .289 with six home runs and eight steals, but when those are the numbers that force you to have hope for his fantasy production, things aren't in great shape. He'll still bat in an outstanding lineup so his counting stats should have somewhat of a floor, but he's now an option you settle for, rather than target.
28 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 108. Andrew Benintendi LF
Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. He looked almost identical to the disappointing but absolutely usable version of himself that he showed in 2019, and his underlying rates were nearly identical. He did walk at a career-worst rate but he also got his strikeout rate down under control, and had he avoided injury, he surely would have put up a 20-10 season. There's every reason to expct him to be able to do that again, but expect his other counting stats to remain mediocre with Kansas City's lineup.
28 weeks ago
Harrison Bader Note
Harrison Bader photo 138. Harrison Bader CF
Bader has always been known as a defensive outfielder, but his offensive game picked up last year. He cut his strikeout rate six points from his career mark and set a career best in home runs (16) and RBI (50), Bader has never had more than 427 plate appearances in a season, but he could easily steal 20 bases if stays healthy, as he ranks in the 97th percentile in sprint speed. Consider him akin to Tommy Pham around his prime in a best-case scenario, and given his ADP, he's a solid investment.
27 weeks ago
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 153. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
Kiner-Falefa had eight home runs and 20 steals last season, but he was the ultimate compiler with 677 plate appearances. He'll move to a better lineup and home park with the Yankees but, realistically, his value was at his ceiling last year. He doesn't hit the ball particularly hard or get on base much, but his defense should keep him in the lineup enough to again compile enough stats to at least be interesting for fantasy. But "interesting" is basically his ceiling.
26 weeks ago
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 253. Aaron Hicks CF,LF
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 271. Kyle Higashioka C
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 304. Tyler Wade 3B,SS,CF,2B
Ben Rortvedt Note
Ben Rortvedt photo 337. Ben Rortvedt C
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 408. Jose Trevino C
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 416. Jake Bauers 1B,LF,RF
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 438. Marwin Gonzalez 2B,1B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Rob Brantly Note
Rob Brantly photo 498. Rob Brantly C
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 532. Tim Locastro CF,LF
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 543. Matt Carpenter 2B,DH,RF
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 547. Estevan Florial CF
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 552. Ronald Guzman 1B
Oswaldo Cabrera Note
Oswaldo Cabrera photo 575. Oswaldo Cabrera 2B,RF
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 601. Chris Owings LF,RF,2B
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 654. Phillip Evans 1B,LF
Oswald Peraza Note
Oswald Peraza photo 659. Oswald Peraza SS
Ryan LaMarre Note
Ryan LaMarre photo 698. Ryan LaMarre LF,RF