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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Brandon Belt Note
Brandon Belt photo 119. Brandon Belt 1B,DH
As he has often in his career, Belt missed time with various injuries last year, including a fractured thumb. But he crushed his career-high in home runs with 29, and in just 97 games. He's back with the Giants after accepting a qualifying offer and even with last year's numbers and the change in park factors in recent years, San Francisco was hardly the best place for Belt to end up. You can't deny the production last year and there really wasn't much different about what Belt did to make you think it's unsustainable. But at 34 years old, expecting an improvement in health is likely a bad idea. Draft him with 25 homers in mind, and anything else is gravy.
28 weeks ago
Brandon Crawford Note
Brandon Crawford photo 122. Brandon Crawford SS
You don't often see 34-year-old shortstops putting up massive career years, but that's exactly what we saw from Crawford in 2021. He set career bests in each of the five rotisserie categories, while beating his averages in strikeout and walk percentage. Crawford's quality of contact improved a bit, but not enough to make you think he's suddenly a completely different player than he had been his whole career. Don't bet on a repeat performance, but don't completely ignore Crawford in your drafts, as many managers likely will. The San Francisco offense is strong, and the park is less pitcher-friendly than it used to be. Crawford is more than capable of being your middle infielder in fantasy.
27 weeks ago
Mike Yastrzemski Note
Mike Yastrzemski photo 149. Mike Yastrzemski CF,RF
Yastrzemski couldn't replicate his 2020 pace, though he did hit 25 home runs and total 155 combined runs and RBI. His batting average plummeted to just .224 (and his .222 xBA, one of the worst in the league, showed that number was earned), as pitchers continued their trends of throwing him fewer and fewer fastballs and more off-speed offerings.He performed terribly against non-fastballs last year, which led to a ridiculously low .254 BABIP, which was way out of character for him. Yastrzemski needs to adjust, but the good news is that the power he's shown appears to be real, and his counting stats should stay afloat batting in a strong San Francisco lineup. But until or unless he can improve against off-speed pitches, he'll likely struggle with batting average.
27 weeks ago
Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 179. Joc Pederson CF,DH,LF,RF
Evan Longoria Note
Evan Longoria photo 183. Evan Longoria 3B,DH
Willie Calhoun Note
Willie Calhoun photo 210. Willie Calhoun DH,LF
LaMonte Wade Jr. Note
LaMonte Wade Jr. photo 215. LaMonte Wade Jr. 1B,LF,RF
Wilmer Flores Note
Wilmer Flores photo 232. Wilmer Flores 1B,2B,3B
Joey Bart Note
Joey Bart photo 233. Joey Bart C
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 279. Tommy La Stella 2B
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 284. J.D. Davis 1B,3B,DH
Austin Slater Note
Austin Slater photo 289. Austin Slater CF,LF,RF
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 402. Thairo Estrada SS
Yermin Mercedes Note
Yermin Mercedes photo 420. Yermin Mercedes DH
Andrew Knapp Note
Andrew Knapp photo 427. Andrew Knapp C
Lewis Brinson Note
Lewis Brinson photo 445. Lewis Brinson CF,LF
Colton Welker Note
Colton Welker photo 448. Colton Welker 3B
Heliot Ramos Note
Heliot Ramos photo 452. Heliot Ramos CF,RF
Patrick Mazeika Note
Patrick Mazeika photo 465. Patrick Mazeika C
Austin Wynns Note
Austin Wynns photo 491. Austin Wynns C,DH
Donovan Walton Note
Donovan Walton photo 578. Donovan Walton 2B
Taylor Jones Note
Taylor Jones photo 589. Taylor Jones 1B
Jason Vosler Note
Jason Vosler photo 596. Jason Vosler 3B
Isan Diaz Note
Isan Diaz photo 597. Isan Diaz 2B,3B
Austin Dean Note
Austin Dean photo 638. Austin Dean LF
Steele Walker Note
Steele Walker photo 761. Steele Walker RF