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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 28. Paul Goldschmidt 1B,DH
Eventually, Father Time will catch up with the Cardinals slugger. But not this year. If your rival fantasy managers fade Goldy because of his age, take advantage. He can ho-hum his way to 95/30/100/.300, with five to eight stolen bases as a bonus. Goldschmidt will be taken after Austin Riley in most drafts but could easily end up with better numbers at the end of the year.
31 weeks ago
Tyler O'Neill Note
Tyler O'Neill photo 37. Tyler O'Neill LF,CF
You could do a lot worse than O'Neil as your second outfielder. You're in great shape if somehow your third outfielder. He's a second-tier five-category guy, although O'Neill's .366 BABIP in 2021 suggests that he's probably not going to bat .286 again. The peripherals suggest that O'Neill's power is legit, however. He's not a guy you reach for, but if he starts to fall, grab him. O'Neill is only 26, so it's possible he'll turn in a season that ends up much better than his ADP.
31 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 45. Nolan Arenado 3B,DH
If only fantasy baseball awarded points for spectacular defensive plays. Alas, you're stuck relying only on Arenado's bat. That ain't half bad - but it's no longer worth overpaying for. In his first season outside of Colorado, the highlight-reel third baseman showed that he can still rake. But as anticipated, his BA, OBP and OPS all dropped. Now on the wrong side of 30, Arenado is realistically a 2.5-category guy. He'll help you in HR and RBI, and he won't hurt you in runs, but let someone else in your league jump on him early based on name recognition. You can get 80 percent of his production from other third basemen three to four rounds later than Arenado is expected to go.
31 weeks ago
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 77. Tommy Edman 2B,RF,SS
There's a lot to like here. The biggest draws are speed and multi-position (OF/2B) eligibility. Edman stole 30 bases last year, tying for fourth in MLB. Statcast says he's in the 92nd percentile for sprint speed. There's a little bit of power here, too. Edman hit only 11 HRs last year but clubbed 41 doubles. Edman has a .272 batting average over three seasons, and there could be room for growth there. His contact rate improved to 85% last year, and he sprays hits to both sides of the diamond. Edman doesn't take many walks, but that's a minor nit to pick.
31 weeks ago
Dylan Carlson Note
Dylan Carlson photo 93. Dylan Carlson CF,RF
Carlson rebounded from a disastrous 2020 season to put up a respectable .266/.343/.437 line with 18 home runs last year. But the dreams of fantasy superstardom after his 2019 minor-league season (26 homers, 20 steals) have been put on hold, as he seems to have little interest in stealing bases in the majors (three total in two seasons), and his hard-hit rate was in the bottom nine percent of the league last year. His numbers and underlying metrics suggest that he's a slightly above-average MLB player, though it's worth remembering that he's just 23 years old and there's certainly potential for more. Drafting Carlson as a fourth outfielder with upside for more is the right approach, as he should bring a fairly solid floor with potential for a high ceiling if everything comes together.
28 weeks ago
Paul DeJong Note
Paul DeJong photo 201. Paul DeJong SS
Yadier Molina Note
Yadier Molina photo 224. Yadier Molina C
Corey Dickerson Note
Corey Dickerson photo 310. Corey Dickerson LF,CF,DH,RF
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 330. Albert Pujols 1B,DH
Andrew Knizner Note
Andrew Knizner photo 358. Andrew Knizner C
Juan Yepez Note
Juan Yepez photo 361. Juan Yepez 1B,LF,DH,RF
Lars Nootbaar Note
Lars Nootbaar photo 382. Lars Nootbaar RF,CF
Nolan Gorman Note
Nolan Gorman photo 394. Nolan Gorman 2B,DH
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 411. Austin Allen C
Scott Hurst Note
Scott Hurst photo 690. Scott Hurst CF
Brendan Donovan Note
Brendan Donovan photo 691. Brendan Donovan 3B,RF,2B,1B,LF,DH
Ivan Herrera Note
Ivan Herrera photo 745. Ivan Herrera C