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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 6. Ronald Acuna Jr.
In any other year, Acuna, Jr. is an easy top-five pick. The five-category star is a set-it-and-forget-it roster heavyweight. But coming off a gruesome mid-summer ACL tear, he's likely to miss most of April and possibly some of May, and Acuna is unlikely to wreak havoc on the basepaths for the first couple months. He's going to rake once he's healthy, but you might want to pass on Acuna unless you get a significant discount on him.
26 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 47. Marcell Ozuna
Ozuna missed the majority of the season after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery last year. He's 31 years old now and his hard hit rate and average exit velocity declined sharply last year, along with his home run percentage and batting average. It's not clear if his numbers last year were just a blip or the start of a steep decline, but you shouldn't be relying on him as a starter for now.
27 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 50. Eddie Rosario
Rosario re-signed with the Braves after coming over mid-season last year from Clevelan. He's still a productive MLB player but it's unclear if he can recapture the form that made him one of the more underrated assets in fantasy. He's no longer out-performing his expected batting average and he's never hit the ball particularly hard, so the 32 home runs we saw back in 2019 are probably never coming back. But he'll likely approach a 20-10 season in Atlanta and stick in the lineup every day with the addition of the DH in the National League. You could do worse as your last outfielder in a mixed league.
28 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 56. Robbie Grossman
Grossman came out of nowhere to put up a 20-20 line in his age-31 season. And by "out of nowhere," I mean that his previous season-high in homers was 11 and his previous high in steals was nine. Everything suggests that Grossman sold out a bit for power, as he greatly increased both his launch angle and fly ball rate (46.2%). If he does that again, he can probably approach 20 homers for a second straight season, but considering his mediocre sprint speed (68th percentile), it would be surprising if he reached 20 steals. Take about 5-7 off your projections for both numbers and you probably won't be disappointed.
28 weeks ago
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 59. Adam Duvall
Duvall had the quietest 38-homer season in recent memory, which happens when a bulk of it takes place in Miami. He also led the National League in RBI and was one of the leaders in max exit velocity. But he also batted just .228 and struck out 31.4% of the time. Duvall is now 33 years old so expecting a rebound in batting average or strikeout rate is probably wishful thinking. But if it's power you crave, then Duvall should have you covered, particularly with playing his home game in Atlanta's hitter-friendly Truist Park.
28 weeks ago
Alex Dickerson Note
Alex Dickerson photo 168. Alex Dickerson
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 201. Orlando Arcia
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 210. Ehire Adrianza
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 235. Guillermo Heredia
Jake Marisnick Note
Jake Marisnick photo 239. Jake Marisnick
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 283. Delino DeShields
Travis Demeritte Note
Travis Demeritte photo 297. Travis Demeritte