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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 10. Starling Marte
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.
11 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 71. Mark Canha
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.
8 weeks ago
Brandon Nimmo Note
Brandon Nimmo photo 81. Brandon Nimmo
It's hard not to love a guy who sprints to first base after a walk, especially when he walks 14% of the time, one of the best rates in baseball. Nimmo will lead off again this year for the Mets, and given his elite OBP (.393 career), he should score plenty of runs. He doesn't have a ton of power or speed, but a fully healthy Nimmo should give you close to a 15-10 season with a plus batting average and contribution in the runs scored categories. The key phrase there is "fully healthy," because Nimmo's 92 games played last year were the second most of his career. But that injury risk is baked into his ADP, so draft him late and start him when he's in the lineup. You likely won't be disappointed if you do.
7 weeks ago
Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 82. Jeff McNeil
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.
7 weeks ago
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 90. Dominic Smith
Travis Jankowski Note
Travis Jankowski photo 254. Travis Jankowski
Khalil Lee Note
Khalil Lee photo 275. Khalil Lee
Johneshwy Fargas Note
Johneshwy Fargas photo 298. Johneshwy Fargas
Nick Plummer Note
Nick Plummer photo 323. Nick Plummer