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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 64. Ketel Marte 2B,CF,DH
Guys with recurring muscle injuries scare me. They're one wrong step away from missing a month. Marte terrifies me. Ever since his 2019 breakout that had all of us wondering if we'd be better off with Marte or Ozzie Albies (lol, what were we thinking?), Marte has had trouble staying healthy. Arizona is likely to give him more rest this season with the goal of keeping him on the field. He'll still help you in average, and he has a little pop in his bat, but he's one of the riskier investments in fantasy baseball.
24 weeks ago
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 154. Daulton Varsho C,CF,DH,LF,RF
Varsho has bounced around from catcher to the outfield so far in his major league career, but he is penned in as the everyday center fielder in 2022. His bat is solid, not necessarily elite, and if he was only outfield eligible, he'd probably be a fifth outfielder or high-end bench piece. But his projected 15-10 line plays incredibly well at catcher, where he retains eligibility, and he'll likely bat in the middle of the lineup which should help buoy his counting stats, even in Arizona's lineup. He's a rock solid starting catcher for fantasy purposes, but don't play to play him in the outfield.
21 weeks ago
Zac Gallen Note
Zac Gallen photo 157. Zac Gallen SP
Gallen took a major step back last year, but it's tough not to blame the injuries. He missed time with forearm, elbow, and hamstring injuries and the quality of nearly every one of his pitches declined. He looked like a prime bounce-back candidate, but he's already behind schedule because of bursitis in his shoulder. If you believe that Gallen's decline last year was due to his injuries and that he won't miss much time this year, then he should be drafted as a low-end No. 2 starter. When he's right, his fastball, changeup, and curveball are all outstanding, and he can pile on the strikeouts with ease. But you'd be foolish not to acknowledge the injury risks, and if you do draft Gallen, make sure you have a deep staff behind him.
21 weeks ago
Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 173. Mark Melancon RP
If you saw 39 saves coming from Melancon last year, you're a fibber. He emerged from a crowded San Diego bullpen to become one of the most reliable closing options in the game. Yes, he's old for a closer and no, his strikeout numbers won't help you. But he'll be the undisputed closer for the Diamondbacks this year, and job security is more than half the battle. You have to knock a ton of saves off his projections given that he'll be pitching for a poor Arizona team, but 25-30 should be in the cards, and the guy did have a 2.23 ERA last season. His contract should keep him in Arizona for the full year, so grit your teeth and draft him as a fairly reliable option in the bullpen.
21 weeks ago
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 289. Josh Rojas 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Rojas chipped in last year, but he didn't quite meet expectations placed on him after a strong spring. He came a steal short of reaching double digits in both home runs and steals, but his expected stats leave little to be desired. He's got position flexibility and won't hurt you while he's in there, but he's not someone you can draft as a starter and feel confident about. Expect a similar line to last year.
20 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 328. Carson Kelly C
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 335. Christian Walker 1B
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 363. Pavin Smith 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
Madison Bumgarner Note
Madison Bumgarner photo 376. Madison Bumgarner SP
Merrill Kelly Note
Merrill Kelly photo 445. Merrill Kelly SP
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 455. Ian Kennedy RP
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 491. Seth Beer 1B,DH
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 533. Nick Ahmed SS
Cole Tucker Note
Cole Tucker photo 609. Cole Tucker 2B,SS,RF
Paul Fry Note
Paul Fry photo 620. Paul Fry RP
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 625. J.B. Wendelken RP
Humberto Castellanos Note
Humberto Castellanos photo 630. Humberto Castellanos SP,RP
Corbin Martin Note
Corbin Martin photo 645. Corbin Martin RP,SP
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 646. Caleb Smith SP,RP
Jordan Luplow Note
Jordan Luplow photo 719. Jordan Luplow 1B,CF,DH,LF,RF
J.B. Bukauskas Note
J.B. Bukauskas photo 737. J.B. Bukauskas RP
Geraldo Perdomo Note
Geraldo Perdomo photo 746. Geraldo Perdomo 3B,SS
Noe Ramirez Note
Noe Ramirez photo 763. Noe Ramirez RP
Alek Thomas Note
Alek Thomas photo 777. Alek Thomas CF
Ryne Nelson Note
Ryne Nelson photo 872. Ryne Nelson SP
Joe Mantiply Note
Joe Mantiply photo 961. Joe Mantiply RP
Jake McCarthy Note
Jake McCarthy photo 970. Jake McCarthy CF,DH,LF,RF
Cooper Hummel Note
Cooper Hummel photo 983. Cooper Hummel C,DH,LF
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 988. Taylor Widener SP,RP
Keone Kela Note
Keone Kela photo 994. Keone Kela RP
Sean Poppen Note
Sean Poppen photo 1043. Sean Poppen RP
Luis Frias Note
Luis Frias photo 1074. Luis Frias RP
Tyler Gilbert Note
Tyler Gilbert photo 1082. Tyler Gilbert SP
Kevin Ginkel Note
Kevin Ginkel photo 1111. Kevin Ginkel RP
Grayson Greiner Note
Grayson Greiner photo 1115. Grayson Greiner C
Mitchell Stumpo Note
Mitchell Stumpo photo 1116. Mitchell Stumpo RP
Jose Herrera Note
Jose Herrera photo 1120. Jose Herrera C
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 1288. Chris Devenski RP
Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 1306. Zach Davies SP
Edwin Uceta Note
Edwin Uceta photo 1316. Edwin Uceta RP
Yonny Hernandez Note
Yonny Hernandez photo 1331. Yonny Hernandez 2B,3B
Sergio Alcantara Note
Sergio Alcantara photo 1338. Sergio Alcantara 2B,3B,DH,SS
Keynan Middleton Note
Keynan Middleton photo 1379. Keynan Middleton RP
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 1386. Wilmer Difo 2B,3B,RF
Emmanuel Rivera Note
Emmanuel Rivera photo 1418. Emmanuel Rivera 3B
Caleb Baragar Note
Caleb Baragar photo 1469. Caleb Baragar RP
Jake Hager Note
Jake Hager photo 1587. Jake Hager 2B,3B