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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 16. Ronald Acuna Jr. DH,RF
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.
25 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 17. Ozzie Albies 2B
Ignoring the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Albies stands alone as the only player to score 100 runs, hit 20 home runs and steal 10 bases over each of the last three full seasons. He's a surefire five-category hitter coming into his prime. If Mookie Betts doesn't maintain 2B eligibility in your league, Albies is the No. 2 second baseman behind Trea Turner.
25 weeks ago
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 25. Matt Olson 1B
The Braves' new slugger posted career highs across the board last season - 39 HRs, 111, RBI, 101 runs and a .271 BA - and as he enters his age-28 season, he should be in his prime. The elite power is here to stay, and after batting .195 in the shortened 2020 season, Olson made huge strides in his contact rate (80%) last year and batted a very respectable .271. Going from Oakland to the Braves' friendlier ballpark could spike his HR total. Olson is a worthy power anchor.
28 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 49. Austin Riley 1B,3B
Riley's value swings wildly depending on whether you play in an OBP league or a BA league. In the former, he's a four category stud. In the latter, he's a slightly overvalued three category asset. The young slugger should continue to get better, but reaching last year's ceiling may not be realistic. Kim Kardashian has a better chance of winning an Oscar for Best Actress than Riley does of equaling his 2021 second-half .397 BABIP. That said, while you don't want to reach for him based on his RBI numbers last year, the 3B position isn't as deep as usual, so Riley isn't a bad pick in the fifth or sixth round.
30 weeks ago
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 61. Max Fried SP
There's a scene in the movie "Draft Day" where the Cleveland Browns GM played by Kevin Costner writes down a name on a sticky note before the draft. It's the name of the one guy he can't leave the draft without. I'll be writing Max Fried's name on my sticky note. Pencil him in for 17 wins on a great Braves team, a top-40 overall ranking, about one strikeout per inning, a beautiful WHIP and an ERA right around the 3.00 mark. Not bad for a guy with an ADP around 70.
30 weeks ago
Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 70. Charlie Morton SP
Morton is 38 years old. He's coming back from a broken fibula. And yet, he's a perfect SP3 target. Morton is the Honda Civic in your driveway that just refuses to die. It delivers reliable performance, week in and week out. Excluding the off-kilter 2020 pandemic short season, Morton has given managers a sub-3.40 ERA and sub-1.20 WHIP with good strikeout totals and double-digit wins in four straight seasons. The Braves have faith he's got a fifth straight season in him.
30 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 74. Raisel Iglesias RP
The Angels' closer keeps getting better and better. His K rate has risen in each of the last three seasons. His walk rate has shrunk in each of the last four seasons. Iglesias struck out 103 batters in 70 innings last year and walked only 12. He's notched at least 28 saves in each of his last four full seasons going back to 2017, and he's cemented his reputation as one of the best, most reliable closers in the game. If you don't have the stomach for saves speculation and are willing to pay for quality, Iglesias is well worth the price.
30 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 108. Dansby Swanson SS
Swanson is the type of player that you're not excited to draft but who you know will give you reliable production. At this stage of his career, he's pretty much a .250-25-10 type of bat who should give you about 165 combined runs and RBI in a strong Braves lineup. There's been nearly no change to Swanson's underlying metrics and data over the last three seasons, and though he could show some growth as he moves into his late-20s, chances are that he just is who he is. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since his price is always kept in check by his lack of excitement. If you miss out on the prime shortstops, he's a fine consolation prize late in drafts.
27 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 112. Kenley Jansen RP
Jansen signed a one-year deal with the Braves and will slide right into the cloer's role. There is a lot of mileage on his arm, but he had a strong rebound season last year, dropping his ERA to a 2.22 and his WHIP to 1.04, all while tallying 38 saves for the Dodgers. After losing velocity for several seasons, Jansen got it back last year, averaging 92.5 MPH with his cutter, which resulted in just a .176 batting average against, his best since 2016. Assuming he can sustain his gains, he should again be a top reliever, and his hefty contract should at least give him a decent leash in the ninth inning. He's plenty capable of being your anchor reliever.
27 weeks ago
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 141. Ian Anderson SP
Anderson wasn't as dominant last year as he was in his six-start stretch in 2020, but you shouldn't have expected him to be. What he gave fantasy managers was still plenty useful, with a mid-3.00 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's going to need to continue to develop his curveball more to be able to take the next step in terms of fantasy pitchers, and he might have trouble taking a step forward regardless given how much the NL East offenses have improved. But there's little risk that he'll regress significantly at this stage, so your worst case scenario should be a solid mid-tier starter.
27 weeks ago
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 160. Eddie Rosario LF,RF
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.
27 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 164. Marcell Ozuna DH,LF
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.
26 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 168. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
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.
27 weeks ago
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 178. Adam Duvall LF,CF,RF
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.
27 weeks ago
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 247. Huascar Ynoa SP
Ynoa pitched only 101 1/13 innings last season between the majors and the minors, and ended the season with a sore shoulder. There was some doubt about whether he would begin the year in the rotation but he has pitched well and been healthy this spring, so those concerns can likely be put to bed. Ynoa has an elite slider and an outstanding fastball that both miss bats, and both pitches are so good that fantasy managers should feel confident that he can succeed as a starter despite really having just those two pitches. With that said, the Braves will likely be careful with his innings this season, so there's no reason to draft him too early since he probably has a 140-inning cap.
26 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 272. Travis d'Arnaud C
d'Arnaud has plenty of offensive talent, but he's now 33 years old and coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to just 60 games. That's been the bugaboo for d'Arnaud throughout his career, as he's never had more than 391 plate appearances in a season. If you could guarantee his health, then his power upside and strong supporting cast would likely be enough to make him a top-12 catcher. But there's no way to bank on that, so outside of NL-only or two-catcher formats, don't bother with him in fantasy.
25 weeks ago
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 409. Collin McHugh SP,RP
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 450. Jake Odorizzi SP
Tyler Matzek Note
Tyler Matzek photo 470. Tyler Matzek RP
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 503. A.J. Minter RP
Kyle Muller Note
Kyle Muller photo 540. Kyle Muller SP
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 579. Manny Pina C
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 581. Mike Soroka SP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 589. Kyle Wright SP
Spencer Strider Note
Spencer Strider photo 611. Spencer Strider RP,SP
Luke Jackson Note
Luke Jackson photo 644. Luke Jackson RP
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 681. Jesse Chavez SP,RP
Jay Jackson Note
Jay Jackson photo 701. Jay Jackson RP
Kirby Yates Note
Kirby Yates photo 741. Kirby Yates RP
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 798. Orlando Arcia 2B,DH,LF
William Contreras Note
William Contreras photo 828. William Contreras C,DH
Alex Dickerson Note
Alex Dickerson photo 843. Alex Dickerson DH,LF
Alan Rangel Note
Alan Rangel photo 885. Alan Rangel SP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 902. Darren O'Day RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 984. Grant Holmes RP,SP
Dylan Lee Note
Dylan Lee photo 1056. Dylan Lee RP
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 1090. Jacob Webb RP
Chadwick Tromp Note
Chadwick Tromp photo 1176. Chadwick Tromp C
Brooks Wilson Note
Brooks Wilson photo 1185. Brooks Wilson RP
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 1251. Guillermo Heredia CF,LF,RF
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 1254. Ehire Adrianza 2B,3B,LF,RF
Jake Marisnick Note
Jake Marisnick photo 1268. Jake Marisnick LF,CF
Rylan Bannon Note
Rylan Bannon photo 1320. Rylan Bannon 3B
Jay Flaa Note
Jay Flaa photo 1400. Jay Flaa RP
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 1403. Pat Valaika 2B,SS
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 1404. Delino DeShields CF
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 1431. Brad Brach RP
Travis Demeritte Note
Travis Demeritte photo 1476. Travis Demeritte 2B,LF,RF,SS
Taylor Motter Note
Taylor Motter photo 1525. Taylor Motter 3B
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 1580. Tyler White 1B
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 1594. Hernan Perez 2B
Ryan Goins Note
Ryan Goins photo 1640. Ryan Goins 2B,3B,SS