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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jonathan India Note
Jonathan India photo 79. Jonathan India 2B
Full disclosure:, I have a little man(ager) crush on India. The NL Rookie of the Year saved my season last year after some early middle infield injuries. He's a five-category option who will still be available in the eighth round or beyond. But beware: He's not going to get a lot of help in the lineup to bolster his RBI and run totals. Cincy is not going to be a good team. Without slugger Nick Castellanos and some other veteran bats the team plans on trading away, India will be a man on an island. Take that into consideration.
12 weeks ago
Joey Votto Note
Joey Votto photo 107. Joey Votto 1B
You don't often see a rebound season like Votto put up last year, and it was glorious. After three years of minimal power, Votto exploded for 36 home runs and a .563 slugging percentage. His Statcast page is a joy to look at - he was among he leaders in hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, exit velocity - and all greatly improved from his last few seasons. Yes, he struck out at a career-worst clip nd his batting average isn't ever going to approach .300 again, but that's just nitpicking. The bigger worry for Votto at this point is the total lack of protection in the Reds lineup, as Cincinnati has traded the vast majority of its decent offensive pieces. But that might prevent a buying opportunity for fantasy managers if Votto's ADP slips too far.
9 weeks ago
Luis Castillo Note
Luis Castillo photo 119. Luis Castillo SP
If Castillo is on your target list, make sure to buy a big bottle of Tums. By the end of the season, you'll probably be happy with your decision, to roster him, but there will be long stretches of the season where you'll be driven to the breaking point while following Castillo's starts on Stat Tracker. He's a notoriously slow starter, so be prepared for a bumpy ride until June. I've ridden the Reds ace through multiple tumultuous seasons, and I can't do it again. If you have a stronger constitution than I do, know that Castillo has SP1 stuff and will probably be worth it over the long haul.
12 weeks ago
Tyler Mahle Note
Tyler Mahle photo 130. Tyler Mahle SP
Mahle is your quintessential fantasy rotation filler. His ERA (3.75) and WHIP (1.23) won't really hurt you and he'll throw enough innings, but because he's primarily a fastball pitcher with little else in his arsenal, there's so little upside. That's especially true because he pitches in a hitter-friendly environment and for a team that has traded nearly every decent offensive piece. That means wins should be hard to come by and with Mahle's upside cap, make sure not to draft him too early.
9 weeks ago
Tommy Pham Note
Tommy Pham photo 189. Tommy Pham LF,CF
Pham recently signed with the Reds, and even though the team has shipped off most of its lineup, it's not a bad fit. Pham's batting average has suffered over the last two seasons, but his expected batting average (.266, .258) suggests that he's been more unlucky than anything. And although his power numbers have declined, a move to Great American Ball Park should likely add a few home runs to his ledger this year. Pham still walks a ton and is a lock for double-digit steals, and he's the type of player who fantasy managers like to ignore each year. Don't worry as much about the lack of lineup protection, and instead buy the high floor and relative lack of competition for his job.
8 weeks ago
Tyler Stephenson Note
Tyler Stephenson photo 237. Tyler Stephenson C,1B
With Tucker Barnhart out of town, Stephenson will get his shot as the primary catcher for the Reds. He was extremely productive last year with a .797 OPS and 10 home runs in just 102 games, all while batting .286. Don't expect him to continue with his pace, as catchers often get overexposed when they take on more playing time. But he'll bat in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup, and when you're looking for a backstop who won't cost you anything but should give you fairly reliable production for the position, Stephenson is your guy.
7 weeks ago
Lucas Sims Note
Lucas Sims photo 282. Lucas Sims RP
Sims is going to begin the year on the IL after battling some elbow soreness, but he'll factor in for saves once he's healthy. He has major strikeout stuff with his fastball and slider combination, but his control wanes at times, enough to keep him from becoming a lockdown, guaranteed option in the ninth inning. He is worth drafting late, but do so expecting 15 saves or fewer.
7 weeks ago
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 310. Mike Moustakas 1B,3B
Tyler Naquin Note
Tyler Naquin photo 312. Tyler Naquin LF,CF,RF
Nick Senzel Note
Nick Senzel photo 323. Nick Senzel 2B,CF
Art Warren Note
Art Warren photo 342. Art Warren RP
Hunter Greene Note
Hunter Greene photo 374. Hunter Greene SP
Nick Lodolo Note
Nick Lodolo photo 378. Nick Lodolo SP
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 412. Mike Minor SP
Jake Fraley Note
Jake Fraley photo 417. Jake Fraley LF,CF,RF
Kyle Farmer Note
Kyle Farmer photo 437. Kyle Farmer 3B,SS
Reiver Sanmartin Note
Reiver Sanmartin photo 463. Reiver Sanmartin SP
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 536. Luis Cessa RP
Aristides Aquino Note
Aristides Aquino photo 585. Aristides Aquino LF,CF,RF
Tony Santillan Note
Tony Santillan photo 616. Tony Santillan SP,RP
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 621. Colin Moran 1B,3B
Tejay Antone Note
Tejay Antone photo 696. Tejay Antone RP
Jose Barrero Note
Jose Barrero photo 711. Jose Barrero SS,CF
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 751. Jeff Hoffman SP,RP
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 767. Justin Wilson RP
TJ Friedl Note
TJ Friedl photo 796. TJ Friedl CF,RF
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 808. Jake Bauers 1B,LF,RF
Justin Dunn Note
Justin Dunn photo 813. Justin Dunn SP
Dauri Moreta Note
Dauri Moreta photo 865. Dauri Moreta RP
Brandon Williamson Note
Brandon Williamson photo 874. Brandon Williamson SP
Graham Ashcraft Note
Graham Ashcraft photo 889. Graham Ashcraft SP
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 897. Ross Detwiler SP,RP
Hunter Strickland Note
Hunter Strickland photo 914. Hunter Strickland RP
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 917. Zack Godley P
Ryan Hendrix Note
Ryan Hendrix photo 956. Ryan Hendrix RP
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 1029. Sandy Leon C
Donovan Solano Note
Donovan Solano photo 1073. Donovan Solano 2B
Trey Wingenter Note
Trey Wingenter photo 1084. Trey Wingenter RP
Aramis Garcia Note
Aramis Garcia photo 1113. Aramis Garcia C
Mark Kolozsvary Note
Mark Kolozsvary photo 1137. Mark Kolozsvary C
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 1157. Joel Kuhnel RP
Max Schrock Note
Max Schrock photo 1217. Max Schrock 2B,LF
Brandon Bailey Note
Brandon Bailey photo 1240. Brandon Bailey RP
Daniel Duarte Note
Daniel Duarte photo 1242. Daniel Duarte RP
Connor Overton Note
Connor Overton photo 1258. Connor Overton SP,RP
Vladimir Gutierrez Note
Vladimir Gutierrez photo 1303. Vladimir Gutierrez SP
Alexis Diaz Note
Alexis Diaz photo 1309. Alexis Diaz RP
Albert Almora Jr. Note
Albert Almora Jr. photo 1424. Albert Almora Jr. CF
Robert Dugger Note
Robert Dugger photo 1428. Robert Dugger SP,RP
Alejo Lopez Note
Alejo Lopez photo 1468. Alejo Lopez 2B
Taylor Motter Note
Taylor Motter photo 1525. Taylor Motter Util
Ronnie Dawson Note
Ronnie Dawson photo 1541. Ronnie Dawson Util
JT Riddle Note
JT Riddle photo 1584. JT Riddle SS
Buck Farmer Note
Buck Farmer photo 1602. Buck Farmer RP
Ryan Lavarnway Note
Ryan Lavarnway photo 1619. Ryan Lavarnway C
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 1626. Brandon Drury 2B,3B,RF