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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 1. Trea Turner 2B,SS
Turner's excellence depends on his health. He's played more than 148 games only once in his seven-year career. If LA's great weather can keep him on the field, he's a legitimate threat for 30 HRs, 100 RBI and 110 runs in a consistently good Dodgers lineup. But Turner's history makes it more likely he plays in something closer to 120-130 games. Is that worth his top-three ADP? Qualifying at 2B bumps up his value a few ticks, but keeper league owners should beware: He'll return to SS-only eligibility in 2023.
30 weeks ago
Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 9. Mookie Betts 2B,CF,RF
If Betts is healthy, he's an automatic NL MVP candidate. He played through back and hip injuries last year that limited his effectiveness. Reports are that Betts is healthy and ready to resume his spot amongst the game's elite. If he has 2B eligibility in your league, he's even more valuable. If Betts slides to 8, 9, 10 in the first round, snatch him up. If he adds 20 steals to his usually impressive R/HR/RBI tallies, he's going to be in the running for the overall No. 1 player at season's end.
30 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 12. Freddie Freeman 1B
It seems odd that Freeman has topped 100 RBI only twice in his career, but he should have little problem getting there now that he'll be batting third for the Dodgers, with Mookie Betts and Trea Turner setting the table for him. Freeman has batted at least .295 every year since 2016. He's not a pure slugger, but his line-drive power should produce 25-35 home runs. He'll even throw in a handful of stolen bases. Now that he's landed in a strong lineup, invest with confidence.
27 weeks ago
Walker Buehler Note
Walker Buehler photo 18. Walker Buehler SP
The West Coast bias rears its ugly head again. If the Dodgers' ace pitched in Boston, New York or Chicago, headlines would call him Cy Buehler. If you play in a QS league, Walker is as sure a thing as a traffic jam on the 405. He went six or more innings in all but one of his first 27 starts last year. He'll give you a strikeout an inning, a sub-1.00 WHIP and have you feeling calm, cool and collected as a manager every fifth night. Pitching for a great Dodgers team, Buehler could top 20 wins.
30 weeks ago
Julio Urias Note
Julio Urias photo 31. Julio Urias SP
You won't be able to sneak Urias past the rest of your league again after his 20-win campaign in 2021. He's primed to join the ranks of the true aces. The Dodgers will win 100 games, with a top-10 defense. Urias is ready to pitch 200 innings and have a top-10 K/BB ratio. The Dodgers always seem to score in bunches when he's on the hill, so Urias might get 20 wins again. After bringing Urias along slowly, the Dodgers will finally unleash the young star. If he throws 210 innings, Urias will far outperform his fourth-round draft projection.
30 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 97. Max Muncy 1B,2B,3B,DH
Muncy had a fantastic 2021 season with 36 homers, making it his third straight full season in which he reached the 35-homer plateau. But he tore the UCL in his elbow late in the year and missed the playoffs, and the fantasy baseball world has been holding its collective breath hoping that he'll be able to be ready for Opening Day this year. All signs - and Dave Roberts's comments - point to Muncy being available, and the addition of the DH to the National League can only help his cause. But although a torn UCL isn't nearly the same injury for a position player that it is for a pitcher, Muncy will still likely see some limitations and need some time off this year. Expect his usual excellent production, but knock off 10-20 games from his usual output.
27 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 104. Will Smith C,DH
If you were targeting J.T. Realmuto and he gets snapped up, take Smith with your next pick. He has the goods to become the best catcher in the game, and with the universal DH now the law of the land, Smith becomes even more valuable. Now that he'll get at-bats as a designated hitter, a 30 HR, 90 RBI season isn't out of the question. Getting that kind of elite production from your catcher spot anchors your offense and allows you all kinds of trade flexibility down the road.
30 weeks ago
Clayton Kershaw Note
Clayton Kershaw photo 106. Clayton Kershaw SP
Kershaw isn't the same pitcher he was at his peak, but he's still really, really good. His curveball doesn't have quite the same bite and his fastball has fallen off a bit, but his slider is one of the best in baseball. Kershaw really leaned into that pitch last year (he used it 47.6% of the time), so it's no surprise that he dealt with forearm issues at the end of the season. And injuries are now unfortunately a common thing for the veteran, as he's dealt with back, shoulder, and now elbow injuries over the past several years. He's back with the Dodgers on a one-year deal and is reportedly healthy. There's still a ton of room for profit with him, but you shouldn't count on much more than 120 innings.
27 weeks ago
Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 110. Cody Bellinger CF
The last thing you want to do is pass on a former MVP who can be had in the middle rounds because his draft stock is plummeting. The second-to-last-thing you want to do is grab a player hoping for a bounce-back season and bang your head on a desk every night as he continues his affair with the Mendoza line. What if last year's crater season was an aberration? Worse, what if it wasn't? Bellinger is still only 26, but he won't have 1B eligibility in most formats, leaving him eligible for OF only. Oh, heck, if he's still there in the ninth or 10th round, take a chance. And find a bottle of Advil.
30 weeks ago
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 123. Justin Turner 3B,DH
Turner is entering his age-37 season and saw some mild decline last year, but he also tied his career-high with 151 games played and popped 27 home runs. His walk and strikeout rates largely held, as did his quality of contact. With the addition of the DH in the National League, and with the Dodgers only adding to their elite lineup, Turner should have enough juice left in the tank to put together another productive season. Considering the weakness of the third base position this year, Turner makes an excellent mid-round target with a mitigated health risk in light of the DH.
27 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel Note
Craig Kimbrel photo 129. Craig Kimbrel RP
Kimbrel bounced back in a huge way last season, cutting his walk rate to 9.8%, his lowest since 2017. He was vintage Kimbrel, piling up the strikeouts and saves until a mid-season trade to the White Sox where he became the setup man to Liam Hendriks. He was slated to be a late-round pick with Chicago, but with the trade to the Dodgers, he immediately becomes a top-5 closer. Expect 35-plus saves and elite ratios.
25 weeks ago
Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 131. Joey Gallo DH,LF,RF
It should tell you all you need to know about Gallo that he hit 38 home runs and scored 90 runs last season and baseball fans and fantasy players view his year as a disaster. Gallo basically did what he always did - he struck out a ton (34.6%), walked more than anyone not named Juan Soto (18%) and left the yard often. His sub-.200 batting average is just basically what Gallo is going to bring to the table unless he changes his approach or gets lucky, though the fact that he hit ground balls at an elevated clip didn't help much. He'll still be batting in the middle of a strong Yankees lineup, so if you can deal with the batting average hit, draft him for the homers and runs scored production.
27 weeks ago
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 137. Chris Taylor 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF
Taylor had an excellent season, hitting 20 homers and stealing 13 bases while playing all over the diamond as usual. The Dodgers rewarded him with a four-year, $60 million deal, which pretty much guarantees that he'll find his way into the lineup nearly every day. He won't wow you in any category but given his position flexibility and placement in the best lineup in baseball, Taylor is an ideal player for any fantasy team who should offer similar numbers to last year.
27 weeks ago
Blake Treinen Note
Blake Treinen photo 246. Blake Treinen RP
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 274. Gavin Lux 2B,SS,LF,CF
Tony Gonsolin Note
Tony Gonsolin photo 276. Tony Gonsolin SP
Trevor Bauer Note
Trevor Bauer photo 295. Trevor Bauer SP
Andrew Heaney Note
Andrew Heaney photo 337. Andrew Heaney SP,RP
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 418. Daniel Hudson RP
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 429. Brusdar Graterol RP
Alex Vesia Note
Alex Vesia photo 473. Alex Vesia RP
Phil Bickford Note
Phil Bickford photo 517. Phil Bickford RP
David Price Note
David Price photo 534. David Price SP,RP
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 545. Chris Martin RP
Danny Duffy Note
Danny Duffy photo 552. Danny Duffy SP
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 571. Tommy Kahnle RP
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 575. Dustin May SP
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 601. Hansel Robles RP
Caleb Ferguson Note
Caleb Ferguson photo 606. Caleb Ferguson RP
Kevin Pillar Note
Kevin Pillar photo 631. Kevin Pillar LF,CF,RF
Tyler Anderson Note
Tyler Anderson photo 639. Tyler Anderson SP
Evan Phillips Note
Evan Phillips photo 726. Evan Phillips RP
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 762. Austin Barnes C,DH
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 764. Edwin Rios 1B,3B,DH
Justin Bruihl Note
Justin Bruihl photo 951. Justin Bruihl RP
Victor Gonzalez Note
Victor Gonzalez photo 965. Victor Gonzalez RP
Keone Kela Note
Keone Kela photo 994. Keone Kela RP
Yency Almonte Note
Yency Almonte photo 1024. Yency Almonte RP
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 1191. Tony Wolters C
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 1308. Hanser Alberto 2B,3B,DH,RP,SS
Beau Burrows Note
Beau Burrows photo 1326. Beau Burrows RP
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 1390. Jahmai Jones 2B
Trayce Thompson Note
Trayce Thompson photo 1458. Trayce Thompson CF,LF,RF
Carson Fulmer Note
Carson Fulmer photo 1471. Carson Fulmer RP
Andy Burns Note
Andy Burns photo 1499. Andy Burns 2B
Andre Jackson Note
Andre Jackson photo 1510. Andre Jackson RP
Omar Estevez Note
Omar Estevez photo 1562. Omar Estevez 2B,SS
Hunter Feduccia Note
Hunter Feduccia photo 1612. Hunter Feduccia C
Tomas Telis Note
Tomas Telis photo 1616. Tomas Telis C,1B
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 1650. Jason Martin LF