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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Corbin Burnes Note
Corbin Burnes photo 8. Corbin Burnes SP
Why are you even reading this? If you're a fantasy manager who likes to draft starting pitchers in the first round and Burnes is there, you grab him. If he falls to the second round, you grab him. If he falls to the third, you're probably playing fantasy football, and he's probably a better QB than Carson Wentz, so grab him. Burnes won the Cy Young last year and there's nothing in any of his stat projections that show any reason for concern. He's got overall SP1 capabilities. Don't overthink it.
12 weeks ago
Brandon Woodruff Note
Brandon Woodruff photo 19. Brandon Woodruff SP
It's going to be awfully hard to score on the Brewers this summer. Woodruff is a Cy Young candidate. His rotation mate Corbin Burnes won the award last year and could again this year. Don't be scared off by Woodruff's miniscule win totals from last season. He only won nine games due to the worst run support in the National League. Had he received the top-15 run support that Burnes had, Woodruff could have easily eclipsed 15 victories. He's projected for a fourth straight season of outstanding K, ERA and WHIP stats. If you can somehow pair Burnes with Woodruff early, you may not need to grab another starting pitcher before the 10th round.
12 weeks ago
Josh Hader Note
Josh Hader photo 44. Josh Hader RP
Every year, there are arguments about the value of closers. Fantasy managers who consistently win leagues say having one or two elite closers is a season maker. Fantasy managers who say closers are always available on the wire and to never draft one before the 12th round usually spend August and September complaining that they lost the league by a half-dozen points because of a lack of saves and a bloated WHIP. Hader isn't just a closer. His numbers are so spectacular in just one or two innings of work at a time that rostering him is like getting half a season of an ace starter while also getting 35 saves. His Ks can cover for your lower-tier starters who can't reach that baseline K/IP number you want, and his paper-thin WHIP can move the needle. If you're on the wrong end of the snake draft and he's there at the fifth-round/sixth-round turn, grab him and start the closer run.
12 weeks ago
Freddy Peralta Note
Freddy Peralta photo 51. Freddy Peralta SP
He's not going to surprise anyone anymore. The young Brewers starter shocked everyone last season, posting 195 Ks in just 144.1 innings with a sub-3.00 ERA and a shocking sub-1.00 WHIP. Amazingly, despite those gaudy stats, he'll be the third Brewers starter drafted. Unreal. If he can get any run support, 15 wins isn't out of the question. Expect Peralta's ERA and WHIP to rise some, but the strikeouts are for real. If he's your SP3, you have a VERY good pitching staff. Now go find some bats.
12 weeks ago
Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 81. Christian Yelich LF
The way you regard Yelich depends on what type of fantasy manager you are. Do you like rolling the dice on potential superstars who can't stay upright? Or would you rather take a lesser player and know you'll get 150 games out of him? If you're in the latter category, Yelich is probably on your do-not-draft list. His upside is huge, but the now-30-year-old outfielder dealt with serious back issues last season, and back injuries have a tendency to reoccur.
12 weeks ago
Willy Adames Note
Willy Adames photo 117. Willy Adames SS
If ever a player needed a trade, it was Adames. In his career, he has batted just .217 with a .616 OPS in Tropicana Field. And he was particularly dreadful with the Rays last year, slashing .197/.254/.371. He was an entirely different player after his trade to the Brewers, hitting 20 home runs in 99 games, with nearly a .900 OPS. He's probably due for some regression, as he outperformed his expected batting average and slugging percentage pretty significantly last season. But even if you knock off 20% of what we saw him do with the Brewers last season, he'd still be a startable option in fantasy. He's unlikely to take the leap into stardom, but he can and should certainly maintain the leap he took last year into relevance.
10 weeks ago
Hunter Renfroe Note
Hunter Renfroe photo 136. Hunter Renfroe CF,RF
Renfroe has always had power but put it all together last year for Boston and became one of their most reliable and dependable bats.He cut his strikeout rate to just 22.7% and although he was still much better against lefties, he made major gains against righties such that he went far beyond potentially being placed in a platoon situation. Moving to the Brewers can only help his power, so bank on 30 home runs with helpful counting stats everywhere but steals.
9 weeks ago
Kolten Wong Note
Kolten Wong photo 195. Kolten Wong 2B
Wong played extremely well with the Brewers last year, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 12 bases in just 116 games. Wong is what he at this point - he'll chip in double digit steals and homers with a batting average that will help you, but there's no chance of a breakout season given his level of quality of contact. He should lead off for the Brewers so expect plenty of runs scored, and his totals should be enough to make him a passable middle infielder for fantasy purposes.
9 weeks ago
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 224. Luis Urias 2B,3B,SS
Urias exploded last year, putting up 23 homers with 149 combined runs and RBI. Just to put that into perspective, Urias's high in home runs before last year was four, and his best combined runs and RBI total was 51. Most of his production was backed up by the underlying data, as his hard-contact rates exploded. He'd be a prime sleeper but he's battling a quad injury that is going to shut him down until early April at least, so knock him down your draft board a bit with the injury news. Performance-wise, however, last year looks legitimate.
9 weeks ago
Andrew McCutchen Note
Andrew McCutchen photo 248. Andrew McCutchen LF
McCutchen batted just .222 last year with the worst strikeout rate of his career (23%), but he provided plenty of value elsewhere. His walk rate was a robust 14.1%, he slugged 27 home runs, and fell just short of 160 combined runs and RBI. He'll move to Milwaukee this year, and so his power should translate once again, and he'll likely get to extra at-bats as the DH. He's not exciting, but even the batting average should bounce back a bit given his expected stats last year, so don't be afraid to pull the trigger late.
8 weeks ago
Devin Williams Note
Devin Williams photo 264. Devin Williams RP
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 266. Rowdy Tellez 1B
Aaron Ashby Note
Aaron Ashby photo 297. Aaron Ashby SP,RP
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 301. Omar Narvaez C
Eric Lauer Note
Eric Lauer photo 346. Eric Lauer SP
Lorenzo Cain Note
Lorenzo Cain photo 353. Lorenzo Cain CF
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 386. Keston Hiura 1B
Adrian Houser Note
Adrian Houser photo 453. Adrian Houser SP
Brent Suter Note
Brent Suter photo 481. Brent Suter RP
Jake Cousins Note
Jake Cousins photo 499. Jake Cousins RP
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 501. Tyrone Taylor LF,CF,RF
Pedro Severino Note
Pedro Severino photo 535. Pedro Severino C
Brad Boxberger Note
Brad Boxberger photo 558. Brad Boxberger RP
Josh Lindblom Note
Josh Lindblom photo 662. Josh Lindblom RP
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 667. Victor Caratini C
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 782. Jace Peterson 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 793. Corey Ray RF
Hoby Milner Note
Hoby Milner photo 864. Hoby Milner RP
Dylan File Note
Dylan File photo 888. Dylan File SP
Jandel Gustave Note
Jandel Gustave photo 913. Jandel Gustave RP
Trevor Gott Note
Trevor Gott photo 944. Trevor Gott RP
Ethan Small Note
Ethan Small photo 969. Ethan Small SP
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 1030. Mike Brosseau 1B,2B,3B
Luke Barker Note
Luke Barker photo 1034. Luke Barker
Angel Perdomo Note
Angel Perdomo photo 1039. Angel Perdomo RP
J.C. Mejia Note
J.C. Mejia photo 1045. J.C. Mejia SP,RP
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 1050. Alex Jackson C
Luis Perdomo Note
Luis Perdomo photo 1227. Luis Perdomo SP,RP
Miguel Sanchez Note
Miguel Sanchez photo 1330. Miguel Sanchez
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 1378. David Dahl LF,RF
Abraham Almonte Note
Abraham Almonte photo 1423. Abraham Almonte LF
Pablo Reyes Note
Pablo Reyes photo 1447. Pablo Reyes 3B
Alec Bettinger Note
Alec Bettinger photo 1450. Alec Bettinger P
Jonathan Davis Note
Jonathan Davis photo 1474. Jonathan Davis CF
Mario Feliciano Note
Mario Feliciano photo 1481. Mario Feliciano C
Justin Topa Note
Justin Topa photo 1494. Justin Topa RP
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 1580. Tyler White 1B
Brice Turang Note
Brice Turang photo 1653. Brice Turang SS