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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 14. Max Scherzer SP
Eventually, his arm is just going to fall off, right? He's going to throw his 9 millionth inning, strike a guy out, remove his limb like something out of "Total Recall," put it on the mound and walk away into the sunset. Seems plausible, because there's no way that arm isn't bionic. The 37-year-old signed a three-year deal to return to the NL East and lead the Mets' rotation. He should be a lock for 200 IP and 250+ Ks. And his new home, Citi Field, is one of the most pitching-friendly parks in baseball. Scherzer probably isn't going to keep an ERA below 2.50, but somewhere around 2.70-2.80 will still make managers smile.
12 weeks ago
Starling Marte Note
Starling Marte photo 24. Starling Marte CF,RF
Speed kills. Or at least it does outside of the Big Apple. The Mets haven't had a player swipe 30 or more bases in the last seven seasons. Will they let their big free agent acquisition loose on the basepaths? Even if they do, at 34, will Marte still be an elite bag thief? If he's not running, Marte is a fantasy liability relative to his ADP. He's unlikely to pass the 20-dinger threshold, he's only had one season with 90 or more runs in his career, he's unlikely to equal last year's .372 BABIP, and he's part of the Mets' continually anemic offense. Don't overpay. But if he falls, snatch him up.
12 weeks ago
Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 41. Pete Alonso 1B
A classic power-hitting first baseman, Alonso is most likely going to deliver 40 HR, 100 RBI and should cross the plate close to 100 times. He's a plug-and-play option. Some managers like to punt on first base until later in the draft, but if you want to secure your power numbers late in the fourth round or early in the fifth, Alonso is a rock-solid choice.
12 weeks ago
Francisco Lindor Note
Francisco Lindor photo 42. Francisco Lindor SS
Lindor melted like hot butter under the New York spotlight. Last year's $341 million free agent signing was - how do we put this nicely? - awful. Simply awful. There was no pop in his bat, as evidenced by a career-low SLG%. He struck out 96 times in only 125 games, well above his career average, and became an albatross on Mets owner Steve Cohen's hopes and dreams. Lindor is the biggest boom-or-bust top-50 player in the game. If you believe last year was an aberration, snap him up in the late third or early fourth round. If you believe the Mets are going to regret backing up the Brinks truck for a player on an early decline, let someone else get saddled by a name that may well be better than the stats.
12 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 84. Edwin Diaz RP
If you like your closers to deliver saves with a side of anxiety, Diaz is your guy. He gets the job done, but it won't always be pretty. The Mets have tried to overhaul their team this offseason, so Diaz should be in position to save more games in 2022 than in 2021. The flamethrower is an elite strikeout option at the position. When the closer run starts, Diaz is a relatively safe top-10 choice at the position.
12 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 113. Chris Bassitt SP
Bassitt's success feels uncomfortable - he doesn't have a ton of velocity or much of a secondary pitch beyond his sinker. But year in and year out, he offers an ERA and WHIP that help fantasy managers. His 25% strikeout rate last year was a career-best, and his deep arsenal helps to keep hitters off balance. He'll lose out on some park value with the move from Oakland to New York, but chances are he will improve on his meager win totals from the last few years. There's no ceiling ith Bassitt, but there's an extremely high floor, so sticking him in the back-end of your rotation is a winning move.
9 weeks ago
Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 147. Jacob deGrom SP
The Mets' ace is a legit superstar ... when he plays. But now deGrom, who was already coming off injuries to his shoulder and UCL, is being shut down until at least the end of April with a scapular injury. If he returns to something close to full health at some point, he'll deliver a sub 2.50 ERA with piles of strikeouts and a miniscule WHIP. But it's probably wishful thinking to project deGrom for more than 100 innings in 2022.
7 weeks ago
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 209. Eduardo Escobar 1B,2B,3B
Escobar rarely gets much love from fantasy managers, probably because everything under the hood doesn't usually support his numbers. He almost always outperforms his expected statistics, and he offers no help in batting average or steals. But he does have plenty of pop (53 homers over his last two full seasons, at least 21 in each of his last four), and he's been a plus in runs scored and RBI despite playing on mediocre teams. He'll now be the everyday third baseman for the Mets, so managers can enjoy his dual eligibility, and his placement in the middle of a strong lineup should keep all his counting stats afloat. There's not a ton of upside with Escobar, but there's a high floor.
8 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 212. Mark Canha LF,CF,RF
Canha had an interesting 2021 season, as he saw his average continue to trend down but randomly stole 12 bases with Oakland. Now with the Mets, he'll likely bat toward the bottom of the order, so chances are he won't come close to the 93 runs he scored last year. If you're in an OBP league, Canha's value increases greatly, as his walk rate hasn't been lower than 12.3% in any of the last three seasons. But in a standard 5x5 league, he's mostly just a filler option.
8 weeks ago
Brandon Nimmo Note
Brandon Nimmo photo 254. Brandon Nimmo LF,CF
It's hard not to love a guy who sprints to first base after a walk, especially when he walks 14% of the time, one of the best rates in baseball. Nimmo will lead off again this year for the Mets, and given his elite OBP (.393 career), he should score plenty of runs. He doesn't have a ton of power or speed, but a fully healthy Nimmo should give you close to a 15-10 season with a plus batting average and contribution in the runs scored categories. The key phrase there is "fully healthy," because Nimmo's 92 games played last year were the second most of his career. But that injury risk is baked into his ADP, so draft him late and start him when he's in the lineup. You likely won't be disappointed if you do.
8 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 259. Carlos Carrasco SP
Carrasco was limited to just 53 2/3 innings last season as he was delayed due to a hamstring injury. He then dealt with elbow troubles, which ultimately led him to have surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs in his elbow. Both his splitter and his slider have looked good thus far in the spring, and he claims to be fully healthy, so he's certainly worth an investment given his late ADP. Despite his advancing age, Carrasco still has the potential to be a No. 3 fantasy starter given his career strikeout rate and past success, so he's the exact type of late-round starter fantasy managers should be targeting.
8 weeks ago
Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 263. Jeff McNeil 2B,LF
McNeil's 2019 power outburst looks like a total anomaly, as he hit just seven home runs last year. His usual reliable batting average bottomed out to just .251 as he played through injury, but most of his underlying metrics looked strong. He'll rarely strike out, but there's just not that much that he can offer given his lack of power and speed. Worse still, he'll likely now bat in the bottom third of the Mets' batting order with the team's additions. There's little reason to consider McNeil in any capacity this year unless he somehow finds his power stroke.
7 weeks ago
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 299. Taijuan Walker SP
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 308. Dominic Smith 1B,LF
Tylor Megill Note
Tylor Megill photo 319. Tylor Megill SP
James McCann Note
James McCann photo 385. James McCann C,1B
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 424. Seth Lugo RP
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 425. Trevor May RP
Joely Rodriguez Note
Joely Rodriguez photo 516. Joely Rodriguez RP
Adam Ottavino Note
Adam Ottavino photo 564. Adam Ottavino RP
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 567. J.D. Davis 3B
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 598. David Peterson SP
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 679. Trevor Williams SP,RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 706. Drew Smith RP
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 718. Sean Reid-Foley RP
Tommy Hunter Note
Tommy Hunter photo 822. Tommy Hunter P
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 852. Joey Lucchesi SP
Dedniel Nunez Note
Dedniel Nunez photo 862. Dedniel Nunez
Tomas Nido Note
Tomas Nido photo 950. Tomas Nido C
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 963. Jordan Yamamoto P
Trevor Cahill Note
Trevor Cahill photo 1028. Trevor Cahill SP
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 1093. Alex Claudio RP
Patrick Mazeika Note
Patrick Mazeika photo 1117. Patrick Mazeika C
Eric Orze Note
Eric Orze photo 1175. Eric Orze
Felix Pena Note
Felix Pena photo 1190. Felix Pena RP
Yoan Lopez Note
Yoan Lopez photo 1218. Yoan Lopez RP
Chasen Shreve Note
Chasen Shreve photo 1307. Chasen Shreve RP
Travis Jankowski Note
Travis Jankowski photo 1310. Travis Jankowski LF,CF
Jake Reed Note
Jake Reed photo 1323. Jake Reed RP
Khalil Lee Note
Khalil Lee photo 1374. Khalil Lee RF
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 1382. Luis Guillorme 2B,3B,SS
Adonis Medina Note
Adonis Medina photo 1391. Adonis Medina P
Thomas Szapucki Note
Thomas Szapucki photo 1433. Thomas Szapucki RP
Antonio Santos Note
Antonio Santos photo 1448. Antonio Santos RP
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 1486. Yennsy Diaz
Johneshwy Fargas Note
Johneshwy Fargas photo 1488. Johneshwy Fargas CF
Nick Plummer Note
Nick Plummer photo 1523. Nick Plummer CF
Mark Vientos Note
Mark Vientos photo 1554. Mark Vientos 3B,SS
Travis Blankenhorn Note
Travis Blankenhorn photo 1596. Travis Blankenhorn 2B