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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 7. Gerrit Cole SP
Consistency and durability make Cole the most bankable starting pitcher in fantasy baseball. He ranked third in MLB in strikeouts (243) last season and tied for third in wins (16). The last time Cole made fewer than 30 starts in a full season was 2016. His 3.23 ERA and 1.06 WHIP last season were actually high by his standards - his worst numbers in those categories since 2017 - which illustrates just how brilliant he's been in recent years. Cole had an ERA above 4.00 after the All-Star break last season, but his 0.51 ERA in three August starts leaves the impression that his second-half ups and downs were random variance. This is an ace at the height of his powers and a worthy first-round pick.
24 weeks ago
Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 23. Aaron Judge CF,RF,DH
All rise! His Honor enjoyed a season of reasonably good health in 2021 and posted a career-high .269 BA to go along with 39 HRs, 98 RBI and 89 runs. His 71% contact rate was the best of his career, and naturally his power peripherals were through the roof. No one punishes baseballs quite like Judge. Health is always a concern, and he doesn't run much, but the power skills should age well as this 6-7, 282-pound brute enters his 30s.
24 weeks ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 71. Giancarlo Stanton LF,RF,DH
If he stays relatively healthy, Stanton is probably going to contend for the home run crown. But that's a huge "if," obviously. Stanton enjoyed two relatively healthy seasons in 2018-2019, played 41 combined games in 2019-2020, and managed to play 139 games last year with only one stay on the DL for a quad issue. Statcast numbers show that he's still one of the games top sluggers, and he should have better luck in RBIs and runs than he had last season, when he had 97 and 64, respectively. Stanton doesn't run, but he holds his own in batting average. There's a lot of risk here, particularly with Stanton now well into his 30s, but the lengthy injury history almost guarantees a discount in drafts.
24 weeks ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 76. Frankie Montas SP
Montas has taken his investors on a wild ride the past few seasons. He got off to a fast start in 2019 but received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Montas pitched poorly in 2020, posting a 5.60 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 11 starts. Last year, Montas took a 6.20 ERA into May but then pulled it all together and was lights-out in the second half, with a 2.17 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break. Increase usage of his elite splitter spiked his swinging-strike rated and helped him rack up a career-high 207 strikeouts. It's been a bumpy ride, but it seems like Montas has figured things out.
24 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 97. Aroldis Chapman RP
Chapman struggled with his control last year, walking 15.8% of the batters he faced and struggling with a 1.31 WHIP. But that was mostly window dressing on what was just another dominant season for the Yankees closer. As usual, his strikeout rate hovered at around 40% and he reached the 30-save mark for the eighth time in his last nine full seasons. Yes, he's getting up there in age and he's not nearly as dominant as he once was. But his job security remains high and his strikeouts continue to be elite for a reliever. Draft him with confidence.
22 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 137. Anthony Rizzo 1B
Rizzo re-signed with the Yankees this offseason, and that's pretty much as good a landing spot as fantasy managers could have hoped for. His counting stats will benefit with the strong lineup and short porch in right, and he still has productive seasons ahead of him. But Rizzo is a different player now than he was in his heyday, and the days of 30 home runs, double-digit steals, or batting averages in the high .200s are over. He can be useful for fantasy managers, but he's a low-end first baseman or decent corner infielder in mixed leagues at this point in his career. Nothing more.
21 weeks ago
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 142. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B,DH
LeMahieu seems like the poster child for the effect of the juiced ball. After drastically increasing his home run power over the previous few seasons, he hit just 10 home runs last year and his slugging percentage dropped to .362. LeMahieu had offseason surgery to repair a hernia, so perhaps his injury was bothering him longer than he let on and is responsible for his down year. But it's equally possible that at 33 years old, and without the juiced ball, LeMahieu just isn't as valuable a fantasy commodity as he used to be. Chances are, at the very least, that the days of a .300-plus batting average are gone, and now with likely low-teens home run potential, LeMahieu is more of a late-round pick whose main value is his position flexibility.
22 weeks ago
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 149. Josh Donaldson 3B,DH
Spoiler alert with Donaldson - he's going to hit the ball really, really hard, he's going to walk a ton, andhe' going to miss time with an injury or two, probably involving his calf. The move to the Yankees can only help his fantasy outlook but, as with the Twins, the Yankees' DH spot will be filled most days, so Donaldson will need to play the field. His quality of contact has remained remarkably consistent despite his advanced age, so even in his age-36 season, fantasy managers shouldn't worry much about a decline. Book the production when he plays, but have a fill-in ready.
21 weeks ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 160. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS
Forget about ever seeing Torres come close to the 38 home runs he hit in 2019. His power has come crashing back down to earth over the past two years, along with his batting average. He did rebound a bit in the second half, hitting .289 with six home runs and eight steals, but when those are the numbers that force you to have hope for his fantasy production, things aren't in great shape. He'll still bat in an outstanding lineup so his counting stats should have somewhat of a floor, but he's now an option you settle for, rather than target.
21 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 165. Andrew Benintendi LF
Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. He looked almost identical to the disappointing but absolutely usable version of himself that he showed in 2019, and his underlying rates were nearly identical. He did walk at a career-worst rate but he also got his strikeout rate down under control, and had he avoided injury, he surely would have put up a 20-10 season. There's every reason to expct him to be able to do that again, but expect his other counting stats to remain mediocre with Kansas City's lineup.
21 weeks ago
Luis Severino Note
Luis Severino photo 204. Luis Severino RP,SP
It's hard to properly assess a pitcher who has thrown 18 innings combined over the last three seasons, even one as talented as Severino. In his last two full seasons, he was a fantasy ace, pitching to a 3.18 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 10.5 K/9 rate. He's purportedly healthy now, but you can't expect him to return to his old form after such a long layoff. Be conservative with your projections, including both his ratio stats and innings, but he's obviously got the potentuial to be a mainstay in your rotation if everything breaks right.
21 weeks ago
Harrison Bader Note
Harrison Bader photo 215. Harrison Bader CF
Bader has always been known as a defensive outfielder, but his offensive game picked up last year. He cut his strikeout rate six points from his career mark and set a career best in home runs (16) and RBI (50), Bader has never had more than 427 plate appearances in a season, but he could easily steal 20 bases if stays healthy, as he ranks in the 97th percentile in sprint speed. Consider him akin to Tommy Pham around his prime in a best-case scenario, and given his ADP, he's a solid investment.
21 weeks ago
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 252. Lou Trivino RP
Trivino is going to begin the year as the closer for the A's after racking up 22 saves last season. He throws hard and mixes his pitches extremely well for a reliever, but he struggles with his control at times and was a bit lucky last year. The A's should be wone of the worst teams in baseball after trading away many of their impact players, so saves may be hard to come by in any event. But there aren't many relievers who are guaranteed to have the ninth-inning to themselves to start the season, and Trivino is one of them. That makes him worth drafting everywhere.
20 weeks ago
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 258. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
Kiner-Falefa had eight home runs and 20 steals last season, but he was the ultimate compiler with 677 plate appearances. He'll move to a better lineup and home park with the Yankees but, realistically, his value was at his ceiling last year. He doesn't hit the ball particularly hard or get on base much, but his defense should keep him in the lineup enough to again compile enough stats to at least be interesting for fantasy. But "interesting" is basically his ceiling.
20 weeks ago
Jameson Taillon Note
Jameson Taillon photo 279. Jameson Taillon SP
Nestor Cortes Jr. Note
Nestor Cortes Jr. photo 313. Nestor Cortes Jr. SP,RP
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 343. Chad Green RP
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 348. Jonathan Loaisiga RP
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 409. Kyle Higashioka C
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 430. Aaron Hicks CF,LF
Richard Rodriguez Note
Richard Rodriguez photo 447. Richard Rodriguez RP
Luis Gil Note
Luis Gil photo 478. Luis Gil SP
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 482. Domingo German SP
Clay Holmes Note
Clay Holmes photo 553. Clay Holmes RP
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 605. Tyler Wade 2B,3B,SS,CF
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 619. Michael King SP,RP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 643. Miguel Castro RP
Wandy Peralta Note
Wandy Peralta photo 669. Wandy Peralta RP
Lucas Luetge Note
Lucas Luetge photo 689. Lucas Luetge RP
Albert Abreu Note
Albert Abreu photo 691. Albert Abreu RP
Ben Rortvedt Note
Ben Rortvedt photo 712. Ben Rortvedt C
Scott Effross Note
Scott Effross photo 716. Scott Effross RP
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 808. Jake Bauers 1B,LF,RF
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 824. Deivi Garcia SP
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 839. Shane Greene RP
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 861. Miguel Andujar LF
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 943. Jose Trevino C
Stephen Ridings Note
Stephen Ridings photo 1070. Stephen Ridings RP
Jimmy Cordero Note
Jimmy Cordero photo 1168. Jimmy Cordero RP
Luke Bard Note
Luke Bard photo 1177. Luke Bard RP
Rob Brantly Note
Rob Brantly photo 1199. Rob Brantly C
Joey Gerber Note
Joey Gerber photo 1203. Joey Gerber RP
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 1204. Clarke Schmidt RP,SP
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 1213. Zack Britton RP
Matt Bowman Note
Matt Bowman photo 1223. Matt Bowman RP
Ryan Weber Note
Ryan Weber photo 1267. Ryan Weber RP
Tim Locastro Note
Tim Locastro photo 1270. Tim Locastro CF,LF,RF
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 1274. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 1292. Matt Carpenter 1B,2B,DH,RF
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 1317. Estevan Florial CF
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 1437. Ronald Guzman 1B
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 1443. Chris Owings 2B,LF,RF,SS
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 1479. Phillip Evans 1B,3B,LF,RF
Oswaldo Cabrera Note
Oswaldo Cabrera photo 1515. Oswaldo Cabrera 2B,SS
Oswald Peraza Note
Oswald Peraza photo 1526. Oswald Peraza SS
Ryan LaMarre Note
Ryan LaMarre photo 1631. Ryan LaMarre LF,RF