Skip to main content

Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 38. Paul Goldschmidt 1B,DH
Eventually, Father Time will catch up with the Cardinals slugger. But not this year. If your rival fantasy managers fade Goldy because of his age, take advantage. He can ho-hum his way to 95/30/100/.300, with five to eight stolen bases as a bonus. Goldschmidt will be taken after Austin Riley in most drafts but could easily end up with better numbers at the end of the year.
31 weeks ago
Tyler O'Neill Note
Tyler O'Neill photo 52. Tyler O'Neill CF,LF
You could do a lot worse than O'Neil as your second outfielder. You're in great shape if somehow your third outfielder. He's a second-tier five-category guy, although O'Neill's .366 BABIP in 2021 suggests that he's probably not going to bat .286 again. The peripherals suggest that O'Neill's power is legit, however. He's not a guy you reach for, but if he starts to fall, grab him. O'Neill is only 26, so it's possible he'll turn in a season that ends up much better than his ADP.
31 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 62. Nolan Arenado 3B,DH
If only fantasy baseball awarded points for spectacular defensive plays. Alas, you're stuck relying only on Arenado's bat. That ain't half bad - but it's no longer worth overpaying for. In his first season outside of Colorado, the highlight-reel third baseman showed that he can still rake. But as anticipated, his BA, OBP and OPS all dropped. Now on the wrong side of 30, Arenado is realistically a 2.5-category guy. He'll help you in HR and RBI, and he won't hurt you in runs, but let someone else in your league jump on him early based on name recognition. You can get 80 percent of his production from other third basemen three to four rounds later than Arenado is expected to go.
31 weeks ago
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 114. Tommy Edman 2B,RF,SS
There's a lot to like here. The biggest draws are speed and multi-position (OF/2B) eligibility. Edman stole 30 bases last year, tying for fourth in MLB. Statcast says he's in the 92nd percentile for sprint speed. There's a little bit of power here, too. Edman hit only 11 HRs last year but clubbed 41 doubles. Edman has a .272 batting average over three seasons, and there could be room for growth there. His contact rate improved to 85% last year, and he sprays hits to both sides of the diamond. Edman doesn't take many walks, but that's a minor nit to pick.
31 weeks ago
Giovanny Gallegos Note
Giovanny Gallegos photo 132. Giovanny Gallegos RP
Gallegos hasn't been named the closer and both the coaching staff and front office have gone out of their way to avoid annointing him the ninth-inning man. But considering his success the past two years and Alex Reyes's injury, there seems to be little doubt. Gallegos has everything you want in a closer - strong strikeout numbers, good command, and two elite pitches with his fastball and slider. You'll need to drop him below some of the more established closers because of the current uncertainty, but if you bet on him to be the primary closing option for St. Louis, you'll almost certainly be correct.
28 weeks ago
Dylan Carlson Note
Dylan Carlson photo 144. Dylan Carlson LF,CF,RF
Carlson rebounded from a disastrous 2020 season to put up a respectable .266/.343/.437 line with 18 home runs last year. But the dreams of fantasy superstardom after his 2019 minor-league season (26 homers, 20 steals) have been put on hold, as he seems to have little interest in stealing bases in the majors (three total in two seasons), and his hard-hit rate was in the bottom nine percent of the league last year. His numbers and underlying metrics suggest that he's a slightly above-average MLB player, though it's worth remembering that he's just 23 years old and there's certainly potential for more. Drafting Carlson as a fourth outfielder with upside for more is the right approach, as he should bring a fairly solid floor with potential for a high ceiling if everything comes together.
28 weeks ago
Jack Flaherty Note
Jack Flaherty photo 194. Jack Flaherty SP
Here's a guy you just can't go wrong with. He has immaculate control, ace-level stuff, a really high floor and an exceptional Cy Young-level ceiling. Flaherty only pitched 78 innings last season due to shoulder and oblique injuries, but he didn't suffer any structural damage in his shoulder - it was just a strain - so that shouldn't have any lingering impact this season. He's otherwise been pretty durable. One thing to consider is that after being limited last year, Flaherty may have a cap of about 140-150 innings.
31 weeks ago
Adam Wainwright Note
Adam Wainwright photo 199. Adam Wainwright SP
Wainwright found the fountain of youth last year, pitching to a 3.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP and totaling 17 wins, his most since 2014. He benefitted greatly from the weak NL Central and an outstanding defense, but the bottom line is that Wainwright was just . . . good. His curveball remained effective, his sinker worked well, and he topped 200 innings pitched. Expecting this again as he enters his age-41 season would be overly optimistic, but if you have a strong staff and just need a filler for the back end of your rotation, then Wainwright is your guy.
27 weeks ago
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 201. Jordan Montgomery SP
Montgomery was fine last year (3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP), but he didn't take the step forward that many had envisioned. His curveball is an elite pitch, and his changeup isn't far behind, but his sinker (.412 wOBA against) just gets crushed. If he leans further into his changeup and curve, you could see a giant step forward, especially since his whiff rate is already solid and his walk rate is above average. But if not, it's probably going to be yet another mediocre season for him, particularly with the tough lineups he'll face routinely.
27 weeks ago
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 255. Steven Matz SP
Matz had a surprisingly effective year despite moving to the AL East and Toronto, pitching 150 2/3 innings with a 3.82 ERA. We know what he is by now in his career - a strikeout rate that won't hurt you, a decent walk rate that isn't enough to keep his WHIP in check, and a ceiling of about 160 innings. Moving to St. Louis is a great thing for him, however, as he'll benefit from the Cardinals' excellent infield defense (Matz has a 47.1% ground ball rate). But he's essentially a replacement level fantasy starter at this point, and entering his age-31 season, we're probably not going to see much growth.
27 weeks ago
Paul DeJong Note
Paul DeJong photo 339. Paul DeJong SS
Yadier Molina Note
Yadier Molina photo 368. Yadier Molina C
Chris Stratton Note
Chris Stratton photo 384. Chris Stratton RP
Alex Reyes Note
Alex Reyes photo 435. Alex Reyes RP
Miles Mikolas Note
Miles Mikolas photo 465. Miles Mikolas SP
Jordan Hicks Note
Jordan Hicks photo 480. Jordan Hicks RP,SP
Dakota Hudson Note
Dakota Hudson photo 505. Dakota Hudson SP
Genesis Cabrera Note
Genesis Cabrera photo 523. Genesis Cabrera RP
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 597. Albert Pujols 1B,DH
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 646. Jose Quintana SP,RP
Corey Dickerson Note
Corey Dickerson photo 664. Corey Dickerson CF,DH,LF,RF
Juan Yepez Note
Juan Yepez photo 704. Juan Yepez 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF
Ryan Helsley Note
Ryan Helsley photo 709. Ryan Helsley RP
Drew VerHagen Note
Drew VerHagen photo 742. Drew VerHagen RP,SP
Kodi Whitley Note
Kodi Whitley photo 754. Kodi Whitley RP
Lars Nootbaar Note
Lars Nootbaar photo 766. Lars Nootbaar CF,RF
Andrew Knizner Note
Andrew Knizner photo 793. Andrew Knizner C
Nolan Gorman Note
Nolan Gorman photo 807. Nolan Gorman 2B,3B,DH
Matthew Liberatore Note
Matthew Liberatore photo 815. Matthew Liberatore SP
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 873. T.J. McFarland RP
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 948. Austin Allen C
Packy Naughton Note
Packy Naughton photo 1003. Packy Naughton RP,SP
Jake Woodford Note
Jake Woodford photo 1065. Jake Woodford SP,RP
Jake Walsh Note
Jake Walsh photo 1173. Jake Walsh RP
Freddy Pacheco Note
Freddy Pacheco photo 1321. Freddy Pacheco RP
JoJo Romero Note
JoJo Romero photo 1347. JoJo Romero RP
Scott Hurst Note
Scott Hurst photo 1542. Scott Hurst CF
Brendan Donovan Note
Brendan Donovan photo 1591. Brendan Donovan 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF,SS