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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 17. Max Fried SP
There's a scene in the movie "Draft Day" where the Cleveland Browns GM played by Kevin Costner writes down a name on a sticky note before the draft. It's the name of the one guy he can't leave the draft without. I'll be writing Max Fried's name on my sticky note. Pencil him in for 17 wins on a great Braves team, a top-40 overall ranking, about one strikeout per inning, a beautiful WHIP and an ERA right around the 3.00 mark. Not bad for a guy with an ADP around 70.
31 weeks ago
Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 22. Charlie Morton SP
Morton is 38 years old. He's coming back from a broken fibula. And yet, he's a perfect SP3 target. Morton is the Honda Civic in your driveway that just refuses to die. It delivers reliable performance, week in and week out. Excluding the off-kilter 2020 pandemic short season, Morton has given managers a sub-3.40 ERA and sub-1.20 WHIP with good strikeout totals and double-digit wins in four straight seasons. The Braves have faith he's got a fifth straight season in him.
31 weeks ago
Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 23. Raisel Iglesias RP
The Angels' closer keeps getting better and better. His K rate has risen in each of the last three seasons. His walk rate has shrunk in each of the last four seasons. Iglesias struck out 103 batters in 70 innings last year and walked only 12. He's notched at least 28 saves in each of his last four full seasons going back to 2017, and he's cemented his reputation as one of the best, most reliable closers in the game. If you don't have the stomach for saves speculation and are willing to pay for quality, Iglesias is well worth the price.
31 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 38. Kenley Jansen RP
Jansen signed a one-year deal with the Braves and will slide right into the cloer's role. There is a lot of mileage on his arm, but he had a strong rebound season last year, dropping his ERA to a 2.22 and his WHIP to 1.04, all while tallying 38 saves for the Dodgers. After losing velocity for several seasons, Jansen got it back last year, averaging 92.5 MPH with his cutter, which resulted in just a .176 batting average against, his best since 2016. Assuming he can sustain his gains, he should again be a top reliever, and his hefty contract should at least give him a decent leash in the ninth inning. He's plenty capable of being your anchor reliever.
28 weeks ago
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 54. Ian Anderson SP
Anderson wasn't as dominant last year as he was in his six-start stretch in 2020, but you shouldn't have expected him to be. What he gave fantasy managers was still plenty useful, with a mid-3.00 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's going to need to continue to develop his curveball more to be able to take the next step in terms of fantasy pitchers, and he might have trouble taking a step forward regardless given how much the NL East offenses have improved. But there's little risk that he'll regress significantly at this stage, so your worst case scenario should be a solid mid-tier starter.
28 weeks ago
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 89. Huascar Ynoa SP
Ynoa pitched only 101 1/13 innings last season between the majors and the minors, and ended the season with a sore shoulder. There was some doubt about whether he would begin the year in the rotation but he has pitched well and been healthy this spring, so those concerns can likely be put to bed. Ynoa has an elite slider and an outstanding fastball that both miss bats, and both pitches are so good that fantasy managers should feel confident that he can succeed as a starter despite really having just those two pitches. With that said, the Braves will likely be careful with his innings this season, so there's no reason to draft him too early since he probably has a 140-inning cap.
27 weeks ago
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 169. Collin McHugh SP,RP
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 196. Jake Odorizzi SP
Tyler Matzek Note
Tyler Matzek photo 201. Tyler Matzek RP
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 235. A.J. Minter RP
Kyle Muller Note
Kyle Muller photo 249. Kyle Muller SP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 274. Kyle Wright SP
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 288. Mike Soroka SP
Luke Jackson Note
Luke Jackson photo 294. Luke Jackson RP
Spencer Strider Note
Spencer Strider photo 298. Spencer Strider RP,SP
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 379. Jesse Chavez SP,RP
Jay Jackson Note
Jay Jackson photo 408. Jay Jackson RP
Kirby Yates Note
Kirby Yates photo 453. Kirby Yates RP
Alan Rangel Note
Alan Rangel photo 516. Alan Rangel SP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 539. Darren O'Day RP
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 590. Jacob Webb RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 607. Grant Holmes RP,SP
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 620. Brad Brach RP
Dylan Lee Note
Dylan Lee photo 683. Dylan Lee RP
Brooks Wilson Note
Brooks Wilson photo 744. Brooks Wilson RP
Jay Flaa Note
Jay Flaa photo 847. Jay Flaa RP
Jackson Stephens Note
Jackson Stephens photo 933. Jackson Stephens RP