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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Zack Wheeler Note
Zack Wheeler photo 7. Zack Wheeler SP
It's not often a player in a major media market puts up a career season, finishes second in the Cy Young voting and ... nobody seems to notice. Well, friends, Mr. Wheeler would like some more of your attention in 2022, albeit with some caution. His 2.78 ERA last season was a career low. It's likely some regression is coming and his ERA will be in the low 3s. He usually strikes out about a batter an inning, but Wheeler punched out 247 in 213 IP last year. Will he be able to equal that pace? The Phillies are counting on him to do just that at the top of their rotation, but you'd be wise to treat him more like a solid All-Star than a Cy Young favorite. If he's your SP2, life is good. If he's your ace, make sure to load up on solid starting pitching in the mid rounds to bolster your staff behind him.
32 weeks ago
Aaron Nola Note
Aaron Nola photo 10. Aaron Nola SP
Don't overpay for what you hope Nola will be - the 2018 version of the pitcher who looked like he was on a path to superstardom. Nola's name still resonates, but his stats can be easily replicated four or five rounds after his fourth-round ADP. His 2022 ZiPS projection has him finishing 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA. Other systems are projecting his ERA to be closer to 3.75, which basically makes him Frankie Montas. You'd feel foolish drafting Montas 39th, right? Well, if that was your draft slot plan for Nola, think again.
32 weeks ago
Corey Knebel Note
Corey Knebel photo 67. Corey Knebel SP,RP
Knebel was labeled as the tentative closer by Joe Girardi early in the spring, and he's done nothing to lose the job since. He rebounded from a terrible 2020 season to put up a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with the Dodgers last year, and his fastball velocity sat at a robust 96.3 mile per hour. He's already throwing harder than that this spring, and combined with his outstanding curveball, his fastball can perform at an elite level. Knebel has closing experience from his days with Milwaukee, so as long as he can avoid injury, there's every reason to expect him to hold the role all year long. He could easily end up as a top-5 closer if everything breaks right.
28 weeks ago
Ranger Suarez Note
Ranger Suarez photo 73. Ranger Suarez SP,RP
Suarez was fantastic as both a reliever and a starter last year, compiling a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He was almost equally dominant as a starter and a reliever, though it's worth noting that he had a very soft run of opponents during his 12 starts. More troubling for projecting Suarez is that he had a comically low home run rate (just 0.34/9 innings). Yes, his sinker moves a ton and avoids hard contact, but that's simply not a sustsainable number. He's dealt with visa issues this spring, though looks to be on track for the season, so don't let that concern you much. Instead, just understand that he's due for some major regression, and is likely to pitch closer to a 4.00 ERA this year.
28 weeks ago
Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 85. Noah Syndergaard SP
Syndergaard has pitched two innings since 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and then having setbacks last season, and he'll get a fresh start with the Angels. Fantasy managers know what he brings to the table when he's at his best. A high-90s fastball, and excellent curveball, changeup, and slider, and the ability to dominate any lineup he faces when he's on. There are obvious injury concerns, but considering his low ADP, he has more upside than any pitcher going around him. Take comfort in the fact that he took a one-year deal in an effort to rebuild his value, and accept the discount on someone who could easily be an SP2 or SP3 if he stays healthy.
28 weeks ago
Zach Eflin Note
Zach Eflin photo 125. Zach Eflin RP,SP
Kyle Gibson Note
Kyle Gibson photo 148. Kyle Gibson SP
David Robertson Note
David Robertson photo 174. David Robertson RP
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 181. Brad Hand RP
Jose Alvarado Note
Jose Alvarado photo 204. Jose Alvarado RP
Connor Brogdon Note
Connor Brogdon photo 280. Connor Brogdon RP
Sam Coonrod Note
Sam Coonrod photo 306. Sam Coonrod RP
Bailey Falter Note
Bailey Falter photo 340. Bailey Falter RP,SP
Seranthony Dominguez Note
Seranthony Dominguez photo 417. Seranthony Dominguez RP
Nick Nelson Note
Nick Nelson photo 446. Nick Nelson RP
Ryan Sherriff Note
Ryan Sherriff photo 542. Ryan Sherriff RP
James McArthur Note
James McArthur photo 586. James McArthur SP,RP
Jace Fry Note
Jace Fry photo 628. Jace Fry RP
Hans Crouse Note
Hans Crouse photo 648. Hans Crouse SP
Andrew Bellatti Note
Andrew Bellatti photo 726. Andrew Bellatti RP
Kent Emanuel Note
Kent Emanuel photo 729. Kent Emanuel RP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 797. Chris Devenski RP
Cristopher Sanchez Note
Cristopher Sanchez photo 807. Cristopher Sanchez SP,RP
Damon Jones Note
Damon Jones photo 862. Damon Jones RP
James Marvel Note
James Marvel photo 950. James Marvel SP