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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.
11 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.
11 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.
8 weeks ago
Ranger Suarez Note
Ranger Suarez photo 74. 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.
8 weeks ago
Zach Eflin Note
Zach Eflin photo 124. Zach Eflin SP
Kyle Gibson Note
Kyle Gibson photo 148. Kyle Gibson SP
Brad Hand Note
Brad Hand photo 180. Brad Hand RP
Jose Alvarado Note
Jose Alvarado photo 204. Jose Alvarado RP
Connor Brogdon Note
Connor Brogdon photo 281. Connor Brogdon RP
Sam Coonrod Note
Sam Coonrod photo 305. Sam Coonrod RP
Bailey Falter Note
Bailey Falter photo 339. Bailey Falter RP
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 343. Jeurys Familia RP
Seranthony Dominguez Note
Seranthony Dominguez photo 419. 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 RP
Hans Crouse Note
Hans Crouse photo 648. Hans Crouse SP
James Norwood Note
James Norwood photo 706. James Norwood RP
Andrew Bellatti Note
Andrew Bellatti photo 726. Andrew Bellatti RP
Kent Emanuel Note
Kent Emanuel photo 729. Kent Emanuel RP
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 754. Corey Oswalt P
Kyle Dohy Note
Kyle Dohy photo 781. Kyle Dohy RP
Cam Bedrosian Note
Cam Bedrosian photo 803. Cam Bedrosian RP
Cristopher Sanchez Note
Cristopher Sanchez photo 807. Cristopher Sanchez RP
JoJo Romero Note
JoJo Romero photo 822. JoJo Romero RP
Dillon Maples Note
Dillon Maples photo 856. Dillon Maples RP
Damon Jones Note
Damon Jones photo 862. Damon Jones RP
Jake Newberry Note
Jake Newberry photo 868. Jake Newberry RP
Scott Moss Note
Scott Moss photo 948. Scott Moss SP
James Marvel Note
James Marvel photo 950. James Marvel SP