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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Matt Barnes Note
Matt Barnes photo 17. Matt Barnes
Barnes was one of the best pitchers in baseball over the first half of the season, harnessing his control and dominating with his fastball/cuveball combination. But he fell apart in the second half, seeing his ERA rise by almost four points. There's speculation that his decline was related to MLB cracking down on foreign substances but, either way, the first half version of Barnes disappeared. His job security was in doubt heading into the year, but the Red Sox didn't bring anyone into challenge him and the biggest internal competitior for the job, Garrett Whitlock, has been stretched out for a starter or long-relief role. Expect Barnes to begin the year as the closer but whether he remains all year is anyone's guess. Draft him as a low-end second reliever and hope we say the first-half 2021 version of him.
7 weeks ago
Garrett Whitlock Note
Garrett Whitlock photo 29. Garrett Whitlock
Whitlock pitched out of the bullpen last year and many speculated that he might be a candidate to close this season after Matt Barnes struggled down the stretch. But instead he's being stretched out and is battling it out for a rotation spot. If he fails, he'll likely be a long-reliever and have little fantasy value. But, if he does lock down a starting spot, he has a great deal of upside. His fastball sits at 95 miles per hour and both his changeup and slider are above average. Monitor the reports as we head into the season but keep him on your radar in case he does land in the rotation.
6 weeks ago
Tanner Houck Note
Tanner Houck photo 32. Tanner Houck
Houck will begin the year in the rotation despite an uneven spring, and he showed a lot of upside last year. His strikeout rate sat at 30.5% while his walk rate was just 7.4%, and his 3.52 ERA was inflated according to all metrics. He's got an outstanding slider, which is what really propels his success, but his lack of other pitches in his arsenal often forces him to go deep into counts and shortens his outings. He should be on your sleeper list because he has huge potential, but understand that if he struggles, he could be moved to the bullpen, even with Chris Sale currently on the shelf.
7 weeks ago
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 78. Jake Diekman
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 140. Michael Wacha
Darwinzon Hernandez Note
Darwinzon Hernandez photo 163. Darwinzon Hernandez
Hansel Robles Note
Hansel Robles photo 186. Hansel Robles
Josh Taylor Note
Josh Taylor photo 188. Josh Taylor
Ryan Brasier Note
Ryan Brasier photo 233. Ryan Brasier
Hirokazu Sawamura Note
Hirokazu Sawamura photo 251. Hirokazu Sawamura
Matt Strahm Note
Matt Strahm photo 284. Matt Strahm
Austin Davis Note
Austin Davis photo 366. Austin Davis
Eduard Bazardo Note
Eduard Bazardo photo 456. Eduard Bazardo
John Schreiber Note
John Schreiber photo 477. John Schreiber
Kaleb Ort Note
Kaleb Ort photo 507. Kaleb Ort
Taylor Cole Note
Taylor Cole photo 550. Taylor Cole
Tyler Danish Note
Tyler Danish photo 555. Tyler Danish
Geoff Hartlieb Note
Geoff Hartlieb photo 566. Geoff Hartlieb
Michael Feliz Note
Michael Feliz photo 611. Michael Feliz
Phillips Valdez Note
Phillips Valdez photo 629. Phillips Valdez
Dan Altavilla Note
Dan Altavilla photo 640. Dan Altavilla
Durbin Feltman Note
Durbin Feltman photo 661. Durbin Feltman