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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Lucas Giolito Note
Lucas Giolito photo 9. Lucas Giolito
Giolito doesn't have pinpoint control, and he gives up his fair share of gopher balls, but those are relatively minor warts on an otherwise sterling profile. He's finished 16th, 4th and 16th in strikeouts over the last three seasons. His worst batting average against over that span is .217. Giolito had a 3.53 ERA last year, but it would have been 3.17 if the Red Sox hadn't shelled him for seven runs in one inning in a disastrous Patriots' Day start. At 27, Giolito is entering the prime of his career, and he should benefit from playing on a good team in a soft division.
12 weeks ago
Dylan Cease Note
Dylan Cease photo 25. Dylan Cease
Cease showed a lot of growth last season, drastically increasing his strikeout rate (top four percent in MLB) while seeing a corresponding drop in both his walk-rate and HR/9. But to take the next leap, he's going to have to increase his efficiency, as he barely averaged five innings per start. There's a pretty plausible path to Cease finishing as a top-15 starter, and it largely involves him continuing to hone his command, particularly with his inconsistent curveball. If he does, and he can avoid the blow-up outings, then Cease has the makings of a fantasy ace. If he can't, then he'll likely still be a productive, albeit inconsistent, starter for your team.
10 weeks ago
Lance Lynn Note
Lance Lynn photo 39. Lance Lynn
After establishing himself as one of MLB's premier innings-eaters in 2019 and 2020, Lynn spent time on IL in 2021 with back and knee problems but was still highly effective, posting a career-best 2.69 ERA. There are a few minor concerns, however. The BABIPs against him the last two years have been .243 and .265. (For his career, it's .301.) Lynn's flyball rate has been on the rise the last two years, which could be a problem since the White Sox play in a bandbox. We might not see another sub-.300 ERA again, but we're likely to see more innings than bad, and Lynn is a good bet to give you a lot of innings. He led MLB in batters faced in 2019 and tied for the league lead in 2020.
12 weeks ago
Michael Kopech Note
Michael Kopech photo 46. Michael Kopech
There is no doubting Kopech's talent - he has an outstanding fastball and slider with a decent changeup - but it's more his role. He's had a tortured path to success, including undergoing Tommy John surgery and opting out of the 2020 season. But he was excellent last year, mostly in relief, and showed that he has the stuff to succeed in the majors. His role in 2022 is a bit undefined as of now, as the White Sox appear to want him in the rotation but state that he is behind the other starters. Given that he's thrown just 69.1 innings over the last two years, you'd be wise to pencil him in for about 130 innings and 20-25 starts. So long as you draft depth behind him, he should be a major asset this year.
9 weeks ago
Dallas Keuchel Note
Dallas Keuchel photo 150. Dallas Keuchel
Johnny Cueto Note
Johnny Cueto photo 159. Johnny Cueto
Reynaldo Lopez Note
Reynaldo Lopez photo 167. Reynaldo Lopez
Jimmy Lambert Note
Jimmy Lambert photo 207. Jimmy Lambert
Vince Velasquez Note
Vince Velasquez photo 274. Vince Velasquez
Brandon Finnegan Note
Brandon Finnegan photo 398. Brandon Finnegan