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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Carlos Rodon Note
Carlos Rodon photo 23. Carlos Rodon
After years of battling injuries and ineffectiveness, Rodon blossomed last year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Everything worked for the lefty, as his fastball (.199 BAA) and slider (.107 BAA) were borderline unhittable, and he ranked in the top four percent of the league in strikeout rate. He dealt with shoulder soreness and fatigue during the second half of the season, but that didn't stop the Giants from giving him a huge two-year deal. Oracle Park isn't quite the pitcher haven it once was, but it's a huge upgrade for Rodon after pitching in Guaranteed Rate Field last year. The injury risk will always be present for Rodon, but he's worth an investment if you make sure to bank on 150 innings or fewer.
38 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 30. Chris Bassitt
Bassitt's success feels uncomfortable - he doesn't have a ton of velocity or much of a secondary pitch beyond his sinker. But year in and year out, he offers an ERA and WHIP that help fantasy managers. His 25% strikeout rate last year was a career-best, and his deep arsenal helps to keep hitters off balance. He'll lose out on some park value with the move from Oakland to New York, but chances are he will improve on his meager win totals from the last few years. There's no ceiling ith Bassitt, but there's an extremely high floor, so sticking him in the back-end of your rotation is a winning move.
38 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 33. Sean Manaea
Manaea was traded to the Padres on the eve of the season, and it's a bit of a mixed bag for his value. His win potential certainly improves given the quality of the offense behind him now, but he'll see a downgrade in home park. Putting aside, the trade, Manaea was really inconsistent last year, and had just one month where his ERA was within two runs of the previous month. There were some overall gains, including a fastball that randomly found almost two miles of velocity. But in the end, Manaea just sort of is what he is. He doesn't have the secondary stuff to be a big strikeout pitcher, and his best-case scenario, absent a massively lucky season, is a mid-3.00 ERA with a WHIP that doesn't hurt you. Draft him for the back end of your rotation but do not expect a great leap.
36 weeks ago
Nathan Eovaldi Note
Nathan Eovaldi photo 37. Nathan Eovaldi
It always feels like Eovaldi should be better given how hard he throws and how good his control is, but it's always been difficult for him to put everything together. But now that he's enjoyed a rare run of health and largely ditched his underwhelming cutter, he's settled into a usable starter that you can draft with relative confidence. He's never going to be a star - his fastball is just too hittable and he pitches in a division with loaded lineups - but you could do far worse than a 3.75 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, which Eovaldi has given fantasy managers for two straight seasons. Expect a third in 2022.
38 weeks ago
Corey Knebel Note
Corey Knebel photo 63. Corey Knebel
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.
37 weeks ago
Noah Syndergaard Note
Noah Syndergaard photo 64. Noah Syndergaard
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.
37 weeks ago
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 78. Zack Greinke
Greinke is back where it all began in Kansas City, but he's obviously a different pitcher than he once was. His walk rate is still pristine but he rarely misses bats anymore and, as a result, his ERA has been above 4.00 in each of the past two seasons. He's still as durable as they come, and he'll earn wins just because he'll go deep into games. But there's little upside anymore, so don't feel compelled to draft him based on name value.
36 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 90. Corey Kluber
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 107. Michael Pineda
Dylan Bundy Note
Dylan Bundy photo 115. Dylan Bundy
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 116. Wade Miley
Michael Fulmer Note
Michael Fulmer photo 122. Michael Fulmer
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 129. Mike Minor
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 132. Rich Hill
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 134. Ryan Yarbrough
David Price Note
David Price photo 136. David Price
Drew Smyly Note
Drew Smyly photo 143. Drew Smyly
Luke Weaver Note
Luke Weaver photo 149. Luke Weaver
Dallas Keuchel Note
Dallas Keuchel photo 150. Dallas Keuchel
Craig Stammen Note
Craig Stammen photo 158. Craig Stammen
Johnny Cueto Note
Johnny Cueto photo 159. Johnny Cueto
Danny Duffy Note
Danny Duffy photo 164. Danny Duffy
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 173. Michael Wacha
Dominic Leone Note
Dominic Leone photo 180. Dominic Leone
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 185. Ross Stripling
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 188. Mike Foltynewicz
Caleb Smith Note
Caleb Smith photo 196. Caleb Smith
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 207. Trevor Williams
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 208. Anibal Sanchez
Jeff Hoffman Note
Jeff Hoffman photo 210. Jeff Hoffman
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 212. Chris Archer
Jordan Lyles Note
Jordan Lyles photo 217. Jordan Lyles
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 220. J.A. Happ
Garrett Richards Note
Garrett Richards photo 222. Garrett Richards
Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 230. Homer Bailey
Kwang Hyun Kim Note
Kwang Hyun Kim photo 232. Kwang Hyun Kim
Ross Detwiler Note
Ross Detwiler photo 233. Ross Detwiler
Brett Anderson Note
Brett Anderson photo 240. Brett Anderson
Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 242. Zach Davies
Wily Peralta Note
Wily Peralta photo 243. Wily Peralta
Tommy Romero Note
Tommy Romero photo 244. Tommy Romero
Jhonathan Diaz Note
Jhonathan Diaz photo 245. Jhonathan Diaz
Gabriel Ynoa Note
Gabriel Ynoa photo 246. Gabriel Ynoa
John Gant Note
John Gant photo 247. John Gant
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 248. Touki Toussaint
Henderson Alvarez III Note
Henderson Alvarez III photo 249. Henderson Alvarez III
Joe Ross Note
Joe Ross photo 251. Joe Ross
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 253. Erick Fedde
Chad Kuhl Note
Chad Kuhl photo 254. Chad Kuhl
Carlos Martinez Note
Carlos Martinez photo 264. Carlos Martinez
Dillon Peters Note
Dillon Peters photo 265. Dillon Peters
Masahiro Tanaka Note
Masahiro Tanaka photo 268. Masahiro Tanaka
Mike Leake Note
Mike Leake photo 270. Mike Leake
Andrew Cashner Note
Andrew Cashner photo 280. Andrew Cashner
Jason Vargas Note
Jason Vargas photo 283. Jason Vargas
Rick Porcello Note
Rick Porcello photo 287. Rick Porcello
Dylan File Note
Dylan File photo 288. Dylan File
Wade LeBlanc Note
Wade LeBlanc photo 289. Wade LeBlanc
Kohei Arihara Note
Kohei Arihara photo 294. Kohei Arihara
Trevor Cahill Note
Trevor Cahill photo 296. Trevor Cahill
Chris Ellis Note
Chris Ellis photo 297. Chris Ellis
Ivan Nova Note
Ivan Nova photo 304. Ivan Nova
T.J. Zeuch Note
T.J. Zeuch photo 305. T.J. Zeuch
Humberto Mejia Note
Humberto Mejia photo 306. Humberto Mejia
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 308. Matt Shoemaker
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 314. Zack Godley
Lewis Thorpe Note
Lewis Thorpe photo 319. Lewis Thorpe
Kohl Stewart Note
Kohl Stewart photo 323. Kohl Stewart
Jake Arrieta Note
Jake Arrieta photo 325. Jake Arrieta
Alexander Vizcaino Note
Alexander Vizcaino photo 326. Alexander Vizcaino
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 327. Brendan McKay
Logan Shore Note
Logan Shore photo 331. Logan Shore
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 333. Mike Fiers
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 336. Cole Hamels
Dan Straily Note
Dan Straily photo 337. Dan Straily
Matt Moore Note
Matt Moore photo 338. Matt Moore
Charlie Barnes Note
Charlie Barnes photo 339. Charlie Barnes
Nick Neidert Note
Nick Neidert photo 342. Nick Neidert
Aaron Sanchez Note
Aaron Sanchez photo 345. Aaron Sanchez
Asher Wojciechowski Note
Asher Wojciechowski photo 347. Asher Wojciechowski
Sean Nolin Note
Sean Nolin photo 351. Sean Nolin
Chi Chi Gonzalez Note
Chi Chi Gonzalez photo 352. Chi Chi Gonzalez
Scott Kazmir Note
Scott Kazmir photo 355. Scott Kazmir
Jerad Eickhoff Note
Jerad Eickhoff photo 360. Jerad Eickhoff
Chase Anderson Note
Chase Anderson photo 363. Chase Anderson
Ty Blach Note
Ty Blach photo 366. Ty Blach
Seth Romero Note
Seth Romero photo 368. Seth Romero
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 369. Daniel Mengden
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 371. Corey Oswalt
Luis Perdomo Note
Luis Perdomo photo 372. Luis Perdomo
Riley Smith Note
Riley Smith photo 373. Riley Smith
Taylor Cole Note
Taylor Cole photo 377. Taylor Cole
Drew Anderson Note
Drew Anderson photo 378. Drew Anderson
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 379. Jake Faria
Drew Hutchison Note
Drew Hutchison photo 384. Drew Hutchison
Alec Bettinger Note
Alec Bettinger photo 385. Alec Bettinger
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 389. Harold Ramirez
Barry Enright Note
Barry Enright photo 391. Barry Enright
Aaron Brooks Note
Aaron Brooks photo 393. Aaron Brooks
Robert Stock Note
Robert Stock photo 395. Robert Stock
Brandon Finnegan Note
Brandon Finnegan photo 396. Brandon Finnegan
CC Sabathia Note
CC Sabathia photo 398. CC Sabathia
Scott Moss Note
Scott Moss photo 399. Scott Moss