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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 11. Shohei Ohtani
He's Japan's greatest gift to MLB since Ichiro, and he offers the greatest combination of hitting and pitching since Babe Ruth. Ohtani's 9.1 WAR in 2021 was more than a full win higher than anyone else's. It's unfortunate that the rules in most fantasy leagues make it impossible for investors to fully tap all of Ohtani's skills. As a hitter, he provides prodigious power, scores runs in bunches and makes meaningful SB contributions. He batted .257 last year, but would it shock anyone if he gave us a .300 season? As a pitcher, Ohtani got his walks under control, struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings, and posted a 9-2 record. It's a dazzling skill set, and if Ohtani stays healthy, he's likely to return something close to first-round value as a hitter. He's a valuable pitcher, too, but to most fantasy owners that's just gravy.
11 weeks ago
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 48. Patrick Sandoval
Sandoval didn't get much respect from fantasy managers despite a solid year last season, probably for two reasons. The first is that his control is middling (9.9% walk rate), which leads to an inflated WHIP. The second is that his fastball is just mediocre, and it's really difficult to trust a pitcher who doesn't want to throw that pitch. But all that ignores that he has a glorious changeup and a passable slider, which he uses to great effect. He ended his season with a stress fracture in his back but he's reportedly fully recovered now. There's some risk with him but, chances are, his ADP won't reflect his upside. Take a chance on him, but make sure to draft some other "boring" and safe options.
8 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.
8 weeks ago
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 108. Reid Detmers
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 151. Griffin Canning
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 156. Jose Suarez
Jhonathan Diaz Note
Jhonathan Diaz photo 245. Jhonathan Diaz
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 323. Jaime Barria
Cooper Criswell Note
Cooper Criswell photo 330. Cooper Criswell
Janson Junk Note
Janson Junk photo 360. Janson Junk