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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 10. 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.
32 weeks ago
Patrick Sandoval Note
Patrick Sandoval photo 49. 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.
28 weeks ago
Reid Detmers Note
Reid Detmers photo 110. Reid Detmers
Griffin Canning Note
Griffin Canning photo 151. Griffin Canning
Jose Suarez Note
Jose Suarez photo 156. Jose Suarez
Tucker Davidson Note
Tucker Davidson photo 216. Tucker Davidson
Jhonathan Diaz Note
Jhonathan Diaz photo 245. Jhonathan Diaz
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 248. Touki Toussaint
Jaime Barria Note
Jaime Barria photo 323. Jaime Barria
Janson Junk Note
Janson Junk photo 360. Janson Junk