2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (44 of 45 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Trea Turner (LAD - 2B,SS)||1||1.0||‐||
Turner's excellence depends on his health. He's played more than 148 games only once in his seven-year career. If LA's great weather can keep him on the field, he's a legitimate threat for 30 HRs, 100 RBI and 110 runs in a consistently good Dodgers lineup. But Turner's history makes it more likely he plays in something closer to 120-130 games. Is that worth his top-three ADP? Qualifying at 2B bumps up his value a few ticks, but keeper league owners should beware: He'll return to SS-only eligibility in 2023.
|2||Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) IL60||9||11.0||+2.0||
Ignoring the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Albies stands alone as the only player to score 100 runs, hit 20 home runs and steal 10 bases over each of the last three full seasons. He's a surefire five-category hitter coming into his prime. If Mookie Betts doesn't maintain 2B eligibility in your league, Albies is the No. 2 second baseman behind Trea Turner.
|3||Mookie Betts (LAD - 2B,CF,RF)||5||5.0||‐||
If Betts is healthy, he's an automatic NL MVP candidate. He played through back and hip injuries last year that limited his effectiveness. Reports are that Betts is healthy and ready to resume his spot amongst the game's elite. If he has 2B eligibility in your league, he's even more valuable. If Betts slides to 8, 9, 10 in the first round, snatch him up. If he adds 20 steals to his usually impressive R/HR/RBI tallies, he's going to be in the running for the overall No. 1 player at season's end.
|4||Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,CF,DH)||30||38.0||+8.0||
Guys with recurring muscle injuries scare me. They're one wrong step away from missing a month. Marte terrifies me. Ever since his 2019 breakout that had all of us wondering if we'd be better off with Marte or Ozzie Albies (lol, what were we thinking?), Marte has had trouble staying healthy. Arizona is likely to give him more rest this season with the goal of keeping him on the field. He'll still help you in average, and he has a little pop in his bat, but he's one of the riskier investments in fantasy baseball.
|5||Jonathan India (CIN - 2B)||37||44.0||+7.0||
Full disclosure:, I have a little man(ager) crush on India. The NL Rookie of the Year saved my season last year after some early middle infield injuries. He's a five-category option who will still be available in the eighth round or beyond. But beware: He's not going to get a lot of help in the lineup to bolster his RBI and run totals. Cincy is not going to be a good team. Without slugger Nick Castellanos and some other veteran bats the team plans on trading away, India will be a man on an island. Take that into consideration.
|6||Jazz Chisholm Jr. (MIA - 2B,SS) IL60||44||42.0||-2.0||
Let me introduce you to my second base draft target. Just 24 years old, Chisholm offers a tantalizing combination of power and speed. If he makes the necessary offseason adjustments to hit breaking pitches better, Chisholm will deliver an all-star season. He'll max out as a four category guy until he gets his average up, but for a guy ranked outside of the top 10 in nearly every set of 2B rankings, Chisholm looks like a potential draft steal. A 20/20 season is all but a lock.
|7||Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B,DH)||47||78.0||+31.0||
Muncy had a fantastic 2021 season with 36 homers, making it his third straight full season in which he reached the 35-homer plateau. But he tore the UCL in his elbow late in the year and missed the playoffs, and the fantasy baseball world has been holding its collective breath hoping that he'll be able to be ready for Opening Day this year. All signs - and Dave Roberts's comments - point to Muncy being available, and the addition of the DH to the National League can only help his cause. But although a torn UCL isn't nearly the same injury for a position player that it is for a pitcher, Muncy will still likely see some limitations and need some time off this year. Expect his usual excellent production, but knock off 10-20 games from his usual output.
|8||Tommy Edman (STL - 2B,RF,SS)||59||55.0||-4.0||
There's a lot to like here. The biggest draws are speed and multi-position (OF/2B) eligibility. Edman stole 30 bases last year, tying for fourth in MLB. Statcast says he's in the 92nd percentile for sprint speed. There's a little bit of power here, too. Edman hit only 11 HRs last year but clubbed 41 doubles. Edman has a .272 batting average over three seasons, and there could be room for growth there. His contact rate improved to 85% last year, and he sprays hits to both sides of the diamond. Edman doesn't take many walks, but that's a minor nit to pick.
|9||Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B,SS)||60||57.0||-3.0||
Cronenworth quietly had a very solid season for the Padres, totaling 21 home runs and exactly an .800 OPS. He's not an exciting player - he doesn't have a ton of power or speed and his batting average won't wow you. But he'll bat second for the Padres this year and so you can expect him to challenge the 94 runs scored he totaled last season. He also struck out just 14% of the time last year, which ranked in the top 10% in MLB, so he's unlikely to endure prolonged slumps, and consistent production goes further in today's fantasy landscape than it used to. Add to that his multi-position eligibility and Cronenworth makes an ideal part of any fantasy team, particularly one with daily lineup changes.
|10||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||73||67.0||-6.0||
Taylor had an excellent season, hitting 20 homers and stealing 13 bases while playing all over the diamond as usual. The Dodgers rewarded him with a four-year, $60 million deal, which pretty much guarantees that he'll find his way into the lineup nearly every day. He won't wow you in any category but given his position flexibility and placement in the best lineup in baseball, Taylor is an ideal player for any fantasy team who should offer similar numbers to last year.
|11||Ryan McMahon (COL - 2B,3B)||82||85.0||+3.0||
McMahon showed that his poor performance during the shortened 2020 season was an aberration, as his 2021 statline was nearly identical to the one he put up in 2019. His batting average (.254), OBP (.331) and slugging percentage (.449) were all within four points of his 2019 mark and his counting stats were similarly comparable. There's a chance that McMahon makes some gains this season - he's entering his "magical" age-27 season and he cut his strikeout rate to 24.7% last year. But, given how closely his last two full seasons have mirrored one another, you can likely bank on a .250-ish average, 24 home runs, 145 combined runs and RBI, and five steals. Draft him with those numbers in mind.
|12||Jean Segura (PHI - 2B)||96||107.0||+11.0||
Segura had a solid bounce-back season after 2020's blip, as his 14 home runs were the most he had hit since 2016. A 15-10 season is probably his ceiling at this point in his career, but he hasn't slipped from his .285 career batting average and he continues to avoid strikeouts with the best of them. With the addition of Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, the Philadelphia lineup is as strong as it has been in years, and that should bolster Segura's counting stats. He's an option once you miss out on the top middle infielders.
|13||Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B,SS)||93||93.0||‐||
Rodgers finally provided some fantasy value last year, batting .284 with 15 home runs in just 102 games. The proclivity for stolen bases he showed at times in the minors is non-existent now, but he seemingly did enough to lock down an everyday job in the majors going forward. His putrid walk rate will keep both his OBP and his runs scored total in check, but he should help in batting average and approach 20 home runs. That's perfectly acceptable as a middle infielder, even if it comes with a low ceiling.
|14||Kolten Wong (MIL - 2B)||103||104.0||+1.0||
Wong played extremely well with the Brewers last year, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 12 bases in just 116 games. Wong is what he at this point - he'll chip in double digit steals and homers with a batting average that will help you, but there's no chance of a breakout season given his level of quality of contact. He should lead off for the Brewers so expect plenty of runs scored, and his totals should be enough to make him a passable middle infielder for fantasy purposes.
|15||Eduardo Escobar (NYM - 1B,2B,3B)||108||102.0||-6.0||
Escobar rarely gets much love from fantasy managers, probably because everything under the hood doesn't usually support his numbers. He almost always outperforms his expected statistics, and he offers no help in batting average or steals. But he does have plenty of pop (53 homers over his last two full seasons, at least 21 in each of his last four), and he's been a plus in runs scored and RBI despite playing on mediocre teams. He'll now be the everyday third baseman for the Mets, so managers can enjoy his dual eligibility, and his placement in the middle of a strong lineup should keep all his counting stats afloat. There's not a ton of upside with Escobar, but there's a high floor.
|16||Luis Urias (MIL - 2B,3B,SS)||114||113.0||-1.0||
Urias exploded last year, putting up 23 homers with 149 combined runs and RBI. Just to put that into perspective, Urias's high in home runs before last year was four, and his best combined runs and RBI total was 51. Most of his production was backed up by the underlying data, as his hard-contact rates exploded. He'd be a prime sleeper but he's battling a quad injury that is going to shut him down until early April at least, so knock him down your draft board a bit with the injury news. Performance-wise, however, last year looks legitimate.
|17||Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B,LF)||143||144.0||+1.0||
McNeil's 2019 power outburst looks like a total anomaly, as he hit just seven home runs last year. His usual reliable batting average bottomed out to just .251 as he played through injury, but most of his underlying metrics looked strong. He'll rarely strike out, but there's just not that much that he can offer given his lack of power and speed. Worse still, he'll likely now bat in the bottom third of the Mets' batting order with the team's additions. There's little reason to consider McNeil in any capacity this year unless he somehow finds his power stroke.
|18||Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||145||130.0||-15.0|
|19||Nick Madrigal (CHC - 2B)||158||141.0||-17.0|
|20||Josh Rojas (ARI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||147||138.0||-9.0||
Rojas chipped in last year, but he didn't quite meet expectations placed on him after a strong spring. He came a steal short of reaching double digits in both home runs and steals, but his expected stats leave little to be desired. He's got position flexibility and won't hurt you while he's in there, but he's not someone you can draft as a starter and feel confident about. Expect a similar line to last year.
|21||Cesar Hernandez (WSH - 2B)||153||190.0||+37.0|
|22||Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,CF)||142||197.0||+55.0|
|23||Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,3B,CF,SS)||163||160.0||-3.0|
|24||Joey Wendle (MIA - 2B,3B,SS)||193||195.0||+2.0|
|25||Ha-Seong Kim (SD - 2B,3B,SS)||208||218.0||+10.0|
|26||Jose Iglesias (COL - 2B,SS)||213||312.0||+99.0|
|27||Wilmer Flores (SF - 1B,2B,3B,DH)||249||200.0||-49.0|
|28||Nico Hoerner (CHC - 2B,SS)||268||211.0||-57.0|
|29||Nolan Gorman (STL - 2B,3B,DH)||373||246.0||-127.0|
|30||Diego Castillo (PIT - 2B,3B,RF,SS) MiLB||267|
|31||Thairo Estrada (SF - 2B,SS)||406||276.0||-130.0|
|32||Edmundo Sosa (PHI - 2B,3B,SS)||292||267.0||-25.0|
|33||Tommy La Stella (SF - 2B,3B,DH)||307||311.0||+4.0|
|34||Jurickson Profar (SD - 1B,2B,LF,CF,RF)||275||294.0||+19.0|
|35||Michael Chavis (PIT - 1B,2B,3B)||277||325.0||+48.0|
|36||Luis Garcia (WSH - 2B,SS) DTD||286||298.0||+12.0|
|37||Cole Tucker (ARI - 2B,SS,RF) MiLB||303||332.0||+29.0|
|38||Kevin Newman (PIT - 2B,SS)||359||349.0||-10.0|
|39||Jon Berti (MIA - 2B,3B,LF,SS) IL10||411||329.0||-82.0|
|40||Sergio Alcantara (ARI - 2B,3B,SS)||488||261.0||-227.0|
|41||Jace Peterson (MIL - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF) IL10||363||236.0||-127.0|
|42||Luke Williams (MIA - 2B,3B,CF,LF)||487|
|43||Josh VanMeter (PIT - 1B,2B,3B)||386||367.0||-19.0|
|44||Donovan Solano (CIN - 2B,3B,DH)||435||372.0||-63.0|
|45||Mike Brosseau (MIL - 1B,2B,3B)||423||358.0||-65.0|
|46||Zach McKinstry (CHC - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||485||282.0||-203.0|
|47||David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B) MiLB||450||385.0||-65.0|
|48||Johan Camargo (PHI - 1B,2B,3B,SS) MiLB||476||245.0||-231.0|
|49||Max Schrock (CIN - 2B,LF) MiLB||469|
|50||Hanser Alberto (LAD - 2B,3B,DH,SS)||482||256.0||-226.0|
|51||Hoy Park (PIT - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB||400.0|
|52||Alan Trejo (COL - 2B) MiLB||483||295.0||-188.0|
|53||Yonny Hernandez (ARI - 2B,3B) MiLB||486||383.0||-103.0|
|54||Luis Guillorme (NYM - 2B,3B,SS)||497||269.0||-228.0|
|55||Wilmer Difo (ARI - 2B,3B,RF) MiLB||498|
|56||Jahmai Jones (LAD - 2B) MiLB||499|
|57||Isan Diaz (SF - 2B,3B) MiLB||495|
|58||Nick Maton (PHI - 2B,SS)||522|
|59||Donovan Walton (SF - 2B,SS) MiLB||535|
|60||Rodolfo Castro (PIT - 2B,SS)||519|
|61||Lucius Fox (WSH - 2B,SS) MiLB||546|
|62||Pat Valaika (ATL - 2B,SS) MiLB||501||284.0||-217.0|
|63||Yairo Munoz (PHI - 2B) MiLB||504|
|64||Tucupita Marcano (PIT - 2B,LF)||509||407.0||-102.0|
|65||Alejo Lopez (CIN - 2B,3B,LF)||515|
|66||Jose Devers (MIA - 2B) MiLB|
|67||Travis Demeritte (ATL - 2B,LF,RF,SS) MiLB||517|
|68||Ildemaro Vargas (WSH - 2B,3B,SS)||534|
|69||Jake Hager (ARI - 2B,3B) MiLB||552|
|70||Trent Giambrone (CHC - 2B) MiLB||551|
|71||Andy Burns (LAD - 2B) MiLB||526|
|72||Jake Noll (WSH - 1B,2B,3B) MiLB||542|
|73||Andrew Young (WSH - 2B) MiLB||550|
|74||Hernan Perez (ATL - 2B) MiLB||554|
|75||Brendan Donovan (STL - 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,RF,SS)||553|
|76||Travis Blankenhorn (NYM - 2B) MiLB||555|
|77||Omar Estevez (LAD - 2B,SS) MiLB||543|
|78||Adrian Sanchez (WSH - 2B) MiLB||545|
|79||Domingo Leyba (SD - 2B,3B) MiLB||548|
|80||Tim Lopes (COL - 2B) MiLB||556|