2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (45 of 45 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Notes|
|1||Franmil Reyes (CHC - RF,DH) MiLB||48.0||+7.0||
Reyes crushes the ball and has the potential to become one of MLB's elite power hitters. The problem is that he hits the ball on the ground way too often. He had a 46% groundball rate in 2021 and a 36% flyball rate. That's a low flyball rate for a power hitter, and yet it's the highest of Reyes's four-year career. His 64% contact rate last year suggests there's worrisome BA downside here. Reyes doesn't steal bases. His run totals have been unimpressive and don't figure to improve with the bottom of the Cleveland batting order looking so anemic. And Reyes is only DH-eligible in most leagues. Reyes could lead the AL in homers if he makes launch-angle adjustments, but let someone else chase that dream.
|2||Jorge Soler (MIA - DH,LF,RF)||73.0||+7.0||
Soler's 48-homer season isn't ever going to repeat itself, but he doesn't need it to in order to provide fantasy value. He popped 27 homers last year and although his batting average has been in the .220s each of the last two years, his expected batting average has been closer to the high .240s. Now with the Marlins, he'll need every bit of hard contact he can get, but he should benefit from the NL adopting the DH. Soler isn't and won't be a star, but he's a useful fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
|3||Kyle Schwarber (PHI - 1B,DH,LF)||44.0||‐||
Schwarber was really, really good in 2020. He ranked in the top 10% of the league in barrel rate, average and maximum exit velocity, hard-hit rate, walk percentage, and wOBA. He also batted a career-best .266, probably because he swung at far fewer pitches outside the strike zone than he ever had before. He'll now bat near or at the top of a strong Phillies lineup in a park that should only accentuate Schwarber's raw power. If Schwarber can hold the gains he saw last year - being more selective, hitting more line drives, etc. - then he should be in for perhaps his best season to date.
|4||Seth Beer (ARI - 1B,DH)||189.0||+49.0|
|5||Ronnie Dawson (CIN - DH) MiLB|
|6||Rowdy Tellez (MIL - 1B,DH)||156.0||+48.0|