2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (46 of 46 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Francisco Lindor (NYM - SS)||19||25.0||+6.0||
Lindor melted like hot butter under the New York spotlight. Last year's $341 million free agent signing was - how do we put this nicely? - awful. Simply awful. There was no pop in his bat, as evidenced by a career-low SLG%. He struck out 96 times in only 125 games, well above his career average, and became an albatross on Mets owner Steve Cohen's hopes and dreams. Lindor is the biggest boom-or-bust top-50 player in the game. If you believe last year was an aberration, snap him up in the late third or early fourth round. If you believe the Mets are going to regret backing up the Brinks truck for a player on an early decline, let someone else get saddled by a name that may well be better than the stats.
|2||Jazz Chisholm Jr. (MIA - 2B,SS)||43||39.0||-4.0||
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.
|3||Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS,CF,RF) SUS||46||23.0||-23.0||
A fractured wrist has changed the draft calculus on Tatis Jr., who might be out for as long as three months. It's always taken an iron stomach to draft him and deal with the injury risk. When healthy, he's a multi-category box score stuffer. His counting numbers are so orbital, he's basically a seven-category player ... when he's on the field. Now, you simply can't consider taking him within the first seven rounds.
|4||Willy Adames (MIL - SS)||53||62.0||+9.0||
If ever a player needed a trade, it was Adames. In his career, he has batted just .217 with a .616 OPS in Tropicana Field. And he was particularly dreadful with the Rays last year, slashing .197/.254/.371. He was an entirely different player after his trade to the Brewers, hitting 20 home runs in 99 games, with nearly a .900 OPS. He's probably due for some regression, as he outperformed his expected batting average and slugging percentage pretty significantly last season. But even if you knock off 20% of what we saw him do with the Brewers last season, he'd still be a startable option in fantasy. He's unlikely to take the leap into stardom, but he can and should certainly maintain the leap he took last year into relevance.
|5||Jake Cronenworth (SD - 1B,2B,SS)||52||51.0||-1.0||
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.
|6||Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS)||59||56.0||-3.0||
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.
|7||Brendan Rodgers (COL - 2B,SS)||74||75.0||+1.0||
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.
|8||Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)||79||85.0||+6.0||
You don't often see 34-year-old shortstops putting up massive career years, but that's exactly what we saw from Crawford in 2021. He set career bests in each of the five rotisserie categories, while beating his averages in strikeout and walk percentage. Crawford's quality of contact improved a bit, but not enough to make you think he's suddenly a completely different player than he had been his whole career. Don't bet on a repeat performance, but don't completely ignore Crawford in your drafts, as many managers likely will. The San Francisco offense is strong, and the park is less pitcher-friendly than it used to be. Crawford is more than capable of being your middle infielder in fantasy.
|9||Oneil Cruz (PIT - SS)||90||92.0||+2.0||
Cruz has somehow stayed at shortstop despite being 6'7, and he opened the eyes of even the casual fantasy manager this spring with his long home runs. The power is real, without question, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of strikeout issues once he's in the majors. That won't be out of the gate, as the Pirates optioned him to Triple-A. He's worth drafting even with this development, but you may have to wait a month more to see him contribute.
|10||Luis Urias (MIL - 2B,3B,SS)||91||89.0||-2.0||
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.
|11||CJ Abrams (WSH - 2B,SS)||97||128.0||+31.0|
|12||Gavin Lux (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||116||104.0||-12.0|
|13||Josh Rojas (ARI - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||120||110.0||-10.0||
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.
|14||Joey Wendle (MIA - 2B,3B,SS)||128||170.0||+42.0|
|15||Paul DeJong (STL - SS)||139||135.0||-4.0|
|16||Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,SS)||160||180.0||+20.0|
|17||Bryson Stott (PHI - 2B,SS)||143||165.0||+22.0|
|18||Ha-Seong Kim (SD - 2B,3B,SS)||161||162.0||+1.0|
|19||Jose Barrero (CIN - SS,CF)||261||210.0||-51.0|
|20||Edmundo Sosa (PHI - 2B,3B,SS)||225||199.0||-26.0|
|21||Thairo Estrada (SF - 2B,LF,SS)||302||208.0||-94.0|
|22||Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS)||203||232.0||+29.0|
|23||Nico Hoerner (CHC - 2B,SS)||206||153.0||-53.0|
|24||Luis Garcia (WSH - 2B,SS)||220||226.0||+6.0|
|25||Cole Tucker (ARI - 2B,SS,RF) MiLB||233||245.0||+12.0|
|26||Kevin Newman (CIN - 2B,SS)||269||258.0||-11.0|
|27||Geraldo Perdomo (ARI - 3B,SS)||262||261.0||-1.0|
|28||Mark Vientos (NYM - 3B,DH,SS)||404|
|29||Luis Guillorme (NYM - 2B,3B,SS)||371||201.0||-170.0|
|30||Jordan Groshans (MIA - 3B,SS)||396||290.0||-106.0|
|31||Nick Maton (PHI - 2B,LF,RF,SS)||390|
|32||Lucius Fox (WSH - 2B,SS)||410|
|33||Eguy Rosario (SD - SS)||400|
|34||Omar Estevez (LAD - 2B,SS) MiLB||407|
|35||Erik Gonzalez (MIA - 1B,3B,SS) MiLB||408|