The Dodgers always seem to score in bunches when he's on the hill, so Urias might get 20 wins again. Assuming he's ready for the beginning of the season or shortly thereafter, he should be good for at least 15 saves. Expect Peralta's ERA and WHIP to rise some, but the strikeouts are for real. If he's still there as you close in on pick 100, snatch him up. In just 117 games, he popped 21 home runs and added nine steals, all while batting .297. If you're on the wrong end of the snake draft and he's there at the fifth-round/sixth-round turn, grab him and start the closer run. He's a lock to bat .300 and he'll generally offer decent runs and RBI totals batting in a strong Houston lineup. Gallen took a major step back last year, but it's tough not to blame the injuries. Now that he's landed in a strong lineup, invest with confidence. Pham's batting average has suffered over the last two seasons, but his expected batting average (.266, .258) suggests that he's been more unlucky than anything. With Tucker Barnhart out of town, Stephenson will get his shot as the primary catcher for the Reds. Berrios will spend his first full season in the rugged AL East, but with a loaded Blue Jays lineup giving him run support, he has a good chance to exceed 14 wins for the first time in his career. If only fantasy baseball awarded points for spectacular defensive plays. Kepler can fill in for you, just don't rely on him as a starter. Santander dealt with a litany of injuries last year to his lower body, so the fact that he still popped 18 home runs in 100 games is rather impressive. 3 starter with little hesitation.
That ain't half bad - but it's no longer worth overpaying for. His contract should keep him in Arizona for the full year, so grit your teeth and draft him as a fairly reliable option in the bullpen. Whether that manifests itself in his first year remains to be seen, but there are few players with similar upside going at his ADP. His role in 2022 is a bit undefined as of now, as the White Sox appear to want him in the rotation but state that he is behind the other starters. If Castillo is on your target list, make sure to buy a big bottle of Tums. He'll still bat in an outstanding lineup so his counting stats should have somewhat of a floor, but he's now an option you settle for, rather than target. Carrasco was limited to just 53 2/3 innings last season as he was delayed due to a hamstring injury. The batting average has been less predictable, but it's probably a good sign that he managed to bat .266 last year despite a .256 BABIP. He will not be on the rankings and may he mash at the big leagues finally. Read More, Welcome RotoBallers to our first rankings article of the year about fantasy baseball prospects. There's hope for a rebound, of course. However, the universal DH rule adds to Realmuto's value. When healthy, Buxton will steal a lot of bases and score plenty of runs. But beware: He's not going to get a lot of help in the lineup to bolster his RBI and run totals. His strikeout rate sits above 30% most years, his walk rate remains below 5%, and his sinker sits at about 95 MPH. But the knee issues are enough of a reason to look elsewhere when you're considering a late-round outfielder. Edman has a .272 batting average over three seasons, and there could be room for growth there. Soler isn't and won't be a star, but he's a useful fourth outfielder in mixed leagues. He's an option once you miss out on the top middle infielders. Cole had an ERA above 4.00 after the All-Star break last season, but his 0.51 ERA in three August starts leaves the impression that his second-half ups and downs were random variance. His velocity was close to pre-surgery levels, and though his strikeout rate dropped a smidge, he was basically the same ace he's always been. He is worth drafting late, but do so expecting 15 saves or fewer. His home park helps, too, but he'll need to continue to develop a second pitch (his slider is good but inconsistent) if he wants to take a step forward. His walk rate is still pristine but he rarely misses bats anymore and, as a result, his ERA has been above 4.00 in each of the past two seasons. Away from the mile high air, he's just another guy. In San Diego's pitcher's park with a good defense behind him, Musgrove should produce solid strikeout totals, with a mid-3.00s ERA and a low 1.10s WHIP. Whitlock pitched out of the bullpen last year and many speculated that he might be a candidate to close this season after Matt Barnes struggled down the stretch. His hot finish to the 2021 season on a scorching Giants team propelled him higher on draft boards than his stats warrant. The depth of the Rockies lineup continues to take a hit, even with the addition of Kris Bryant, and at this point, you're drafting Blackmon hoping for one more mediocre season out of him. The 37-year-old signed a three-year deal to return to the NL East and lead the Mets' rotation. I've ridden the Reds ace through multiple tumultuous seasons, and I can't do it again. He has a .290 career average, and his run production has been remarkably stable. That still leaves room for Baz to provide plenty of value, so long as the helium on his draft price stays in check. Rogers is unlikely to match his 2.65 ERA from last season, and it's safe to expect some WHIP regression. He's still a great option at catcher. But there aren't many relievers who are guaranteed to have the ninth-inning to themselves to start the season, and Trivino is one of them. Dalbec has a ton of power, and ranked in the top nine percent of the league in average and maximum exit velocity. He was slated to be the closer for Atlanta once again, but with the Braves signing Kenley Jansen, Smith is now nothing more than an insurance policy. Riley's value swings wildly depending on whether you play in an OBP league or a BA league. His K rate has risen in each of the last three seasons.
It's a great time to do another update and check-in for our fantasy baseball rankings. What is zero? When healthy, he's an above-average reliever, though not one with a classic closer's outlook. But other than that category, it just feels like he leaves a lot on the table. He got off to a fast start in 2019 but received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. The Phillies are counting on him to do just that at the top of their rotation, but you'd be wise to treat him more like a solid All-Star than a Cy Young favorite. Nevertheless, given Santander's ADP, he's well worth drafting. He hasn't turned into the superstar we thought he was going to become, but he's still got power and will still knock in runs, and now he'll be doing his mashing at Coors Field. Add to that his multi-position eligibility and Cronenworth makes an ideal part of any fantasy team, particularly one with daily lineup changes. Catchers tend to fall off precipitously after age 30, so Realmuto will have to stave off Father Time. His job security was in doubt heading into the year, but the Red Sox didn't bring anyone into challenge him and the biggest internal competitior for the job, Garrett Whitlock, has been stretched out for a starter or long-relief role. Ohtani's 9.1 WAR in 2021 was more than a full win higher than anyone else's. The Rays' wunderkind signed an 11-year, $182 million contract in November and now simply has to go about the business of becoming the superstar everyone expects him to become. Even if they do, at 34, will Marte still be an elite bag thief? Benintendi was the classic "needs a change of scenery" player and got relatively back on track with the Royals. Skubal had some growing pains last year, and he really needs to improve his four-seam fastball (.611 SLG, .413 wOBA). Below you'll find our MLB team's updated 2022 fantasy baseball points league rankings, specifically catered and adjusted for for points leagues and head-to-head (H2H) points league formats. But the power profile is enticing, and it's a nice bonus that Mountcastle has dual eligibility as an outfielder and first baseman. But your best-case scenario is a 20-15 line with a batting average that hurts. Other than being a lefty, he's got a pretty typical closer makeup. Hernandez won't win you your league, but he's the type of player you can leave in your lineup all year long. But his expected stats suggested he was incredibly lucky, and his 19.3% strikeout rate wasn't helping fantasy managers. Mahle is your quintessential fantasy rotation filler. Drafting Skubal to be a starter for your team means you believe that he's going to continue his upward trend, and considering that both his strikeout and walk rates were extremely solid last year, there's reason for optimism. Cron became a prime sleeper when he signed with Colorado, and fantasy managers hoped that he could maintain his strong power numbers while letting Coors Field positively impact his batting average. He's a reliever with a limited track record which means his volatility is high. There's still plenty of value there, as he should still be a plus contributor in homers and RBI. In 2021, Buxton missed 39 games with a strained hip, then broke his hand after being hit with a pitch in his third game back, causing him to miss another month. Today we're here with our updated preseason rankings for the top 50 MLB prospects who have a chance to make fantasy baseball impacts in 2022. Think of a poor man's version of Michael Brantley in his prime and that's what Verdugo will give you, and that's plenty valuable for fantasy.
If you believe last year was an aberration, snap him up in the late third or early fourth round. Stroman won't hurt you, and drafting a pitcher with little downside can be a plus if you have a deep rotation. His hard-hit rate, average exit velocity and barrel percentage all dropped significantly, and it's fair to write if fantasy managers want to write all that off to his injury issues. As it turns out, I've recently updated my dynasty fantasy Read More. Note: Tristan H. Cockcroft's points league rankings can be found here. He'll help you in HR and RBI, and he won't hurt you in runs, but let someone else in your league jump on him early based on name recognition. He doesn't hit the ball particularly hard or get on base much, but his defense should keep him in the lineup enough to again compile enough stats to at least be interesting for 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. When he's on, he piles up strikeouts and limits walks and flyballs. Give the ascending slugger a mulligan for an ill-fated 2021 season. If you could guarantee his health, then his power upside and strong supporting cast would likely be enough to make him a top-12 catcher. He is always in the top three percent of the league in hard hit rate and exit velocity, and 50 homers could potentially be in reach if he put it all together. The Braves' new slugger posted career highs across the board last season - 39 HRs, 111, RBI, 101 runs and a .271 BA - and as he enters his age-28 season, he should be in his prime. We've got a "best shape of his life" alert with Moncada, who has been vocal about his offseason training habits. His true version likely lies somewhere in between, and that's not a bad thing. Polanco enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2021, batting .269 with 33 HRs, 98 RBI, 97 runs and 11 SBs. That's especially true because he pitches in a hitter-friendly environment and for a team that has traded nearly every decent offensive piece. It's unclear if his 2021 season was just a blip or if his gains are sustainable, but a move to San Francisco can't be a bad thing. If you get an age discount, pounce. Martinez got the bad taste of 2020 out of his mouth with a fine 2021 season. Playing in one of MLB's best lineups should help keep his run and RBI totals robust. His combined WHIP over the past two years is 0.72. With the Phillies adding Nick Castellanos to provide Harper with some lineup protection, a 100 RBI season with 110 runs is probably Harper's floor. Below are our updated 2022 fantasy baseball draft rankings and tiers for roto leagues. The days of .300 batting averages may be gone, too. Our Read More, Welcome to another fresh update of our 2022 fantasy baseball draft rankings and rankings tiers for mixed roto leagues. Snell is an every-other-year pitcher. Flaherty only pitched 78 innings last season due to shoulder and oblique injuries, but he didn't suffer any structural damage in his shoulder - it was just a strain - so that shouldn't have any lingering impact this season. Manoah was largely as advertised last year with Toronto, pitching to a 3.22 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Barlow saved 18 games between the majors and the minors last year, putting up excellent ratios. But while Fenway is good for hitters overall, it actually depresses home runs slightly. Gray has the pure stuff to succeed - a fastball that sits at 95 MPH, a strong slider, and decent command. He'll still play his home games in an extreme hitter-friendly environment, and he'll see a major upgrade in his surrounding lineup. It would seem like an odd decline for Myers, who was just 30 last year, so it may have just been a blip. His fastball sits at 95 miles per hour and both his changeup and slider are above average. He also displayed impressive plate patience and remarkable contact skills as a 20-year-old rookie. Expect his usual excellent production, but knock off 10-20 games from his usual output. Witt was drafted everywhere after buzz in the spring suggested that he'd be up in the majors before long. He's not going to surprise anyone anymore. Montas has taken his investors on a wild ride the past few seasons. But all that ignores that he has a glorious changeup and a passable slider, which he uses to great effect. After a forgettable short season in 2020, Altuve tied a career high with 31 home runs last year, scored a career-high 117 runs and had 83 RBI despite hitting in the leadoff spot. After drastically increasing his home run power over the previous few seasons, he hit just 10 home runs last year and his slugging percentage dropped to .362. There was no pop in his bat, as evidenced by a career-low SLG%. Draft him late but fully understand that he has top-five catcher upside. Altuve used to be good for 30+ stolen bases a season, but he's had 11 SBs in his last two full seasons combined. He batted .291 overall and struck out just 16.3% of the time, all while putting up passable counting stats. The below rankings are updated as of April 4th, as we continue to update our staff rankings every single day based on relevant MLB news and Read More, Fall in line, RotoBallers, because we're heading to the hot corner on our final descent towards the 2022 fantasy baseball season. He does have decent raw stuff - both his cutter and slider can be borderline dominant when he's on and his fastball can be successful when he gets that little extra bit of velocity, like he showed early last year. He's back with the Giants after accepting a qualifying offer and even with last year's numbers and the change in park factors in recent years, San Francisco was hardly the best place for Belt to end up. With that said, the Braves will likely be careful with his innings this season, so there's no reason to draft him too early since he probably has a 140-inning cap. Worse, what if it wasn't? As fantasy managers know, prospect growth is not linear, so Adell's mediocre performance in the majors to this point shouldn't give you much pause. Heading into the eighth round and worried? If he does, and he can avoid the blow-up outings, then Cease has the makings of a fantasy ace. Well, friends, Mr. Wheeler would like some more of your attention in 2022, albeit with some caution. Montas pitched poorly in 2020, posting a 5.60 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 11 starts. But he's one of just a handful of players who are capable of putting up a 25-15 line over the course of a full season, and his eight steals over the first month last year showed how he could likely steal 25 if he really wanted to. There is no doubting Kopech's talent - he has an outstanding fastball and slider with a decent changeup - but it's more his role. Where on the spectrum he lands this year is anyone's guess. Edman hit only 11 HRs last year but clubbed 41 doubles. Draft him as a low-end second reliever and hope we say the first-half 2021 version of him.
He has elite control as mentioned, and an above-average fastball, changeup, and curveball. Manaea was traded to the Padres on the eve of the season, and it's a bit of a mixed bag for his value. Hernandez established new career highs in basically every offensive category last year, batting .296, belting 32 HRs, driving in 116 runs, scoring 92 times and doubling his previous season high in stolen bases with 12. Looks slightly overpriced at a third-round ADP. Highest Floor and Highest Upside in Each Round. Here's what you'll find: Fantasy baseballrankings are an important piece of your preseason draft strategies, and your in-season roster management as well. Bassitt's success feels uncomfortable - he doesn't have a ton of velocity or much of a secondary pitch beyond his sinker. There's still a ton of room for profit with him, but you shouldn't count on much more than 120 innings. As we deal with a variety of fantasy baseball news and injuries, below you'll find our updated 2022 fantasy baseball points league rankings. When the closer run starts, Diaz is a relatively safe top-10 choice at the position. There's potential for growth in strikeouts if his slider improves, but draft Urquidy for his safety, not his ceiling, and build in some missed time. His FIP, xFIP, and xERA all suggest that he was lucky last year, so really, if you're looking for reasons to be optimistic that Civale can take a leap forward, there just aren't any from last year. If you have a stronger constitution than I do, know that Castillo has SP1 stuff and will probably be worth it over the long haul. But he also batted a career worst .226 and ranked in the bottom nine percent of the league with a 29.2% strikeout rate. But his job security remains high and his strikeouts continue to be elite for a reliever. Machado will turn 30 this year, and some positive regression seems to be in order. His skills have not declined much, and his 19% strikeout rate last year represented his best since 2017. In one of the quietest MVP campaigns in recent memory, Harper did Harper-like things in 2021, with 35 homers, 101 runs, 84 RBI and 13 stolen bases. 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? Durability is a big plus: Merrifield hasn't missed a game in the last three years. Now, you simply can't consider taking him within the first seven rounds. RotoBaller is constantly working to try and bring fantasy baseball managers the best advice, especially during draft season. But think Adolis Garcia without the speed - someone who will at times look unstoppable and go on major runs, but other times will frustrate you with his lack of consistency. At 27, Correa is squarely in his prime. Seager had both hip surgery and Tommy John surgery in 2018, and he missed more than two months with a broken hand last year. If you're in the latter category, Yelich is probably on your do-not-draft list. He's a guy I usually pass on and regret it at least 21 nights of the season, but pat myself on the back the rest of the year. He's been lights-out for three years now. Soto was decent last year once he took over as the closer, posting 18 saves on the season with a 3.39 ERA. Seager will rake when healthy. But it's probably wishful thinking to project deGrom for more than 100 innings in 2022. Forget about ever seeing Torres come close to the 38 home runs he hit in 2019.
This article Read More, We are coming out of the All-Star break with our attention to the second half of the MLB season. He could theoretically finally beat his career best 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but there's just not enough upside for him to be anything but a back-end-of-the-rotation type of arm. Woodruff is a Cy Young candidate. Just 26 years old, there's plenty of room for growth, though the new dimensions in Camden Yards may keep his power in check a bit. He may pitch in a tough division and a hitter-friendly ballpark, but given his pedigree and potential for more, he's someone to draft as a high-end No. 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.