This is the place to find updates and corrections for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Guide:
The updated projections, with lots of team changes, and prices are here. A little later than usual because it is an unusual season. You can download them by clicking here. The password is the last name of the first player profiled on page 90, all lower case.
Multiposition Chart: Our stat provider sends the games played by position data in 2B, 3B, SS order. I prefer it 2B, SS, 3B, and always reorder it. This year, somehow, the final data in this chart goes 2B, 3B, SS, while the heading goes 2B, SS, 3B. Fortunately they’re correct in the statboxes in the profile pages (which is why it’s a little mysterious they’re wrong in the multiposition tables.
To fix this mess, please change the headers in the appropriate columns, like so:
Jonathan Z. points out another problem with the major league multiposition chart. It’s truncated. It cuts off early, leaving 10 players off. Grrr. Here they are:
Longtime contributor Zach Steinhorn wrote Picks and Pans for Jordan Montgomery (Pick!), Mike Clevinger (Pick!), Jose Urquidy (Pick!), and Triston McKenzie (Pick!) that were attributed mistakenly (by me) to Rob Leibowitz. Sorry about that Zach.
In the Table of Contents Rob Blackstien is credited twice for contributing to the Rookies package. This doesn’t make up for the time he hasn’t been credited for work he’s done, alas.
There are a number of references to Cleveland Indians in The Guide. Clearly we haven’t made the adjustment to Cleveland Guardians, but we will.
On page 126: The prospect Jack Leiter is right-handed and will be 22 in April.
Andrew Benintendi: Was born July 6, 1994. That makes him 28 years old.
Jon Berti: Was born January 22, 1990. That makes him 32 years old.
Ryan Zimmerman retired. We thought it was going to happen, but we didn’t want to drop him in case it didn’t.
Longtime contributor Buck Davidson contributed Picks and Pans this year for the 13th time. While his Picks made it into the magazine a tech screwup means his Pans didn’t get in. Here they are, enjoy.
Bryce Harper – I love his counting stats and on-base skills, but his 2021 batting average was fueled by a lofty .359 BABIP. It’s easy to envision a 30-40-point fallback coming in 2022.
Austin Riley – He rebounded nicely from some bad luck in 2020, but I don’t think the good fortune that buoyed his 2021 batting average will stay with him this season. I love his power, but he swings and misses too much for me to expect anything close to a .300 average in 2022.
Brandon Crawford – Call me crazy, but when a 34-year-old establishes new career highs in as many offensive categories as Crawford did in 2021, I’m prone to expect a significant fallback the following year.
Robbie Ray – He posted the highest strand rate of any qualifying pitcher last year, and some of his advanced stats – a .268 BABIP for instance – tell me to expect a fallback in 2022.
Luis Robert – I like Robert for solid across-the-board counting stats, and I am encouraged that he cut his whiff rate substantially in 2021, but his .394 BABIP last season tempers my expectations for his 2022 batting average potential.
Austin Meadows – He struggled against left-handed pitchers for the second straight campaign in 2021. I am concerned he will lose too many at-bats against southpaws this season if he does not turn things around.
Adolis Garcia – His power looks to be genuine, but I am concerned that he batted just .211 with nine homers and 28 RBI in the second half. He may provide some useful counting stats this season, but they will likely come at a steep cost in terms of batting average.
Wander Franco – I think Franco will be a fantasy force for at least the next decade, but I am not sure he will reach his full power stat potential this season, especially if he continues to see a lot of at-bats in the No. 2 spot. I envision him finishing closer to 20 homers than 30 this year, and plan to draft him accordingly.
Tyler O’Neill – I like his pop, but he strikes out way too much for me to expect anything close to a repeat of his 2021 batting average.
Teoscar Hernandez – His batting average was inflated by some good fortune again last season. I’ll draft him for his power, but I think his 2022 average will finish well below his 2021 mark.