Rankings, sleepers, a customizable cheat sheet, ADP analysis and everything in between – The Athletic

When we launched the Fantasy Baseball section in 2019, we had a general theme pushing everything we did — make this kit worth the price of The Athletic all by itself. Our goal was to blow everyone away with deeper, smarter, more interesting information and advice, while constantly fielding suggestions and comments and reacting to what people wanted.

Last year, for example, we brought in Greg Jewett — whose work on relievers is extraordinary in its depth and accuracy — and Ian Kahn — whose dynasty advice and title-winning track record is head-spinning — to address a couple areas subscribers were asking for more of. We also brought in Michael Waterloo for his expertise on points leagues, to address the growing appetite for that format; and retired MLB pitcher Joel Piñeiro for perspective on the game he played, but from the lens of a successful fantasy (football) player (all four are back this season). Joining them in this year’s draft kit are two new writers we’re excited to introduce:

John Laghezza, known on Twitter as “MLB Moving Averages,” is back. If you didn’t read him when he was with us for the 2020 preseason…well… we’re not sure how to explain his unique brand of analysis (“if Eno was a vampire who just drank a pot of espresso”?) beyond , “he’s awesome, just read him.” He has refreshingly original lines of thought, he pores over numbers like few others do, and he’s a guaranteed, “wow that made me think about some things” read every time.

Mike Kurland is someone you’re going to love — especially when spring training begins. Calling him a “lineup guru” doesn’t do him service, but he first caught our attention when he was sharing Google docs of lineup analysis on Twitter and reddit. You may think spring training doesn’t matter, and in this instance you’d be wrong. Mike picks up trends and changes that 99 percent of us don’t, and it turns into actionable fantasy advice. His work last year helped identify some gems by the end of March, including Cedric Mullins.

What you see below is a live and ever-expanding draft kit — we’ll have over 100 columns by the time games start, with everything from staples (rankings) to tools (the customizable cheat sheet) to the thought-provoking originals (start at Laghezza’s ADP volatility hypothesizing, if you dare).

We hope you enjoy this year’s kit, we encourage you to leave comments or questions throughout the columns, and we wish you the best of luck as we enter draft season — however long that may be!

—Nando Di Fino, Brandon Funston, Eno Sarris, Jake Ciely, Michael Salfino, Al Melchior, Gene McCaffrey, Virginia Zakas, Greg Jewett, Ian Kahn, Joel Piñeiro, Michael Waterloo, John Laghezza and Michael Kurland.

Our fully customizable 2022 rankings cheat sheet generator by Jake Ciely, Al Melchior and Dom Luszczyszyn (Updates every time there’s a big move)

Jake Ciely’s 5×5 rankings, auction values ​​and projections (Updates every time there’s a big move)

Points league rankings by Michael Waterloo (2/28)

Dynasty league rankings by Ian Kahn (2/1)

Eno’s rankings vs. ADP: Deep league starting pitching fliers who could pay off this fantasy baseball season (3/17 update)

Eno Sarris’ SP rankings (2/28 update)

1B rankings and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (2/28)

Catcher rankings and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/1)

2B rankings and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/3)

3B rankings and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/7)

SS rankings and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/10)

OF rankings (pt. 1) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/15)

OF rankings (pt. 2) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/15)

SP rankings (pt. 1) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP rankings (pt. 2) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP rankings (pt. 3) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP rankings (pt. 4) and AL/NL-only auction values ​​by Gene McCaffrey (3/15)

Top 101 reliever rankings for Saves +Holds leagues by Greg Jewett (3/22)

Top 76 RPs and 2022 bullpen ‘turbulence’ ratings by Greg Jewett (3/23 UPDATE)

Closer tiers: ADP draft guide by Greg Jewett (3/17)

ADPs of intrigue from the TGFBI experts drafts by Michael Salfino (3/17)

Statcast 2021 SP surprises: Nathan Eovaldi, Kevin Gausman and more (3/18)

Statcast expected stats, Vol 4: What luck says about the 2022 outlooks for Tylor Megill, Blake Snell and more starters (3/7)

Statcast expected stats, Vol. 3: Pass on Marcus Semien and Jared Walsh, two of the luckiest hitters of 2021 (3/4)

Statcast expected stats, Vol. 2: Jorge Soler, Aaron Judge, and a pair of Twins among the unluckiest hitters of 2021 (3/2)

2022 fantasy baseball sleepers (hitters): Gleyber Torres, Alex Kirilloff, and 7 more expert picks (2/28)

2022 fantasy baseball sleepers (pitchers): Shane Baz, Luis Patiño and 7 more expert picks (2/28)

Nine players with value on non-contending teams by Al Melchior (3/21)

Hidden gems: Five hitters to target after Round 15 by John Laghezza (3/21)

Hidden gems on the AL 40-man rosters by Michael Kurland (3/18)

Joel Piñeiro’s Top 5 sleeper/breakout SPs (3/8)

ADP volatility in early drafts by John Laghezza (2/28)

The lineup tracker: 2022 breakouts, sneaky potential leadoff candidates and more by Mike Kurland (updated regularly)

This year’s Adolis García: 10 under the radar prospects (and former prospects) with breakout potential by Nando Di Fino (3/21 update)

Four pitchers due for bounce-back seasons by Eno Sarris (2/28)

Designated hitter candidates for every National League team

A’s spring minor-league mini-camp roster: 1 note on 33 players, from Tyler Soderstrom to Max Muncy to Eric Thames by Melissa Lockard

Observations on Yankees’ Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez as they set goals for their development in 2022 by Lindsey Adler

Twins prospect Austin Martin reports to camp, gets to work on adding power and finding a defensive home By Aaron Gleeman

Playing with projections: Extrapolating hitters to 600 PAs in THE BAT X by John Laghezza (3/22)

Prospects roundtable: Kevin Smith, George Kirby and more need-to-know rookies (3/18)

MLB deal tracker: Eno Sarris’ quick hitters on all the notable post-lockout deals (3/16)

Team-by-team breakdown of all MLB moves: Winners, losers and deep value plays by John Laghezza (3/16)

Hitters with a wide range of projected statistical outcomes for 2022 by Gene McCaffrey (3/20)

Al Melchior’s mailbag: Clayton Kershaw, auction drafts, top prospects and more (3/16)

MLB injury mailbag No. 1: What to expect from Mike Soroka, updates on Max Muncy and Carlos Rodon, and more (3/8)

ADP hidden gems: Bobby Dalbec, AJ Pollock and three more values ​​you can get between pick 235 and 270 by John Laghezza (3/4)

ADP hidden gems: Josiah Gray and three more starting pitchers to target after round 15 in drafts by John Laghezza (3/1)

How to compile the ultimate All-High Risk, High Reward team, starting with Ronald Acuña and Mike Trout by Ron Shandler (3/1)

5 relievers who aren’t closers — yet — but could be smart pickups this year by Eno Sarris (2/28)

A 23-round draft guide to the safest team roto-money can buy by Ron Shandler (2/28)

Buying low: Gavin Lux, Jarren Duran and 10 more players to target in dynasty league trades by Michel Waterloo (1/25)

MLB 2022 awards watch: Brennan Davis a ROY long shot, Kyle Tucker gaining steam for AL MVP and more by Michael Salfino (2/28)

Upcoming columns (subject to change)

ADP Reports
Fantasy sleeper updates
Top 12 fantasy breakout predictions
My guys (from most of our writers)
The best team names for 2022
breakout roundtable
sleeper round table
prospect round table
League Leaders round tables
AL East beat writer roundtable
AL Central beat writer roundtable
AL West beat writer roundtable
NL East beat writer roundtable
NL Central beat writer roundtable
NL West beat writer roundtable
A breakout candidate for every position
“My auction strategy”
$1 AL only guys
$1NL only guys
What does Shohei Ohtani do to be a better pitcher this year
Can the Tigers rotation take over as the best staff in the Central?
Spring training lineup trackers
8 player projection systems are getting wrong
Injury mailbags
High stakes vs home leagues: Where the ADP discrepancies lie
Who is this year’s ________ (hitters)
Who is this year’s ________ (pitchers)
Players who are polarizing the projections
The auction endgame: How to buy 11 good players with just $29 left
Late Bloomers: Five players primed for a late 20s breakout
Bold predictions
A young breakout for each team
Defending my rankings
fantasy mailbags
26 year old breakouts
Michael Waterloo’s 2022 Obsessions
Hard Minus Soft revisited
Using Rolling Charts
5 reasons the Hendriks-Hader marketplace is dead wrong

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