Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2022: The best computer simulation sleepers who called Franmil Reyes’ big year
With MLB’s Opening Day less than three weeks away and fantasy baseball owners across the country beginning their preparation for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft, everyone is looking for the next wave of stars to hit MLB. Bobby Witt, Julio Rodriguez, Adley Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson are all knocking on the door to create MLB rosters, but figuring out exactly when they’ll arrive and what kind of production to expect is a challenge. Overdraft rookies can leave your fantasy baseball rosters with huge holes and if you’re not in a dynasty league, it may be best to take a wait-and-see approach.
However, a reliable set of 2022 fantasy baseball rankings can help you figure out exactly where to target those fantasy baseball rookies. They can also help you identify other potential Fantasy Baseball 2022 sleepers who can outperform their Fantasy Baseball 2022 ADP. Before you go on the clock, be sure to see 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Proven Computer Model Cheat Sheets on SportsLine.
Last season, SportsLine’s projection model identified several fantasy baseball sleepers, escapes and busts, including Goaltender designated hitter Franmil Reyes.
Reyes had a 2021 Fantasy Baseball ADP outside the top 200, but the model predicted he would top that draft position. The result: Reyes hit 30 home runs and drove 85 in 115 games for Cleveland and slashed .254/.324/.522 for an OPS+ of 127. Anyone who took his advice and picked up Reyes late in his fantasy baseball drafts received a huge power boost in their fantasy baseball rosters.
The SportsLine model is designed by the same people who powered the projections for the three main fantasy sites. And this same group shares its 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Cheat Sheets at SportsLinehelping you find fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated several times a day.
Whenever more MLB news comes out on the updated 2022 MLB schedule, free agency signings or fantasy baseball injuries, the SportsLine team updates its projections. Go to SportsLine now to see these proven fantasy baseball cheat sheets.
Top 2022 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers
One of the 2022 fantasy baseball sleepers the model is projecting: Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi. He’s undrafted in some leagues, but the model projects him as a player worthy of targeting late in the draft at a position where it’s hard to find an offense. He made noise in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, hitting .278 with seven homers.
In 87 games last year, he drove in .241 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs. He is expected to hit in the middle of a lineup that includes Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, so there will be pitches to hit and opportunities to drive in runs. He should finish in the same tier as players like Gary Sanchez and Mitch Garver, players with much higher ADPs, so Stassi is well positioned to be a late-round steal.
Another sleeper on whom SportsLine’s 2022 fantasy baseball ranking is extremely high: Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney. The 30-year-old southpaw is entering his ninth major league season and signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Dodgers this offseason to help complete their rotation. Heaney has a lifetime ERA of 4.72, but he offers a career batting advantage with 650 Ks in 634 1/3 innings.
Heaney will now be surrounded by one of the best rosters in baseball and with an elite bullpen, the Dodgers won’t be asking too much of the veteran. And because Heaney has a chase rate in the 91st percentile among MLB pitchers, he has the opportunity to set up a career year and be a useful addition to your fantasy baseball starting rotation. The model ranks him ahead of Jack Flaherty, Luis Castillo and Joe Musgrove, all of whom average more than 100 earlier picks at the start of 2022 on the CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball Draft.
How to Find Proven 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
SportsLine is also high on a surprising starting pitcher who ranks in the top five of his positional rankings. This player barely makes it out of the board in the top 100 picks, but is expected to outplay starters such as Julio Urias, Max Scherzer and Lucas Giolito. This choice could be the difference between winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only look who it is here.
So which Fantasy 2022 sleepers should you be targeting in your upcoming drafts? Visit SportsLine now to get the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings for every position, all from the model that called Franmil Reyes’ big seasonand find out.