Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and tell her Don Magic Juan sends his best. The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2022 fantasy baseball. I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you. Just a BS.) Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.) What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd, if you’ve drafted so and so first. I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too. I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them. We’ll see! Or not. Your choice. (Actually, my choice.) For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 for 2022 fantasy baseball, top 20 for 2022 fantasy baseball, and the beginning of the top 100 for 2022 fantasy baseball. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league, similar to our Razzball Commenter Leagues. (Sign up for multiple leagues, and beat the heck out of your frenemies or make new frenemies!) Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2022 fantasy baseball drafts:
1. Fernando Tatis Jr. – Two years ago, ESPN had FTJ ranked 43rd overall, and I told you to draft Acuña and Tatis in every league, and, for that, I should’ve won a Pulitzer, even if I need spellcheck to spell Pulitzer. Last year, I told you to draft Tatis with Devers. Should I win a Nobel Peace Prize for that? I’m too humble to nominate myself, but, yes, I should. Funny that you still seem to be looking around for other fantasy baseball advice. Honestly, do you read other sites to see what not to do? Can you imagine drafting a starter here instead of one of these glorious sexpots? It’s pretty comical. As P.T. Barnum once said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the people, and I told you to make up a sign to sell peanuts. P-E-A-N-U-T-S! Not penis! This is a children’s show!” P.T. needed better help!
So, you lucked out and got the 1st pick. FTJ it is, but who do you draft with him? I’m not going Machado, because, while I do like him, double Padres sounds great if you’re looking to start a Trappist beer company, but I’m not doing it in drafts, pun noted, and avoidable but I was too lazy to avoid it. Okay, enough on who I wouldn’t take. Tatis and Trevor Story? Well, we all know I wouldn’t want back-to-back shortstops, but Tatis has outfield eligibility! Tatis might be the first overall draft pick that literally pairs with anyone. Tatis and Wander? Of course, I like sexy! I will legit hug my computer screen! Tatis and Matt Olson? Do you want to see a grown man cry from happiness? Tatis and Eloy? Tatis and Yordan? Yes, please and thank you! I’d gladly draft Tatis and accept the Teoscar for best team ever. As you see, I’m leaning heavily on an outfielder with the 2nd pick, but the great thing about having Tatis and the 1st overall pick is he goes with everyone and you have your 3rd pick immediately, so think about this: Tatis, Eloy and Matt Olson. That is a first three picks I would leave my Cougar wife for. I’m sorry, baby, but you can’t go 40/40 nor pair well with Eloy or Olson. Judge and Tatis? Give me that yum! Tyler O’Neill and Tatis, then follow it with Pete Alonso? I just won my fantasy baseball league and I don’t even know when Opening Day will be.
2. Bo Bichette – So, Boba is similar to Fun The Jewels above, but has a shortstop exclusion. So, Story, Anderson and other SSs (SSs? Are we hissing like snakes?) are off the board. Wander Franco? No, but yes! No, but yes, if he has 3rd base eligibility in your league. If I’m being frank and not a furter, I’m not taking Teoscar because of them being on the same team, even though, honestly, that doesn’t matter. But I’m being real with you, and I could see skipping Teoscar for that reason, and just sending a Native American to accept my award. But what about OFs or cornermen? Meh, I guess if you wanna make me so happy that I’ll give you a free hug the next time I see you and not charge my customary $5.99. Think about Boba and Captain Woo Cubano? Can you express to me in 250 words or less why this wouldn’t be the most dope start to a team ever? Boba and Olson? Yes, that’s what I’m talking about! Boba and Machado? Yes, plus Boba/Machado sounds like a great salsa dancer. Boba and Tyler O’Neill? I need to sit down just thinking about that. Boba and Eloy? YES PLEASE! Boba and Judge? Assuming Aaron and not Joe Brown? Then yes!
3. Juan Soto – Sexy Dr. Pepper is different than the previous two. You Juan soda? You better Juan steals right after. Also, Sexy Dr. Pepper is just an outfielder, so there’s that chestnut too. Speaking of chestnuts, do they sell them at Dollywood? Any hoo! If we’re talking about my rankings, which we kinda are, then Soto and Ozzie Albies isn’t going to happen, but Albies’s ADP could make that dream become reality and that leads me to having a shizz-eating smile for the rest of my draft. Soto and Wander Franco? People used to be arrested for things I’d do to that pairing. Soto and Story? Look at it this way, if someone told you that was possible as recently as 10 months ago, you would’ve jumped through a wall like the Kool-Aid Man, screaming, “OH YEAH.” Soto and Machado? Hey, I wouldn’t kick it out of bed, but may I suggest you turn around and draft Mondesi or Tim Anderson with your third pick? Or anyone with some gee-dee steals. Would I do Soto and Olson? Ain’t gonna lie, I would, but, again, turn around and grab steals with your next pick. Push comes to shove, Sexy Dr. Pepper and another outfielder? Yes, I would. I have no problem with two OFs in the 1st two picks. However, I don’t love the outfielders with speed early, so Juan/Starling? Meh, I prefer Soto and, say, Eloy or Teoscar or Judge or O’Neill, and then shove a round peg into a SAGNOF hole with your next pick.
4. Trea Turner – For the first time this fantasy baseball draft season, I saw something very interesting — the sun. Kidding. I saw Treat Urner as the 1st pick off the board on average for more than a week of ADP data. In fact (Grey’s got more!), Treat Urner is the number one pick in NFBC drafts in 2022. If you mix in last year’s data, it still has Tatis at number one (I think, I did this last week). So, what does this mean? A few things, none of which I will go over in this post, because it’s already going on 3,000 words, but the one thing I will say today (maybe I’ll write a separate post about this in the future) is I likely won’t be able to get Treat Urner in drafts this year at four overall in NFBC leagues. As for a pairing, Treat brings speed first, average second and power third, all with middle infield eligibility, so gotta pair that with an outfielder or corner man. Treat and Eloy, Teoscar, Judge, O’Neill, Olson or Alonso? Yes6.
5. Jose Ramirez – Went back to look at who I told you to pair Jo-Jo Ram with last year and found this snippet, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you could go Jo-Ram/Bellinger/Eloy, if you wanted to, making Eloy your third pick.” Wait, it gets better. I continue, “I’m so confused how I’m able to get such a great first three rounds, but when schmohawks are drafting guys like Trevor Bauer in the top 12 overall, it’s very possible.” Mah gawd! That is such a crazy trip down memory lane that I need to go see a shrink and have that erased from my brain. So awful with Cody and Eloy, yet so right with avoiding Bauer. Man, that is crazy in retrospect. Okay, can’t go much more wrong than Cody and Eloy, so I’m saying this year to look at Jo-Jo and outfielders like Eloy (again — I mean, it was bad luck injury), Teoscar, Judge, or O’Neill or a middle infielder like Wander and Albies or 1st baseman like Olson. Ya know what’s kinda weird, Jo-Jo pairs better than just about anyone because he has that glorious 3rd base eligibility and power and speed, which also might be why he’s crept above Soto, and to 3rd overall, at NFBC ADP.
6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Ideally, we’re pairing Cake Batter with player’s stats that are similar to Sexy Dr. Pepper, but position eligibility that’s closer to Jo-Jo Ram. Dreaming back to just last year when we could’ve had Boba and Cake Batter and getting that sweet tooth flared up even if they were on the same team. Trying to imagine how that might correlate to Teoscar, and, I have to admit, I’d avoid Teoscar. Judge or O’Neill? Yes, but same deal as Sexy Dr. Pepper. You need to turn around and look at Anderson, Mondesi, Lindor or anyone with speed. Cake Batter and Machado? Yes, but again speed is needed. Cake Batter and Wander? Laughing internally thinking about how you might have a .320 average after two picks. Though, one thing not mentioned above about Wander, his speed could be anywhere from five steals to 25. Don’t think anyone knows, even him. Cake and Albies? If you can. Cake and Yordan? Love, love, lurve, but, again, get some steals soon thereafter. Cake Batter and Story? Yes, and it ends happily ever after.
7. Shohei Ohtani – The good news is he pairs with literally anyone. The bad news is it’s because he has no eligibility. I haven’t yet bit the bullet train straight to Ohtani in any draft, but I kinda want to just to see how it works. Do you just kinda start your draft with your 2nd pick, because you don’t have a position filled yet? I imagine this is how 1st round pitcher or Sal Perez drafters must feel. They still have nothing, so their draft starts after those picks. What Ohtani doesn’t bring with position eligibility, he does bring with stats. He’s like Fun The Jewels with no position. What does 40/20 pair with? Um, everything. What does no position eligibility pair with? Everything. Ha, just literally draft anyone next. I will say this, Ohtani’s weakest stat is average, so I’d be careful about pairing him with anyone who might hit .270 or lower. So, Albies is an avoid; Eloy is likely okay, but on the riskier side. Freeman? Great, tell me more! Machado? Meh, I’d be careful on average. Devers? Can I sign up twice for that? Ohtani and Acuña? You might end up never leaving your mother’s basement all season after Acuña returns, because you’ll be staring at your fantasy team page all day.
8. Luis Robert – Interesting one here because to draft Lou Bob here, it throws everyone else’s draft into disarray because his ADP is after this. So, you take Lou Bob here, and suddenly, you can also draft any other player. Even guys already drafted. You’ve opened a special portal. Lou Bob is the Narnia of fantasy baseball. Walk into the dresser that holds your sweatpants. Incredible, right? So, if you take Lou Bob here, you can draft anything, because I’m fine with two outfielders, and L. Bob has speed, so even Bryce Harper is fine. Acuña and Louie Robbie? How sexy can two outfielders be? Please give them to me! Robert and Freeman? Yes, and now you can name your team Bob Roberts, and drape yourself in a flag. Robert and Albies? I don’t see why not. If you’re happy, I’m happy, and I’m happy, so you must be happy. L. Rob and W. Franco? How about TY.
9. Rafael Devers – Another guy where my ranking is slightly higher than ADP, so it’s conceivable you could draft, say Acuña first, then Devers as your 2nd pick. Or Tucker then Devers. Or Albies then Devers. Or Devers then Acuña. Or Devers then Tucker–Okay, you get the point. The one concern with Devers is he’s more Sexy Dr. Pepper than Tildaddy, so you might want to go with a guy with some speed, if, ya know, you can find that. There’s a case to be made you kick that SAGNOF can down the road and go Devers, and, say, Freeman, then look at Lindor, Anderson or Story with your 3rd or 4th pick. Devers and Yordan? Yes, let’s make whoopie then turn around and do a “hello, I love you” with Tim Anderson to fix my speed issues. Or, and here’s where it gets really wacky, you could conceivably get Devers, then Freeman then take Wander, and I have those three within 11 picks of each other. That’s why you’re gonna wanna use the Fantasy Baseball War Room too. Then, with that team, you’re gonna wanna draft Raimel Tapia in the 26th round. Obviously!
10. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Not sure you need a 2nd pick if you’re getting Tildaddy as late as 10th overall. You should have to forfeit your 2nd and 3rd pick, actually. It’s unfair. I wanna start draft after draft until I can get Tildaddy as late as 10th overall. I mention in the top 10 but I still might move up Acuña. Bit surprised to see his ADP has actually moved down, and he’s now around 12th. Joy coming out of my pores thinking about getting Tildaddy as late as 12th. You know he’s gonna be like, “I need a minor league rehab,” then go there for three games, and be back by April 12th, which might be Opening Day, and smashing. Any hoo! Him and anyone works. He’s same rhyme scheme, 2nd verse with Lou Robby.
11. Kyle Tucker – Ya know what’s nice about the way the end of the 1st round of 12 team leagues is going? All of these guys work with just about anyone. Tucker and Lou Robert or Tildaddy? Give me those two! Tucker and Freeman or Albies? What, good enough for the World Series, but not you? Get out of here! Tucker and Harper? Sounds like a female comedy team, and I’d hardy har har to the bank. Tucker and Devers? Yes, I already said that above. Tucker and anyone. Now!
12. Ozzie Albies – Ya know, as I dictate dis post to the 100 monkeys typing it up — *cracks whip* It’s THIS not DIS! — I’m starting to think I can actually draft one, if not two of my top 12 in a lot of leagues. It’s so sweet having goofs drafting Gerrit Cole or Corbin Burnes in the top 12. Can’t believe they’re gonna give me Albies and Tucker. I’d even take Albies and Acuña. Yes, I know what I said about two guys on the same team, but I can’t stop myself from taking Acuña in any league this late. It’ll be the last time you can get him this late for another five to seven years. We’re about to cash a lot of leagues this year. Albies works with any of the combos mentioned above (Albies, Devers, etc), obviously. Then there’s Albies and Yordan? Please give that to me. Albies and Bryce? That’s nyce!
Would u trade Devers and giolito for vald and baddo
Would u trade Devers s as bad giolito for vald and baddoo
You give me hope. I’m glad some things don’t change.
14 team h2h 6×6 with OBP, TB, QS and K/BB auction ($260 budget)
As of right now, my six keepers are $32 Tatis, $9 Mullins, $1 J Rodriguez, $13 Alcantara, $7 McClanahan, and $4 Manoah.
You had suggested that I should trade Manoah (or $7 Lynn) for a hitter. Which of these hitters would you trade for at their current price.
$14 K Marte
$19 JD Martinez
Teoscar, Alonso, Ketel, Mondesi…that order
In a dynasty league I have the option to trade Mr. Albies for Mr. Witt Jr. How badly should I be ridiculed for wanting to accept?
Not too badly ridiculed…Witt could be above Albies as soon as next year’s rankings
Hey Grey! In a keep forever, would you rather have a $9 Kelenic or $14 Mondesi? Or is it dependent on Kelenic looking like he’s in a comfortable groove / not striking out a ton in spring?
This is fantasy and comedy gold! Thanks for all the great content, Grey!
No problem, thanks!
5X5 ESPN/Roto/6 player keeper (no limits). League is several years old and with the assistance of you and your writers I have worked my way into a pretty great set of keepers (and your rankings agree!!)
Currently have Bichette, Ohtani, Robert, Acuna, Tucker, Betts
Also have Olson, Riley, Urias, Bobby Witt
With my top 5 keepers (excluding Betts) it makes me want to take a chance on Bobby Witt as my #6 keeper.
I could trade away Betts, Olson and Riley for some additional draft capital and keep Witt.
Am I overthinking this, just keep Betts and try to draft Witt or maybe trade Betts, keep Olson, draft Witt
Sorry a little convoluted, your thoughts??
Yeah, I agree with that, trading Betts, Olson or Riley makes sense, but say you trade one, then you still can’t keep Witt, bc you’re trading one for another player, no? Unless you trade, say, Olson for the #1 pick overall, and keep Witt, but outside of trading for a draft pick, I don’t know what you can trade for and keep
I have Tucker and Yordan as my keepers…. basically most of the top 25 are being kept. What position should I target with my first (and second) pick on draft day? I think I’m in the 13th slot (14 team league).
I should have my next two picks somewhere between 40 and 50 overall. I’m thinking about punting pitching until my picks come around the next time. So I’d like to know which positions will likely drop off if I don’t grab them here.
You need an SP and then the best available hitter that is not an OF…Prolly someone with some speed…
You need an SP and then the best available hitter that is not an OF…Prolly someone with some speed…
Grey, the lothario of words and player nicknames, it is nice to have you and…. well maybe not baseball back yet, but it’s great to have your content coming in at full force.
Dynasty trade question for you, but some league context first. 10 teams, 7(R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, OPS, K’s) x6 35 man rosters (28 active, 9 IA/minors eligible guys)
I am the proud owner of Ohtani and in our league, you get both versions (it’s Yahoo, so two players) of him and he only counts as 1 player for you squad (meaning I technically own 36 guys)
If I wanted to trade him (I don’t really want to, but I know his value is peak right now), I was targeting Kyle Tucker and Julio Urias as return.
Does that seem like a fair ask if I were to sell? and two, do you think there is an advantage to carrying him as “one” player, despite taking up an extra active roster spot?
Or do I just hold, because I know he has what I hope is a healthy and more protected lineup behind him next year?
Thanks! Sounds fair to me, I’d take Tucker and Urias
Appreciate you, Grey!
Back at cha!
In a 10-team H2H league, we keep 10 major and 10 minor league players. The top 8 closers have been kept. I was offered a 1st round pick for Edwin Diaz. I liked Diaz enough to keep him, but it feels like a no-brainer to take the first round pick and draft guys like Treinen, Sims and Doval later. The potential to fill out my offense and rotation early is tempting. Would you trade the closer for the pick? There are some nice OF’s, DH’s, and SP’s sitting in the draft queue. Thanks!
JKJ’s got Treinen in his Tier 2 and Sims in his Tier 3 (his sagnof article).
So I think you definitely have great fall back options if you were to lose Diaz.
Doval could come through too if he wins the job.
Good luck in your league!
Yes, take the 1st round pick for Diaz
Just to be fair. Speaking of a what not to do flashback:
Anyway, here’s the best 2021 fantasy baseball team:
C: Austin Nola (22)
1B: Cody Bellinger (1)
2B: Ketel Marte (4)
SS: Adalberto Mondesi (2)
3B: Austin Riley (12)
MI: Scott Kingery (20)
CI: Jared Walsh (11)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (3)
OF: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (6)
OF: Wil Myers (8)
OF: J.D. Davis (13)
OF: Garrett Hampson (17)
UTIL: Jarred Kelenic (21)
P: Blake Snell (5)
P: Framber Valdez (7)
P: Kevin Gausman (9)
P: Nick Anderson (10)
P: Rafael Montero (14)
P: Zach Eflin (15)
P: Marcus Stroman (16)
P: Amir Garrett (18)
P: Nate Pearson (19)
Bench: Anthony Bass (23), Taylor Rogers (24), Diego Castillo (25)
I DID A HORNY WITH MY COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE HAVING THAT DRAFTED TEAM OPEN IN FRONT OF ME. PLEASE TELL ME IT’S A POSSIBILITY!
HAHAHA, spoiler alert, I was gonna go over that monstrosity tomorrow
That should be fun.
It’s humbling to say the least
For 12-team roto with OBP and QS, 30-man roster and 10 forever keepers: Which 10 to keep?
I would probably go Vlad, Marte, Robert, O’Neill, Arozarena, Mondesi, Giolito, Gausman, Webb, then either Cease or McClanahan.
Vlad, Ketel, Robert, O’Neill, Arozarena, Giolito, Cease, McClanahan, Webb, and Gausman/Mondesi
Hey Grey, curious to know why you would pick Cease and McClanahan over Webb? Webb is the higher ranked in your rankings. Just curious if dynasty settings change rankings that much.
Dynasty, Cease and Shane’s upside are much better, Webb’s safer
I know Seiya Suzuki is a FA and you haven’t given your projection yet but Just curious about what you think about Zips giving him 23/84/.284/12? How crap right?!
That’s really solid projections, that’s like top 30-50 overall projections…Feels high, but I haven’t dug in tbh
I feel like that’s pretty generous, especially on his average… I think a good expectation would be 20/10/.275 with a chance for more… maybe I’ll write him up this week and compare him to others. He’s unique in that he has exceptional plate discipline so an OBP of like .350 is possible. The real test for him will be velo.
That sounds more in line with what I’d expect…Around a top 90-110 overall guy, depending on landing spot
But throw in an extra 30 spots of risk if he doesn’t sign at all
Looks like Verdugo’ish. Bit more power and maybe speed, and bit less average. And of course more risk.
Yeah, that’s not far off of a comparison…Verdugo we seem to know more now about his power and speed
suzuki will hit more HR’s than verdugo, the AVG could be worse.
Not sure if it’s just early and there’s some weird anomalies going on or people will continue to draft with herd mentality, but some of the current ADPs on ESPN are absolutely wild.
Acuna is at 28.4 and behind the likes of Ray, Urias, Bieber, Arenado and others.
Albies at 30.5
Robert at 64.4
Eloy at 89
I’m out on Starling but even he is at 101.1
Teo at 105.1
O’Neill at 135.2
These are just the wild bargains out there. With these deals, there’s also, obviously, a lot of bad dudes getting pushed up higher to where they deserve.
It’s actually remarkable how bad the ESPN rankings and ADP are. Just as a reference point, I did an early draft yesterday (not a mock, a real draft) and ended up going like this through 10 rounds w/ 10 teams:
F. Tatis Jr. 1(5)
R. Devers 2(16)
B. Bichette 3(25)
Y. Alvarez 4(36)
P. Alonso 5(45)
J. Musgrove 6(56)
L. Robert 7(65)
J. Polanco 8(76)
B. Buxton 9(85) < I know this is the only one Grey won’t like.
S. McLanahan 10(96)
Being so surprised at Acuna, I totally missed Bichette being that low. A re-draft with 10 teams where you can end up with FTJ, Devers, Bichette, Yordan, and Robert shows how totally broken their system currently is. It’s so comical that is feels like it HAS to be an error.
Bichette at 25 doesn’t even make sense last year…Maybe these are old?
How could this be real?
Not to defend ESPN, but I don’t see ESPN’s roto rankings yet…I see Points rankings
It’s really weird, from what I can tell they have loaded their points rankings as the draft rankings for all league formats – Roto and Categories leagues included. Which is an absolutely massive mistake if they don’t fix it. All the sheep follow those rankings and take pitchers galore.
If that team I drafted doesn’t win that league, then the injury bug really hit hard, or the apocalypse has arrived.
One more to throw out there: they have Mondesi ranked outside the top 300 haha.
Are these for real? Cmon! Can you do money leagues with these? About to start a drafting team where we just go draft at ESPN and collect monies
you’re not kidding!
just did a quick draft for fun
got Mullins around pick 45
Tyler Oneil around pick 70
and Eloy around pick 90!
oh and FTJ fell to me at pick 5
Feasting in the outfield
I can’t believe this is real
Just did a draft myself. Here’s my top 10 picks…
Bichette at 37! Haha, cmon…That’s ridiculous
Trea at 17! All of these really
Hahaha, Trea almost slipped to my 2nd pick too! I had to “settle” for Devers.
This is crazy
why would anybody be out on s.marte if his ADP is 101?