Welcome to another season of Razz-matazz Fantasy Baseball! Now with less social distancing! Maybe. Hey hey, you’re too close man, too close! So, despite the pandemic, here we are with another year of staff picks because staff picks and pandemics go together amazingly well. I mean, have you seen the roll we’ve been on the last few years? Covid and us are like this man. And talking about rolling… it’s how residents in Indiana get down a hill, or so I’ve heard. Technically I’ve never been there since I only like visiting places that have paved roads and not Duke. Another fun fact! Did you know that despite the modern advancement of technology and science, we still have no way to have every writer provide their extended take on every single player in the MLB? I mean, what would you have us do, write more? Crazy! And so we have this quick-and-easy presentation that provides you, the Razzmatazzball community, a viewer-friendly and succinct breakdown of how we all feel about the upcoming season.

So without further ado, here are our Official 2022 Razzball Picks! (Be sure to share yours in the comments section!) And be sure to add exclamation marks, we have a quota to fill people!

2022 MLB Staff Picks

Writer ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Aaron Nola Kevin Gausman Nick Castellanos Rafael Devers
Rudy Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Corbin Burnes Robbie Ray Matt Olson Kyle Tucker
B_Don Mackenzie Gore Reid Detmers Freddy Peralta Dylan Cease Pete Alonso Wander Franco
Barrelman Seiya Suzuki Spencer Torkelson Corbin Burnes Lucas Giolito Mookie Betts Mike Trout
Butters Seth Beer Bobby Witt Jr Freddy Peralta Kevin Gausman Bryce Harper Wander Franco
CA James Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Brandon Woodruff Robbie Ray Juan Soto Shohei Ohtani
Coolwhip Seiya Suzuki Julio Rodriguez Corbin Burnes Shane Bieber Juan Soto Shohei Ohtani
Donkey Teeth Seiya Suzuki Julio Rodriguez Jacob deGrom Robbie Ray Juan Soto Shohei Ohtani
EWB Seiya Suzuki Jose Miranda Luis Castillo Robert Ray Freddie Freeman Shohei Ohtani
Jakkers Seiya Suzuki Adley Rutschman Julio Urias Shane Bieber Trea Turner Bo Bichette
Jeremy Brewer Oneil Cruz Julio Rodriguez Corbin Burnes Shane Bieber Juan Soto Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
JKJ Hunter Greene Bobby Witt Jr. Max Scherzer Lucas Giolito Matt Olson Shohei Ohtani
JTells C.J. Abrams Julio Rodriguez Brandon Woodruff Lucas Giolito Bryce Harper Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
keelinbillue Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Walker Buehler Robbie Ray Ronald Acuna Jr. Shohei Ohtani
KirkseySports Oneil Cruz Bobby Witt Jr. Max Scherzer Gerrit Cole Mookie Betts Rafael Devers
Laura Holt Oneil Cruz Julio Rodriguez Freddy Peralta Lucas Giolito Manny Machado Rafael Devers
malamoney C.J. Abrams Bobby Witt Jr. Carlos Rodon Shane Bieber Juan Soto Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
MattTruss Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Corbin Burnes Framber Valdez Freddie Freeman Shohei Ohtani
Natemarcum Oneil Cruz Bobby Witt Jr. Corbin Burnes Shane Bieber Trea Turner Byron Buxton
Scar Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Corbin Burnes Shane Bieber Trea Turner Shohei Ohtani
Son Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr. Corbin Burnes Kevin Gausman Tyler O’Neill Kyle Tucker
Steve Paulo Joey Bart Shane Baz Carlos Rodon Michael Kopech Tyler O’Neill Bo Bichette
The Itch Oneil Cruz Julio Rodriguez Walker Buehler Alek Manoah Juan Soto Shohei Ohtani
The Real Joey Bart Seiya Suzuki Bobby Witt Jr Jacob deGrom Gerrit Cole Trea Turner Byron Buxton

National League Rookie of the Year

“I think C.J. Abrams starts with the Padres Opening Day and they find a way to keep him in the lineup once Tatis returns from his injury. The Padres need to get off to a quick start and GM A.J. Preller is on the hot seat this year after their lackluster end to the season last year. Abrams has 80 grade speed and has already shown off his power stroke by hitting a couple of HR’s in the spring forcing the Padres hand to keep him up on the ML squad.” – JTells.

“There’s nothing negative to say about a guy who went after pick 200 in most industry drafts. Seiya Suzuki’s got a history of great contact and can steal a bag or two. The Cubs can quietly make a run for the NL Central title, and Suzuki might sneak to the top of the lineup in a playoff chase, giving fantasy teams meaningful at-bats during the crucial playoff run”. – EWB.

National League Cy Young

“I was the first to take Freddy Peralta in TGFBI so I’m speaking this one into existence for the benefit of my team. I love his raw stuff, talk about filth and he took a big leap last season. This is the year he takes another step and puts it all together, bringing home a Cy Young for himself and a championship for me. Book it!” – Butters.

 

2022 Fantasy Staff Picks

Writer Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey Jo Adell Jazz Chisholm Seiya Suzuki Anthony Rizzo Tony Gonsolin Seiya Suzuki
Rudy Aaron Ashby Walker Buehler Oneil Cruz Corey Seager Robbie Ray Daulton Varsho
B_Don Seiya Suzuki Francisco Lindor Adalberto Mondesi Cody Bellinger Mitch Keller Jo Adell
Barrelman Eric Lauer Tommy Edman Rafael Devers Luke Voit Ian Happ
Butters Jake Cronenworth Julio Urias Freddy Peralta Adalberto Mondesi Kevin Gausman Bryan Reynolds
CA James Jo Adell Salvador Perez Wander Franco Adalberto Mondesi Tony Disco Trevor Story
Coolwhip Jon Gray Salvador Perez Shohei Ohtani Mike Trout Tony Gonsolin Seiya Suzuki
Donkey Teeth Spencer Torkelson Max Scherzer Yusei Kikuchi Giancarlo Stanton Nick Lodolo Wander Franco
EWB Brandon Nimmo Sandy Alcantara Shohei Ohtani Luis Castillo Ranger Suarez Seiya Suzuki
Jakkers Randal Grichuk Carlos Correa Bo Bichette Justin Verlander Carlos Rodon Jose Ramirez
Jeremy Brewer Josh Rojas Cedric Mullins Brandon Lowe Mike Trout Bailey Ober J.D. Martinez
JKJ Jeff McNeil Mookie Betts Shohei Ohtani Adalberto Mondesi Ken Giles Matt Chapman
JTells Luke Voit Jesse Winker Jacob deGrom Justin Verlander Robert Suarez Nick Castellanos
keelinbillue Akil Baddoo Starling Marte Bo Bichette George Springer Robbie Ray Max Muncy
KirkseySports Akil Baddoo Whit Merrifield Cristian Javier Mike Trout Cristian Javier Max Muncy
Laura Holt Darin Ruf Craig Kimbrel C.J. Cron George Springer Carlos Rodon Kyle Schwarber
malamoney Jon Gray Austin Riley Logan Gilbert Mike Trout Clayton Kershaw Josh Bell
MattTruss Vidal Brujan Justin Turner Jo Adell Noah Syndergaard Michael Kopech Seiya Suzuki
Natemarcum Leody Taveras Starling Marte Oneil Cruz Gleyber Torres Michael Kopech Byron Buxton
Scar Alex Kirilloff Robbie Ray Trea Turner Mike Trout Jesus Luzardo
Son Mike Yastrzemski Salvador Perez Wander Franco Hyun-Jin Ryu Andrew Heaney Darin Ruf
Steve Paulo Ty France Starling Marte Matt Olson Miguel Sano Carlos Rodon Christian Yelich
The Itch Julio Rodriguez Liam Hendriks Thairo Estrada Justin Verlander Carlos Rodon Julio Rodriguez
The Real Joey Bart Carlos Carrasco Salvador Perez Adalberto Mondesi George Springer Yu Darvish Adolis Garcia

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential breakout candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

These are the guys being held on a pedestal, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2014, Fielder, Prince. Or 2015, Longoria, Evan. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation)

Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means.

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

This is where things get sticky. (That’s what she said.) Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla top-5 pitcher pick could still technically be the most valuable pitcher at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Rod Beck will come out of retirement, have an ERA of 1.50 and get 40 saves. Seeing as his ownership rate historically always stood in the nothing-to-negative digits since he’s been retired for an entire era, a performance like that would be the most valuable in the history of mankind. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

Jesus Luzardo is my Most Valuable Pitcher this year. Luzardo is showing added velocity and improved control thus far in Spring Training. Look for Jesus to rise from the dead last year (6.61 ERA, minors demotion), and realize his former top prospect potential with the Marlins year. Jesus Luzardo can be had for very cheap so far in drafts but his increased velocity and ADP should help place your faith in Jesus this draft season!” – Scar.

“The guy to own in the Minnesota to rotation this season will be Bailey Ober. His profile and makeup reminded me of fellow power/control artist Shane Bieber and is primed for a big 2022 season.” – Jeremy.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

Same thing as the Most Valuable Pitcher, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

“I chose Adolis Garcia as the MVFH this season because his draft price makes no sense. He had 31 homers and 16 steals in his de facto rookie season and is usually going outside the top 200 in drafts. The lineup around him is even better this year and he’d be the steal of the draft if he duplicates what he did last year, let alone get better. This is the Cuban everyone wanted Yasiel Puig to be.” – The Real Joey Bart.

Matt Chapman has been hurt/recovering and still has been showing off elite exit velocity and surprising sprint speed. Don’t forget he’s in Toronto now and you can get him as, like, the 16th 3B-eligible guy off the board. Would a return to Top 10 3B status surprise anyone? Shouldn’t.” – JKJ.

 

What are your picks for the year? Tell us below!

 

 

Jay is a longtime Razzball everything who consumes an egregious amount of Makers Mark as a vehicle to gain wisdom and augment his natural glow. Living in the D.C. area, he also likes spending time visiting the local parks and feeding lettuce to any turtles he encounters, including Mitch McConnell. You can follow him on Twitter @jaywrong.

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CaliforniaJag
CaliforniaJag
1 month ago

AL ROY: Julio Rodriguez
NL ROY: Nick Lodolo

AL MVP: Vlad Jr.
NL MVP: Matt Olson

AL Cy Young: Ohtani
NL Cy Young: Woodruff

Sleeper: Kevin Smith
Bust: Whit Merrifield
Infatuation: Jo Adell
Comeback: Aaron Nola (does this count? He was still decent last year)

MVFH: Jonathan India
MVFP: Nathan Eovaldi

Manormachine
Manormachine
1 month ago

Sleeper: Aaron Ashby. He will be in the rotation this year at some point and even before then he will deliver stats and ratios from multi inning relief

Bust: Franco. I own a share of him and he has a nice floor but his price is closer to his ceiling right now. How many homers and steals are we expecting?

Infatuation: Tanner Houck. Never benching his starts. Ride or die.

NL RoY: Cruz: he’s so much fun to watch and if he starts hitting dingers it won’t matter if he misses three weeks for “player development”

AL RoY: Witt. A safe selection.

Cy Young: Cole/Nola

MVP: Vlad/Olson

MVFP: Verlander. Hoping for top 5 SP production

MVFH: Max Muncy. He is ready to go and hit in the middle of that Dodger lineup. He was insanely good last year. Why is he ranked outside the top 100 on many sites?

Last edited 1 month ago by Manormachine
bmmolter
bmmolter
1 month ago

@jay,
been reading your stuff and asking your advice for years. but never actually read your bio til today.

turtles he encounters, including Mitch McConnell.”

Frickin ROFL!!

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

I think
Mvp
Judge
Riley

Cy
Cole
Darvish

ROY
Josh Lowe
Suzuki

Fmvp
Mondesi
O Neill

Jerry Kenly
Jerry Kenly
1 month ago

NL ROY Suzuki
AL ROY Witt
NL CY Woodruff
AL CY Cole
NL MVP Machado
AL MVP Vlad Jr
Sleeper Kirilloff
Bust Riley
Infatuation Lindor
Come back Verlander
MVFH Witt
MVFP Kopech