In the first 25 hitters taken during last year’s 2021 fantasy baseball drafts, names such as Christian Yelich (#3), Cody Bellinger (#4), Alex Bregman (#11), Anthony Rendon (#13) and Gleyber Torres (#20) were flying off the board.  This year, the group could hardly sniff the top 50 with each flailing hitter dropping harder than the […]

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Sound the small sample size alarm, because it’s time once again to cast season-long judgment on less than two months’ worth of data for players. But this is the information we have, and fantasy baseball is a reactionary game. We can’t pause our waivers or our FAAB to get a better, more longitudinal look at […]

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Last week, we jumped right into our our first look at the Top 100 Hitters for the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Season.  If you missed that article then please pause the current programming and give us a quick read to catch up.  This week we continue to jaunt down the rankings by looking at the next 20 hitters on the list.  This week’s edition is smattered with risky bets like Ronald Acuna and Mookie Betts, solid producers like Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies, and upside potential with Eloy Jimenez and Tyler O’Neill.  So let us kick this off with a #11 who really should be #1, but thanks to a the injury risk he is our headliner at the end of the first round.

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Spring has officially sprung on the major league baseball and fantasy baseball season, so it can only mean it’s time for one thing. We get to take extremely small samples from parks that are irrelevant to regular season play and make rash decisions! Who are the risers and fallers so far? We know that “Spring […]

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Throughout the 2022 fantasy baseball season, I will be posting your in season Top 100 Hitters.  These rankings will be kept up to date and posted every other week with a continuation of deep dives on the movers and shakers in the off weeks.  As we roll up to the season, I will be slowly introducing the Top 100 Hitters and adjusting them for all the spring training action.  To get us started as we dig into these rankings, we will preview the Top 10 hitters for the 2022 fantasy baseball season.  This will be a mix of the usual suspects and up and coming stars.

As we dive into the top 10 there are a few notes we need to call out about the general shifting of the landscape in traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball.  The game has continued to changed and therefore how we need to value players shifts as well.

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Anyone else out there have a theme song when they draft their baseball teams?

I draft hard (he drafts hard) every day of my life
I draft ’til I ache in my bones
At the end (at the end of the day)
I take home my hard-earned team all on my own
I get down on my knees
And I start to pray
‘Til the tears run down from my eyes
Lord, somebody (somebody), ooh somebody
Can anybody find me… ADP to love?

Just me? Alright.

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What makes fantasy baseball so interesting is that there are several ways to win your league.  Whether you are a superb drafter or waiver wire warrior, there is one concept that is critical to success in this game.  Surplus!  What is this concept you ask?  Surplus is the value returned by a player beyond their acquisition cost.  The more you can squeeze out of an individual spot in the lineup the more likely you are to accumulate those precious statistics that you desire.  In today’s hitter profile, we will look at a breakout player doing plenty to out earn his investment price.  To make it fun, we will also predict the future and see who we should be looking to invest in for 2022 to duplicate the blueprint.

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Back in the day, Schwinn was synonymous with bicycles the way you say Google when you have a question. So yeah, I’d be pedaling my Schwinn to my buddy’s house, then he’d hop on his Schwinn and we’d round up the whole crew and go Schwinning around town. Think of the streets of Los Angeles flooded with Teslas. That’s how it was back in the day. One day, I was pedaling my Schwinn then decided to try and peddle my Schwinn. English is freaking unnecessarily difficult at times, no? Anyways, many of us have been pedaling one Frank Schwindel of the Chicago Cubs, as he’s been en fuego, slashing .315/.360/.608 with a .292 ISO, and nine home runs in 139 plate appearances. As a result, he’s been added in 9.5% of ESPN leagues. So am I here to peddle Schwindel to you? Let’s find out.

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With a month left in the fantasy season and the fantasy playoffs just ramping up, it is time to look at a few players that are trending different ways in the stat sheet.  To do such a detailed analysis, we can certainly look at the key luck drivers such as batting average on balls in play or maybe even home runs per fly ball.  But here at Razzball, we like to go deeper so we have pulled out the lucky rabbit foot, horseshoes, magic eight balls and our four-leaf clovers.  Using all these tools we have determined one thing; Lou Gehrig was the luckiest man on the face of the earth.  Maybe that was just listening to a quote from 1939 or the same analysis we will use here to review a few players moving in different directions over the past month in Trey Mancini and Tyler Naquin.  Who do we sell?  Who do we hold?  Who do we buy?  Let us find out!

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While I would have preferred to critique and analyze (hey-oh) Trevor Story’s thus far lackadaisical season when healthy, his recent leg injury (which to be fair, has him listed just day-to-day as of this writing) does kinda take the wind out of the proverbial content sails. Wow, a nautical proverb, who would have thought? And while it might be a slightly awkward time to take a look at the player who might not get starts in the meantime, I’m willing to take that hit for the good of not wanting to change my subject and start this whole post over. So while Story is considered to be available in the upcoming series against the Dodgers, let’s focus on how he hasn’t been available to us for most of the year…

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As history tells us, Vlad the Impaler was quite the refined Wallachian (the more you know) gentlemen, a national hero of Romania, and was also portrayed by Leslie Nielson in the documentary “Dracula, Dead and Loving It!” Okay, so it wasn’t a completely accurate historical piece, except for the many enemas (hmmmm), but who’s to say anything else about good ole Vlad is true or not? And before we go off the deep end (aka Wiki rabbit-hole), I think it’s better to get the obvious title tie-in with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., aka Vlad the II, and Vlad the Impaler, aka Vlad the III, and now I’ve realized this is all way too much work. Just know this! Vlad the II, the one playing baseball right now, we need to talk about him. That’s it, that’s my intro. God this season feels so long…

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September is fast approaching and with it comes the opportunity to expand rosters.  Unlike the days of yesteryear, rosters will be expanding to 28 players from the current 26 player setup.  With the increase comes the opportunity to call up some young talent and for us in the fantasy world to catch lightning in a bottle.  In today’s hitter profiles, we look at a handful of hitters that may make an impact if called up.  With the unpredictability of our game and the management of many major league rosters, will these reinforcements arrive in time to save your season?

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