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

When we launched the Fantasy Baseball section in 2019 we had an overarching theme pushing everything we do – make this kit worth the price of Athleticism all alone. Our goal was to blow everyone away with deeper, smarter, and more interesting information and advice, while constantly responding to suggestions and comments and reacting to what people wanted.

Last year, for example, we brought in Greg Jewett – whose reliever work is extraordinary in its depth and precision – and Ian Kahn – whose dynasty advice and title track record is breathtaking – to tackle a few domains that subscribers were asking for more. We have also called on Michael Waterloo for his expertise on points leagues, in order to meet the growing appetite for this format; and retired MLB pitcher Joel Piñeiro for perspective on the game he played, but from the perspective 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:

Jean Laghezza, known on Twitter as the “MLB Moving Averages,” is back. If you haven’t read it when he was with us for the 2020 pre-season… well… we don’t know how to explain his unique brand of analysis (“if Eno was a vampire who just drank a pot of ‘espresso’?) beyond, “it’s great, just read it.” It has quirky and refreshing lines of thought, it leans into numbers like few others do, and it’s guaranteed, “wow that made me think of some things” read every time.

Mike Kurland is someone you will love, especially when spring training begins. Calling him a “range guru” does him a disservice, but he first caught our attention when he shared range analysis Google docs on Twitter and reddit. You might think spring training doesn’t matter, and in that case, you’d be wrong. Mike picks up on trends and changes that 99% of us don’t, and it turns into fantastic actionable advice. His work last year identified some gems at 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 at the start of the games, with everything from staples (rankings) to tools (the customizable cheat sheet) to originals that thought-provoking (start to Laghezza’s ADP volatility hypothesis, if you dare).

We hope you enjoy this year’s kit, we encourage you to leave comments or questions in the columns, and we wish you the best of luck as we enter the draft season – however long it 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 leaderboard cheat generator by Jake Ciely, Al Melchior and Dom Luszczyszyn (updated 3/3)

Jake Ciely’s 5×5 Rankings, Auction Values ​​& Projections (Update 3/3)

League Ranking in Points by Michael Waterloo (2/28)

Dynasty League Ranking by Ian Kahn (2/1)

Eno vs. ADP Rankings: Deep League Starting Pitchers Who Could Pay This Fantasy Baseball Season (2/28)

Eno Sarris SP Ranking (updated 02/28)

1B Rankings and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (2/28)

Receiver Ratings and AL/NL Bid Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/1)

2B Rankings and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/3)

3B Rankings and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/7)

SS Rankings and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/10)

OF Rankings (pt. 1) and AL/NL Bid Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/15)

OF Rankings (pt. 2) and AL/NL Bid Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/15)

SP Rankings (pt. 1) and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP Rankings (pt. 2) and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP Rankings (pt. 3) and AL/NL Auction Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/14)

SP Rankings (pt. 4) and AL/NL Bid Values ​​Only by Gene McCaffrey (3/15

2022 bullpen top 60 RP and “turbulence” ratings by Greg Jewett (2/28)

Statcast Expected Stats, Vol 4: What the Luck Says About the 2022 Prospects of Tylor Megill, Blake Snell and Other Starters (3/7)

Expected Statistics from Statcast, Vol. 3: Pass over Marcus Semien and Jared Walsh, two of the luckiest hitters of 2021 (3/4)

Expected Statistics from Statcast, 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 & 7 Other Expert Picks (2/28)

2022 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers (pitchers): Shane Baz, Luis Patiño and 7 other expert picks (2/28)

Joel Piñeiro’s Top 5 Dormant/Flaring PSs (3/8)

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

The Lineup Tracker: 2022 Escapes, Sneaky Potential Candidates, and More by Mike Kurland (2/28)

This Year’s Adolis García: 10 Under-The-Radar Prospects (and Former Prospects) With Breakout Potential by Nando Di Fino (2/28)

Four pitchers due for rebound seasons by Eno Sarris (2/28)

Nominated hitting candidates for each National League team

List of Spring A minor league mini-camps: 1 rating out of 33 players, from Tyler Soderstrom to Max Muncy to Eric Thames to Melissa Lockard

Observations on Yankees’ Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez as they set 2022 development goals by Lindsey Adler

Twins prospect Austin Martin shows up at camp, gets to work adding power and finding a defensive home By Aaron Gleeman

MLB Injury Mailbag #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 other values ​​you can get between 235 and 270 pick by John Laghezza (3/4)

ADP hidden gems: Josiah Gray and three more starting pitchers to target after round 15 of the draft 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 that aren’t even closer – but could be smart pick-ups this year by Eno Sarris (2/28)

A 23-Turn Draft Guide to The Safest Team Roto Money Can Buy by Ron Shandler (2/28)

Buy Low: Gavin Lux, Jarren Duran and 10 other players to target in Dynasty League trades by Michel Waterloo (1/25)

Watch 2022 MLB Awards: Brennan Davis a ROY Away Shot, Kyle Tucker Gains Momentum for AL MVP & More by Michael Salfino (2/28)


Upcoming chronicles (subject to change)

SS Rankings and Auction Values
OF rankings and auction values, pt 1
OF rankings and auction values, pt 2
SP Rankings and Auction Values, pt 1
SP Rankings and Auction Values, pt 2
ADP reports
Recruits to know
Deep sleepers to target after choosing 400
Fantasy Sleeper Updates
Top 12 Fantasy Escape Predictions
Spring rate changes
Points league sleepers
My guys (of most of our writers)
Consensus Top 100 Prospects
The best team names for 2022
Round table in small groups
Sleepers Round Table
Prospects round table
League Leader Roundtables
The AL East Beat Writers Roundtable
AL Central Beat Writers Roundtable
AL West beat the Writers’ Roundtable
Beat NL East Writers Roundtable
NL Central Beat Writers Roundtable
NL West beat the Writers’ Roundtable
A breakout candidate for every position
A bust for each position
“My bidding strategy”
$1 AL only guys
$1 NL only guys
Free Agent Flurry (once lockdown is lifted)
What Shohei Ohtani is doing to be a better pitcher this year
Can the Tigers rotation take over as Central’s best squad?
Spring Training Lineup Trackers
8-player throw systems are wrong
Injury mailbags
High Stakes vs. Home Leagues: Where the ADP Gaps Lie
Who is this year’s ________ (hitters)
Who is this year’s ________ (pitchers)
Players who polarize projections
Fantastic value on shitty teams
The Auction Endgame: How to Buy 11 Good Players With Only $29 Left
Relief pitcher draft readiness: How experts rated shutouts this preseason
Late Bloomers: Five players set for a breakout in their late 20s
Bold predictions
A young breakthrough for every team
Defend my ranking
10 relievers who can help you win your league
Novelty Mailbags
blowouts at 26
Michael Waterloo’s 2022 Obsessions
More Quality Starts revisited
Hard Minus Soft revisited
Using Charts
5 reasons why the Hendriks-Hader market is completely wrong

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