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Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings by Position for 2022

| March 27, 2022 6:00 am PDT
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With baseball back on track, so is fantasy baseball. We have a new batch of great players to fill out our fantasy rosters. The end goal is to become the champion of your fantasy baseball league by the end of the year.

This year got off to a rough start with all the offseason problems, but we finally got past it. Free agency and trades have been happening left and right, so we have to regroup for the new season.

With that being said, let’s hop right into our 2022 fantasy baseball rankings so we can prepare for fantasy drafts and the season overall.

Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings for 2022

  • 1. Jacob deGrom (Mets)
  • 2. Gerrit Cole (Yankees)
  • 3. Corbin Burnes (Brewers)
  • 4. Max Scherzer (Mets)
  • 5. Shane Bieber (Guardians)
  • 6. Walker Buehler (Dodgers)
  • 7. Brandon Woodruff (Brewers)
  • 8. Zach Wheeler (Phillies)
  • 9. Julio Urias (Dodgers)
  • 10. Robbie Ray (Mariners)

Let’s jump right in with our 2022 fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, looking at the 10 best options. Pitchers can be a bit difficult, and sometimes picking up a waiver wire pitcher with a great matchup is an option you can take.

Some amazing pitchers for the 2022 fantasy baseball season could always be viable starters no matter the matchup.

We are lucky to be witnessing multiple pitchers who will be Hall of Famers when their careers are all said and done. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are now teammates on the New York Mets, which gives them probably the best 1-2 combo in the MLB by a fair margin.

Their age doesn’t seem to bother their level of play, but their health could be their only concern. deGrom was only able to start 15 games in 2021, but he was incredible with a sparkling 1.08 ERA. He would have easily won the NL Cy Young award and had a strong case for the NL MVP too.

Both of last year’s Cy Young winners are in my top 10 for this year. Corbin Burnes was the NL winner, while Robbie Ray won the AL award. They should both be looking to defend their crown and make for great fantasy pitchers for this season.

Top 5 Relief Pitchers for 2022

  • 1. Josh Hader (Brewers)
  • 2. Liam Hendriks (White Sox)
  • 3. Edwin Diaz (Mets)
  • 4. Emmanuel Clase (Guardians)
  • 5. Aroldis Chapman (Yankees)

Starting pitchers are important in fantasy baseball, but relief pitchers have their worth as well. Regardless of your fantasy league settings for this year, these five bullpen pitchers should be on your radar this year.

It is important to know if your fantasy league values saves or holds more (saves are more popular, but saves + holds are on the rise) to know exactly which players to draft.

Josh Hader and Aroldis Chapman are the most intimidating left-handers in baseball. These bullpen pitchers can shut down opposing lineups in the late innings and earn those saves or holds. They should also be good bets to have low ERAs throughout this season, so they won’t hurt to have in your lineup.

Edwin Diaz will get a lot of save chances behind deGrom and Scherzer, so make sure you know who’s on the mound before you bet against the Mets on the best MLB betting sites.

Best Fantasy Catchers for 2022 – Ranking the Top 10

  • 1. J.T. Realmuto (Phillies)
  • 2. Salvador Perez (Royals)
  • 3. Willson Contreras (Cubs)
  • 4. Will Smith (Dodgers)
  • 5. Yasmani Grandal (White Sox)
  • 6. Mitch Garver (Rangers)
  • 7. Travis d’Arnaud (Braves)
  • 8. Mike Zunino (Rays)
  • 9. Adley Rutschman (Orioles)
  • 10. Joey Bart (Giants)
J.T. Realmuto

Catcher is always a difficult position in fantasy baseball. Most people hate fantasy baseball catcher rankings, as things get pretty bleak after the top five options or so. In fact, many fantasy managers will choose to punt this position, meaning they’ll gladly fill out their entire roster (including bench) before grabbing a catcher.

It’s a verifiable move to do, as many catchers won’t reach nearly the levels of other hitters in counting stats. With that being said, grabbing an elite fantasy catcher can set you apart from the competition by a whole position on your fantasy team.

Salvador Perez hit an incredible 48 home runs last year, tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the most in the entire MLB. If he has another 40+ campaign, he might be worth grabbing in the first half of your drafts due to the lack of catcher depth.

Realmuto has been a steady producer over his career, so he grabs the top spot for me this year. I also like some rookie catchers to make a name for themselves with Adley Rutschamn and Joey Bart. They were some of my top players to watch for during this year’s spring training.

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2022 Fantasy Baseball 1st Basemen Rankings

  • 1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays)
  • 2. Freddie Freeman (Dodgers)
  • 3. Matt Olson (Braves)
  • 4. Jose Abreu (White Sox)
  • 5. Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals)
  • 6. Pete Alonso (Mets)
  • 7. Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)
  • 8. Yuli Gurriel (Astros)
  • 9. C.J, Cron (Rockies)
  • 10. Jared Walsh (Angels)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went nuclear last year for the Blue Jays. I already mentioned he was tied for the league lead in home runs with 48, but he also scored 123 runs, hit 111 RBI, and slashed .311/.401/.601.

If this were an overall 2022 fantasy baseball rankings breakdown, you better believe he’d be near the top this year.

He should be in for another amazing year and makes for a no-brainer pick early in 2022 fantasy baseball drafts.

The first basemen field is not as thin as the catchers, but it isn’t the deepest either. With that being said, some first basemen could be in for big years this year.

Freddie Freeman was a big reason why the Braves were able to win the World Series last year, and now he signed with possibly the most loaded team in the league in the Dodgers. He should be in for another stellar year and is surrounded by talent.

The Braves snagged Matt Olson from the A’s in a big trade so that he could be a very nice Freeman replacement in Atlanta.

Top 2B Picks in 2022 Fantasy Baseball

  • 1. Ozzie Albies (Braves)
  • 2. Whit Merrifield (Royals)
  • 3. Marcus Semien (Rangers)
  • 4. Jose Altuve (Astros)
  • 5. Max Muncy (Dodgers)
  • 6. D.J. LeMahieu (Yankees)
  • 7. Ketel Marte (Diamondbacks)
  • 8. Brandon Lowe (Rays)
  • 9. Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
  • 10. Ty France (Mariners)

Second base used to be quite the thin position for fantasy baseball, but there are some great picks this year. Ozzie Albies leads the charge for me after coming off a stellar 2021 campaign. Albies hit 30 home runs, stole 20 bases, and had over 100 runs and RBI last year (103 runs, 106 RBI).

Whit Merrifield is a reliable pick, with most of his value on the base paths. Merrifield stole an incredible 40 bases for the Royals last year and chipped in 97 runs, 74 RBI, and 10 home runs.

Xander Bogaerts should be moving over to second base this year with the addition of Trevor Story to the Red Sox lineup. Bogaerts would be one of my top shortstops of the year if they didn’t have Story, but now he should be eligible for both positions in fantasy leagues this year.

Ranking the Best Fantasy Baseball 3B for 2022

  • 1. Jose Ramirez (Guardians)
  • 2. Rafael Devers (Red Sox)
  • 3. Manny Machado (Padres)
  • 4. Nolan Arenado (Cardinals)
  • 5. Alex Bregman (Astros)
  • 6. Adalberto Mondesi (Royals)
  • 7. Kris Bryant (Rockies)
  • 8. Anthony Rendon (Angels)
  • 9. Justin Turner (Dodgers)
  • 10. Austin Riley (Braves)
Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez kicks off our 2022 3B fantasy baseball rankings. He continues to produce in every category and should be a very high draft pick this year. He will be starting the year on the Guardians, but he could be a potential trade target for a competitor this year. That would increase his value by a ton, as he already is one of the best fantasy players in the MLB this year.

Adalberto Mondesi is a high risk high-reward player. He steals many bases but tends to be very injury prone. His healthiest season was in 2019, where he played 102 games and stole 43 bases.

Arenado is a steady performer at the hot corner every year, but he would be higher if he were still in Colorado. Kris Bryant will get a taste of what it’s like to be playing in Denver for half the year.

He should be in for a potentially huge year after signing there this offseason, and is among the best 2022 fantasy baseball sleepers to target in drafts.

2022 Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings

  • 1. Trea Turner (Dodgers)
  • 2. Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres)
  • 3. Bo Bichette (Blue Jays)
  • 4. Tim Anderson (White Sox)
  • 5. Wander Franco (Rays)
  • 6. Trevor Story (Red Sox)
  • 7. Corey Seager (Rangers)
  • 8. Carlos Correa (Twins)
  • 9. Francisco Lindor (Mets)
  • 10. Javier Baez (Tigers)

Shortstop is the deepest fantasy position for this year, as it usually is. This was a huge year for free agent shortstops such as Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, etc.

They all got huge contracts on their new teams and could be looking to earn it starting this year.

Trea Turner is a free agent at the end of this year, so he will be looking to sell his talents to potential suitors this upcoming offseason. That could mean he’s in for a big year and would easily be able to reach SS1 and be one of the best fantasy players overall.

In a loaded lineup in Los Angeles, Turner is a menace on the base paths. He should hit at the top of their lineup and score many runs with his amazing speed. He scored 32 bases in 2021 but also showed a lot of pop with a career-high 28 home runs.

Fernando Tatis Jr. already suffered an injury over the offseason, making for a very frustrating start to his 2022 campaign. He’s one of the most exciting players to watch in the MLB, but the injuries have been piling up for him.

You can’t have him low in your 2022 fantasy baseball player rankings, though, as he is a major fantasy contributor and will finish near the top even if he misses time.

Top Outfielders to Draft in 2022 Fantasy Baseball

  • 1. Juan Soto (Nationals)
  • 2. Bryce Harper (Phillies)
  • 3. Mookie Betts (Dodgers)
  • 4. Mike Trout (Angels)
  • 5. Kyle Tucker (Astros)
  • 6. Ronald Acuna Jr. (Braves)
  • 7. Starling Marte (Mets)
  • 8. Byron Buxton (Twins)
  • 9. Luis Robert (White Sox)
  • 10. Aaron Judge (Yankees)

Juan Soto is another very exciting player to watch and is still not even close to his prime. Soto will be just 23 years old and is already one of the best players in the MLB overall. He’s already got four years of MLB experience under his belt because he made his debut at 19.

Soto’s career slash line is .301/.432/.550, and they hit 29 home runs, scored 111 runs, and added 95 RBIs in 2021. He’s got unlimited potential, and his best season might be yet to come.

Bryce Harper is coming off an MVP season and will be looking to defend his crown this year. Mookie Betts added second base to his positions in fantasy this year, so that gives us more reasons to draft him highly.

There are a ton of outfielders you can draft this year, so basically, pick your poison.

How to Handle Shoehi Ohtani in Fantasy Baseball

Shoehi Ohtani

This will take some knowledge of your league settings, as people still don’t know what to think of Shohei Ohtani. He blew our minds last year on the mound and at the plate and is taking over baseball as we know it.


He’s one of the most exciting players in the MLB, but his fantasy value is a bit hard to know. In some leagues, Ohtani is offered as two different players. One as a pitcher and the other as a hitter (either OF or DH).

In other leagues, he has both positions under just one roster spot. This option allows you to start him as a pitcher when he’s the starter and then swap him to your hitters when he’s off the mound.

This year the MLB implemented an “Ohtani Rule”, so that’s just one example of how awesome Ohtani is. If your league has Ohtani offered as two different players, his hitting stats are slightly better than his pitching, but he’s a great pick for both.

He hit 46 home runs in 2021, which was 3rd most in the MLB. Ohtani would have had a very high chance of leading the league in home runs if he wasn’t a pitcher, as the two hitters above him had 25+ more at bats.

Advice to Dominate Your 2022 Fantasy Baseball Draft

These are my final 2022 fantasy baseball rankings before the season gets started. It is amazing to finally have baseball officially back so we can play fantasy baseball and bet as well.

You can switch up your own rankings according to where you think certain players will finish this year, but make sure not to overvalue players to where you draft them too early.

It’s great to have players on your love list, but overestimating them could have you shooting yourself in the foot in the long run.

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Anthony Haage

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