Fantasy Baseball Players Worth Considering for Each Team

Story posted April 6, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by James Morrison

Fantasy Baseball is probably one of the hardest sports to manage because there are so many positions to fill and only four bench spots for the team.

With that being said, each squad is likely going to have a few players looked over that exceed expectations this season.

AL East

The Orioles are a team to stay away from.

Boston’s Tanner Houck is an amazing pitcher option to pick up because he has absolutely electric stuff that can strike out a lot of hitters. His only downside is his ability to go late in games.

The Yankees showed last year that Jonathan Loáisiga will be valuable out of the pen. If starter Aroldis Chapman goes down or starts to struggle, Loáisiga will be in line to close games.

For the Rays, Drew Rasmussen really showed he could be a quality starter in the league after coming over from the Brewers mid-season. His value spikes because he could play as both a starter and reliever

Toronoto catcher/designated hitter Alejandro Kirk is currently located in the fifth spot in Toronto’s lineup, giving him many chances to get points.

AL Central

First baseman Gavin Sheets had 34 RBIs in 54 games last year and will likely own a spot in the White Sox lineup with plenty of opportunities to contribute.

While the Guardians may not be good, pitcher Triston McKenzie is like Houck and will break out this season after a few years splitting time between the majors and minors.

The Tigers will be better than expected this year and Gregory Soto will have plenty of opportunities to pick up saves as a closer.

Brady Singer had an up and down first season with the Royals and has a real opportunity to be their ace this season.

Joe Ryan won the Twins opening day starter job and that shows just the level he’s at right now and should be considered in every league.

AL West

The Astros’ new shortstop is also their top prospect, so Jeremy Pena has potential to be a real breakout star this season.

Middle infielder David Fletcher is a solid contact guy for the Angels who could serve as a depth position.

The Athletics could trade Lou Trivino at some point, but he’s a solid bullpen option for now.

Chris Flexen pitched very well for Seattle last season. Look for him to keep it up this year.

First baseman Nathaniel Lowe started off very well last season, but cooled off near the end. It will be interesting to see if he can play strong for a full season in Texas.

NL East

Huascar Ynoa pitched well for the Braves last season before punching a wall and hurting himself. Regardless, he could be a late round addition to a team searching for pitching.

Literally any pitcher on the Marlins is underrated so they could all work as solid options.

Ranger Suárez of the Phillies pitched well late last year.

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo potentially batting leadoff for the Mets gives him a great opportunity to get points off runs.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is in the same situation for the Nationals.

NL Central

Second baseman Nick Madrigal was the White Sox former top prospect who could overperform for the Cubs.
Tyler Stephenson is now a full-time starting catcher for the Reds.

Second baseman Kolten Wong is another leadoff guy who can get on base frequently for the Brewers.

Stay away from the Pirates.

Tommy Edman has 2B and OF ability for the Cardinals and performs at a high level.
NL West

Daulton Varsho is incredibly valuable because he can play catcher, but is most likely to be used as an outfielder by Arizona.

Jhoulys Chacín performed well in a single inning role for Colorado last year and he may continue to do so.
Anyone on the Dodgers is worth considering.

Jake Cronenworth has 1B, 2B and SS eligibility for the Padres and will be one of their star players.

Pitcher Alex Wood was a fantasy gem last season and it looks like he’s underrated again for the Giants.

James Morrison is a sophomore majoring in Broadcast Journalism. To contact him, email jpm6920@psu.edu.