Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2022: Top sleepers, breakouts, busts from the proven model that called the year Hand’s down


After three solid seasons as a starting pitcher for the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves, Dallas Keuchel got off to a strong start in his first season with the Chicago White Sox in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. After six wins in 11 starts with a 1.99 ERA, he was set for a huge 2021 season but finished the year as one of fantasy baseball’s biggest busts. Keuchel’s ERA climbed to 5.28 and set negative career highs in home runs (25) and free-standing hitters (59).

Rounding 2022 Fantasy Baseball busts is just as important as hitting Fantasy Baseball ties or breakouts for success this season. A comprehensive set of 2022 fantasy baseball rankings can help you identify which players will exceed their fantasy baseball ADP and which players will fall short of their preseason projections. Before going on the clock, be sure to see Proven Computer Model Fantasy Baseball 2022 cheat sheets and rankings on SportsLine.

Last season, SportsLine’s projection model identified several fantastic baseball sleepers, escapes and busts, including reliever Brad Hand.

The SportsLine team was everywhere Hand as a Fantasy bust from the start, and he then lost his job as the closest as he bounced between three teams. He had a disastrous 7.57 ERA during a stint with the Blue Jays later in the season. Their model had him ranked well below the expert consensus rankings, and anyone who listened to their advice avoided a major speed bump that could have derailed their season.

Their model is powered by the same people who powered the projections for the three major fantasy sites. And this same group shares its 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings and Cheat Sheets at SportsLinehelping you find fantasy baseball sleepers, breakouts and busts long before your competition. Their cheat sheets, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated several times a day.

Whenever more MLB news comes out on the updated 2022 MLB schedule or fantasy baseball injuries, the SportsLine team updates its projections. Go to SportsLine now to see these proven fantasy baseball cheat sheets.

Top 2022 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

One of 2022’s fantasy baseball sleepers, the role model is everywhere: Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley. As an All-Star last year, Brantley may not be a sleeper in the traditional sense, but as a 13-year veteran who lost some steam in the second half of the regular season the last year, it is likely to be put on the back burner by many fantasy players. However, he finished 2021 with a strong run through 15 postseason games and hit .296 with four home runs and 25 RBIs.

Brantley could also be invaluable in helping Fantasy teams get off to a quick start. In the first half of last season, he had .326/.475/.847 batting spreads, all of which were above his career averages before the All-Star break. Houston’s only major move in the offseason before the lockout was to retain starting pitcher Justin Verlander, so with no big change in the roster, Brantley will be counted on to step up the defending American League champions again. The SportsLine model predicts that Brantley’s value will exceed that of other left fielders with higher average draft positions like Marcell Ozuna and Tyler O’Neill.

Top 2022 Fantasy Baseball Breakouts

One of 2022’s fantasy baseball breakouts, the role model is everywhere: Chicago Cubs center fielder Rafael Ortega. After bouncing around the majors since 2012, he was a big part of Chicago’s outfield last year and started in 73 of his 103 appearances. He finished with career highs in batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.463), as well as home runs (11) and RBIs (33).

Barring an injury, Ortega should be in line for more starts at center again this season, and should have a bit more help in the batting order around him. Nick Madrigal and Nico Hoerner should add a little more pop out of Chicago’s infield this year, which should help keep opposing pitchers from throwing around Ortega at home plate. Most promising for Ortega is how he finished last year, when he hit .306 with an OPS of .870 in the second half of the season after playing a more consistent role in the roster.

Top 2022 Fantasy Baseball Busts

As for players to avoid, the model identified Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Shane Baz as one of its best 2022 Fantasy baseball busts. A draft pick spent on Baz at his current 2022 Fantasy baseball ADP 77.5 is largely a gamble after just four appearances with the Rays late last season. In three regular season starts, he finished with just 13.1 innings pitched and gave up three homers despite having a 2.03 ERA.

In his only playoff appearance against Boston in the American League Divisional Series, he allowed six hits and three earned runs in just 2.1 innings pitched as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 14-6. As things stand, Baz’s role on the pitching team is still up for debate, with recently acquired right-handers Drew Rasmussen and Corey Kluber also favorites to land a spot in the rotation. The SportsLine model projects proven names like Cal Quantrill, Yu Darvish and Kyle Gibson to all outplay Baz, despite much higher ADPs.

How to Find Proven 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

SportsLine is also high on a surprising starting pitcher who ranks in the top five of his positional rankings. This player barely makes it off the board in the top 100 picks, but is expected to outplay starters such as Julio Urias, Max Scherzer and Lucas Giolito. This choice could be the difference between winning your league or going home with nothing. You can only look who it is here.

So which Fantasy 2022 baseball busts, escapes, and sleepers should you target or fade in your drafts? Visit SportsLine now to get the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings for every position, all from the model that called Brad Hand’s disappointing seasonand find out.



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