Please note: These prices are for standard 5×5, $260 NL- or AL-only leagues. The rankings are for mixed leagues, and you will notice that occasionally they are not consistent with the dollar values. That’s because I prefer my riskier players in the shallower mixed league format, where decent replacements are usually available. In mixed leagues of 18 teams or fewer, regular players and good lefty platoon hitters must be available at the end for $1, or as reserves or free agents, not to mention rotation starters, not to mention quality middle relievers by the bucketful. Therefore in mixed leagues there is only one sin: overpaying for mediocrity. Bid your faves to the moon if you like, just don’t pay $10 for César Hernández.
The designations Reserve A and Reserve B are players I consider worth a shot, more or less, but not a dollar, usually because they won’t be starting in the majors. PFA means Possible Free Agent, or not worth a precious reserve slot because they are further from contributing for various reasons – but no doubt some will have 2022 impact. When you see $0 it means I want no part of him and I am delighted if someone else in the room does.
Feel free to comment, and welcome to 2022.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays All his walks notwithstanding, young Vlad is notably aggressive in the strike zone with 76.1% swings. This maximizing approach, coupled with 50+% hard hit rates, amount to a flat guarantee for us, given time, and damn little time at that. Therefore in leagues where Batting Average is a category, I have to give Vlad the nod over Juan Soto for best 4-cat hitter. $42
Freddie Freeman, ? He has these weird little slumps but I guess that’s just baseball. Should be bankable for another two or three years, minimum.