Some big names are coming back from injury-plagued 2022 seasons and could dramatically alter the fantasy landscape this year.
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Each man detailed below still has a premium skill set but is going to cause managers some sleepless nights until we see him on the field for an extended period of time. Let’s take a look:
Tatis missed all of 2022 due to a combination of injuries and suspension, and he will open this season in the same fashion. But when his suspension concludes in late April, the 24-year-old could immediately return to being a top-five overall fantasy asset. Still, the shoulder and wrist surgeries Tatis underwent last fall add a layer of concern that he won’t immediately put his best foot forward. The San Diego star needs to hit the ground running in order to justify his current Yahoo ADP of 22.5.
Chisholm showed exciting potential across 60 games last year (.860 OPS, 14 HR, 12 SB) before he was knocked out for the remainder of the season by a stress fracture in his lower back. The 25-year-old could be a 30-30 player across a full campaign this year, and he has switched positions to the outfield, which will soon make him a multi-position asset.
In short, I love the idea of drafting Chisholm at his current Yahoo ADP (51.9).
Albies couldn’t stay healthy last year, as he missed three months due to a fractured foot before suffering a fractured pinky finger in just his second game back in a September return. His performance had dipped prior to the foot injury, as his final 2022 OPS (.703) was the lowest of his six-year career. To make matters more complicated, the infielder is returning from October shoulder surgery.
Additionally, Albies’ role is a source of concern. The 26-year-old has spent most of his career hitting out of a premium lineup spot, but the Braves have other good candidates to fill those roles this season. Overall, there are too many risk factors for me to draft Albies at his current Yahoo ADP (50.9).
A top-50 pick in recent years, Anderson has dipped to a current Yahoo ADP of 73.8 after missing nearly a month last season due to a right groin strain and the final two months due to a torn tendon in his left middle finger. Anderson is still on the right side of 30, but he has never been a durable player, having missed 32% of his team’s games the past four seasons. Still, I like the idea of drafting the 29-year-old at his depreciated draft…
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