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Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2022 | Top Fantasy MLB Players To Draft

Here are The Game Day’s updated 2022 fantasy baseball rankings to fully prepare you for your fantasy draft day.

These fantasy MLB rankings include our top 300 players overall and are broken down by fantasy positions.

We also feature auction values for each player in 15-team standard rotisserie leagues with the following categories:

  • Home Runs
  • Runs
  • RBIs
  • Batting Average
  • Stolen Bases
  • Wins
  • Strikeouts
  • ERA
  • WHIP
  • Saves

We’ll also offer fantasy baseball draft tips and positional overviews to get your 2022 draft strategy aligned.

Rankings are provided by Scott Engel, an inaugural Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Famer. He was a nominee for the 2021 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year and recently won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Baseball Ongoing Series. Scott is also a member of the prestigious Tout Wars mixed auction league and is a two-time Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association experts league champion.


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Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2022

RkPlayerTeamPosBid$
1Trea TurnerLAD2B,SS$48
2Jose RamirezCLE3B$46
3Juan SotoWSHOF$45
4Vladimir Guerrero Jr.TOR1B,DH$45
5Bo BichetteTORSS$43
6Bryce HarperPHIOF$42
7Mike TroutLAAOF$41
8Mookie BettsLAD2B,OF$40
9Kyle TuckerHOUOF$39
10Gerrit ColeNYYSP$37
11Corbin BurnesMILSP$37
12Freddie FreemanLAD1B$36
13Walker BuehlerLADSP$35
14Brandon WoodruffMILSP$35
15Max ScherzerNYMSP$35
16Shohei OhtaniLAASP,DH$34
17Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF$34
18Luis RobertCWSOF$34
19Ozzie AlbiesATL2B$34
20Rafael DeversBOS3B$33
21Starling MarteNYMOF$32
22Yordan AlvarezHOUOF,DH$31
23Manny MachadoSD3B$31
24Aaron NolaPHISP$30
25Shane BieberCLESP$30
26Lucas GiolitoCWSSP$30
27Julio UriasLADSP$30
28Max FriedATLSP$29
29Trevor StoryBOSSS$29
30Aaron JudgeNYYOF, DH$28
31Cedric Mullins IIBALOF$28
32Teoscar HernandezTOROF$28
33Whit MerrifieldKC2B,OF$27
34Tim AndersonCWSSS$27
35Zack WheelerPHISP$27
36Xander BogaertsBOSSS$27
37Matt OlsonATL1B$27
38Pete AlonsoNYM1B$27
39Salvador PerezKCC,DH$26
40Francisco LindorNYMSS$26
41Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B$25
42Marcus SemienTEX2B,SS$25
43Josh HaderMILRP$25
44Liam HendriksCWSRP$25
45Freddy PeraltaMILSP$25
46Austin RileyATL1B,3B$24
47Jose AltuveHOU2B$24
48Joe MusgroveSDSP$24
49Robbie RaySEASP$24
50Nick CastellanosPHIOF$23
51Byron BuxtonMINOF$23
52Eloy JimenezCWSOF$23
53Jose AbreuCWS1B$23
54Carlos CorreaMINSS$23
55George SpringerTOROF,DH$23
56Alex BregmanHOU3B$22
57Jose BerriosTORSP$22
58J.T. RealmutoPHIC,1B$22
59Will SmithLADC$22
60Tyler O'NeillSTLOF$22
61Brandon LoweTB2B,OF$22
62Sandy AlcantaraMIASP$21
63Luis CastilloCINSP$21
64Ketel MarteARI2B,OF$21
65Christian YelichMILOF$21
66Wander FrancoTB3B,SS$21
67Kris BryantCOL1B,3B,OF$21
68Nolan ArenadoSTL3B$20
69Raisel IglesiasLAARP$20
70Kevin GausmanTORSP$20
71Frankie MontasOAKSP$20
72Lance LynnCWSSP$20
73Edwin DiazNYMRP$19
74Jonathan IndiaCIN2B$19
75Corey SeagerTEXSS$19
76Jorge PolancoMIN2B,SS$19
77J.D. MartinezBOSOF,DH$19
78Giancarlo StantonNYYOF,DH$19
79Charlie MortonATLSP$18
80Craig KimbrelCWSRP$18
81Ryan PresslyHOURP$18
82Logan WebbSFSP$18
83Yu DarvishSDSP$18
84Max MuncyLAD1B,2B$18
85Trevor RogersMIASP$18
86Joey VottoCIN1B$18
87Carlos RodonSFSP$18
88Adalberto MondesiKC3B,SS$17
89Anthony RendonLAA3B$17
90Rhys HoskinsPHI1B$17
91Jesse WinkerSEAOF$17
92Randy ArozarenaTBOF$17
93Javier BaezDET2B,SS$17
94C.J. CronCOL1B$17
95Emmanuel ClaseCLERP$17
96Alek ManoahTORSP$17
97Bryan ReynoldsPITOF$16
98Pablo LopezMIASP$16
99Clayton KershawLADSP$15
100Justin VerlanderHOUSP$15
101Seiya SuzukiCHCOF$15
102Sean ManaeaOAKSP$15
103Kenley JansenATLRP$15
104Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS,OF$14
105Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP$14
106Jazz Chisholm Jr.MIA2B,SS$14
107Justin TurnerLAD3B$14
108Yasmani GrandalCWSC,1B$14
109Josh BellWSH1B,OF$14
110Franmil ReyesCLEOF,DH$13
111Jordan RomanoTORRP$13
112Bobby Witt Jr.KCSS$13
113Dylan CarlsonSTLOF$12
114Daulton VarshoARIC,OF$12
115Shane McClanahanTBSP$12
116Mitch HanigerSEAOF,DH$12
117Nelson CruzWSHDH$12
118Dylan CeaseCWSSP$12
119Kyle SchwarberPHI1B, OF$12
120Tommy EdmanSTL2B,OF$12
121Shane BazTBSP$12
122Blake SnellSDSP$12
123Anthony RizzoNYY1B$12
124Jake CronenworthSD1B,2B,SS$12
125Josh DonaldsonNYY3B,DH$12
126Tyler MahleCINSP$12
127Ian AndersonATLSP$11
128Luke VoitSD1B$11
129Giovanny GallegosSTLRP$11
130Matt ChapmanTOR3B$11
131Dansby SwansonATLSS$11
132Trent GrishamSDOF$11
133Yoan MoncadaCWS3B$11
134Nathan EovaldiBOSSP$11
135Eduardo RodriguezDETSP$11
136Willy AdamesMILSS$11
137Ranger SuarezPHISP,RP$11
138Scott BarlowKCRP$10
139Jarred KelenicSEAOF$10
140Marcell OzunaATLOF$10
141Randal GrichukCOLOF$10
142Hunter RenfroeMILOF$10
143Ryan MountcastleBAL1B,OF,DH$10
144Chris TaylorLAD2B,3B,SS,OF$9
145Akil BaddooDETOF$9
146Robbie GrossmanDETOF$9
147Chris BassittNYMSP$9
148Zac GallenARISP$9
149Jacob deGromNYMSP$9
150Jared WalshLAA1B,OF$9
151Alex KirilloffMIN1B,OF$9
152Ty FranceSEA1B,2B,3B,DH$9
153Brandon CrawfordSFSS$9
154Ke'Bryan HayesPIT3B$9
155Luis GarciaHOUSP$9
156Framber ValdezHOUSP$9
157Sonny GrayMINSP$9
158Taylor RogersMINRP$8
159Willson ContrerasCHCC$8
160Brendan RodgersCOL2B,SS$8
161Logan GilbertSEASP$8
162Tyler StephensonCINC,1B$8
163Myles StrawCLEOF$8
164Austin MeadowsTBOF,DH$8
165Gleyber TorresNYY2B,SS$8
166Michael KopechCWSSP,RP$8
167Keibert RuizWSHC$8
168Yuli GurrielHOU1B$8
169Mitch GarverTEXC$8
170Jorge SolerMIAOF,DH$8
171Joey GalloNYYOF$7
172Tommy PhamCINOF$7
173Eduardo EscobarNYM1B,2B,3B$7
174Luis SeverinoNYYRP$7
175Mark MelanconARIRP$7
176Corey KnebelPHISP,RP$7
177Ian HappCHCOF$7
178Ryan McMahonCOL2B,3B$7
179Michael ConfortoFAOF$7
180Gregory SotoDETRP$7
181Lourdes Gurriel Jr.TOR1B,OF$7
182Andrew BenintendiKCOF$7
183DJ LeMahieuNYY1B,2B,3B$7
184Tanner HouckBOSSP,RP$7
185Jordan MontgomeryNYYSP$6
186Marcus StromanCHCSP$6
187Aaron AshbyMILSP,RP$6
188Patrick SandovalLAASP$6
189David BednarPITRP$6
190Mike ClevingerSDSP$6
191Triston McKenzieCLESP$6
192Brandon BeltSF1B$6
193Trey ManciniBAL1B,DH$6
194Spencer TorkelsonDET1B,3B$6
195Matt BarnesBOSRP$6
196Jesus SanchezMIAOF$6
197Tarik SkubalDETSP$6
198Joe BarlowTEXRP$5
199Lou TrivinoOAKRP$5
200Jeimer CandelarioDET3B$5
201Jake McGeeSFRP$5
202Camilo DovalSFRP$5
203Cody BellingerLADOF$5
204Alex VerdugoBOSOF$5
205Noah SyndergaardLAASP$5
206Gary SanchezMINC$5
207Jo AdellLAAOF$5
208Andrew VaughnCWS1B,OF$5
209Alex WoodSFSP$5
210Kolten WongMIL2B$5
211Andrew KittredgeTBSP,RP$5
212Jose UrquidyHOUSP$5
213Avisail GarciaMIAOF$5
214Devin WilliamsMILRP$4
215Julio RodriguezSEAOF$4
216Michael BrantleyHOUOF,DH$4
217Kike HernandezBOS2B,OF$4
218Alex ColomeCOLRP$4
219Bailey OberMINSP$4
220Adam WainwrightSTLSP$4
221Anthony DeSclafaniSFSP$4
222Josiah GrayWSHSP$4
223Yusei KikuchiTORSP$4
224Luis UriasMIL2B,3B,SS$4
225Jeremy PenaHOUSS$4
226Joe RyanMINSP$4
227Tony GonsolinLADSP$4
228Mike ZuninoTBC$4
229Elias DiazCOLC$4
230Mike YastrzemskiSFOF$4
231Mark CanhaNYMOF$4
232AJ PollockLADOF$4
233Art WarrenCINRP$4
234Chris SaleBOSSP$4
235Rowan WickCHCRP$4
236Stephen StrasburgWSHSP$4
237Andrew McCutchenMILOF$4
238Adolis GarciaTEXOF$3
239Ramon LaureanoOAKOF$3
240Luis PatinoTBSP$3
241Jesus AguilarMIA1B$3
242Gavin LuxLAD2B,SS,OF$3
243Bobby DalbecBOS1B,3B$3
244Josh RojasARI2B,3B,SS,OF$3
245Nathaniel LoweTEX1B$3
246Adam DuvallATLOF$3
247Frank SchwindelCHC1B$3
248Jean SeguraPHI2B$3
249Eddie RosarioATLOF$3
250Harrison BaderSTLOF$3
251Charlie BlackmonCOLOF$3
252Nicky LopezKCSS$3
253Alejandro KirkTORC$3
254Sean MurphyOAKC$3
255Drew SteckenriderSEARP$3
256Paul SewaldSEARP$3
257Kyle FinneganWSHRP$3
258Brandon NimmoNYMOF$3
259Lane ThomasWSHOF$3
260Jon GrayTEXSP$3
261Anthony SantanderBALOF,DH$3
262Rowdy TellezMIL1B$2
263Anthony BenderMIARP$2
264Austin HaysBALOF$2
265Miguel SanoMIN1B$2
266Max KeplerMINOF$2
267Oneil CruzPITSS$2
268Tanner RaineyWSHRP$2
269Jonathan SchoopDET1B,2B$2
270John MeansBALSP$2
271Drew RasmussenTBSP,RP$2
272Wil MyersSDOF$2
273Gio UrshelaMIN3B,SS$2
274Travis d'ArnaudATLC$2
275Eugenio SuarezSEA3B,SS$2
276Amed RosarioCLESS,OF$2
277Clint FrazierCHCOF$2
278Rafael OrtegaCHCOF$2
279Kyle LewisSEAOF$2
280Christian VazquezBOSC$2
281Omar NarvaezMILC$2
282Adley RutschmanBALC$2
283Brian AndersonMIA3B$2
284Andrew HeaneyLADSP,RP$2
285Cristian JavierHOUSP,RP$2
286Didi GregoriusPHISS$2
287Alec BohmPHI3B$2
288Carson KellyARIC$2
289Evan LongoriaSF3B$2
290Tyler NaquinCINOF$2
291Nestor Cortes Jr.NYYSP,RP$2
292Joc PedersonSFOF$2
293Isiah Kiner-FalefaNYYSS$2
294Ha-Seong KimSD2B,3B,SS$2
295Andres GimenezCLE2B,SS$2
296Yoshi TsutsugoPIT1B,OF$2
297German MarquezCOLSP$2
298Aaron CivaleCLESP$2
299Casey MizeDETSP$2
300Max StassiLAAC$2

How To Use Fantasy MLB Rankings 2022

  • Know your format and scoring system. Our rankings are based mainly on a rotisserie format, so you’ll need to tweak your ranks and approaches depending on the league style.
  • Offense will go early. In some early mocks and expert drafts so far, it’s unusual to see more than two pitchers go off the board in the first round.
  • Be aware of position scarcity. You should not use positional scarcity as a firm guidepost, as it’s often better to simply take the best player available. But as your draft progresses, you’ll have to address weaker positions such as third base.
  • Stick to your budget. Whether you’re utilizing our auction values or creating your own, don’t stray too far from your projected prices. Of course, you’ll have to read the room and adjust on the fly.
  • Be aggressive. High-stakes players and industry experts will frequently draft a sleeper or value play ahead of their Average Draft Positions, so don’t be afraid to reach for a player if you’re particularly bullish on him.
  • Make a plan for closers and catchers. If you’re not going to take a top closer or catcher, then you will have to be prepared to monitor the waiver wire for relievers or go for riskier catchers. These are two unique positions that create much discussion among fantasy analysts, and you will have to decide on a preferred route.
  • Every draft is unique. Rankings and ADPs serve as a basis for what you may be preparing for, but no two drafts are ever the same.
  • Go your own way. You can use these rankings as a template, but you should have preferences as to what players you want to move up and down your draft board.
  • Drafting is just the beginning. Keep in mind that we will be working the waiver wire frequently throughout the season to address holes and replace injured players. The roster you finish with will likely look considerably different than the one you started with.
  • Draft with confidence. If you are well-prepared and don’t overanalyze takes on players, everything should go smoothly. No one has a perfect roster after the draft, especially in 15-team leagues.

Fantasy Baseball Positional Ranking Tips

Fantasy C Rankings 2022

Experienced fantasy baseball players are well aware that this is the thinnest position in the game. Salvador Perez is the clear fantasy prize here, but you will also feel very comfortable with J.T. Realmuto or Will Smith.

In two-catcher leagues, strong consideration will have to go to one of the top five catchers. If you opt to pass on an elite backstop, upside targets include Keibert Ruiz and Tyler Stephenson.

Outside of the top 10, we are conceding batting average drains such as Mike Zunino and Gary Sanchez, or hoping to just get respectable production from lesser-heralded types.

Fantasy 1B Rankings 2022

As is usually the case at this position, first base offers good depth in terms of power and run production. You’ll be comfortable picking any of the top eight players at the position, followed by an interesting mix of promising youth and proven veterans.

Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto are still productive. Josh Bell could be headed for one of his better seasons, while Ty France and Spencer Torkelson are two intriguing targets as you get deeper into the position.

Fantasy 2B Rankings 2022

The keystone is full of versatility, as many notable players qualify at more than one lineup slot in terms of eligibility. That also means some of the better selections could be taken off the board quickly as your league mates look to fill their infield positions from here.

You will find both power and speed at second base, as Trea Turner and Ozzie Albies will be gone quickly. We are very interested to see if Jonathan India and Jazz Chisholm can build on what they displayed last season, and there are also viable middle infield options such as Kolten Wong and Jonathan Schoop.


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Fantasy 3B Rankings 2022

This has become a position where you must take scarcity into consideration.

Once we get outside of the top eight or so, you won’t feel too great about the remaining starting options. There’s hope that Ke’Bryan Hayes can start to break through this season, though, and maybe we can get another good year out of Justin Turner.

Those who take Jose Ramirez as a first pick can then pivot towards first base to fill a corner infield slot later on. Wander Franco is an obvious upside play, and you also have to decide if the risk is worth the reward with Adalberto Mondesi.

Fantasy SS Rankings 2022

If one misses out on Bo Bichette or Tim Anderson, there are still good targets at the top half of the position. Many fantasy players will walk away with some appealing combinations of power and speed in the first few rounds of the draft.

Francisco Lindor, who hit well late last season, is eyeing a return to form in his second year with the New York Mets. One of the biggest breakout targets in fantasy baseball is Rookie of the Year favorite Bobby Witt Jr., who might be the position player under a magnifying glass more than any other.

Fantasy OF Rankings 2022

Outfield appears deep, but when you have to start five at the position you cannot practice too much patience. There’s a lot of power and speed to be had inside the top 20, and drafters can fill out their depth nicely inside the top 50 or so.

Once fantasy players start lurking beyond that, however, it’s best to go for youth and upside. In a 15-teamer, stay aggressive to ensure that you aren’t starting shaky options at your final outfield spots.

Aaron Judge & Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees

New York Yankees sluggers Giancarlo Stanton (L) and Aaron Judge (R) are both strong targets in 2022 fantasy drafts thanks to their elite power numbers. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)


Fantasy DH Rankings 2022

There isn’t much to see here in terms of DH-only players. It’s all about getting Shohei Ohtani and committing to him in that spot, which is well worth it. Nelson Cruz has landed in Washington and is always worth the pick for power.

The introduction of the universal DH should lead to increased at-bats for many National League players, so we’ll be watching this position closely during the season.

Fantasy SP Rankings 2022

Those who snatch one of the top six arms here can get off to a nice start in drafts if they grab another top-20 hurler, but others will wait while piling up on offense early and may eschew aces for quality depth later on.

There are guys with the potential to be big difference-makers if they can build on their recent performance, including Freddy Peralta, Robbie Ray, and Alek Manoah. Trevor Rogers and Pablo Lopez are among the upside plays, while former studs such as Justin Verlander and Noah Syndergaard are tempting candidates to bounce back from health issues.

Fantasy CL Rankings 2022

When it comes to fantasy closers, pay up or shut up on draft day.

If you land one of the top eight relievers, you’re more likely to guarantee stability. Once we get outside the top 12, however, then the dice rolling begins.

Be ready to trade for saves or chase them in free agency if you wait at the position. Pittsburgh’s David Bednar could turn out to be a good value play, and we also mix in the valuable “swingman” types who can qualify at both starter and reliever.

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