10 Fantasy Baseball BOLD Predictions
The MLB season is just a week away! With fantasy baseball drafts in full swing perhaps these bold predictions can help you in your draft or give you that confidence boost post draft to know you have a great roster. But remember, these are fantasy baseball BOLD predictions, so don’t go berating me on Twitter if I don’t like your favorite player this season.
1. Jordan Romano will lead the majors in saves
The Blue Jays have become the talk of the MLB by adding some studs to their lineup. Romano was shaky to start things off last season but found his groove later in the season. He finished the 2022 season with 23 saves and a 2.14 ERA. The Jays were rumored to be involved in a couple big relievers such as Kimbrel, but ultimately will be going with Romano.
In SEPT/OCT, Romano was electric tallying 9 saves (40% of his total saves) and was riding a 51% strikeout rate.
The Jays could potentially be a 100 win ball club this season with a good chance of winning the division. Romano should be given plenty of save opportunities throughout the 2022 MLB season.
2. Bo Bichette finishes outside the Top-30
Bo Bichette has climbed his way up in the fantasy baseball rankings! Bo is being drafted in the top-7 consistently in fantasy baseball drafts. I do have some doubts about if Bo can sustain the production he provided last season. I think he will be more of a .275 hitter with under 20 stolen bases this season.
3. Joey Gallo will lead the MLB in Homeruns
Joey Gallo struggled last season with the Yankees with a .160 average and 13 home runs in 188 AB. He still had an impressive 38 home runs in 2021 and cranked over 40 home runs in 2017 and 2018.
The short porch + Gallo is a match made in heaven, I think Gallo will find his groove this season with the Yankees and hit over 40 home runs.
4. Shohei Ohtani finishes outside the Top-50 hitters
Ohtani’s injury concerns really scare me… We saw greatness last year, the dual-threat machine was unbelievable and we got to witness what the superstar can do when fully healthy. I’m worried if he can have another fully healthy season with both pitching and hitting daily.
5. Matt Olson finishes as a Top-5 fantasy player
I’ve been outspoken about loving Olson this season… I picked him in must draft infielders and picked him as a league winner for this fantasy baseball season. I think Olson takes another step forward this season and becomes a top-5 fantasy baseball. Olson is heading to a better lineup, which includes Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna, and also a more hitter-friendly ballpark. Everything in the equation is adding up to a monster season for Olson.
Braves fans have been disappointed with the departure of Freeman, but I truly believe Olson will outperform Freeman this season.
6. Trevor Story hits 35 home runs and finishes as the #1 Shortstop in points leagues.
Trevor Story has always been a great fantasy baseball asset for fantasy owners, but last year he disappointed a lot of people who drafted him. For the past 3 years, Story has been getting drafted as a late first-round pick compared to this year where he is getting drafted in the 4th round.
Story signed with the Boston Red Sox, which I think is a great fit for the power hitter. I see a great rebound spot, and I can see him produce similar numbers to his 2018 and 2019 seasons when he smacked 37 and 25 homeruns.
7. Kyle Tucker goes 30/30 (30 Homeruns + 30 Stolen Bases)
Kyle Tucker has become an increasingly popular pick this year with his 5 category style of play. The departure of Carlos Correa gives Tucker the opportunity to bat 3 stick on one of the best offenses in the majors, the Houston Astros. Last year, Tucker had 17 stolen bases combined with 30 home runs hitting in the 6-7 spot the entire year.
8. Alex Kirilloff finishes as a Top-10 outfielder
Kirilloff is my favorite late-round gem for this fantasy baseball season. We got to witness some flashes last season of what Kirilloff can actually produce at the Major League level. Unfortunately, he needed wrist surgery, which ended his season early.
They have Kirilloff projected to hit in the 6-spot, I could see him sliding more in the 4-5 slot by the end of the season. At the plate, Kirilloff sprays the ball and can hit for power and average.
9. Adley Rutschman becomes the consensus #1 catcher for the 2023 season
Rutschman is being talked about by scouts as the next catcher who can actually hit at the plate. We should get the chance to see Rutschman early on in the season and bat anywhere between the 3-5 slot in the Orioles lineup. The catcher position is very thin this season with Salvador Perez leading the charge. Major League Baseball is due for another top-of-order catcher, and I think Rutschman will be a name to remember.
10. Logan Webb finishes as a Top-5 SP
With the Giants loss of Kevin Gausman to the Blue Jays, Logan Webb now becomes the ace on the Giants staff after a stellar 2021 season. Webb completely changed how he throws his pitch arsenal, throwing his sinker as his fastball more and trusting his slider more. I think he takes another step forward this season and showcases how he is deserving to be considered as one of the best pitchers in baseball.
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