Dynasty Prospects to Acquire Now (2022 Fantasy Baseball)

If you ask 10 people who play fantasy baseball what their favorite game is, you could get 10 different answers.

To me there is nothing that holds a candle to dynastic competitions. There are so many different strategies you can employ, and there’s something satisfying about winning the competition (remember, folks, that’s always the ultimate goal) with a team you’ve built over time.

Managers in fantasy also like prospect chase and prospect hold. There’s nothing we can do about it, and it’s generally ingrained in us.

The pieces that we already have have more value to us than the pieces that are offered to us. It’s called the endowment effect and it’s true in fantasy baseball, especially in dynastic competitions.

But the other funny thing about prospects is that if they don’t catch on right away, we tend to reject them and move on to something new.

And with that, a window is created for you, shrewd manager, to acquire the former prospect of the week who for Mike Trout would not even be moved for pennies on the dollar.

We’re going to look at that today. We want to look at several prospects who have seen their value drop, not talked about enough, or in some cases are worth buying high despite the helium behind it.

It’s one of the most beautiful parts of dynastic competitions where one’s perceived trash can become your applied treasure.

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Jasson Dominguez (VAN-NYY)

Last year around this time, there was nothing but buzz around Dominguez, who finished first overall in many First Year Player Drafts. When I wrote down my top picks for the design 2020, I had Dominguez second behind Andrew Vaughn and ahead of Bobby Witt, Jr.

The process was that Dominguez had the highest helium at the time and could fetch the most in trade offers.

That has now changed.

Dominguez still has his hype, and the pictures we saw of him looking like Aaron Donald had people either very excited or very nervous about his future. But in dynastic checkers, he now goes after Witt, Vaughn, Riley Greene, Alek Manoah, Corbin Carroll, Adley Rutschman and Josh Jung.

That tells me it’s time to look at the competition and see what the purchase cost would be.

There are, of course, concerns as he impressed in Low-A last year, averaging .252 with a .732 OPS with five home runs in 56 games. He’s jumped by Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza in prospect lists, but the prospects of a 30/30 season are still there for Dominguez.

It’s the perfect time to try to acquire it.

Edward Cabrera (SP-MIA)

Sixto Sanchez throws. Max Meyer rises in the ranks. Eury Perez takes over the world of pitching. And then there’s Cabrera, who quietly starts the season in the Marlins’ rotation, while the other three aren’t.

And the point is, Cabrera is just as good as her, if not better.

Sure, the Marlins have a ton of options, and Cabrera didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year, with a 5.81 ERA (6.63 FIP, 5.14 xFIP) in 26.1 innings.

But if you look at his track record in the minor league, the stuff plays out. He averaged 23.3 K% in his major league stint, but that number was in the high 30’s in Triple-A and Double-A last year.

Marlin’s insider and well-known fantasy fan Craig Mish said in 2020 that he liked Cabrera more than Sánchez. Cabrera will have the chance to prove that this year, and he can still be taken over for a low price after not coming through the gates firing. It takes pitchers time and I have every confidence in Cabrera and the Marlins to maximize his output and his four pitches.

Tyler Soderstrom (C-OAK)

Soderstrom came out of the draft as the catcher, but there is virtually no chance of him getting stuck behind the plate.

And you know what, that’s okay.

His bat is so advanced that the fastest way to get to Oakland is to get him out from behind the saucer and go to first base as Matt Olson’s eventual replacement.

We saw the agility come alive for Soderstrom last year when he set a .306/.390/.568 line with 12 home runs and 88 runs/RBIs for a 145 wRC+ in 57 games on a 19-year-old.

He is a household name among potential hunting dogs, but by the end of the year he will be fully known throughout the community.

Austin Wells (C/1B/OR – NYY)

Wells is a perfect example of why you should be careful what prospect list you look at when trying to figure out who to recruit. Wells is by far a better fantasy perspective than a real-life one, as there are big questions about his defense.

He won’t be a catcher, we know that. Runners steal on him with ease, so first base or a corner outfield spot seem like the most likely landing spots for him.

But what we, as fantasy managers, care about is that Wells can hit hard for power.

With the power comes a high hit rate, but also a nice running speed to balance it out. We don’t care about strikeouts as much as we used to, and as long as he can keep it below 30 percent, the power will make him a worthy fantasy player for the foreseeable future, as he will be in Double-A for the majority of next season.

While the Bryce Harper comparisons are laughable, Kyle Schwarber seems like a nice comparison to shoot.

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