2022 Player Outlook
The 2021 season was rough for Heyward, as he struggled to stay on the field, and when he was on the field, the results were subpar. Heyward served multiple stints on the injured list last year for different issues, including a hamstring strain, finger inflammation, and a concussion. It was hard for Heyward to establish a rhythm, and the constant absences likely played a part in his .214/.280/.347 slash line last year. Heyward did post a max exit velocity in the 95th percentile, but his 7.6 percent walk rate was a steep drop-off from recent years, and his ground ball rate was north of 50 percent for the first time since 2015. Heyward continues to be a stalwart in the Chicago lineup despite not being fantasy-relevant for the past few years. Outside of the 2019 season, Heyward has largely been a disappointment for the Cubs and fantasy managers haven't profited much from Heyward in recent years. He'll likely find himself in a platoon situation in the Chicago outfield, which largely hurts his diminished fantasy value.