2022 Player Outlook
Well, 2021 was another productive season for Brantley in the contact department. In 121 games, he hit .311 with eight home runs, 47 RBI, 68 runs scored and one stolen base. His 6.5 percent walk rate was his lowest mark in recent memory, but he continued to rarely see a third strike up on the board. The biggest concern is what happened to the power? Most of his contact metrics remained similar to year's past, but his 6.9 percent HR/FB ratio was well below recent seasons. The HR/FB ratio seems to be an outlier, at least compared to Brantley's time in Houston. While that should rebound, there's some bigger issues, and namely that Brantley could see himself in a loose platoon in the outfield. Over the last two years, Brantley has hit just .231 and .219 against southpaws. Also, he's not getting younger, and at this point, he's an aging, high-contact hitter that offers little to no stolen bases. Be careful drafting Brantley on just name value alone, as you might price him up higher than his fantasy value indicates.