2022 Player Outlook
Cole’s season took a downturn once baseball started cracking down on pitchers who use sticky stuff to get a better grip on the baseball. Prior to the crack down Cole had a 2.31 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. His post crackdown ERA ballooned to 4.12 and his WHIP increased to 1.27. Cole was eventually able to regroup, and he won eight of his last 13 decisions, but he no longer pitched like an ace. Cole’s early preseason NFBC ADP still has him being selected in the first round of a typical 12 team draft. He’s still a valuable fantasy starting pitcher, but his post sticky stuff crackdown stats and the fact that he got lit up by the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game is concerning.