2022 Player Outlook
Houser was solid for Milwaukee last year, posting a 10-6 record over 142.1 innings of work with a 3.22 ERA (4.12 xERA) and 1.28 WHIP. His 17.5 percent strikeout rate leaves some to be desired, and his walk rate crept up into the double-digits for the first time since 2018. His first-pitch strike rate fell below 60 percent, and 2021 was the second straight season that his overall zone rate dropped (45.2% in 2021). Fortunately, his ground ball dominance continued, led by his sinker that posted a 69.7 percent ground ball rate. Houser's ERA may not stay in the lower-3s like it did last year, but given his ground ball nature, I'm confident that it won't experience a massive jump. More strikeouts would increase his fantasy value tenfold, but that just doesn't seem to be in the cards for his 2022 season. Houser will continue to pitch to contact, induce ground balls galore and hopefully he can cut into his walk rate a bit. Houser is a fine mid-rotation arm for fantasy baseball in 2022, especially if you front-load your rotation with above-average strikeout arms.