2022 Player Outlook
Contreras hit 21 home runs last year, which is solid for a catcher, but his .237 batting average was far less appealing than his .340 OBP. His batted ball profile looks good at first glance, but he continues to whiff a bit more than one would like. However, it's hard to ignore his 88th percentile exit velocity last year, and 95th percentile max exit velocity, especially as a catcher. Despite the four caught stealing attempts last year, fantasy managers should like that their catcher nearly attempted double-digit stolen base attempts. Contreras has 20+ homers in three of the past five years, and even if the batting average is closer to .240 than .270, it's hard to be upset about your catcher given you 20 home runs and five stolen bases. He ended the 2021 season on a high note, and that should carry over into the 2022 season. Contreras should prove to be a reliable fantasy catcher and a prominent piece of the Chicago offense in 2022.