2022 Player Outlook
We all know what Hader is at this point, but he's darn good at it, so we shouldn't question it. He logged 34 saves last season with a 1.23 ERA and an insane 102 strikeouts over just 58.2 innings of work. If he's not striking batters out, home runs can hurt him, but a 6.3 percent barrel rate last year helped keep the home runs in check. After posting a 1.38 HR/9 from 2018-2020, last year's 0.46 HR/9 mark was a massive win. While there is likely to be a little regression in the home run department in 2022, it's not enough to move Hader out of the top few closers in fantasy baseball. His strikeout prowess alone will keep inside the top handful, and Milwaukee's two or three-headed monster in the rotation should provide plenty of save opportunities again for Hader. He's one of the few closers that have a floor of 30+ saves and 90+ strikeouts. The dominant southpaw has 100 or more strikeouts in three of the past four years, and a down year in 2020 resulted in him only having a 39.7 percent strikeout rate.