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2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Seiya Suzuki

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You know the feeling, the sinking stomach, the constant panic, and checking your phone constantly. Finally, your girlfriend asks if everything is alright, and you say, yeah, everything is okay.

You check your phone, and the score remains the same. You are currently winning by 18 16 20 23 points, but your opponent has Aaron Rodgers/Zeke/Chase Edmonds/Marquez Valdes-Scantling to your Najee Harris/Brandon Aiyuk/Mason Crosby. Finally, you can sense that the end is near. With this feeling of sadness, regret, and some anxiety, there is a small light at the end of the tunnel. That light is that the end of a Fantasy Football season marks the true beginning of the Fantasy Baseball season!

Welcome back for a new season at F6P with your weekly Dynasty player blog series! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year!

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So that brings us to the first Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week for 2022! May I introduce to you someone I know next to nothing about, and we shall learn together! The outfielder for the (Insert team name here), Seiya Suzuki.

2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Seiya Suzuki

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International Man of Mystery

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This sounds like the name of the latest Bond movie, but I assure you it is not! Let us dive in and meet our first 2022 Dynasty player of the week Seiya Suzuki.  In Dynasty Baseball, there is always intrigue with intonation players being posted. Often the headlines are always more exciting than the actual player itself. I am a Dynasty player who always drafts the international guys mainly because the ROI is relatively quick, or you can cut bait with them fairly quickly. I have owned Shogo Akiyama, Ha-seong Kim, Kwang Hyun Kim in the last few years.

Unfortunately, all of those players have left something to be desired. You notice that I did not say the one name was Shohei Ohtani, the only great one out of the bunch. That brings us to the question, Where does Seiya Suzuki fit? Is he Shogo? Is he Ohtani? Well, I will plant my flag and say that he is not either of those players. Suzuki does not need to be Ohtani to be a success stateside.

Suzuki is a (Booker-T Voice) five-time five-time five-time (please, someone understands this) all-star in the Nippon Professional Baseball. He boasts a slash line of .315/.415/.571, his average exit velocity is higher than the MLB average. Though not Fantasy-relevant, Suzuki is seen as a plus defender with a rocket of an arm. I would slot him in a corner outfield spot, maybe right field at Fenway?

You down with OBP? Yea you know me!

I have found that specific counting stats like home runs and rbi are hard to gauge if they translate to the MLB. I like to look at one stat in particular when evaluating international players. That stat is OBP! OBP can contribute to 4 of the key categories in Fantasy Baseball. It helps with (obviously) OBP, Runs, RBI, and Stolen bases. The only cat I see Suzuki not being a contributor to is stolen bases.

In short, Suzuki is an on-base machine; in the last three seasons, he has held an OBP of the following 2021-.443, 2020-.409, 2019-.453. It should take me, a handsome blogger, to tell you that those numbers are pretty, pretty good. This shows that he can and will get on base at an insane clip. In two of the last three seasons, he has walked more than he has struck out and missed the mark in 2020 by only one strikeout.

Location, Location, Location?

According to various outlets, about five teams are reportedly “in” on Suzuki. The team he signs with will affect his Dynasty value but not to the extent that it makes a difference. The reportedly interested groups are the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Giants. These teams are fine organizations and would likely add to Suzuki in their unique ways. I would love to see him in the right field at Fenway; check out the clip below; I think he would have a ton of success with the monster in left.

I would love to see him sign with the Sox ked, but my next favorite landing spots would be the Blue Jays, Mariners, Giants and obviously, the Yankees are last.

Verdict

I’m very much in on Suzuki and hope to get him in any league that I can! Since you have made it this far in my blog I am going to give you an exclusive look into my top 10 FYPD big board!

  1. Marcelo Mayer
  2. Seiya Suzuki
  3. Jack Leiter
  4. Kahlil Watson
  5. Jordan Lawlar
  6. Brady House
  7. Colton Cowser
  8. Henry Davis
  9. Harry Ford
  10. Matt Mclain

I am very excited to be back! I can’t wait to share with you guys as much content as  I can!  ( Also the Fantasy Football story above was about me, however, I ended up winning! An exciting time for me for sure!


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About Nick Zaniboni

Nick is the heartthrob on dynasty baseball here at F6P, Co-host of the on deck circle podcast, avid Boston sports fan and professional wrestling give him a follow on twitter @nzaniboni93

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