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Wade Davis (RP - COL)
5d
Player Note on Wade Davis (RP - COL)
Davis had a disastrous 2019 season, pitching to an 8.65 ERA and losing his closer's job. He'll enter 2020 back in the ninth-inning role but his leash will certainly be short with Scott Oberg waiting in the wings. Davis should likely be the last "closer" drafted.
Brandon Kintzler (RP - MIA)
5d
Player Note on Brandon Kintzler (RP - MIA)
Kintzler will open the year as the Marlins' closer, and had a fine, bounceback season in 2019 with the Cubs. But his strikeout rate is poor and he'll be a prime candidate to get dealt at the trade deadline. With a shortened season, Kintzler's value is even lower than it otherwise would have been, which is not particularly high anyway.
Alex Wood (SP - LAD)
5d
Player Note on Alex Wood (SP - LAD)
Wood will be in the Dodgers' rotation to start the year, and there's some reason for optimism. After an offseason spent with Driveline Baseball, Wood saw a velocity bump in the spring, and that usually portends better things for the veteran throughout his career. Don't go crazy with Wood, but he's fine as a late-round pick with upside.
Rich Hill (SP - MIN)
5d
Player Note on Rich Hill (SP - MIN)
Hill is as predictable as they come nowadays. He'll give you outstanding innings with excellent strikeout numbers, but will top out at 135 innings and likely less. He'll likely be sidelined until June with his elbow injury but that may be just in time for the start of the season now. That should move Hill far up your draft boards, from afterthought to late-round sleeper.
Chris Bassitt (SP - OAK)
5d
Player Note on Chris Bassitt (SP - OAK)
Bassitt doesn't do much to help fantasy owners, but he doesn't hurt them either with respectable numbers all around. Although he was slated to begin the year as a starter due to A.J. Puk's shoulder concerns, with the postponement of Opening Day, he might find himself back in the swingman role. Either way, Bassitt has little strikeout upside and isn't worth more than a spot in an AL-only rotation.
Anibal Sanchez (SP - WSH)
5d
Player Note on Anibal Sanchez (SP - WSH)
Sanchez couldn't repeat on his surprisingly good 2018 season, but he provided serviceable numbers in 2019, at least on the surface. But his strikeout rate dipped to the lowest it has been in a decade, and the rest of his numbers aren't good enough to make up for it. He's an NL-only filler at this stage.
Rick Porcello (SP - NYM)
6d
Player Note on Rick Porcello (SP - NYM)
Porcello's move to the National League makes him somewhat intriguing. His middling strikeout rate (17.4% career) will likely take a jump, and his overall numbers should improve with a move out of the AL East. Even with improvement, however, there's a long way to go before Porcello is contributing to a fantasy team. His biggest asset - his ability to consistently throw innings - will be far less useful with the postponement of Opening Day. He's a late-round filler for a deep pitching staff but little more.
Johnny Cueto (SP - SF)
6d
Player Note on Johnny Cueto (SP - SF)
Cueto will get the Opening Day nod for the Giants, but he'll hardly be someone to target in fantasy. Putting aside the almost certin win problems he'll have in San Francisco, it's doubtful that the 34-year-old can contribute meaningfully elsewhere at this stage of his career. His career strikeout rate of 7.54/9 is a detriment in today's game, and at his advanced age, after pitching just 69 innings combined over the last two season, there's little reason to expect a return to peak form.
Reynaldo Lopez (SP - CWS)
6d
Player Note on Reynaldo Lopez (SP - CWS)
Lopez's overall numbers are abysmal, and he earned them, to be sure. For one glorious month in July, however, Lopez showed his potential, pitchng to a 3.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with a 4.25 K/BB ratio. Unfortunately, his success was short-lived, and he's shown nothing to suggest he's on the verge of figuring things out. In 15-team leagues, fantasy owners can take a shot for a bench role. But otherwise, move on.
Ryan Pressly (RP - HOU)
6d
Player Note on Ryan Pressly (RP - HOU)
Pressly has developed into one of the best relievers in baseball. His strikeout rate is pristine, he rarely walks batters, and he limits the damage as well as any pitcher. He won't see saves absent an injury to Roberto Osuna, but his number make him worth owning regardless.
Wade Davis (RP - COL)
5d
Player Note on Wade Davis (RP - COL)
Davis had a disastrous 2019 season, pitching to an 8.65 ERA and losing his closer's job. He'll enter 2020 back in the ninth-inning role but his leash will certainly be short with Scott Oberg waiting in the wings. Davis should likely be the last "closer" drafted.
Brandon Kintzler (RP - MIA)
5d
Player Note on Brandon Kintzler (RP - MIA)
Kintzler will open the year as the Marlins' closer, and had a fine, bounceback season in 2019 with the Cubs. But his strikeout rate is poor and he'll be a prime candidate to get dealt at the trade deadline. With a shortened season, Kintzler's value is even lower than it otherwise would have been, which is not particularly high anyway.
Alex Wood (SP - LAD)
5d
Player Note on Alex Wood (SP - LAD)
Wood will be in the Dodgers' rotation to start the year, and there's some reason for optimism. After an offseason spent with Driveline Baseball, Wood saw a velocity bump in the spring, and that usually portends better things for the veteran throughout his career. Don't go crazy with Wood, but he's fine as a late-round pick with upside.
Rich Hill (SP - MIN)
5d
Player Note on Rich Hill (SP - MIN)
Hill is as predictable as they come nowadays. He'll give you outstanding innings with excellent strikeout numbers, but will top out at 135 innings and likely less. He'll likely be sidelined until June with his elbow injury but that may be just in time for the start of the season now. That should move Hill far up your draft boards, from afterthought to late-round sleeper.
Chris Bassitt (SP - OAK)
5d
Player Note on Chris Bassitt (SP - OAK)
Bassitt doesn't do much to help fantasy owners, but he doesn't hurt them either with respectable numbers all around. Although he was slated to begin the year as a starter due to A.J. Puk's shoulder concerns, with the postponement of Opening Day, he might find himself back in the swingman role. Either way, Bassitt has little strikeout upside and isn't worth more than a spot in an AL-only rotation.
Anibal Sanchez (SP - WSH)
5d
Player Note on Anibal Sanchez (SP - WSH)
Sanchez couldn't repeat on his surprisingly good 2018 season, but he provided serviceable numbers in 2019, at least on the surface. But his strikeout rate dipped to the lowest it has been in a decade, and the rest of his numbers aren't good enough to make up for it. He's an NL-only filler at this stage.
Rick Porcello (SP - NYM)
6d
Player Note on Rick Porcello (SP - NYM)
Porcello's move to the National League makes him somewhat intriguing. His middling strikeout rate (17.4% career) will likely take a jump, and his overall numbers should improve with a move out of the AL East. Even with improvement, however, there's a long way to go before Porcello is contributing to a fantasy team. His biggest asset - his ability to consistently throw innings - will be far less useful with the postponement of Opening Day. He's a late-round filler for a deep pitching staff but little more.
Johnny Cueto (SP - SF)
6d
Player Note on Johnny Cueto (SP - SF)
Cueto will get the Opening Day nod for the Giants, but he'll hardly be someone to target in fantasy. Putting aside the almost certin win problems he'll have in San Francisco, it's doubtful that the 34-year-old can contribute meaningfully elsewhere at this stage of his career. His career strikeout rate of 7.54/9 is a detriment in today's game, and at his advanced age, after pitching just 69 innings combined over the last two season, there's little reason to expect a return to peak form.
Reynaldo Lopez (SP - CWS)
6d
Player Note on Reynaldo Lopez (SP - CWS)
Lopez's overall numbers are abysmal, and he earned them, to be sure. For one glorious month in July, however, Lopez showed his potential, pitchng to a 3.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with a 4.25 K/BB ratio. Unfortunately, his success was short-lived, and he's shown nothing to suggest he's on the verge of figuring things out. In 15-team leagues, fantasy owners can take a shot for a bench role. But otherwise, move on.
Ryan Pressly (RP - HOU)
6d
Player Note on Ryan Pressly (RP - HOU)
Pressly has developed into one of the best relievers in baseball. His strikeout rate is pristine, he rarely walks batters, and he limits the damage as well as any pitcher. He won't see saves absent an injury to Roberto Osuna, but his number make him worth owning regardless.
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Dan Harris

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Father. Husband. Editor-in-Chief, FantasyPros/BettingPros. Host of the Sunday Night FantasyPros Football Podcas,the Leading Off Baseball Podcast, and the BettingPros NFL Podcast. Writer of fantasy articles that have been alternatively referred to as "kinda funny," "mildly valuable," and "why do you keep making me read your fantasy articles?" That last one is from my wife. Fine, they're all from my wife. You caught me!


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