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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 1. Freddie Freeman
Although there were questions about Freeman's 2020 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some with his MVP season. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
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Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 8. Anthony Rizzo
Rizzo's average dropped to just .222 last year and his counting stats waned, though the latter failing was much more due to the lack of production from the rest of the Cubs lineup. His walk and strikeout rates, however, stayed mostly in line, and his BABIP was an artificially low .218 (career mark of .289), which is partly why there was such a gap between his xBA of .266 and his actual batting average. With that said, Rizzo didn't hit the ball nearly as hard last year, as he saw career worsts in average exit velocity and hard hit rate. He likely won't ever be the player he was at his peak, but there's still plenty in his bat that can help fantasy managers, including the handful of steals he will throw in each year. He's a starting-caliber first baseman still, without question, and he'll go at a discount because of last year's numbers.
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Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 41. Joc Pederson
Buster Posey Note
Buster Posey photo 50. Buster Posey
Posey sat out the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health of his adopted daughters, but he returns this year for what is almost certainly his final season with the Giants and perhaps his career. Posey is in his age-34 season, ancient for a catcher, and he's coming off two seasons during which he totaled a .741 OPS and a .688 OPS in 2018 and 2019 respectively. But he's healthy and appears refreshed, and the changes to Oracle Park last year should work in his benefit now. He's outside the top-12 catchers, but you can get away with him in a one-catcher league in a pinch.
37 weeks ago
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 53. Colin Moran
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 59. Mitch Moreland
Joshua Fuentes Note
Joshua Fuentes photo 62. Joshua Fuentes
Niko Goodrum Note
Niko Goodrum photo 63. Niko Goodrum
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 64. Asdrubal Cabrera
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 67. Ronald Guzman
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 68. Daniel Vogelbach
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 70. Albert Pujols
Edwin Encarnacion Note
Edwin Encarnacion photo 71. Edwin Encarnacion
Jay Bruce Note
Jay Bruce photo 73. Jay Bruce
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 74. Marwin Gonzalez
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 75. Travis Shaw
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 76. Jake Bauers
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 77. Rio Ruiz
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 79. Danny Santana
Pat Valaika Note
Pat Valaika photo 83. Pat Valaika
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 85. Mike Ford
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 89. Jake Lamb
Pablo Sandoval Note
Pablo Sandoval photo 92. Pablo Sandoval
Willians Astudillo Note
Willians Astudillo photo 93. Willians Astudillo
Daniel Murphy Note
Daniel Murphy photo 98. Daniel Murphy
Ryan McBroom Note
Ryan McBroom photo 99. Ryan McBroom
Ryan Zimmerman Note
Ryan Zimmerman photo 100. Ryan Zimmerman
Justin Smoak Note
Justin Smoak photo 102. Justin Smoak
Ehire Adrianza Note
Ehire Adrianza photo 103. Ehire Adrianza
Jedd Gyorko Note
Jedd Gyorko photo 104. Jedd Gyorko
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 106. Brock Holt
Logan Morrison Note
Logan Morrison photo 109. Logan Morrison
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 110. Charlie Culberson
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 111. John Hicks
Brandon Drury Note
Brandon Drury photo 112. Brandon Drury
Greg Bird Note
Greg Bird photo 113. Greg Bird
Gerardo Parra Note
Gerardo Parra photo 115. Gerardo Parra
Matt Adams Note
Matt Adams photo 116. Matt Adams
Justin Bour Note
Justin Bour photo 117. Justin Bour
Neil Walker Note
Neil Walker photo 118. Neil Walker
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 119. Hernan Perez
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 120. Phil Gosselin
Jordy Mercer Note
Jordy Mercer photo 121. Jordy Mercer
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 123. Derek Dietrich
Josh Ockimey Note
Josh Ockimey photo 124. Josh Ockimey
Austin Listi Note
Austin Listi photo 127. Austin Listi
Sam Travis Note
Sam Travis photo 130. Sam Travis
Will Craig Note
Will Craig photo 131. Will Craig
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 133. Tyler White
Cheslor Cuthbert Note
Cheslor Cuthbert photo 136. Cheslor Cuthbert
Patrick Kivlehan Note
Patrick Kivlehan photo 137. Patrick Kivlehan
Drew Ward Note
Drew Ward photo 138. Drew Ward
Chris Shaw Note
Chris Shaw photo 139. Chris Shaw
Juan Rivera Note
Juan Rivera photo 140. Juan Rivera