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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jose Ramirez Note
Jose Ramirez photo 1. Jose Ramirez CLE
If you throw out the first half of his 2019 season, then Ramirez has been a dominant force in fantasy baseball for the last five years. He was as good as ever in 2020, setting career highs in slugging percentage (.607), wOBA (.415) and wRC+ (164). To the extent there are question marks about Ramirez, they're about his supporting cast, as the Indians' lineup should be one of the weaker ones in the league now that they have jettisoned Francisco Lindor. But a hitter's lineup is often overvalued by fantasy managers, particularly with a player like Ramirez who adds in value with stolen bases. He comes with little to no risk, and should be the first third baseman drafted, and a first round pick, in all formats.
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Manny Machado Note
Manny Machado photo 2. Manny Machado SD
Machado was on pace to set career highs in most statistical categories other than steals after last year's 60-game season. He set career bests in strikeout and walk rates and, most importantly to fantasy managers, batting average, where he checked in at .304. Machado's batting average was earned (he had an identica .304 xBA), and came on the back of him cutting his ground ball rate to a career low 37.2% and his line drive rate to a career high 22%. Machado is still just entering his age-29 season, and will continue to bat in a loaded lineup. Expect some regression from his batting average, but all his other stellar numbers should remain on par, meaning it will be another outstanding season that is worth a second-round pick.
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Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 3. Nolan Arenado COL
Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 4. Anthony Rendon LAA
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 5. Alex Bregman HOU
DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 6. DJ LeMahieu NYY
Rafael Devers Note
Rafael Devers photo 7. Rafael Devers BOS
Eugenio Suarez Note
Eugenio Suarez photo 8. Eugenio Suarez CIN
Yoan Moncada Note
Yoan Moncada photo 9. Yoan Moncada CWS
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 10. Max Muncy LAD
Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 11. Matt Chapman OAK
Kris Bryant Note
Kris Bryant photo 12. Kris Bryant CHC
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Note
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 13. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR
Guerrero Jr. comes into 2021 with fantasy managers asking the same question they asked the year before: can he stop hitting the ball on the ground so much? A 49.6% ground-ball rate was bad in 2019, but a 54.6% ground ball rate in 2020 was downright egregious. Guerrero Jr. hits the ball really, really hard. He was in the top seven percent of MLB in average exit velocity (92.5 MPH) and hard hit rate (50.8%). But until he learns to stop pounding the ball into the dirt, his power upside will be limited. There will be some fantasy manager in your league willing to bet on the upside, so if you want Guerrero Jr., you're going to have to draft him before his numbers say you should. This may indeed be the year that everything clicks. But you'll have to pay to find out.
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Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 14. Jeff McNeil NYM
Much of McNeil's 2020 season looked similar to his year in 2019. He hit over .300, rarely struck out, and got on base plenty. But the power gains that we saw in 2019 vanished, as he hit just four home runs over 52 games. His barrel rate (2.5%) and hard-hit percentage (26.5%) were some of the worst in the league, and he didn't even offer the token stolen base that he had chipped in during previous seasons. This is a scenario where McNeil's value to any particular fantasy manager will depend on the weight he or she gives to the shortened 2020 season. Given that McNeil never hit the ball particularly hard anyway, though, a good bet is to assume he at least returns to the high teens in home runs, slightly below his 2019 pace. With his strong average and multi-position eligibility, that makes McNeil an asset in the middle rounds.
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Ke'Bryan Hayes Note
Ke'Bryan Hayes photo 15. Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT
Hayes had an outstanding 24-game run with the Pirates last year, hitting five home runs with an 1.124 OPS and a 55.4% hard-hit rate, which would have ranked seventh best in the majors had he had enough plate appearances. But that was far more offensve production than he had shown in the minors, where he totaled just a .752 OPS with 25 home runs in 461 career games. Hayes makes a ton of contact and should bat near the top of the Pirates order this year, so even if he regresses some offensively, he should still find enough counting stats to be useful. But don't expect 2020's power levels.
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Alec Bohm Note
Alec Bohm photo 16. Alec Bohm PHI
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 17. Gio Urshela NYY
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 18. Tommy Edman STL
Wil Myers Note
Wil Myers photo 19. Wil Myers SD
Mike Moustakas Note
Mike Moustakas photo 20. Mike Moustakas CIN
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 21. Justin Turner FA
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 22. J.D. Davis NYM
Josh Donaldson Note
Josh Donaldson photo 23. Josh Donaldson MIN
Ryan Mountcastle Note
Ryan Mountcastle photo 24. Ryan Mountcastle BAL
Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
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Dylan Moore Note
Dylan Moore photo 25. Dylan Moore SEA
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 26. David Fletcher LAA
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 27. Nick Solak TEX
Miguel Sano Note
Miguel Sano photo 28. Miguel Sano MIN
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 29. Ian Happ CHC
Brian Anderson Note
Brian Anderson photo 30. Brian Anderson MIA
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 31. Austin Riley ATL
Kyle Seager Note
Kyle Seager photo 32. Kyle Seager SEA
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 33. Yuli Gurriel HOU
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 34. Tommy La Stella FA
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 35. Ryan McMahon COL
Hunter Dozier Note
Hunter Dozier photo 36. Hunter Dozier KC
Jon Berti Note
Jon Berti photo 37. Jon Berti MIA
Eduardo Escobar Note
Eduardo Escobar photo 38. Eduardo Escobar ARI
Jeimer Candelario Note
Jeimer Candelario photo 39. Jeimer Candelario DET
Bobby Dalbec Note
Bobby Dalbec photo 40. Bobby Dalbec BOS
Joey Wendle Note
Joey Wendle photo 41. Joey Wendle TB
Starlin Castro Note
Starlin Castro photo 42. Starlin Castro WSH
Scott Kingery Note
Scott Kingery photo 43. Scott Kingery PHI
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 44. Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 45. Renato Nunez FA
Colin Moran Note
Colin Moran photo 46. Colin Moran PIT
Ty France Note
Ty France photo 47. Ty France SEA
Luis Arraez Note
Luis Arraez photo 48. Luis Arraez MIN
Maikel Franco Note
Maikel Franco photo 49. Maikel Franco FA
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 50. Edwin Rios LAD
Evan Longoria Note
Evan Longoria photo 51. Evan Longoria SF
Hanser Alberto Note
Hanser Alberto photo 52. Hanser Alberto FA
Danny Santana Note
Danny Santana photo 53. Danny Santana FA
Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 54. Michael Chavis BOS
Josh Lowe Note
Josh Lowe photo 55. Josh Lowe TB
Mike Brosseau Note
Mike Brosseau photo 56. Mike Brosseau TB
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 57. Yandy Diaz TB
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 58. Matt Carpenter STL
Travis Shaw Note
Travis Shaw photo 59. Travis Shaw FA
Josh Fuentes Note
Josh Fuentes photo 60. Josh Fuentes COL
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 61. Rio Ruiz BAL
Jedd Gyorko Note
Jedd Gyorko photo 62. Jedd Gyorko FA
Nolan Jones Note
Nolan Jones photo 63. Nolan Jones CLE
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 64. Asdrubal Cabrera FA
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 65. Yoshi Tsutsugo TB
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 66. Miguel Andujar NYY
Isaac Paredes Note
Isaac Paredes photo 67. Isaac Paredes DET
Todd Frazier Note
Todd Frazier photo 68. Todd Frazier FA
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 69. Chad Pinder OAK
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 70. Marwin Gonzalez FA
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 71. David Bote CHC
Brad Miller Note
Brad Miller photo 72. Brad Miller FA
Triston Casas Note
Triston Casas photo 73. Triston Casas BOS
Nolan Gorman Note
Nolan Gorman photo 74. Nolan Gorman STL