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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Nelson Cruz Note
Nelson Cruz photo 1. Nelson Cruz FA
J.D. Martinez Note
J.D. Martinez photo 2. J.D. Martinez BOS
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 3. Yordan Alvarez HOU
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 4. Jose Abreu CWS
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Note
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. photo 5. 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.
3 days ago
Austin Meadows Note
Austin Meadows photo 6. Austin Meadows TB
Jorge Soler Note
Jorge Soler photo 7. Jorge Soler KC
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 8. Luke Voit NYY
Tommy Pham Note
Tommy Pham photo 9. Tommy Pham SD
Michael Brantley Note
Michael Brantley photo 10. Michael Brantley HOU
After a few hours where it looked like Brantley was heading to the Blue Jays, he'll instead return to the Astros on a two-year contract. Despite his advancing age, Brantley remains one of the safest players in all of fantasy, batting at least .299 in each of the last six seasons in which he played at least 11 games. He both walked and struck out more than usual last season, but given that he played in just 46 games, there's little reason to draw any firm conclusions from that data. The bigger issue is that Brantley excels in only batting average, and although he'll offer something in each of the other four rotisserie categories, he won't be a difference-maker. Draft Brantley in the middle-to-later rounds if you need an average boost, but there's little upside.
3 days ago
Franmil Reyes Note
Franmil Reyes photo 11. Franmil Reyes CLE
Carlos Santana Note
Carlos Santana photo 12. Carlos Santana KC
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 13. Nick Solak TEX
Rowdy Tellez Note
Rowdy Tellez photo 14. Rowdy Tellez TOR
Renato Nunez Note
Renato Nunez photo 15. Renato Nunez FA
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 16. Avisail Garcia MIL
Shin-Soo Choo Note
Shin-Soo Choo photo 17. Shin-Soo Choo FA
Miguel Cabrera Note
Miguel Cabrera photo 18. Miguel Cabrera DET
Edwin Encarnacion Note
Edwin Encarnacion photo 19. Edwin Encarnacion FA
Khris Davis Note
Khris Davis photo 20. Khris Davis OAK
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 21. Omar Narvaez MIL
Yandy Diaz Note
Yandy Diaz photo 22. Yandy Diaz TB
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 23. Miguel Andujar NYY
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 24. Shohei Ohtani LAA
Daniel Vogelbach Note
Daniel Vogelbach photo 25. Daniel Vogelbach MIL
Ji-Man Choi Note
Ji-Man Choi photo 26. Ji-Man Choi TB
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 27. Albert Pujols LAA
Jake Bauers Note
Jake Bauers photo 28. Jake Bauers CLE
Justin Smoak Note
Justin Smoak photo 29. Justin Smoak FA