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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ketel Marte Note
Ketel Marte photo 47. Ketel Marte 2B,SS,CF
Most fantasy managers expected regression from Marte after his breakout 2019 season, but few saw last year coming. Marte hit two homeruns in his 45 games, and contributed minimally elsewhere other than batting average. His walk rate dropped to a miniscule 3.6%, and although he struck out less than ever, the quality of his contact was overwhelmingly poor. Truth be told, both 2019 and 2020 are probably outliers for Marte, and the truth probably lies somewhere between his 2018 (.260/.332/.437) and 2019 (.329/.389/.592) seasons. Those numbers will play at second base, especially given Marte's draft cost, but give up dreams of him hitting 32 home runs ever again.
31 weeks ago
Christian Walker Note
Christian Walker photo 108. Christian Walker 1B,DH
Walker's power waned last season and his barrel rate dropped precipitously, but there were still plenty of things to like about his 2020 campaign. Notably, he cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 20.6% while raising his average to a strong .271. Walker is not, and is probably never going to be, a superstar fantasy asset. But he is a quiet producer who should help in four of the five rotisserie categories and is often overlooked. He's an ideal corner infielder for a team that needs steady production.
31 weeks ago
David Peralta Note
David Peralta photo 140. David Peralta LF
Peralta is entering his age-34 season and coming off a season during which he hit just five home runs, but he still makes a fairly reliable late-round selection. His career batting average is .291 (and he hit .300 last year), and his 162-game pace is roughly 20 home runs and 160 combined runs and RBI. Even if his steals are gone, there's still plenty of production left in the bat for someone who will be drafted well beyond the top 200 picks, and who had shoulder surgery prior to the 2020 season which likely affected his production. The upside isn't there anymore, but safe and boring can sometimes be the right move.
31 weeks ago
Kole Calhoun Note
Kole Calhoun photo 165. Kole Calhoun RF
Calhoun tore his knee meniscus in early March, and has a 4-6 week timetable for his recovery. When healthy, he offers a fairly reliable baseline of production: he will hit plenty of homers and drain your batting average, while offering passable but unspectacular counting statistics otherwise. He's a fine bench outfielder who can always be a plug-in, and he'll likely be essentially free in drafts this year with the injury.
31 weeks ago
Carson Kelly Note
Carson Kelly photo 182. Carson Kelly C
After an impressive 2019 season during which he hit 18 home runs in just 111 games, Kelly had a down 2020, batting just .221 with five long balls. Kelly's walk rate regressed significantly to just 4.7%, and he showed little of the patience that brought him success in 2019. Daulton Varsho is a threat to his playing time, but it seems like Kelly will have the lead role behind the plate, with Varsho filling in and getting time at outfield. That should make Kelly a borderline startable catcher in most mixed leagues, assuming he can bounce back from his down 2020 campaign.
31 weeks ago
Nick Ahmed Note
Nick Ahmed photo 199. Nick Ahmed SS
Daulton Varsho Note
Daulton Varsho photo 204. Daulton Varsho C,CF,LF,RF
Varsho was optioned to Triple-A, which was mildly surprising, though not entirely unexpected. He saw plenty of action between catcher and the outfield last year for the Diamondbacks, and although he batted just .188, he hit three home runs and stole three bases. That may not sound like much but for a catcher-eligible player in 37 games, it's plenty. Varsho was optioned less because of his talent level and more because the Diamondbacks' roster is pretty full, especially with the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera,. There's a ton of potential for Varsho, given that he was a high-average hitter during his minor-league career, but fantasy managers will need to wait a bit longer for him to become someone to start in fantasy leagues.
30 weeks ago
Josh Rojas Note
Josh Rojas photo 228. Josh Rojas 2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
Corbin Carroll Note
Corbin Carroll photo 403. Corbin Carroll CF
Kristian Robinson Note
Kristian Robinson photo 407. Kristian Robinson CF
Alek Thomas Note
Alek Thomas photo 418. Alek Thomas CF
Pavin Smith Note
Pavin Smith photo 459. Pavin Smith 1B,CF,LF,RF
Geraldo Perdomo Note
Geraldo Perdomo photo 477. Geraldo Perdomo SS
Josh VanMeter Note
Josh VanMeter photo 478. Josh VanMeter 1B,2B,3B,LF
Seth Beer Note
Seth Beer photo 489. Seth Beer 1B,LF
Andrew Young Note
Andrew Young photo 621. Andrew Young 2B
Stuart Fairchild Note
Stuart Fairchild photo 639. Stuart Fairchild LF,CF
Nick Heath Note
Nick Heath photo 665. Nick Heath CF