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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. RF
Ronald Acuna Jr. is a top pick for all 2024 fantasy leagues. At 25, he showcased his prowess in 2023 by playing 159 games with a .337/.416/.596 slash line. His remarkable performance included 41 homers, 106 RBIs, and 149 runs. Impressively, he also stole 73 bases. Acuna excelled against nearly all pitch types and maintained a low strikeout rate of 11.4%. Despite a slightly lower walk percentage, he redefined a five-category fantasy player. If you have the top pick, don't overthink it.
18 weeks ago
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 13. Matt Olson 1B
Matt Olson's 2023 season marked a significant improvement over his 2022 performance. His batting average jumped from .240 to .283, and he saw a notable increase in his on-base percentage (OBP), going from .325 to .389. More impressively, Olson's slugging percentage (SLG) spiked to .604, substantially improving from his .477 in 2022. His home run count highlights this surge in power; he smashed 54 homers with 139 RBI, leading all of MLB. Additionally, Olson played in all 162 games for the formidable Atlanta Braves, a role he will return to in 2024. While Freddie Freeman offers better all-around numbers, Olson is the powerful corner infielder worth a second-round pick.
18 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 16. Austin Riley 3B
Austin Riley continued solidifying his position as the premier power-hitting third baseman in the National League during the 2023 season. He finished with a .281 batting average with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. His slugging percentage stood at .516, contributing to an OPS of .861. Riley scored 27 more runs than the year before due to being in such a potent lineup. He doesn't walk much and strikes out more than we'd like. But Riley's ability to consistently hit for power while maintaining a reasonable batting average makes him a valuable asset in fantasy baseball, especially considering his position at third base.
18 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 19. Ozzie Albies 2B
After an injury-marred 2022 season, Ozzie Albies made a triumphant return in 2023, reasserting himself as one of the premier second basemen in the league. At just 26, Albies has already etched his name as a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient. The 2023 season saw him play 148 games, boasting a robust 124 OPS+, and delivering a .280/.336/.513 slash line. Albies' power was on full display, with a career-high 33 home runs and 109 RBIs, part of his 68 extra-base hits. This marked improvement in power numbers was complemented by a more patient approach at the plate, evident in his on-base percentage. He also contributed 13 stolen bases. Albie's blend of power, speed, and defense makes him a top fantasy pick, especially at a position not typically known for such prolific power numbers.
18 weeks ago
Michael Harris II Note
Michael Harris II photo 25. Michael Harris II CF
Michael Harris II finished with a .293/.331/.477 slash line, along with 18 homers, 76 runs, and 20 steals. Positioned as the starting center fielder for 2024 with minimal competition, Harris, despite potential bust predictions, offers valuable five-category contributions for fantasy teams. He's not an exciting OF1, but he'll fit the bill if you wait a few rounds.
18 weeks ago
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 78. Marcell Ozuna DH
In 2023, Marcell Ozuna shined for the Atlanta Braves, hitting 40 homers in 144 games and posting a .274/.346/.558 batting line. Ranking in the top 98% for both xwOBA (.400) and xSLG (.558), Ozuna is poised for another strong year in 2024, backed by Atlanta's formidable lineup. However, fantasy managers should note he's likely to be DH-only in their lineups.
18 weeks ago
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 92. Sean Murphy C
Sean Murphy's first year in Atlant went swimmingly. He popped 21 home runs while driving in 68 and scoring 65 runs. Murphy's strengths are his stellar OBP (.365) and walk rate (11.2%). His superb fielding skills will keep him in the lineup, even with Travis d'Arnaud on the roster, and he should get around 470 plate appearances. Fantasy managers can expect 20 homers and 60/60 in runs and RBIs while not being a liability to the team's batting average. His current ADP is 137, a decent value for a catcher with his skillset and outstanding surrounding cast.
18 weeks ago
Jarred Kelenic Note
Jarred Kelenic photo 149. Jarred Kelenic LF,CF,RF
In 2024, 24-year-old Jarred Kelenic could finally fulfill his long-discussed breakout potential. Although labeled as a "Quad-A" player, Kelenic's brief stint in Tacoma showcased his prowess. However, his return to Seattle saw a challenging 31.7% strikeout rate. Despite this, his expected stats outperform his actuals, with an impressive xwOBACON of .458, placing him among the elite. With the trade to Atlanta, he lands in a much better lineup, which is a double-edged sword. He should see plenty of right-handed pitching, and his RBI total should leap. However, he could find himself losing playing time if he struggles. The Braves certainly have a breadth of stud hitters to fill the spot. He is a last-round flier at best.
18 weeks ago
Whit Merrifield Note
Whit Merrifield photo 175. Whit Merrifield 2B,3B,LF
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 205. Orlando Arcia SS
Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 213. Ramon Laureano CF,RF
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 245. Adam Duvall LF,CF,RF
Eddie Rosario Note
Eddie Rosario photo 253. Eddie Rosario LF,CF,RF,DH
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 275. Travis d'Arnaud C
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 483. Yuli Gurriel 1B
Forrest Wall Note
Forrest Wall photo 521. Forrest Wall LF
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 533. David Fletcher 2B,SS
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 587. Sandy Leon C
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 593. Zack Short 2B,3B,SS
Chadwick Tromp Note
Chadwick Tromp photo 611. Chadwick Tromp
J.P. Martinez Note
J.P. Martinez photo 637. J.P. Martinez LF
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 676. Andrew Velazquez SS
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 677. Leury Garcia 2B
Luke Williams Note
Luke Williams photo 717. Luke Williams SS
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 749. Eli White LF,CF
Alejo Lopez Note
Alejo Lopez photo 769. Alejo Lopez 2B
Luis Liberato Note
Luis Liberato photo 775. Luis Liberato CF