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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 8. Trevor Story SS
Story had his usual stellar year in 2020, putting up strong overall numbers and offering a rare power and speed combination. As usual, he greatly outperformed his expected statistics, but that's been the norm for Story throughout his career and isn't all that unexpected since he plays in Colorado. Story is entering his walk year, so the chances of a trade, which would diminish his value, remain a possibility. But there are few safer players in the game as of this moment, and he's a locked-in first round pick. The only question surrounding Story is whether he or Trea Turner should be the first shortstop selected in drafts.
26 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 49. Charlie Blackmon RF
Blackmon hit just six home runs last year, and the quality of his contact was downright awful. His 86.9 MPH average exit velocity, 29.7% hard hit rate, and 4.9% barrel rate were all well below the MLB average and at or close to his career worst marks. And his sprint speed continued to decline to now what is essentially league average. The steals are likely gone for good, but even on his worst day, Blackmon will help you in batting average, runs, and RBI, and he was still on pace for 15 home runs last year. Blackmon may be on the downside of his career, but he won't cost you much and can still contribute solid or better numbers in four of five categories. With his draft price fairly modest, there's plenty of value there.
26 weeks ago
C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 136. C.J. Cron 1B
Cron fits the Rockies' narrative perfectly, as he's a veteran hitter on a short-term deal who will block a younger player from playing. Nevertheless, Cron offers plenty of fantasy goodness if he does indeed win the first base job for Colorado as expected. He missed almost all of last year with a knee injury, but he had a 15% barrel rate and a .544 expected slugging percentage in 2019. He's practically free in drafts and could easily hit 30 home runs with a plus average. Draft him late everywhere you can.
26 weeks ago
Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 144. Raimel Tapia LF,CF
Tapia doesn't make a ton of hard contact, but he slashed .321/.369/.402 last year and led off for the Rockies for the majority of the season. He's slated to do so again this year, which means he should be a cheap source of runs, batting average, and steals. Tapia's been around for awhile and never held a starting job all season, but he's in an excellent position this year and can be drafted late in all mixed leagues as a fifth outfielder or bench player.
26 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 160. Ryan McMahon 1B,2B,3B
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 161. Garrett Hampson 2B,SS,LF,CF
Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 205. Sam Hilliard LF,CF,RF
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 242. Elias Diaz C
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 253. Brendan Rodgers 2B,SS
Rodgers was the favorite for the second base job in Colorado and was having a blistering spring, slashing .348/.400/.652 in 10 games. But he suffered a hamstring strain and now is expected to miss a month. Rodgers is still a post-hype sleeper and he will be free in drafts at this point. As an upside bench piece with speed, he's worth a shot, but not as anything more.
26 weeks ago
Joshua Fuentes Note
Joshua Fuentes photo 264. Joshua Fuentes 1B,3B
Rio Ruiz Note
Rio Ruiz photo 321. Rio Ruiz 1B,2B,3B
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 349. Dom Nunez C
Zac Veen Note
Zac Veen photo 415. Zac Veen LF
Michael Toglia Note
Michael Toglia photo 452. Michael Toglia 1B
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 509. Yonathan Daza LF,CF,RF
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 564. Chris Owings 2B,3B,SS,CF
Greg Bird Note
Greg Bird photo 590. Greg Bird 1B
Colton Welker Note
Colton Welker photo 620. Colton Welker 3B
Bret Boswell Note
Bret Boswell photo 629. Bret Boswell 2B,3B
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 708. Elehuris Montero 3B