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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 23. Kyle Tucker LF,RF,DH
Tucker finally got regular playing time last year and it was mostly what fantasy owners had hoped for. Tucker didn't quite put up his gaudy numbers that he averaged in the minors, but he was on roughly a 25-20 pace while helping out in the other statistical categories. Tucker's batted ball profile didn't completely wow anyone last year, but given his performance, his prospect pedigree and minor-league track record, and his guaranteed spot in a strong lineup, fantasy managers should feel little concern about having Tucker be their first outfielder in fantasy.
30 weeks ago
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 25. Alex Bregman 3B,SS
2020 was just a bad season for Bregman, plain and simple. He missed time with a hamstring injury, and generally regressed in every major statistical category. Considering that Bregman will be just 27 years old on Opening Day and had batted .291 with 72 home runs combined over the previous two seasons, fantasy managers can probably just throw out most of what they saw from him in 2020. He'll continue to be an upper echelon option at third base and considering his strong walk and strikeout rates, an even better one in points leagues. He's been battling a hamstring issue for most of camp, but as of now, he doesn't look like he'll miss much, if any, time, so draft him accordingly.
30 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 39. Yordan Alvarez LF,DH
Alvarez missed almost all of last season and had surgery on both of his knees, which is obviously worrisome for his 2021 outlook. His 2019 performance was incredibly impressive on every level (50 homers, 149 RBI in 143 games between the majors and minors), and he offers a high batting average floor to boot. It's all about health with Alvarez, so monitor his performance this spring. If he shows he's remotely healthy, his ADP is going to skyrocket.
30 weeks ago
Jose Altuve Note
Jose Altuve photo 50. Jose Altuve 2B
Altuve had a rough 2020 season (like most Astros offensive players), but it was particularly drastic for him. After batting .298 (which was low for him) with 31 home runs in 2019, he batted just .219 with five home runs last year, and he struck out more than he ever had before. But, like his counterpart in the middle infield, Carlos Correa, Altuve had a strong postseason, slashing .375/.500/.720 with five home runs. It's reasonable to write off Altuve's regular season as a slump that he would have broken out of in light of his postseason, though with just eight steals combined over his previous two seasons, stolen bases may not be a big part of his game going forward (though his sprint speed is still excellent). Expect a bounce-back campaign in most categories, and take the undervalued Altuve as a solid starting second baseman.
30 weeks ago
Carlos Correa Note
Carlos Correa photo 66. Carlos Correa SS
There's still plenty of upside with Correa, as he showed when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 59 runs in just 75 games in 2019 and went on a postseason tear last year. But he's also one of the bigger injury risks in the game, given that he hasn't topped 109 games played since 2016. The steal potential that he showed early in his career is gone after he struggled with back issues, as he hasn't stolen more than three bases in any of his last four seasons. That leaves Correa as someone who will likely contribute, but not excel, in four areas. With his upside, there's still a lot to like about his fantasy outlook. But realistically, with a different name on the back of his jersey, he'd probably go several picks later than he does.
30 weeks ago
Michael Brantley Note
Michael Brantley photo 81. Michael Brantley LF,RF,DH
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.
30 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 147. Yuli Gurriel 1B,3B
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 269. Martin Maldonado C
Marwin Gonzalez Note
Marwin Gonzalez photo 303. Marwin Gonzalez 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS
Jason Castro Note
Jason Castro photo 320. Jason Castro C
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 382. Aledmys Diaz 1B,2B,3B,DH,LF,SS
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 470. Chas McCormick CF,LF,RF
Garrett Stubbs Note
Garrett Stubbs photo 543. Garrett Stubbs C
Pedro Leon Note
Pedro Leon photo 628. Pedro Leon CF,LF
Robel Garcia Note
Robel Garcia photo 646. Robel Garcia 2B,3B,LF,SS
Jose Siri Note
Jose Siri photo 648. Jose Siri CF
Ronnie Dawson Note
Ronnie Dawson photo 672. Ronnie Dawson LF,CF
Taylor Jones Note
Taylor Jones photo 687. Taylor Jones 1B,DH,LF
Stephen Wrenn Note
Stephen Wrenn photo 709. Stephen Wrenn CF
Colton Shaver Note
Colton Shaver photo 755. Colton Shaver C,1B
Alex De Goti Note
Alex De Goti photo 771. Alex De Goti 2B,SS
Yadiel Rivera Note
Yadiel Rivera photo 780. Yadiel Rivera 3B,SS