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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 2. Mike Trout CF
Trout may not be the clear-cut number one player in fantasy this year, but that's of no fault of his own, as he's coming off one of his best seasons ever, with a career-high 45 home runs in just 134 games. If you were desperate to find a knock on Trout, it's that he hasn't topped 140 games in any of his last three seasons, and his 11 stolen bases last year tied his low in a single season. But that's all window dressing on a truly special player who is obviously a top-three pick at worst.
5 weeks ago
Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 18. Anthony Rendon 3B
Rendon finally put it all together last year, setting career-highs in batting average (.319), home runs (34), runs scored (117), and RBI (126). He'll now move to Anaheim where he'll see a downgrade in park, but an upgrade in lineup by the sheer presence of Mike Trout. In the end, Rendon's move is a neutral one, and to the extent you trust him to stay healthy again, he's a rock-solid second round pick.
5 weeks ago
Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 106. Justin Upton LF
It seems strange to call a veteran like Upton a sleeper, but that's exactly what his ADP shows he is. Throw out last year where he battled a toe injury early and was limited to just 63 mediocre games. Prior to last year, he had hit at least 30 home runs and stolen eight bases in three straight seasons. With Anthony Rendon in tow, there should be even more RBI opportunities for Upton. Still just 32 years old, there's plenty left in the tank.
5 weeks ago
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 163. Jo Adell LF,CF,RF
Adell might just have the brightest future of any prospect in baseball, but he is nowhere near as polished as someone like Luis Robert. Rather, the power may take some time to develop and he'll never be a source of steals. You can stash him, but he isn't expected to be a star right away.
8 weeks ago
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 168. Tommy La Stella 2B,3B
After hitting 1 homer in 123 games during the 2018 season, La Stella completely changed his game and caught fire in 2019. He swatted 16 of them in just 292 at-bats and prior to injury, he was batting .295 as well. There is a chance he continues that performance over a full season this year.
8 weeks ago
Andrelton Simmons Note
Andrelton Simmons photo 169. Andrelton Simmons SS
Simmons will never hit 20 homers nor should we expect him to return to the 19 steals we saw in 2017, but this is a reliable source of decent numbers at all five primary hitting categories. You can grab him in the very last round of your draft if you need a middle infielder.
8 weeks ago
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 220. David Fletcher 2B,3B,SS,LF
It is clear that Fletcher won't provide much in the way of homers or RBIs but this a guy who should boost your BA and provide 75+ runs in the final few rounds while playing multiple positions.
8 weeks ago
Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 232. Albert Pujols 1B,DH
Pujols is nowhere near where he once was and has some durability concerns but this is still a 20+ homer hitter for the end of your bench with a BA that won't entirely kill you.
8 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 252. Shohei Ohtani DH
Jason Castro Note
Jason Castro photo 253. Jason Castro C
Castro knocked 13 homers in just 237 at-bats last year and may end up with more playing time this year, but if he does, fantasy owners can expect a lackluster batting average.
8 weeks ago
Brian Goodwin Note
Brian Goodwin photo 279. Brian Goodwin LF,CF,RF
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 381. Max Stassi C
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 397. Luis Rengifo 2B,SS
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 408. Taylor Ward 3B,LF
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 470. Michael Hermosillo LF,CF
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 528. Anthony Bemboom C
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 537. Matt Thaiss 1B,3B
Jose Briceno Note
Jose Briceno photo 570. Jose Briceno C
Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 594. Jared Walsh 1B
Jahmai Jones Note
Jahmai Jones photo 656. Jahmai Jones 2B,CF
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 722. Brandon Marsh CF,RF
Justin Bour Note
Justin Bour photo 781. Justin Bour 1B