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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mike Trout Note
Mike Trout photo 5. Mike Trout CF
For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
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Anthony Rendon Note
Anthony Rendon photo 17. Anthony Rendon 3B
Rendon's stock feels like it has dropped dramatically, but there's really nothing in the small sample size of the 2020 season that should alter your outlook much on him. Yes, he didn't hit the ball as hard consistently, but he walked more than ever, maintained his elite strikeout rate, and still put up a roughly 30-homer, 100-RBI pace. Still just 31 years old, there should be plenty left in the tank this season for the veteran, and he should once again be a strong four-category contributor, with a small bit of speed thrown in for good measure.
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Jared Walsh Note
Jared Walsh photo 139. Jared Walsh 1B,RF
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 146. David Fletcher 2B,3B,SS,LF
Justin Upton Note
Justin Upton photo 183. Justin Upton LF
Jo Adell Note
Jo Adell photo 208. Jo Adell RF
Jose Iglesias Note
Jose Iglesias photo 232. Jose Iglesias SS
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 245. Shohei Ohtani DH
Max Stassi Note
Max Stassi photo 247. Max Stassi C
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 255. Kurt Suzuki C
Dexter Fowler Note
Dexter Fowler photo 290. Dexter Fowler CF,RF
Shohei Ohtani Note
Shohei Ohtani photo 296. Shohei Ohtani SP
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
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Albert Pujols Note
Albert Pujols photo 307. Albert Pujols 1B
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 369. Franklin Barreto 2B
Brandon Marsh Note
Brandon Marsh photo 425. Brandon Marsh RF
Taylor Ward Note
Taylor Ward photo 446. Taylor Ward LF,RF
Jordyn Adams Note
Jordyn Adams photo 538. Jordyn Adams CF
Anthony Bemboom Note
Anthony Bemboom photo 551. Anthony Bemboom C
Drew Butera Note
Drew Butera photo 566. Drew Butera C
Jeremiah Jackson Note
Jeremiah Jackson photo 569. Jeremiah Jackson SS
Luis Rengifo Note
Luis Rengifo photo 576. Luis Rengifo 2B,SS
Juan Lagares Note
Juan Lagares photo 613. Juan Lagares CF
Phil Gosselin Note
Phil Gosselin photo 632. Phil Gosselin 1B
Jose Rojas Note
Jose Rojas photo 695. Jose Rojas 2B,3B
Matt Thaiss Note
Matt Thaiss photo 698. Matt Thaiss 1B,3B
Jon Jay Note
Jon Jay photo 711. Jon Jay LF,CF,RF
Scott Schebler Note
Scott Schebler photo 751. Scott Schebler CF,RF