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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

DJ LeMahieu Note
DJ LeMahieu photo 26. DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B
LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
3 days ago
Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 34. Aaron Judge RF
Judge missed about half of the regular season last year with a calf strain, though he still hit for plenty of power when he was in the lineup. He walked and struck out a bit less than usual, but trying to glean anything from a 28-game sample, given Judge's history, is silly. When he's in the lineup, you know you'll get a ton of power and runs scored with a passable average. The key is "when he's in the lineup," however, as injuries have forced Judge to miss significant time over the last three seasons. So long as you factor that into your draft price and select him as an OF2, you'll be happy with the production.
3 days ago
Luke Voit Note
Luke Voit photo 38. Luke Voit 1B
Voit has always had a ton of power but last year he left the yard at a ridiculous pace, with a 34.9% HR/FB rate, third best in the league. The thing is, nothing about his profile really changed all that much. Indeed, his hard hit rate, barrel percentage, and average exit velocity actually were career lows. The biggest difference was that Voit simply swung more than ever, 52.1% of the time, and correspondingly made more contact, at a 73.8% rate, and actually struck out less than ever before. If Voit keeps the same approach, there's every reason to expect him to put up massive power numbers, assuming he can stay healthy. That's always been the issue, of course, and he did battle plantar fasciitis at the end of the year. Bake in some injury risk to your evaluation, but expect plenty of power this season from Voit.
3 days ago
Gleyber Torres Note
Gleyber Torres photo 44. Gleyber Torres 2B,SS
Torres missed some time with quad and hamstring strains last season, but his year was an absolute disaster even without it. He batted just .243 and hit a mere three home runs in 160 plate appearances. The culprit was that he was reportedly out of shape, a byproduct of the long layoff between the original spring training and when baseball resumed months later. There's every reason to buy into the excuse given Torres' track record, especially since he bounced back a bit in September and October with an .842 OPS. Expect more typical numbers from Torres this year, meaning around a .270 average, 30 home runs, and plenty of counting stats. Given his ADP, he's likely to be a bargain this year.
3 days ago
Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 62. Giancarlo Stanton LF,DH
It's all about the injuries with Stanton, as after two healthy seasons, he's been limited to just 41 games over the last two. There's little to analyze with the slugger other than his health. He still hits the ball as hard as anyone and walks and strikes out a ton. There's been little decline in his batted ball data over the last two years, but even if there had been, the sample size would be too small to draw any conclusions. Stanton is likely eligible at utility only in your league, but that limitation should let him come as a discount in drafts. Have power on your bench ready to fill in if you draft Stanton, but there's no reason to run from him.
3 days ago
Gio Urshela Note
Gio Urshela photo 95. Gio Urshela 3B
Urshela isn't the most exciting player, and perhaps that's why he largely gets ignored by fantasy managers despite his quality production. Over his last two seasons (175 games), he's slashed .310/.358/.523 with 27 home runs and 104 RBI. He won't contribute in steals, but he's an incredibly safe source of batting average, particularly because of his excellent strikeout rate, and he should have plenty of opportunities to contribute counting stats. The only question was his health, but he seems fully recovered from his elbow injury. Draft him with confidence.
3 days ago
Gary Sanchez Note
Gary Sanchez photo 119. Gary Sanchez C
If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
21 hours ago
Clint Frazier Note
Clint Frazier photo 121. Clint Frazier LF,RF
There's little reason to doubt Frazier's ability to contribute from a fantasy perspective at this point. Over the last two seasons, he has a 162-game pace of a .267 average, 30 home runs, 83 runs scored, 96 RBI, and 6 steals. He upped his walk rate significantly in 2020 (15.6%, top seven percent in the league) and hits the ball hard consistently. The only issue for Frazier is his playing time with Giancarlo Stanton healthy and Brett Gardner back in the fold. But Frazier has done enough to hold the left field job and, regardless, Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks are not the product of health. Draft Frazier as a starting outfielder and don't worry about the playing time.
3 days ago
Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 145. Aaron Hicks CF
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 303. Miguel Andujar 3B,LF
Mike Tauchman Note
Mike Tauchman photo 310. Mike Tauchman LF,CF,RF
Brett Gardner Note
Brett Gardner photo 328. Brett Gardner LF,CF
Kyle Higashioka Note
Kyle Higashioka photo 338. Kyle Higashioka C
Robinson Chirinos Note
Robinson Chirinos photo 377. Robinson Chirinos C
Jay Bruce Note
Jay Bruce photo 386. Jay Bruce 1B,LF,RF,DH
Thairo Estrada Note
Thairo Estrada photo 401. Thairo Estrada 2B
Mike Ford Note
Mike Ford photo 404. Mike Ford 1B
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 432. Tyler Wade 2B,SS,LF
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 443. Derek Dietrich 1B,2B,LF,DH
Greg Allen Note
Greg Allen photo 483. Greg Allen LF,CF,RF
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 609. Estevan Florial CF
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 648. Andrew Velazquez SS