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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Paul Goldschmidt Note
Paul Goldschmidt photo 38. Paul Goldschmidt 1B,DH
Paul Goldschmidt continued to do what he does, albeit at a lesser pace than his torrid 2022. He hit 25 home runs, scored 89 runs, knocked in 80, and stole 11 bases. He continued to be a picture of stability, playing in over 150 games for the eighth year in a row (excluding 2020). His batting average tumbled from .317 to .268, and his slugging fell to .447 from .578. Essentially, the regression that we expected hit, yet he still had an overall productive season. Looking ahead, fantasy managers can probably expect numbers in line with 2023.
18 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 53. Nolan Arenado 3B
Nolan Arenado hit 26 home runs in 2023, his first year below 30 since 2014 (excluding 2020). He also fell short of 100 RBIs for the first time since that year, too, coming in at 93. Essentially, Arenado showed signs of decline with an average slash line of .266/.315/.459. At age 32, it's difficult to know if this was the new normal or a perfect storm of unfortunate breaks that hit the Cardinals as a team. It is hard to justify passing on higher-upside players in the general vicinity of Arenado's ADP. However, he and Alex Bregman constitute the "boring veteran" section of the 3B position, and fantasy managers could certainly do worse.
18 weeks ago
Jordan Walker Note
Jordan Walker photo 70. Jordan Walker RF
In his debut season, Jordan Walker showcased potential with a .276 average, .342 OBP, and .445 slugging. His performance included 16 home runs and seven steals. Despite a challenging year for the Cardinals, Walker's power was evident. Expectations for 2024 lean towards a 20-homer, 10-steal output, but his full potential is yet to be fully realized.
18 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 94. Willson Contreras C,DH
Willson Contreras began his Cardinals career by improving his batting average and not slipping anywhere else. The elder Contreras brother hit 20 home runs, drove in 67, and slashed .264/.358/.467 across 125 games. He increased his BB% to 10.3 and is in the 93rd percentile in xwOBA at .373. While he will go through stretches where he chases more than fantasy managers would like, he should continue his Top 10 catcher production in his ninth season. Willson and William had eerily similar stats in 2023, but you can get Willson about 55 picks later. He is a great mid-round target to fill your catcher position.
18 weeks ago
Nolan Gorman Note
Nolan Gorman photo 105. Nolan Gorman 2B,DH
Nolan Gorman offers the possibility of 30 home runs from the second base position, and you can have him past pick 180. The question is how many opportunities he will have, given that his K% is north of 30. Gorman feels like the type of fantasy player who hits most of his home runs while on your bench because you benched him after a week of 40 strikeouts. If your ratios are protected elsewhere, Gorman can provide pop in your MI slot.
18 weeks ago
Lars Nootbaar Note
Lars Nootbaar photo 140. Lars Nootbaar LF,CF,RF
Lars Nootbaar's 2023 season was hindered by injuries, including issues with his thumb, back, and a painful foul ball incident to his groin. Despite these setbacks, his potential remains high for 2024. With his proven on-base prowess and solid contact skills, Nootbaar is a promising pick for fantasy teams. If he stays injury-free, expect around 20 homers and a chance for 10 steals. His role as the leadoff hitter against right-handers in the Cardinals' uncertain lineup secures his playing time. Nootbaar is a valuable late-round draft choice for fantasy managers, especially if he maintains good health.
18 weeks ago
Tommy Edman Note
Tommy Edman photo 159. Tommy Edman 2B,SS,CF
Brendan Donovan Note
Brendan Donovan photo 180. Brendan Donovan 2B,3B,LF,DH
Masyn Winn Note
Masyn Winn photo 218. Masyn Winn SS
Victor Scott Note
Victor Scott photo 225. Victor Scott CF
Dylan Carlson Note
Dylan Carlson photo 283. Dylan Carlson LF,CF,RF
Ivan Herrera Note
Ivan Herrera photo 319. Ivan Herrera C,DH
Alec Burleson Note
Alec Burleson photo 346. Alec Burleson 1B,LF,RF,DH
Brandon Crawford Note
Brandon Crawford photo 410. Brandon Crawford 3B,SS
Thomas Saggese Note
Thomas Saggese photo 435. Thomas Saggese 2B
Matt Carpenter Note
Matt Carpenter photo 474. Matt Carpenter DH
Luken Baker Note
Luken Baker photo 490. Luken Baker DH
Pedro Pages Note
Pedro Pages photo 575. Pedro Pages C
Jose Fermin Note
Jose Fermin photo 662. Jose Fermin 2B,3B,DH
Jared Young Note
Jared Young photo 679. Jared Young 1B
Alfonso Rivas Note
Alfonso Rivas photo 680. Alfonso Rivas 1B
Michael Siani Note
Michael Siani photo 701. Michael Siani CF,RF
Moises Gomez Note
Moises Gomez photo 741. Moises Gomez RF