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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 2. Mookie Betts
Betts's first year with the Dodgers was basically exactly what fantasy managers expected - that is to say it was pretty much in line with what he did with the Red Sox. If you want to quibble, his walk rate dropped a few percentage points and he struck out at a career-worst 15.4% clip. But at this point, there are few safer players than Betts - you know he'll give you strong production in all five categories and he bats atop one of the best lineups in all of baseball. Betts should be a top-three pick and there's every reason to consider him number one overall. The downside is borderline non-existent.
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Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 7. Cody Bellinger
Bellinger was unable to replicate the magic of his 2019 breakout during last year's shortened season. His average dipped to .239, the worst mark of his career, his power dropped significantly, and he didn't make the same quality of contact. But although he slid backwards in his walk and strikeout rates, his regression there was minimal, and his expected batting average was .284. In other words, Bellinger got worse in 2020, but it wasn't quite as bad as the surface numbers suggest. He did have offseason shoulder surgery after getting injured during a post-season celebration, and that's always a bit worrisome for a hitter. But given that a "down" year for Bellinger at this point is a 30-15 season, he warrants being selected early in the second round.
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AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 50. AJ Pollock
Pollock's production when healthy is rarely in doubt. In 141 games over the last two seasons, he's hit 31 home runs, scored 79 runs, drove in 81, and stolen seven bases while batting .270. But it's the "when healthy" part that is the key to Pollock's value, as he hasn't topped 113 games played since 2015. He's a better pick in shallow leagues where you can replace him if and when he misses time due to injury. But the performance is that of a solid OF3 or OF4 when he's in the lineup.
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Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 71. Chris Taylor
Yoshi Tsutsugo Note
Yoshi Tsutsugo photo 130. Yoshi Tsutsugo
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 178. Matt Beaty
Luis Rodriguez Note
Luis Rodriguez photo 239. Luis Rodriguez
Steven Souza Jr. Note
Steven Souza Jr. photo 249. Steven Souza Jr.
DJ Peters Note
DJ Peters photo 316. DJ Peters
Zach Reks Note
Zach Reks photo 330. Zach Reks
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 333. Luke Raley