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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Aaron Judge Note
Aaron Judge photo 13. Aaron Judge
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.
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Giancarlo Stanton Note
Giancarlo Stanton photo 32. Giancarlo Stanton
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.
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Clint Frazier Note
Clint Frazier photo 56. Clint Frazier
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.
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Aaron Hicks Note
Aaron Hicks photo 62. Aaron Hicks
Hicks is reportedly going to bat third for the Yankees this year, and the lineup spot is so valuable that it largely covers a player's warts. Those warts are plentiful with Hicks, including that he's probably going to bat about .240, his power is declining, and he's a huge injury risk. He still walks a ton (including last year's 19.4%), and he'll have decent counting stats if he sticks in the three-hole all year. But there's little upside and he has topped 97 games played just twice in his career. He's best suited as a bench option or a fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
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Brett Gardner Note
Brett Gardner photo 144. Brett Gardner
Miguel Andujar Note
Miguel Andujar photo 148. Miguel Andujar
Jasson Dominguez Note
Jasson Dominguez photo 201. Jasson Dominguez
Greg Allen Note
Greg Allen photo 225. Greg Allen
Tyler Wade Note
Tyler Wade photo 240. Tyler Wade
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 299. Derek Dietrich
Estevan Florial Note
Estevan Florial photo 327. Estevan Florial
Socrates Brito Note
Socrates Brito photo 328. Socrates Brito