Skip to main content

Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 38. Joey Gallo
Gallo went from a big-time power hitter who would drain your batting average in 2017-2018, to a big-time power hitter who wouldn't crush your average in 2019, to a complete disaster in 2020. Gallo has actually been consistent against righties over the last several years, and the difference in his performance has been that he somehow destroyed lefties in 2019 (.333/.427/.747) and was worse than ever in 2020 (.143/.241/.386). The best bet is he's more like the 2017-2018 version of himself, and he'll likely put up a season where he hits around 40 home runs and bats in the low .200s. That's plenty valuable, and his ADP seems to be giving a ton of credit to his 2020 season. That leaves a lot of room for Gallo to outperform his draft position.
4 weeks ago
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 58. Nick Solak
Solak hasn't shown a ton of power in the majors so far (just seven home runs in 91 career games), but he makes consistently strong contact and always had pop in the minors. His more than reasonable strikeout rate should generally keep his batting average in check, and his stolen base acuity (nine stolen bases in the majors, 91% in sprint speed) makes him a potential five-category player. Add to that multi-position eligibility, especially at the thin second base position, and he's an excellent mid-to-late round draft pick that should fill up the stat sheet without costing you as much as his numbers say he should.
4 weeks ago
Leody Taveras Note
Leody Taveras photo 70. Leody Taveras
Taveras should be a cheap source of speed for fantasy managers this year, as he's set to lead off for the Rangers. He stole 32 bases across 131 minor league games in 2019 and eight last year in 33 games. He won't do a ton else for your fantasy team, but given that he ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed last year, his contributions in the stolen base category should more than make up for his lack of production in others.
4 weeks ago
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 87. David Dahl
Willie Calhoun Note
Willie Calhoun photo 105. Willie Calhoun
Calhoun was set to build on his breakout 2019 season when an errant pitch fractured his jaw in spring training. Even with the delayed season, he was never able to fully recover, at least not mentally, and he had a lost campaign. He's now back and focused, particularly after working with a hitting coach in the offseason. He will likely earn everyday at-bats splitting time between DH and the outfield, but a low grade groin strain is going to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. His draft price is negligible, so feel free to stash him with one of your last picks, and hopefully reap the rewards after the first week or two of the season.
4 weeks ago
Adolis Garcia Note
Adolis Garcia photo 210. Adolis Garcia
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 229. Brock Holt
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 241. Delino DeShields
Bayron Lora Note
Bayron Lora photo 242. Bayron Lora
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 261. Charlie Culberson
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 262. Eli White
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 332. Jason Martin