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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. CF,RF
Acuna missed some time last year and batted a mere .250. And thus ends the negative things you can say about him. He walked at an absurd 18.8% clip, which led him to a .406 OBP despite the poor average. He was one of the league leaders in quality of contact, wOBA, and xWOBA, and we now know after the last two years that he will run often on the bases so long as he continues to bat leadoff, which he should. In other words, from a fantasy perspective, Acuna is an absolute monster. He's a top-three pick and will (deservedly) go first overall in many leagues, and there's still upside given that he just turned 23 years old.
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Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 13. Freddie Freeman 1B
Although there were questions about Freeman's 2021 season because of his battle with COVID-19 prior to the season, those questions were answered and then some. The statcast leaderboard is littered with Freeman's name, as he ranked in the top nine percent of the league in barrel rate, average exit velocity, expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, wOBA, xwOBA, xwOBAcon, hard hit percentage, strikeout percentage, and walk percentage. Freeman likely won't reach double digits in steals, but that is about the only negative thing you can say about his fantasy outlook. He's as safe as they come in the other four hitting categories, and comes with next to no risk. He'll likely cost a borderline first round pick on draft day, but he is worth it.
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Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 32. Ozzie Albies 2B
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 88. Max Fried SP
Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 126. Charlie Morton SP
Morton's 2020 numbers were poor, without question. He was limited to just 38 regular season innings because of a shoulder injury, and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. His velocity was way down early in the season (when he got hit hard) and trickled up after he returned, but he got back to his normal 95 MPH fastball in the postseason and totaled a 2.70 ERA. Now 37 and with the Braves, the question is whether fantasy managers can write off Morton's down 2020 season considering his sterling post-season, or whether his age and injury history means they should avoid him. In reality, the answer is neither. Morton should still have gas left in the tank considering his playoff run, but should only be drafted as a value, meaning no earlier than a low-end SP3. Grab him there, at which point the risk-reward balance should reach an equilibrium.
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Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 131. Dansby Swanson SS
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 151. Ian Anderson SP
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 160. Travis d'Arnaud C
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 167. Mike Soroka SP
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 219. Austin Riley LF
Drew Smyly Note
Drew Smyly photo 294. Drew Smyly SP
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 306. Chris Martin RP
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 385. Will Smith RP
Cristian Pache Note
Cristian Pache photo 433. Cristian Pache LF
Tyler Matzek Note
Tyler Matzek photo 450. Tyler Matzek SP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 470. Kyle Wright SP
Bryse Wilson Note
Bryse Wilson photo 562. Bryse Wilson SP
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 572. A.J. Minter RP