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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. LF,CF,RF
We knew Acuna would develop into an elite fantasy option one day, but few saw it happening this quickly. He combined power (41 homers), speed (37 stolen bases), and his spot batting atop an outstanding lineup (127 runs, 101 RBI) to put up one of the all-around great seasons. He'll stick in the leadoff spot this year, which should ensure that he continues to run early and often, and there's little reason to expect his numbers to dip much from last year. In points leagues, where his strikeout rate is a bit of a negative, his stock falls just a tad, but otherwise, no one would fault you if you made him the top pick in the draft.
17 weeks ago
Freddie Freeman Note
Freddie Freeman photo 21. Freddie Freeman 1B
Freeman tested positive for COVID-19 at the outset of renewed camp and has reportedly dealt with some difficult symptoms. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to begin the year with the Braves, though he is apparently on the road to recovery. When healthy, Freeman is a dynamic option, so long as he has recovered from the elbow soreness that plagued him in spring. Don't let Freeman slip too far, but he's out of the second round for now.
11 weeks ago
Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 34. Ozzie Albies 2B
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 70. Marcell Ozuna LF
Ozuna didn't have a terrible 2019, but his .241 batting average and injuries certainly put a damper on his year. And although he was due for a rebound anyway (his .259 BABIP was preposterously low), moving to the Braves on a one-year deal should be just what the doctor ordered. Not only will he be batting in the middle of an incredible strong lineup. but he'll also be playing in a much more favorable home park. With plenty of motivation as he looks for a multi-year deal, expect a big season from Ozuna.
17 weeks ago
Mike Soroka Note
Mike Soroka photo 107. Mike Soroka SP
Soroka wasn't even necessarily supposed to begin 2019 in the Braves rotation but quickly developed into an ace. Although there's little reason to knock his year, his 7.32/9 strikeout rate ranked 49th out of 61 qualified starters. With an xFIP more than a run higher than his 2.68 ERA, there's every reason to expect regression. Still, there's room Soroka to continue to be an excellent fantasy option despite a step back, so don't avoid him during your draft.
17 weeks ago
Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 135. Max Fried SP
Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
17 weeks ago
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 184. Mike Foltynewicz SP
Foltynewicz was on nearly everyone's bust list, and his awful return from an injury only confirmed everyone's intuitions. But he really turned it on in the latter half of the season, pitching to a 2.65 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in the second half. No, he might not be the 2018 version of himself this year, but he certainly has more to offer than his overall 2019 numbers.
17 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 189. Will Smith RP
Smith tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been at Braves camp yet as of mid-July. When healthy, he'll be the prime handcuff for Mark Melancon, but with a shortened season and with his health concerns, there's little reason to draft him at the moment.
11 weeks ago
Mark Melancon Note
Mark Melancon photo 199. Mark Melancon RP
Despite Melancon plainly not being the best reliever on his team, he'll likely enter the 2020 season as the Braves' closer. Melancon still has decent control, but the days of being a lockdown option are long gone. Draft him as a back-end closer, and understand that Will Smith will be looking over his shoulder all year.
17 weeks ago
Dansby Swanson Note
Dansby Swanson photo 221. Dansby Swanson SS
Cole Hamels Note
Cole Hamels photo 251. Cole Hamels SP
Hamels kept up his strikeout rate last year with the cubs, but his control waned, and he had the worst walk rate of his career. He's dealing with a shoulder injury in the spring and there's currently no timetable for his return. Add it all up and Hamels is only barely worth drafting until or unless we get some positive news.
17 weeks ago
Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 264. Austin Riley 3B,LF
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 366. Travis d'Arnaud C,1B
Ender Inciarte Note
Ender Inciarte photo 367. Ender Inciarte CF
Luke Jackson Note
Luke Jackson photo 419. Luke Jackson RP
Shane Greene Note
Shane Greene photo 440. Shane Greene RP
Sean Newcomb Note
Sean Newcomb photo 443. Sean Newcomb SP,RP
Kyle Wright Note
Kyle Wright photo 488. Kyle Wright SP
Chris Martin Note
Chris Martin photo 499. Chris Martin RP
Johan Camargo Note
Johan Camargo photo 516. Johan Camargo 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 565. A.J. Minter RP
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 571. Adam Duvall LF,RF
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 574. Darren O'Day RP
Bryse Wilson Note
Bryse Wilson photo 623. Bryse Wilson SP
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 632. Jhoulys Chacin SP
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 640. Ian Anderson SP
Yonder Alonso Note
Yonder Alonso photo 673. Yonder Alonso 1B
Tyler Flowers Note
Tyler Flowers photo 687. Tyler Flowers C
Pablo Sandoval Note
Pablo Sandoval photo 712. Pablo Sandoval 1B,3B
Tucker Davidson Note
Tucker Davidson photo 798. Tucker Davidson RP
Grant Dayton Note
Grant Dayton photo 805. Grant Dayton RP
Touki Toussaint Note
Touki Toussaint photo 847. Touki Toussaint SP,RP
Patrick Weigel Note
Patrick Weigel photo 869. Patrick Weigel RP
Jacob Webb Note
Jacob Webb photo 920. Jacob Webb RP
Cristian Pache Note
Cristian Pache photo 976. Cristian Pache CF
Drew Waters Note
Drew Waters photo 1009. Drew Waters CF
Josh Tomlin Note
Josh Tomlin photo 1017. Josh Tomlin SP,RP
Tommy Milone Note
Tommy Milone photo 1035. Tommy Milone SP,RP
Adeiny Hechavarria Note
Adeiny Hechavarria photo 1063. Adeiny Hechavarria 2B,3B,SS
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 1108. Charlie Culberson 1B,SS,LF,RF
Chad Sobotka Note
Chad Sobotka photo 1131. Chad Sobotka RP
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 1140. Huascar Ynoa SP,RP
Phil Pfeifer Note
Phil Pfeifer photo 1195. Phil Pfeifer RP
Miguel Socolovich Note
Miguel Socolovich photo 1213. Miguel Socolovich RP
Jeremy Walker Note
Jeremy Walker photo 1222. Jeremy Walker RP
Chris Rusin Note
Chris Rusin photo 1335. Chris Rusin RP
William Contreras Note
William Contreras photo 1344. William Contreras C
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 1400. Rafael Ortega LF
Alex Jackson Note
Alex Jackson photo 1401. Alex Jackson C
Michael Harris Note
Michael Harris photo 1408. Michael Harris
Yangervis Solarte Note
Yangervis Solarte photo 1454. Yangervis Solarte 2B
Scott Schebler Note
Scott Schebler photo 1532. Scott Schebler CF
Peter O'Brien Note
Peter O'Brien photo 1554. Peter O'Brien RF