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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Ronald Acuna Jr. Note
Ronald Acuna Jr. photo 1. Ronald Acuna Jr. RF
Ronald Acuna Jr. is a top pick for all 2024 fantasy leagues. At 25, he showcased his prowess in 2023 by playing 159 games with a .337/.416/.596 slash line. His remarkable performance included 41 homers, 106 RBIs, and 149 runs. Impressively, he also stole 73 bases. Acuna excelled against nearly all pitch types and maintained a low strikeout rate of 11.4%. Despite a slightly lower walk percentage, he redefined a five-category fantasy player. If you have the top pick, don't overthink it.
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Spencer Strider Note
Spencer Strider photo 10. Spencer Strider SP
Spencer Strider performed as advertised in 2023. He struck out a ridiculous 281 batters in 186 2/3 innings for a 13.55 K/9. His walk rate dropped for the third straight season, and his xBAA was .205. His outlier was a 3.86 ERA, but don't let this stop you from drafting him, as his xERA was 3.09. Strider is currently the first pitcher off the board in NFBC drafts. He is neck-and-neck with Gerrit Cole for best fantasy SP1.
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Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 14. Matt Olson 1B
Matt Olson's 2023 season marked a significant improvement over his 2022 performance. His batting average jumped from .240 to .283, and he saw a notable increase in his on-base percentage (OBP), going from .325 to .389. More impressively, Olson's slugging percentage (SLG) spiked to .604, substantially improving from his .477 in 2022. His home run count highlights this surge in power; he smashed 54 homers with 139 RBI, leading all of MLB. Additionally, Olson played in all 162 games for the formidable Atlanta Braves, a role he will return to in 2024. While Freddie Freeman offers better all-around numbers, Olson is the powerful corner infielder worth a second-round pick.
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Austin Riley Note
Austin Riley photo 17. Austin Riley 3B
Austin Riley continued solidifying his position as the premier power-hitting third baseman in the National League during the 2023 season. He finished with a .281 batting average with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. His slugging percentage stood at .516, contributing to an OPS of .861. Riley scored 27 more runs than the year before due to being in such a potent lineup. He doesn't walk much and strikes out more than we'd like. But Riley's ability to consistently hit for power while maintaining a reasonable batting average makes him a valuable asset in fantasy baseball, especially considering his position at third base.
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Ozzie Albies Note
Ozzie Albies photo 21. Ozzie Albies 2B
After an injury-marred 2022 season, Ozzie Albies made a triumphant return in 2023, reasserting himself as one of the premier second basemen in the league. At just 26, Albies has already etched his name as a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient. The 2023 season saw him play 148 games, boasting a robust 124 OPS+, and delivering a .280/.336/.513 slash line. Albies' power was on full display, with a career-high 33 home runs and 109 RBIs, part of his 68 extra-base hits. This marked improvement in power numbers was complemented by a more patient approach at the plate, evident in his on-base percentage. He also contributed 13 stolen bases. Albie's blend of power, speed, and defense makes him a top fantasy pick, especially at a position not typically known for such prolific power numbers.
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Michael Harris II Note
Michael Harris II photo 28. Michael Harris II CF
Michael Harris II finished with a .293/.331/.477 slash line, along with 18 homers, 76 runs, and 20 steals. Positioned as the starting center fielder for 2024 with minimal competition, Harris, despite potential bust predictions, offers valuable five-category contributions for fantasy teams. He's not an exciting OF1, but he'll fit the bill if you wait a few rounds.
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Max Fried Note
Max Fried photo 54. Max Fried SP
Max Fried dealt with a couple of injuries in 2023, which limited him to 14 starts and 77 2/3 innings. He made the most of those innings, though, with a 2.55 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. While fantasy managers shouldn't chase wins, Fried's 8-1 record is notable because of the team he plays for. If he continues with his current pitching profile (Pitching Run-Value of 88, according to Statcast), the wins should come thanks to the prolific Braves offense. Fried does not give up much in the way of hard hits, and his ground ball percentage of 59.2 lands in the 97th percentile. He will be a solid SP1 if you wait until the fifth or sixth round to start your pitching staff.
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Raisel Iglesias Note
Raisel Iglesias photo 79. Raisel Iglesias RP
Raisel Iglesias finished in the Top 10 in saves with 33 last season. This number might seem low, but the Atlanta Braves didn't have many save opportunities while routinely blowing out opponents. Iglesias remains elite in Chase% (35.4), but batters lit up his fastball and sinker more than in past seasons. Iglesias will remain a Tier 2 closer because of the team he plays for, but look out for that to continue to be a double-edged sword when it comes to saves. There are other relievers with more ratio upside later in the draft.
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Chris Sale Note
Chris Sale photo 121. Chris Sale SP
Marcell Ozuna Note
Marcell Ozuna photo 128. Marcell Ozuna LF
In 2023, Marcell Ozuna shined for the Atlanta Braves, hitting 40 homers in 144 games and posting a .274/.346/.558 batting line. Ranking in the top 98% for both xwOBA (.400) and xSLG (.558), Ozuna is poised for another strong year in 2024, backed by Atlanta's formidable lineup. However, fantasy managers should note he's likely to be DH-only in their lineups.
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Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 142. Sean Murphy C
Sean Murphy's first year in Atlant went swimmingly. He popped 21 home runs while driving in 68 and scoring 65 runs. Murphy's strengths are his stellar OBP (.365) and walk rate (11.2%). His superb fielding skills will keep him in the lineup, even with Travis d'Arnaud on the roster, and he should get around 470 plate appearances. Fantasy managers can expect 20 homers and 60/60 in runs and RBIs while not being a liability to the team's batting average. His current ADP is 137, a decent value for a catcher with his skillset and outstanding surrounding cast.
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Charlie Morton Note
Charlie Morton photo 219. Charlie Morton SP
Jarred Kelenic Note
Jarred Kelenic photo 229. Jarred Kelenic LF,CF,RF
In 2024, 24-year-old Jarred Kelenic could finally fulfill his long-discussed breakout potential. Although labeled as a "Quad-A" player, Kelenic's brief stint in Tacoma showcased his prowess. However, his return to Seattle saw a challenging 31.7% strikeout rate. Despite this, his expected stats outperform his actuals, with an impressive xwOBACON of .458, placing him among the elite. With the trade to Atlanta, he lands in a much better lineup, which is a double-edged sword. He should see plenty of right-handed pitching, and his RBI total should leap. However, he could find himself losing playing time if he struggles. The Braves certainly have a breadth of stud hitters to fill the spot. He is a last-round flier at best.
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Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 328. Orlando Arcia SS
Reynaldo Lopez Note
Reynaldo Lopez photo 393. Reynaldo Lopez RP
Adam Duvall Note
Adam Duvall photo 421. Adam Duvall LF,CF,RF
A.J. Minter Note
A.J. Minter photo 438. A.J. Minter RP
Bryce Elder Note
Bryce Elder photo 481. Bryce Elder SP
AJ Smith-Shawver Note
AJ Smith-Shawver photo 482. AJ Smith-Shawver SP
Travis d'Arnaud Note
Travis d'Arnaud photo 506. Travis d'Arnaud C
Joe Jimenez Note
Joe Jimenez photo 529. Joe Jimenez RP
Pierce Johnson Note
Pierce Johnson photo 573. Pierce Johnson RP
Hurston Waldrep Note
Hurston Waldrep photo 582. Hurston Waldrep SP
Aaron Bummer Note
Aaron Bummer photo 643. Aaron Bummer RP
Dylan Lee Note
Dylan Lee photo 696. Dylan Lee RP
Jesse Chavez Note
Jesse Chavez photo 812. Jesse Chavez RP
Allan Winans Note
Allan Winans photo 814. Allan Winans SP
Ray Kerr Note
Ray Kerr photo 860. Ray Kerr RP
Huascar Ynoa Note
Huascar Ynoa photo 872. Huascar Ynoa SP
Daysbel Hernandez Note
Daysbel Hernandez photo 897. Daysbel Hernandez
Angel Perdomo Note
Angel Perdomo photo 907. Angel Perdomo RP
Forrest Wall Note
Forrest Wall photo 930. Forrest Wall OF
Darius Vines Note
Darius Vines photo 983. Darius Vines SP
Jackson Stephens Note
Jackson Stephens photo 995. Jackson Stephens RP
Tyler Matzek Note
Tyler Matzek photo 1063. Tyler Matzek RP
Ian Anderson Note
Ian Anderson photo 1134. Ian Anderson SP
Ken Giles Note
Ken Giles photo 1182. Ken Giles RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 1214. Grant Holmes SP
Taylor Widener Note
Taylor Widener photo 1256. Taylor Widener RP
Dylan Dodd Note
Dylan Dodd photo 1374. Dylan Dodd SP
Zach Logue Note
Zach Logue photo 1460. Zach Logue SP
Sandy Leon Note
Sandy Leon photo 1543. Sandy Leon C
Chadwick Tromp Note
Chadwick Tromp photo 1555. Chadwick Tromp C
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 1572. Yuli Gurriel 1B
David Fletcher Note
David Fletcher photo 1578. David Fletcher 2B,SS
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 1597. Luis Guillorme 2B,3B
Andrew Velazquez Note
Andrew Velazquez photo 1606. Andrew Velazquez 2B,SS
Leury Garcia Note
Leury Garcia photo 1608. Leury Garcia 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
Luke Williams Note
Luke Williams photo 1641. Luke Williams 2B,3B,LF
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 1708. Eli White LF,CF
Alejo Lopez Note
Alejo Lopez photo 1733. Alejo Lopez 2B
Luis Liberato Note
Luis Liberato photo 1740. Luis Liberato Util
Phillip Evans Note
Phillip Evans photo 1742. Phillip Evans 3B,SS