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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
J.D. Martinez Note
J.D. Martinez photo 16. J.D. Martinez LF,RF,DH
Martinez won't steal any bases but with 40 homers, 100+ RBIs and a .300 batting average every year, fantasy owners are getting an absolute steal at any point in the second round of drafts. Don't be scared off by his dip in production, as underlying metrics suggest he was among the most unlucky hitters in baseball.
13 weeks ago
Rafael Devers Note
Rafael Devers photo 19. Rafael Devers 3B
Believe it or not, Devers managed to finish at the number one fantasy third basemen last year over Rendon, Arenado and Bregman. Batting in the middle of Boston's great lineup afforded him 129 runs and 115 RBIs which went a long way, but he contributed in all five categories and is young enough that he might do even better in 2020.
13 weeks ago
Xander Bogaerts Note
Xander Bogaerts photo 28. Xander Bogaerts SS
Bogaerts had an outstanding 2019 season, obliterating his career-high in home runs and RBI and getting his batting average back over .300. But the thing is, his underlying metrics don't look all that different from his solid but unspectacular 2018 season. His strikeout rate, hard hit percentage, average exit velocity, and launch angle all remained nearly identical, while his steals (only four) continued to trend down to a now useless level from a fantasy perspective. Bogaerts is still a fine option but at a strong position and now batting in a weaker lineup, be careful not to waste too high a pick on him.
10 weeks ago
Andrew Benintendi Note
Andrew Benintendi photo 99. Andrew Benintendi LF,CF
Benintendi had a disappointing offensive season in 2019, hitting just 13 homers with 10 steals and a .266 batting average. There is upside, sure, but if he repeats that production, he is barely worth drafting, let alone all the way up in the top 100 picks where his ADP currently is.
13 weeks ago
Eduardo Rodriguez Note
Eduardo Rodriguez photo 129. Eduardo Rodriguez SP
Rodriguez has tested positive for COVID-19, and Ron Roenicke has admitted that it's unlikely the Red Sox will have him ready for Opening Day. He's reportedly asymptomatic, however, which hopefully means he'll be able to have two positive tests and return to the team sometime after the first few days.
3 weeks ago
Brandon Workman Note
Brandon Workman photo 149. Brandon Workman RP
Workman was never the guy for the Red Sox . . . until one day he just was. When he finally locked down the closer's role, he was fantastic, striking out batters at will and pitching to a 1.88 ERA. His WHIP hovered near 1.00 despite the fact that he walked more than 5.5 batters per nine innings, a feat which he's unlikely to duplicate. In short, while Workman will close for the Red Sox, he'll need to improve his control in order to hold the job for the whole year.
10 weeks ago
Alex Verdugo Note
Alex Verdugo photo 179. Alex Verdugo LF,CF,RF
Verdugo finally got regular playing time last year, and turned it into a .294/.342/.475 season with 12 home runs in 106 games. Now ready to bat atop the Red Sox lineup, Verdugo should easily challenge a .300 batting average in Fenway Park. but with a reported stress fracture in his back and Opening Day looking doubtful, don't push Verdugo too far up your draft board.
10 weeks ago
Christian Vazquez Note
Christian Vazquez photo 275. Christian Vazquez C,1B
Vasquez is being drafted as the ninth catcher off the board this season but finished 2019 as the #4 catcher in fantasy with 23 homers and a solid .276 average. Playing in Boston's treacherous lineup certainly dosn't hurt either. His upside isn't as sexy but this is a good bat well worth using as a top 12 catcher.
13 weeks ago
Michael Chavis Note
Michael Chavis photo 290. Michael Chavis 1B,2B,3B
Chavis came out blazing after he made his MLB debut and many were calling him the next great star but he cooled off in a huge way and ended up only hitting .254 but with 18 homers in 347 at-bats. With multi-position eligibility, this is a premiere breakout candidate to target late in drafts.
13 weeks ago
Nathan Eovaldi Note
Nathan Eovaldi photo 296. Nathan Eovaldi SP,RP
Kevin Pillar Note
Kevin Pillar photo 324. Kevin Pillar CF,RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. Note
Jackie Bradley Jr. photo 344. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Matt Barnes Note
Matt Barnes photo 356. Matt Barnes RP
Jose Peraza Note
Jose Peraza photo 372. Jose Peraza 2B,SS,LF
Peraza is a long way removed from batting .234 as a rookie with 21 steals in half a season, but he is very young still and should start in Boston's great offense so don't be surprised if he breaks out in 2020.
13 weeks ago
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 435. Mitch Moreland 1B
Moreland has never been a source of batting average but he does offer power and last year it was plus power with 19 homers in just 91 games. That could become 30-35 with a full season of health this year.
13 weeks ago
Martin Perez Note
Martin Perez photo 529. Martin Perez SP
Marcus Walden Note
Marcus Walden photo 585. Marcus Walden RP
Darwinzon Hernandez Note
Darwinzon Hernandez photo 602. Darwinzon Hernandez SP,RP
Josh Taylor Note
Josh Taylor photo 628. Josh Taylor RP
Ryan Brasier Note
Ryan Brasier photo 647. Ryan Brasier RP
Zack Godley Note
Zack Godley photo 709. Zack Godley SP,RP
Ryan Weber Note
Ryan Weber photo 711. Ryan Weber SP,RP
Matt Hall Note
Matt Hall photo 714. Matt Hall RP
Heath Hembree Note
Heath Hembree photo 747. Heath Hembree RP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 751. Jeffrey Springs RP
Kevin Plawecki Note
Kevin Plawecki photo 769. Kevin Plawecki C
Brian Johnson Note
Brian Johnson photo 788. Brian Johnson SP,RP
Kyle Hart Note
Kyle Hart photo 800. Kyle Hart SP
Bobby Dalbec Note
Bobby Dalbec photo 839. Bobby Dalbec 3B
Triston Casas Note
Triston Casas photo 853. Triston Casas 1B,3B
Austin Brice Note
Austin Brice photo 871. Austin Brice RP
Jonathan Lucroy Note
Jonathan Lucroy photo 953. Jonathan Lucroy C
Colten Brewer Note
Colten Brewer photo 967. Colten Brewer RP
Robert Stock Note
Robert Stock photo 1040. Robert Stock RP
Tanner Houck Note
Tanner Houck photo 1084. Tanner Houck SP
Phillips Valdez Note
Phillips Valdez photo 1094. Phillips Valdez SP,RP
Josh Osich Note
Josh Osich photo 1099. Josh Osich RP
Jonathan Arauz Note
Jonathan Arauz photo 1101. Jonathan Arauz 2B,SS
Tzu-Wei Lin Note
Tzu-Wei Lin photo 1103. Tzu-Wei Lin 2B,SS
Dylan Covey Note
Dylan Covey photo 1105. Dylan Covey SP,RP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 1168. Chris Mazza RP
Marco Hernandez Note
Marco Hernandez photo 1172. Marco Hernandez 2B,3B
Juan Centeno Note
Juan Centeno photo 1212. Juan Centeno C
Yairo Munoz Note
Yairo Munoz photo 1216. Yairo Munoz 3B,SS,LF,RF
Mike Shawaryn Note
Mike Shawaryn photo 1231. Mike Shawaryn SP,RP
Dustin Pedroia Note
Dustin Pedroia photo 1309. Dustin Pedroia 2B
Trevor Hildenberger Note
Trevor Hildenberger photo 1348. Trevor Hildenberger RP
Josh Ockimey Note
Josh Ockimey photo 1357. Josh Ockimey 1B
Jeter Downs Note
Jeter Downs photo 1367. Jeter Downs 2B,SS
Cesar Puello Note
Cesar Puello photo 1457. Cesar Puello LF,CF,RF
C.J. Chatham Note
C.J. Chatham photo 1474. C.J. Chatham SS
Marcus Wilson Note
Marcus Wilson photo 1535. Marcus Wilson LF,CF
Jett Bandy Note
Jett Bandy photo 1550. Jett Bandy C
Rusney Castillo Note
Rusney Castillo photo 1613. Rusney Castillo LF,CF,RF