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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Javier Baez Note
Javier Baez photo 25. Javier Baez SS
The shortstop position is so loaded that Baez' 29 homers, 11 steals and .281 batting average didn't even get him into the top 12 at the position last year. He is still well worth a third or fourth round pick, however, because the bat and speed are both reliable.
13 weeks ago
Kris Bryant Note
Kris Bryant photo 48. Kris Bryant 3B,LF,RF
Bryant is an excellent player, of course, but his fourth round ADP is a classic case of the name driving the price. He should hit .275 with 30 homers if he stays healthy, but you can find that out of Eddie Rosario and several others a few rounds later.
13 weeks ago
Anthony Rizzo Note
Anthony Rizzo photo 50. Anthony Rizzo 1B
We've never seen Rizzo hit 35 homers or bat .300 but his production has been so steady that fantasy owners can be certain they'll get 25 homers with 80+ runs, 90+ RBIs and a batting average north of .275. That makes him a worthwhile 4th or 5th round pick.
13 weeks ago
Yu Darvish Note
Yu Darvish photo 68. Yu Darvish SP
Darvish's season was a tale of two halves. He was utterly unplayable to begin the season, tallying a 1.56 WHIP through May and walking roughly six batters per nine innings. But Darvish pulled out of it and then some, walking only seven batters over his final 14 starts, during which he had a 2.95 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Can you fully trust Darvish? Probably not? But should you expect him to pitch closer to his second half than his first? For sure.
10 weeks ago
Kyle Schwarber Note
Kyle Schwarber photo 124. Kyle Schwarber LF
There has been some hype fatigue on Schwarber so you can now get him in the 13th round even though he jacked 38 homers with 92 RBIs last season. In fact, the batting average even leaped up to .250 and is projected to remain there for the 2020 season.
13 weeks ago
Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 125. Kyle Hendricks SP
Hendricks can be dominant at times, but his lack of overpowering raw stuff means he has to be pinpoint with his control. When he's on, he can be unhittable, like when he led the league in getting hitters to swing at pitches outside the zone in the second half last year. But in the end, you know what Hendricks is going to give you. A sub-3.50 ERA, a sub-1.20 WHIP, and mediocre strikeout numbers. There's plenty of room for that on a fantasy team. But don't bank on much upside.
10 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel Note
Craig Kimbrel photo 134. Craig Kimbrel RP
Kimbrel waited to sign until months into the season, and the results weren't pretty. He battled injury and was entirely ineffective, pitching to an 8.10 ERA and walking more than five batters per nine innings. Whether the complete lack of control was a continuing trend or just due to rust/injuries. But, either way, the price on Kimbrel should be the cheapest in years, and if you're waiting on saves, he's as good an option to take a chance on as anyone.
10 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 144. Willson Contreras C
Contreras is no doubt one of the best hitting catchers in baseball, with a .270+ average in three of four seasons, but his upside is capped by the fact that Chicago also has Caratini and is certain to get him 200+ PAs. Even so, Contreras should have no trouble reaching 20 HRs, 50 R and 60 RBIs once again.
13 weeks ago
Jose Quintana Note
Jose Quintana photo 260. Jose Quintana SP
Quintana went from a solid, low-3.00 ERA pitcher with the White Sox to an unreliable pitcher with over a 4.00 ERA in his time with the Cubs. His strikeout rate continues to trend down, and despite pitching at least 171 innings in each of the past seven seasons, he's never won more than 13 games. A low-upside, low-floor play, Quintana is just NL-only material.
10 weeks ago
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 312. Ian Happ 2B,3B,LF,CF
It wasn't long ago that Happ was being drafted within the first 10 rounds because of his power/speed combo. Playing time needs to come back and the BA is an issue but he has upside worth monitoring.
13 weeks ago
Jon Lester Note
Jon Lester photo 332. Jon Lester SP
Jason Heyward Note
Jason Heyward photo 359. Jason Heyward CF,RF
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 455. Nico Hoerner SS
Rowan Wick Note
Rowan Wick photo 510. Rowan Wick RP
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 523. Victor Caratini C,1B
Caratini is almost certain to be the backup once again to Contreras this season, but should he suffer an injury or the Cubs trade him, Caratini would likely morph into a low-end C1 or high-end C2.
13 weeks ago
Steven Souza Jr. Note
Steven Souza Jr. photo 548. Steven Souza Jr. RF
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 562. David Bote 2B,3B
Jason Kipnis Note
Jason Kipnis photo 564. Jason Kipnis 2B
Kipnis is nowhere near where he once was but at the very least, you know you'll get 15 homers, a handful of steals and 50+ runs and RBIs with a late-round investment.
13 weeks ago
Tyler Chatwood Note
Tyler Chatwood photo 612. Tyler Chatwood SP,RP
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 626. Alec Mills SP,RP
Brad Wieck Note
Brad Wieck photo 633. Brad Wieck RP
Jeremy Jeffress Note
Jeremy Jeffress photo 665. Jeremy Jeffress RP
Cody Allen Note
Cody Allen photo 705. Cody Allen RP
Kyle Ryan Note
Kyle Ryan photo 731. Kyle Ryan RP
Duane Underwood Jr. Note
Duane Underwood Jr. photo 814. Duane Underwood Jr. SP,RP
Casey Sadler Note
Casey Sadler photo 835. Casey Sadler RP
Albert Almora Jr. Note
Albert Almora Jr. photo 838. Albert Almora Jr. CF
Trevor Megill Note
Trevor Megill photo 861. Trevor Megill RP
Ryan Tepera Note
Ryan Tepera photo 909. Ryan Tepera RP
Daniel Descalso Note
Daniel Descalso photo 937. Daniel Descalso 2B
Jharel Cotton Note
Jharel Cotton photo 1048. Jharel Cotton SP
Derek Dietrich Note
Derek Dietrich photo 1051. Derek Dietrich 1B,2B,LF
Colin Rea Note
Colin Rea photo 1057. Colin Rea SP
Dillon Maples Note
Dillon Maples photo 1064. Dillon Maples RP
Josh Phegley Note
Josh Phegley photo 1065. Josh Phegley C
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 1097. Adbert Alzolay SP
Tyler Olson Note
Tyler Olson photo 1182. Tyler Olson RP
Jason Adam Note
Jason Adam photo 1189. Jason Adam RP
James Norwood Note
James Norwood photo 1273. James Norwood RP
Hernan Perez Note
Hernan Perez photo 1277. Hernan Perez 2B,3B,SS
Dan Winkler Note
Dan Winkler photo 1286. Dan Winkler RP
Danny Hultzen Note
Danny Hultzen photo 1317. Danny Hultzen RP
Rex Brothers Note
Rex Brothers photo 1352. Rex Brothers RP
Ian Miller Note
Ian Miller photo 1436. Ian Miller CF
CD Pelham Note
CD Pelham photo 1444. CD Pelham RP
Manuel Rodriguez Note
Manuel Rodriguez photo 1470. Manuel Rodriguez RP
Zack Short Note
Zack Short photo 1486. Zack Short SS
Miguel Amaya Note
Miguel Amaya photo 1493. Miguel Amaya C
Mark Zagunis Note
Mark Zagunis photo 1624. Mark Zagunis RF