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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 77. Kyle Hendricks SP
Hendricks is the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy pitchers in that he never gets the respect he deserves. He's had an ERA above 3.46 once in his career and he's never had a WHIP higher than 1.19. Yes, his strikeout rate is never going to help fantasy managers, but Dave Ross let him go deeper into games last year (Hendricks' 81 innings pitched were among the most in MLB), so he should make up for his lack of strikeout rate with some additional innings. The Cubs probably won't be a great team but the NL Central has mostly weak offenses, so Hendricks should find his way to enough wins to make a difference. Ignore the fact that he outperforms his expected metrics every year. Hendricks is a reliable, high-end SP3 for a fantasy team. Just be sure to take care of strikeouts elsewhere.
37 weeks ago
Willson Contreras Note
Willson Contreras photo 138. Willson Contreras C
Contreras has established a pretty decent baseline for what fantasy managers can expect over the course of a full season. He'll likely give you a floor of 15 home runs and 110 combined runs and RBI, with upside for more. Those numbers don't sound impressive, but they're enough to make Contreras a top-five catcher easily. Given his safety, there's an argument to be made to take him as high as second overall at the position. But, even so, there's no need to select him before the eighth round or so, as there's not an appreciable difference in the production of the next seven or eight catchers beyond J.T. Realmuto.
37 weeks ago
Ian Happ Note
Ian Happ photo 142. Ian Happ CF,LF
Happ has always made consistently hard contact, but his strikeout rate was simply untenable, hovering around 34% in his first two seasons. But he has cut that down to a more manageable 26% over the last two years, and he's batted .260 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI over 115 games in that span. Happ has some speed even if he hasn't shown it recently, and he'll likely bat leadoff for the Cubs, who may need to manufacture runs more than in previous years. The average probably won't help you much, but he should contribute in four categories at a relatively inexpensive price.
37 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 172. Marcus Stroman SP
Stroman missed the entire 2020 season after battling a calf injury and then opting out, but he'll return to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer. Stroman's strikeout rate jumped after his trade to the National League, but with a career 58.7% ground ball rate, he'll need the Mets' infield defense to be better than it was in 2019. The trade for Francisco Lindor should help, as should his reported development of both a new split changeup and four-seam fastball. Stroman has always had a decent floor, but now out of the AL East and with some tweaks to his arsenal coming, he possesses plenty of upside as a late-round draft pick.
37 weeks ago
Clint Frazier Note
Clint Frazier photo 174. Clint Frazier LF,RF
There's little reason to doubt Frazier's ability to contribute from a fantasy perspective at this point. Over the last two seasons, he has a 162-game pace of a .267 average, 30 home runs, 83 runs scored, 96 RBI, and 6 steals. He upped his walk rate significantly in 2020 (15.6%, top seven percent in the league) and hits the ball hard consistently. The only issue for Frazier is his playing time with Giancarlo Stanton healthy and Brett Gardner back in the fold. But Frazier has done enough to hold the left field job and, regardless, Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks are not the product of health. Draft Frazier as a starting outfielder and don't worry about the playing time.
37 weeks ago
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 176. Nick Madrigal 2B
Madrigal had a successful 2020 debut season with the White Sox, doing what he has done best throughout his minor league career: hitting for a high average with no power and never striking out. His main assets are his speed and and ability to hit for a high batting average, and though the power may eventually come, considering he hit four home runs total in the minor leagues, it's a good bet that it won't be this year. He's slated to bat at the bottom of Chicago's order, so downgrade his plate appearances a bit, but he will be a plus contributor in the two most difficult to fill rotisserie categories.
37 weeks ago
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 356. Yan Gomes C
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 376. Adbert Alzolay SP
Jason Heyward Note
Jason Heyward photo 395. Jason Heyward RF
Nico Hoerner Note
Nico Hoerner photo 454. Nico Hoerner 2B
Rowan Wick Note
Rowan Wick photo 480. Rowan Wick RP
David Bote Note
David Bote photo 494. David Bote 2B,3B
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 502. Alec Mills SP,RP
Codi Heuer Note
Codi Heuer photo 528. Codi Heuer RP
Harold Ramirez Note
Harold Ramirez photo 765. Harold Ramirez CF,LF,RF
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 829. Jonathan Holder RP
Wade Miley Note
Wade Miley photo 863. Wade Miley SP
Justin Steele Note
Justin Steele photo 908. Justin Steele SP,RP
Keegan Thompson Note
Keegan Thompson photo 950. Keegan Thompson SP,RP
Cory Abbott Note
Cory Abbott photo 966. Cory Abbott RP
Alexander Vizcaino Note
Alexander Vizcaino photo 993. Alexander Vizcaino SP
Brad Wieck Note
Brad Wieck photo 1044. Brad Wieck RP
Manuel Rodriguez Note
Manuel Rodriguez photo 1290. Manuel Rodriguez RP
Brailyn Marquez Note
Brailyn Marquez photo 1296. Brailyn Marquez RP
P.J. Higgins Note
P.J. Higgins photo 1405. P.J. Higgins C
Michael Hermosillo Note
Michael Hermosillo photo 1456. Michael Hermosillo RF
Rafael Ortega Note
Rafael Ortega photo 1459. Rafael Ortega CF
Sergio Alcantara Note
Sergio Alcantara photo 1474. Sergio Alcantara 2B,SS
Patrick Wisdom Note
Patrick Wisdom photo 1535. Patrick Wisdom 3B
Greg Deichmann Note
Greg Deichmann photo 1545. Greg Deichmann RF