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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 10. Trevor Story SS
Story had his usual stellar year in 2020, putting up strong overall numbers and offering a rare power and speed combination. As usual, he greatly outperformed his expected statistics, but that's been the norm for Story throughout his career and isn't all that unexpected since he plays in Colorado. Story is entering his walk year, so the chances of a trade, which would diminish his value, remain a possibility. But there are few safer players in the game as of this moment, and he's a locked-in first round pick. The only question surrounding Story is whether he or Trea Turner should be the first shortstop selected in drafts.
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Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 69. Charlie Blackmon RF
Blackmon hit just six home runs last year, and the quality of his contact was downright awful. His 86.9 MPH average exit velocity, 29.7% hard hit rate, and 4.9% barrel rate were all well below the MLB average and at or close to his career worst marks. And his sprint speed continued to decline to now what is essentially league average. The steals are likely gone for good, but even on his worst day, Blackmon will help you in batting average, runs, and RBI, and he was still on pace for 15 home runs last year. Blackmon may be on the downside of his career, but he won't cost you much and can still contribute solid or better numbers in four of five categories. With his draft price fairly modest, there's plenty of value there.
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German Marquez Note
German Marquez photo 161. German Marquez SP
If Marquez ever extricates himself from Colorado, you'd probably have a bona fide superstar on your hands. As it is, you have a very solid overall pitcher who won't really help you out tremendously in any category, but won't hurt you badly either. Marquez's control is above average, and although his strikeout rate has dipped in two consecutive seasons, he has the ability to miss bats regularly. His value rises in leagues with daily lineup changes as you can avoid him at home (career 5.10 ERA) and start him on the road (career 3.51 ERA). But, absent that, consider him a back-end of the rotation starter in deeper leagues.
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C.J. Cron Note
C.J. Cron photo 215. C.J. Cron 1B
Cron fits the Rockies' narrative perfectly, as he's a veteran hitter on a short-term deal who will block a younger player from playing. Nevertheless, Cron offers plenty of fantasy goodness if he does indeed win the first base job for Colorado as expected. He missed almost all of last year with a knee injury, but he had a 15% barrel rate and a .544 expected slugging percentage in 2019. He's practically free in drafts and could easily hit 30 home runs with a plus average. Draft him late everywhere you can.
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Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 230. Raimel Tapia LF,CF,DH
Tapia doesn't make a ton of hard contact, but he slashed .321/.369/.402 last year and led off for the Rockies for the majority of the season. He's slated to do so again this year, which means he should be a cheap source of runs, batting average, and steals. Tapia's been around for awhile and never held a starting job all season, but he's in an excellent position this year and can be drafted late in all mixed leagues as a fifth outfielder or bench player.
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Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 263. Ryan McMahon 1B,2B,3B
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 273. Garrett Hampson 2B,SS,LF,CF
Daniel Bard Note
Daniel Bard photo 293. Daniel Bard RP
Bard comes into 2021 as the Rockies' presumptive closer, after he came out of a two-year retirement to pitch in the majors for the first time since 2013. Bard's control problems, which derailed his career, were largely solved, and his 3.65 ERA and 1.30 WHIP were more than passable for a Colorado closer. Mychal Givens remains, and Scott Oberg will try to pitch effectively after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery, but if Bard can maintain his control, he'll likely earn and hold the closer's job.
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Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 342. Sam Hilliard 3B,CF,LF,RF
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 428. Brendan Rodgers 2B,SS
Rodgers was the favorite for the second base job in Colorado and was having a blistering spring, slashing .348/.400/.652 in 10 games. But he suffered a hamstring strain and now is expected to miss a month. Rodgers is still a post-hype sleeper and he will be free in drafts at this point. As an upside bench piece with speed, he's worth a shot, but not as anything more.
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Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 429. Elias Diaz C
Joshua Fuentes Note
Joshua Fuentes photo 503. Joshua Fuentes 1B,3B
Jon Gray Note
Jon Gray photo 560. Jon Gray SP
Scott Oberg Note
Scott Oberg photo 619. Scott Oberg RP
Antonio Senzatela Note
Antonio Senzatela photo 630. Antonio Senzatela SP
Kyle Freeland Note
Kyle Freeland photo 676. Kyle Freeland SP
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 682. Dom Nunez C
Austin Gomber Note
Austin Gomber photo 707. Austin Gomber SP,RP
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 722. Robert Stephenson RP
Carlos Estevez Note
Carlos Estevez photo 794. Carlos Estevez RP
Yency Almonte Note
Yency Almonte photo 888. Yency Almonte RP
Tyler Kinley Note
Tyler Kinley photo 899. Tyler Kinley 2B,RP
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 976. Jhoulys Chacin SP,RP
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 1109. Yonathan Daza CF,LF,RF
Chris Owings Note
Chris Owings photo 1155. Chris Owings 2B,3B,SS,CF
Ashton Goudeau Note
Ashton Goudeau photo 1160. Ashton Goudeau RP
Greg Bird Note
Greg Bird photo 1176. Greg Bird 1B
Ryan Castellani Note
Ryan Castellani photo 1181. Ryan Castellani SP
Bernardo Flores Jr. Note
Bernardo Flores Jr. photo 1198. Bernardo Flores Jr. RP
Colton Welker Note
Colton Welker photo 1212. Colton Welker 3B
Ryan Rolison Note
Ryan Rolison photo 1242. Ryan Rolison SP
Bret Boswell Note
Bret Boswell photo 1245. Bret Boswell 2B,3B,SS
Tommy Doyle Note
Tommy Doyle photo 1339. Tommy Doyle RP
Ben Bowden Note
Ben Bowden photo 1362. Ben Bowden CF,RP
Justin Lawrence Note
Justin Lawrence photo 1376. Justin Lawrence RP
Jesus Tinoco Note
Jesus Tinoco photo 1387. Jesus Tinoco RP
Jordan Sheffield Note
Jordan Sheffield photo 1388. Jordan Sheffield SP,RP
Antonio Santos Note
Antonio Santos photo 1391. Antonio Santos RP,SP
Dereck Rodriguez Note
Dereck Rodriguez photo 1394. Dereck Rodriguez SP,RP
Connor Joe Note
Connor Joe photo 1497. Connor Joe 1B,LF
Elehuris Montero Note
Elehuris Montero photo 1499. Elehuris Montero 3B