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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Trevor Story Note
Trevor Story photo 8. Trevor Story SS
It's safe to say that Story's 2017 season was just an outlier, and he's established a fairly reliable 35-homer, 20-plus steal baseline. Pay no attention to Story's dramatically lower xBA - Coors Field will always inflate batting average and should keep Story's mark with roughly a .280 floor at worst. Even at a deep shortstop position, he's a unique five-category player, and is an easy first-round selection.
27 weeks ago
Nolan Arenado Note
Nolan Arenado photo 11. Nolan Arenado 3B
There's very little to say about Arenado at this point. He's batted between .287 and .315, hit between 37 and 42 home runs, and driven in between 97 and 116 runs in each of the last five years. Entering his age-29 season, there are simply no concerns about Arenado so long as he remains in Colorado all year, though that is admittedly a bit of a question mark at this point. But really, so long as you are comfortable that you won't get steals from your first-round pick, there's no reason to shy away from Arenado whatsoever.
27 weeks ago
Charlie Blackmon Note
Charlie Blackmon photo 36. Charlie Blackmon CF,RF
Blackmon was one of the first players who was known to test positive for COVID-19. As of July 10, he still had not yet reported to Rockies camp. Given the lack of input into Blackmon's situation, it's certainly possible that he'll be healthy and ready to go by the time the season starts. But, for now, drop him at least a round or two in your rankings until you hear more.
21 weeks ago
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 116. David Dahl LF,CF,RF
German Marquez Note
German Marquez photo 158. German Marquez SP
Although Marquez seemed like the rare pitcher who could conquer Coors Field, 2019 showed otherwise. Marquez pitched to a 3.67 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP on the road, but a 6.26 ERA and 1.55 WHIP at home. Can he overcome the thin air this year? It's possible, but history is littered with pitchers who managed to buck the trend for one year only to fail to do so again. Marquez has the skill, but his home park make it seem unlikely he can provide quality value.
27 weeks ago
Ryan McMahon Note
Ryan McMahon photo 195. Ryan McMahon 1B,2B,3B
Jon Gray Note
Jon Gray photo 210. Jon Gray SP
It would be interesting to see what Gray could do on a team other than the Rockies, but at least we pretty much know what he'll do in Colorado. Pitch to around a 4.00-4.50 ERA, have a WHIP in the 1.35 range, and strike out a batter per inning. Forget about the magical growth we keep waiting for. Draft him at this numbers, which work in an NL-only or deeper mixed league.
27 weeks ago
Garrett Hampson Note
Garrett Hampson photo 237. Garrett Hampson 2B,SS,CF
Mychal Givens Note
Mychal Givens photo 260. Mychal Givens RP
Givens isn't a special pitcher, pitches for a poor team, and isn't guaranteed to be the closer. Even if he were, he's tallied just 20 saves over the last two seasons. There's no reason to draft Givens, and if you're looking for a Baltimore closer, better to take your chance on Hunter Harvey.
27 weeks ago
Scott Oberg Note
Scott Oberg photo 277. Scott Oberg RP
Oberg turned in another stellar year despite pitching in Colorado, and took over for Wade Davis as the closer by the end of the year. Davis will enter the 2020 season as the closer, but given his performance last year, his leash is going to be fairly short. Oberg makes one of the better handcuffs to own, though it's more about his opportunity and less about his ratios.
27 weeks ago
Sam Hilliard Note
Sam Hilliard photo 296. Sam Hilliard CF,RF
With the addition of the designated hitter and with Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, Hilliard should see everyday at-bats with the Rockies. In Triple-A last year, Hilliard hit 35 home runs and stole 22 bases in just 126 games, and he popped seven home runs in 27 MLB games. That's a player who you should have been grabbing at the end of every one of your drafts given his enormous upside, and should now be moving fast up your draft board.
23 weeks ago
Wade Davis Note
Wade Davis photo 325. Wade Davis RP
Davis had a disastrous 2019 season, pitching to an 8.65 ERA and losing his closer's job. He'll enter 2020 back in the ninth-inning role but his leash will certainly be short with Scott Oberg waiting in the wings. Davis should likely be the last "closer" drafted.
27 weeks ago
Raimel Tapia Note
Raimel Tapia photo 450. Raimel Tapia LF,CF
Robert Stephenson Note
Robert Stephenson photo 498. Robert Stephenson SP,RP
Jairo Diaz Note
Jairo Diaz photo 513. Jairo Diaz RP
Brendan Rodgers Note
Brendan Rodgers photo 518. Brendan Rodgers 2B,SS
Kyle Freeland Note
Kyle Freeland photo 520. Kyle Freeland SP
Carlos Estevez Note
Carlos Estevez photo 567. Carlos Estevez RP
Tony Wolters Note
Tony Wolters photo 638. Tony Wolters C
Antonio Senzatela Note
Antonio Senzatela photo 682. Antonio Senzatela SP
Dom Nunez Note
Dom Nunez photo 782. Dom Nunez C
Josh Fuentes Note
Josh Fuentes photo 807. Josh Fuentes 1B,3B
Jose Mujica Note
Jose Mujica photo 852. Jose Mujica SP,RP
Dereck Rodriguez Note
Dereck Rodriguez photo 859. Dereck Rodriguez SP,RP
Peter Lambert Note
Peter Lambert photo 978. Peter Lambert SP
Elias Diaz Note
Elias Diaz photo 1029. Elias Diaz C
Ryan Castellani Note
Ryan Castellani photo 1054. Ryan Castellani SP
Chi Chi Gonzalez Note
Chi Chi Gonzalez photo 1176. Chi Chi Gonzalez SP
Ben Bowden Note
Ben Bowden photo 1220. Ben Bowden RP
Phillip Diehl Note
Phillip Diehl photo 1257. Phillip Diehl RP
Yency Almonte Note
Yency Almonte photo 1265. Yency Almonte RP
Tyler Kinley Note
Tyler Kinley photo 1297. Tyler Kinley RP
Jesus Tinoco Note
Jesus Tinoco photo 1307. Jesus Tinoco SP,RP
Daniel Bard Note
Daniel Bard photo 1308. Daniel Bard SP,RP
Harrison Musgrave Note
Harrison Musgrave photo 1375. Harrison Musgrave RP
Yonathan Daza Note
Yonathan Daza photo 1380. Yonathan Daza CF
Mark Reynolds Note
Mark Reynolds photo 1515. Mark Reynolds 1B
Colton Welker Note
Colton Welker photo 1520. Colton Welker 1B,3B
Eric Stamets Note
Eric Stamets photo 1578. Eric Stamets 2B,SS