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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Lucas Giolito Note
Lucas Giolito photo 29. Lucas Giolito SP
Luis Robert Note
Luis Robert photo 38. Luis Robert CF
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 39. Jose Abreu 1B
Tim Anderson Note
Tim Anderson photo 44. Tim Anderson SS
Eloy Jimenez Note
Eloy Jimenez photo 46. Eloy Jimenez LF
Yoan Moncada Note
Yoan Moncada photo 64. Yoan Moncada 3B
Lance Lynn Note
Lance Lynn photo 65. Lance Lynn SP
Lynn turned in another stellar year in 2020, leading MLB with 84 innings pitched, striking out plenty of batters, and keeping his walk rate and overall numbers in check. But there are a few warning signs under the hood, including his 4.19 FIP, his 4.34 xFIP, and his career-high 79.4% LOB rate. Of bigger concern is his trade to the White Sox and hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field, particularly because Lynn had a 38.3% fly-ball rate in 2019 and a 42.3% fly-ball rate last year. That led to the worst HR/9 rate of his career and second-worst HR/FB rate (13.8%) in 2020. Countering those troublesome warning signs, however, is the fact that he'll be caught by perhaps the best pitch framer in baseball in Yasmani Grandal, and that will generally help with his numbers which, again, were excellent last year. Add it all up and Lynn's ERA should likely increase simply because of the additional home runs he'll allow if he can't turn around his trend in fly-ball rate, but Grandal's presence and Lynn's general aptitude on the mound should allow for another strong season and make him worthy of a selection as an SP2.
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Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 84. Liam Hendriks RP
Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
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Yasmani Grandal Note
Yasmani Grandal photo 115. Yasmani Grandal 1B,C
Dallas Keuchel Note
Dallas Keuchel photo 169. Dallas Keuchel SP
Nick Madrigal Note
Nick Madrigal photo 194. Nick Madrigal 2B
Adam Eaton Note
Adam Eaton photo 289. Adam Eaton RF
Aaron Bummer Note
Aaron Bummer photo 290. Aaron Bummer RP
Michael Kopech Note
Michael Kopech photo 324. Michael Kopech SP
Dylan Cease Note
Dylan Cease photo 333. Dylan Cease SP
Andrew Vaughn Note
Andrew Vaughn photo 347. Andrew Vaughn 1B
Garrett Crochet Note
Garrett Crochet photo 503. Garrett Crochet
Matt Foster Note
Matt Foster photo 571. Matt Foster RP
Reynaldo Lopez Note
Reynaldo Lopez photo 577. Reynaldo Lopez SP