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2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 15. Alex Bregman 3B,SS
Thanks to his 122 runs and 41 homers, Bregman outperformed Story, Turner and Lindor last year so you might consider him at #6 overall once Bellinger is gone but his lack of steals makes his ceiling a bit lower than each of those other first rounders.
4 days ago
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 23. Justin Verlander SP
Verlander had groin surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. But given the postponement of the season, it seems unlikely to threaten Verlander's availability for Opening Day, whenever that may be. Although surgery is never a good sign, in the end, it's better for Verlander that he could get this out of the way now rather than have it linger. For now, keep him high on your draft boards.
3 days ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 30. Yordan Alvarez LF,DH
It was just an 87 game sample size but in that time, Yordan was clearly one of the top five hitters in baseball. He won't steal any bags, but 50 homers, 140 RBIs and a .320 batting average is within the realm of realistic possibilities. He comes with some risk, however, since we haven't seen it for an extended time.
4 days ago
Jose Altuve Note
Jose Altuve photo 32. Jose Altuve 2B
Altuve hit a career-high 31 homers last year but still only finished as the #10 fantasy second basemen because the steals have disappeared and his batting average has continued to drop. With that said, he has been so consistent for long enough that he may still be the top second basemen for 2020.
4 days ago
George Springer Note
George Springer photo 36. George Springer CF,RF
If not for the 40 games missed, we might be talking about Springer as the reigning AL MVP. He was on pace for over 50 homers, 125 RBIs and 125 runs. There isn't much speed but the upside for the other four categories makes him an amazing value in the fourth round of drafts.
4 days ago
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 60. Zack Greinke SP
Greinke didn't see the patented Astros bump after a mid-season trade, as his overall numbers actually declined a bit after his move from the Diamondbacks. His ERA and WHIP remain outstanding, but his strikeout rate continues to decline, such that it now actively does not help fantasy owners. Still, he's nearly a lock for 200 innings, plenty of wins, and solid peripherals, making him a fine addition to any fantasy staff. But with his advancing age, don't bank on him necessarily being a top-20 pitcher.
3 days ago
Michael Brantley Note
Michael Brantley photo 87. Michael Brantley LF,RF,DH
Brantley had injury troubles for a while but has now played virtually every day for two straight years. In that time, he has returned to the steal .310 hitter with 20 homers. Although the steals are long gone, that profile still works great with a tenth-round pick.
4 days ago
Carlos Correa Note
Carlos Correa photo 90. Carlos Correa SS
So far, we've only seen Correa play more than 110 games once in his five seasons. Whenever he is on the field, Correa has been a tremendous hitter so the upside is that of a top five fantasy shortstop but his floor is quite low because of the repeat injury risk.
4 days ago
Roberto Osuna Note
Roberto Osuna photo 92. Roberto Osuna RP
Osuna may not be quite the pitcher he was in his absolute prime, but he's not far off. He has yet to have a season in the majors with a WHIP above 1.00, and his strikeout rate has rebounded to above-average, if not elite, levels. He has immense job security on an excellent team and should once again provide all the numbers you could want from a closer. Draft him with confidence.
3 days ago
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 142. Yuli Gurriel 1B,3B
Gurriel was unbelievable last season going from 13 homers and 85 RBIs to 31 and 104. Even with the power spike, he maintained his .290 BA for the third straight season. Although he is older, it is clear that fantasy owners can still rely on him for plenty of production.
4 days ago
Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 150. Kyle Tucker LF,RF
Tucker hasn't lived up to the hype in his first 130 big league at-bats but don't sour on him quite yet. This is a legitimate five-category asset who could go 40/25 HR/SB with a .280 batting average within the next few years. It is tough to tell how quickly it will come but he has to get playing time first.
4 days ago
Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 180. Lance McCullers Jr. SP
McCullers missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but he should be ready to go this year. His devastating curveball keeps hitters off balance, and his ability to mix pitches is elite. There's risk from the injury and he may be rusty, but McCullers offers rare upside. He'll likely be on an innings limit this year, but that shouldn't come into play with the postponement of the season.
3 days ago
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 220. Jose Urquidy SP,RP
Urquidy seemingly has the fourth starter's role locked down, and he offers and intriguing pitch mix, with an above-average fastball and changeup, with a decent slider.It's unlikely that the soon to be 25-year-old will develop into a consistent fantasy starter given his inconsistency, but he certainly has enough upside, as he showed in the playoffs, to warrant rostering in all fantasy leagues.
3 days ago
Josh James Note
Josh James photo 262. Josh James SP,RP
James still has legitimate ace upside if he can harness his arsenal and find his way into Houston's rotation. There is a chance this fireballer breaks camp in the rotation and if he does, we may just be looking at 200+ strikeouts in 2020. After all, his on-paper ratios may not seem great from 2019, but his xWOBa was above the likes of Mike Clevinger, Stephen Strasburg, Blake Snell and Walker Buehler. I don't need to tell you that this means he has ace stuff. But folks, he just might be the best pitcher in the Astros rotation this year if they give him the ball in the first inning.
4 days ago
Ryan Pressly Note
Ryan Pressly photo 271. Ryan Pressly RP
Pressly has developed into one of the best relievers in baseball. His strikeout rate is pristine, he rarely walks batters, and he limits the damage as well as any pitcher. He won't see saves absent an injury to Roberto Osuna, but his number make him worth owning regardless.
3 days ago
Forrest Whitley Note
Forrest Whitley photo 390. Forrest Whitley SP
Josh Reddick Note
Josh Reddick photo 440. Josh Reddick LF,CF,RF
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 453. Brad Peacock SP,RP
Kent Emanuel Note
Kent Emanuel photo 553. Kent Emanuel RP
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 569. Chas McCormick OF
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 602. Chris Devenski RP
Joe Smith Note
Joe Smith photo 603. Joe Smith RP
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 627. Framber Valdez SP,RP
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 659. Dustin Garneau C
Rogelio Armenteros Note
Rogelio Armenteros photo 699. Rogelio Armenteros SP,RP
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 729. Cristian Javier SP
Austin Pruitt Note
Austin Pruitt photo 742. Austin Pruitt RP
Tyler Ivey Note
Tyler Ivey photo 770. Tyler Ivey SP
Bryan Abreu Note
Bryan Abreu photo 827. Bryan Abreu SP,RP
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 836. Brandon Bielak SP
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 881. Martin Maldonado C
Brandon Bailey Note
Brandon Bailey photo 893. Brandon Bailey RP
Blake Taylor Note
Blake Taylor photo 898. Blake Taylor SP,RP
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 955. Aledmys Diaz 1B,2B,3B,SS
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 1089. Myles Straw SS,CF,RF
Jared Hughes Note
Jared Hughes photo 1115. Jared Hughes RP
Cy Sneed Note
Cy Sneed photo 1170. Cy Sneed SP,RP
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 1191. Cionel Perez RP
Jon Edwards Note
Jon Edwards photo 1310. Jon Edwards RP
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 1340. Joe Biagini RP
Garrett Stubbs Note
Garrett Stubbs photo 1399. Garrett Stubbs C
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 1479. Abraham Toro 3B
Taylor Jones Note
Taylor Jones photo 1538. Taylor Jones 1B
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 1608. Jack Mayfield 2B,SS
Ronnie Dawson Note
Ronnie Dawson photo 1639. Ronnie Dawson LF,CF
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