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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 16. 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.
8 weeks ago
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 20. 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.
5 weeks ago
Jose Altuve Note
Jose Altuve photo 30. 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.
8 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 31. 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.
8 weeks 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.
8 weeks ago
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 62. 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.
5 weeks ago
Carlos Correa Note
Carlos Correa photo 88. 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.
8 weeks ago
Michael Brantley Note
Michael Brantley photo 89. 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.
8 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna Note
Roberto Osuna photo 93. 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.
5 weeks ago
Yuli Gurriel Note
Yuli Gurriel photo 149. 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.
8 weeks ago
Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 156. 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.
8 weeks ago
Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 173. 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.
5 weeks ago
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 212. 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.
5 weeks ago
Josh James Note
Josh James photo 253. 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.
8 weeks ago
Ryan Pressly Note
Ryan Pressly photo 269. 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.
5 weeks ago
Forrest Whitley Note
Forrest Whitley photo 403. Forrest Whitley SP
Josh Reddick Note
Josh Reddick photo 441. Josh Reddick LF,CF,RF
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 466. Brad Peacock SP,RP
Joe Smith Note
Joe Smith photo 584. Joe Smith RP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 618. Chris Devenski RP
Dustin Garneau Note
Dustin Garneau photo 659. Dustin Garneau C
Rogelio Armenteros Note
Rogelio Armenteros photo 705. Rogelio Armenteros SP,RP
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 708. Framber Valdez SP,RP
Martin Maldonado Note
Martin Maldonado photo 728. Martin Maldonado C
Austin Pruitt Note
Austin Pruitt photo 730. Austin Pruitt RP
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 790. Brandon Bielak SP
Aledmys Diaz Note
Aledmys Diaz photo 792. Aledmys Diaz 1B,2B,3B,SS
Tyler Ivey Note
Tyler Ivey photo 806. Tyler Ivey SP
Bryan Abreu Note
Bryan Abreu photo 810. Bryan Abreu SP,RP
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 838. Cristian Javier SP
Blake Taylor Note
Blake Taylor photo 878. Blake Taylor SP,RP
Brandon Bailey Note
Brandon Bailey photo 891. Brandon Bailey RP
Myles Straw Note
Myles Straw photo 1072. Myles Straw SS,CF,RF
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 1180. Cionel Perez RP
Cy Sneed Note
Cy Sneed photo 1219. Cy Sneed SP,RP
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 1241. Joe Biagini RP
Jon Edwards Note
Jon Edwards photo 1260. Jon Edwards RP
Garrett Stubbs Note
Garrett Stubbs photo 1333. Garrett Stubbs C
Jamie Ritchie Note
Jamie Ritchie photo 1368. Jamie Ritchie C
Abraham Toro Note
Abraham Toro photo 1422. Abraham Toro 3B
Taylor Jones Note
Taylor Jones photo 1522. Taylor Jones 1B
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 1566. Chas McCormick OF
Ronnie Dawson Note
Ronnie Dawson photo 1582. Ronnie Dawson LF,CF
Jack Mayfield Note
Jack Mayfield photo 1583. Jack Mayfield 2B,SS