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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Tucker Note
Kyle Tucker photo 6. Kyle Tucker RF
Kyle Tucker nearly achieved a 30/30 season and topped the American League with 112 RBIs last year. His walk rate hit a career-high of 11.9%, while his strikeout rate dropped to 13.6%. In 5x5 leagues, his .284/.369/.517 line was impressive. Tucker's consistent underlying metrics hint at sustained production, and he is poised for a 35/25 season in 2024. Don't forget about him in the first round on draft day.
3 weeks ago
Yordan Alvarez Note
Yordan Alvarez photo 15. Yordan Alvarez LF,DH
Despite missing 68 games in 2023, Yordan Alvarez showcased his exceptional batting skills. He posted a .293/.407/.583 line with 31 home runs and 97 RBIs, mirroring his 2022 RBI count in fewer games. Statcast ranks him in the 99th percentile for batting run value, underscoring his undeniable value in four fantasy categories. While his 18.5% strikeout rate is notable, his 13.9% walk rate compensates well. Alvarez is an excellent second-round choice for fantasy teams, especially if you're flexible with stolen bases.
3 weeks ago
Jose Altuve Note
Jose Altuve photo 37. Jose Altuve 2B
Jose Altuve began the season dealing with an injury he sustained in the World Baseball Classic. Upon his return, he delivered a stellar .311 batting average and .915 OPS in the 2023 season over 360 at-bats. His 14 home runs and 51 RBIs showcased his power, while 14 stolen bases highlighted his agility on the basepaths. Altuve's career stats, with a .307 average, 209 home runs, and 293 stolen bases, emphasize his long-term consistency and multi-dimensional play​​​​. In the 2023 postseason, he maintained a solid .286 average, adding to his reputation for performing in high-pressure situations. Altuve remains a prime fantasy pick in 2024, offering reliability in batting average and diverse category contributions.
3 weeks ago
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 50. Framber Valdez SP
Framber Valdez took a step back in 2023 but still pitched 198 innings of stellar ball for the Astros. He ended with a 3.46 ERA, though his 4.33 xERA suggests he was lucky. On the other hand, his xFIP was 3.39, and he was one of 17 pitchers who struck out 200 or more. Valdez remains a cheat code in leagues with Quality Starts as a category. Even in traditional 5x5 leagues, he is an excellent SP2 with SP1 upside that you can probably get in the fifth round.
3 weeks ago
Josh Hader Note
Josh Hader photo 52. Josh Hader RP
Josh Hader experienced the bounceback foretold last offseason. He dropped his ERA from 5.22 to 1.28, which was much more in line with his career numbers. He struck out 85 batters in 56 1/3 innings and collected 33 saves. His elite xBA of .157 is in the 100th percentile, and batters have yet to figure out how to get any barrel on the Southpaw's pitches. Hader's downfall will always be his BB% (13.0), but fantasy managers inclined to take a closer early in drafts should feel confident they're getting one of the top two here.
3 weeks ago
Alex Bregman Note
Alex Bregman photo 67. Alex Bregman 3B
Alex Bregman will turn 30 in 2024, and yet, he just keeps plugging away at the hot corner in Houston. He actually improved on all of his 2022 stats last season, hitting 25 homers, knocking in 98, and crossing the plate 103 times. His consistency in ratios is impressive, and fantasy managers can expect numbers in the ballpark of .265/.365/.450. He doesn't strike out and mashes lefties. Bregman is the overlooked-because-he's-boring guy that you can steal in the ninth round or later, and he should be well worth the pick.
3 weeks ago
Yainer Diaz Note
Yainer Diaz photo 124. Yainer Diaz C,DH
Yainer Diaz will probably be on every Sleepers list for 2024 drafts because he offers a ton of offense at a position that lacks it. The 25-year-old hit 23 home runs in 104 games while slashing an impressive .278/.306/.532. Yes, the OBP is low, which is attributable to his 2.9 percent walk rate. (If you're looking for the player in the first percentile in this category and Chase% (44), you've found him.) The good news is that his xBA is .288, and his xSLG is .543. He will get plenty of at-bats in Houston, and since defensive metrics don't matter in fantasy, he is definitely someone to target.
3 weeks ago
Chas McCormick Note
Chas McCormick photo 138. Chas McCormick LF,CF,RF
In his early career, Chas McCormick has shown notable progress in key offensive areas. Last season, he achieved 22 home runs, 19 steals, 70 RBIs, and scored 59 runs. At 28, he's reduced his strikeout rate to 25.6% and enhanced his ability to get on base. Despite a likely dip in batting average (expected BA .248), McCormick presents a dual threat of power and speed, eyeing a 20/15 season. His ongoing development suggests potential as a valuable third outfielder in fantasy lineups.
3 weeks ago
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 155. Justin Verlander SP
Justin Verlander finally began to show his age in 2023. While his ERA was 3.22, his xERA was 3.69, and his xFIP was 4.56 across 162 1/3 innings. His K% fell to 21.5, and his BB% jumped up 6.7. His SIERA was the highest it has been since 2008, and it's also noteworthy to realize that 2008 was 16 years ago. Verlander is a name-brand pitcher, but his ADP of 120.4 is more nostalgia than skill at this point.
3 weeks ago
Hunter Brown Note
Hunter Brown photo 163. Hunter Brown SP
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 168. Cristian Javier SP
Jeremy Pena Note
Jeremy Pena photo 204. Jeremy Pena SS
Jose Abreu Note
Jose Abreu photo 230. Jose Abreu 1B
Ryan Pressly Note
Ryan Pressly photo 314. Ryan Pressly RP
Ryan Pressly saved 31 games for the Astros in 2023, striking out 74 batters in 65 1/3 innings. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, his ERA took a big leap to 3.58 after being under 3.00 in 2021 and 2022. He also allowed harder contact than in previous years. Pressly is a closer with a strong positive (pitches for the Astros) and some downside (K/9 barely over 10, high ERA). When closers start flying off the board in the 7th-9th rounds, Pressly is a decent option. Just don't reach for him in the upper tier of RP.
3 weeks ago
Bryan Abreu Note
Bryan Abreu photo 406. Bryan Abreu RP
J.P. France Note
J.P. France photo 447. J.P. France SP
Mauricio Dubon Note
Mauricio Dubon photo 497. Mauricio Dubon 2B,CF
Ronel Blanco Note
Ronel Blanco photo 547. Ronel Blanco SP,RP
Luis Garcia Note
Luis Garcia photo 576. Luis Garcia SP
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 584. Jose Urquidy SP,RP
Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 610. Lance McCullers Jr. SP
Rafael Montero Note
Rafael Montero photo 639. Rafael Montero RP
Jake Meyers Note
Jake Meyers photo 707. Jake Meyers CF
Victor Caratini Note
Victor Caratini photo 757. Victor Caratini C
Corey Julks Note
Corey Julks photo 821. Corey Julks LF
Parker Mushinski Note
Parker Mushinski photo 828. Parker Mushinski RP
Bennett Sousa Note
Bennett Sousa photo 841. Bennett Sousa RP
Seth Martinez Note
Seth Martinez photo 857. Seth Martinez RP
Shawn Dubin Note
Shawn Dubin photo 943. Shawn Dubin SP,RP
Joey Loperfido Note
Joey Loperfido photo 1008. Joey Loperfido 2B,CF,RF
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 1038. Brandon Bielak SP
Penn Murfee Note
Penn Murfee photo 1047. Penn Murfee RP
Colton Gordon Note
Colton Gordon photo 1048. Colton Gordon SP
Spencer Arrighetti Note
Spencer Arrighetti photo 1075. Spencer Arrighetti SP
Oliver Ortega Note
Oliver Ortega photo 1092. Oliver Ortega RP
Trey Cabbage Note
Trey Cabbage photo 1177. Trey Cabbage 1B,RF
Wander Suero Note
Wander Suero photo 1195. Wander Suero RP
Dylan Coleman Note
Dylan Coleman photo 1204. Dylan Coleman RP
Tayler Scott Note
Tayler Scott photo 1245. Tayler Scott RP
Forrest Whitley Note
Forrest Whitley photo 1302. Forrest Whitley SP
Joel Kuhnel Note
Joel Kuhnel photo 1314. Joel Kuhnel RP
Cesar Salazar Note
Cesar Salazar photo 1550. Cesar Salazar C
Jon Singleton Note
Jon Singleton photo 1579. Jon Singleton 1B
Grae Kessinger Note
Grae Kessinger photo 1629. Grae Kessinger 3B,SS
Jacob Amaya Note
Jacob Amaya photo 1655. Jacob Amaya SS
David Hensley Note
David Hensley photo 1680. David Hensley 2B
Kenedy Corona Note
Kenedy Corona photo 1686. Kenedy Corona CF,RF
Cooper Hummel Note
Cooper Hummel photo 1713. Cooper Hummel DH
Pedro Leon Note
Pedro Leon photo 1721. Pedro Leon 2B,CF