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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Cody Bellinger Note
Cody Bellinger photo 3. Cody Bellinger 1B,CF,RF
Bellinger had a tremendous season, drastically improving his walk rate and cutting his strikeout rate, and setting career highs in each of the five standard rotisserie categories. If there's a knock on Bellinger's season, it's that so much of his production came in the first half, and particularly in March where he batted .431 with 14 home runs. Beginning in June, he batted .280 or lower in each month, and he batted just .261 in the second half. But the numbers all count, and although it's reasonable to expect Bellinger to take a slight step back from his overall 2019 numbers, it still leaves him as a top-five pick.
10 weeks ago
Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 5. Mookie Betts CF,RF
After weeks of rumors, Betts was finally traded to the Dodgers, but the move shouldn't impact his value much. His plate appearances and home runs, because of the less hitter-friendly parks in his new division, may downgrade his numbers ever so slightly. But Betts has essentially averaged a .305-120-30-95-25 line over his past four seasons. Even with a minor drop, he'll still earn his top-five draft position.
10 weeks ago
Walker Buehler Note
Walker Buehler photo 22. Walker Buehler SP
A 5.22 ERA in April scared fantasy owners, but Buehler quickly recovered from the Dodgers' ill-planned "ease into the year" plan. He looked precisely like the pitcher his fantasy owners had hoped for after that, ending the year with a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 29.2% strikeout rate. His meager five percent walk rate was one of the best in the league, and with an incredibly strong offense behind him once again, Buehler should excel in all four of the starting pitching categories in 2020. Have no concerns.
10 weeks ago
Clayton Kershaw Note
Clayton Kershaw photo 38. Clayton Kershaw SP
Peak Kershaw may be gone, but the version that remains is pretty darn good himself. Kershaw passed 175 innings pitched for the first time since 2015 despite starting the season on the IL, and although his ERA crept above 3.00 for the first time since 2008, his overall numbers remain elite. With strong win potential always present, Kershaw is a fine second starter on your staff. But his days of carrying a fantasy team are behind him.
10 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 83. Max Muncy 1B,2B,3B
Muncy now has 70 homers over the last two seasons and while fantasy owners know he won't be a source of help in the batting average department, he still managed 100+ runs because of the 90 walks. Multi-position eligibility certainly doesn't hurt either.
13 weeks ago
Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 104. Kenley Jansen RP
Jansen finally reported to camp on Sunday, July 12, and revealed that he was delayed because he had tested positive for COVID-19. Dave Roberts stated that he expected Jansen to be ready for the regular season, which means he can be drafted as a top-10 closer.
3 weeks ago
Corey Seager Note
Corey Seager photo 119. Corey Seager SS
Seager is a far cry from being an MVP candidate as a rookie, but his batting average won't kill you and he'll hit around 20-25 homers with 80+ RBIs and runs. If he is traded to Boston, he'd likely see a jump in every offensive statistic.
13 weeks ago
Justin Turner Note
Justin Turner photo 122. Justin Turner 3B
Turner has quietly been one of the better pure hitters in baseball over the last few seasons. The problem is that he consistently misses 30 to 50 games. If we finally get a full season, that .310 batting average with 30+ homers and 90+ runs would look great in the 12th round.
13 weeks ago
Julio Urias Note
Julio Urias photo 154. Julio Urias SP,RP
Urias will begin the year in the Dodgers rotation, so the biggest hurdle to him having major fantasy value this year has been cleared. His ability to miss bats is elite and although he's struggled with control a bit in the majors, he has all the tools to succeed. There's plenty of upside, so if you have a solid base for your pitching staff, don't hesitate to pull the trigger a little early.
10 weeks ago
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 197. Gavin Lux 2B,SS
There is a chance Lux is dealt to Boston but it seems most likely that he'll stay. If he does, the most likely fantasy outcome is a Daniel Murphy-lite from day one but with upside for more. He hit .347 with 26 homers last year in just 113 minor league games.
13 weeks ago
Ross Stripling Note
Ross Stripling photo 224. Ross Stripling SP,RP
Stripling may find his usual odd way into the Dodgers' rotation with David Price opting out. It's unclear whether he or Dustin May will grab the final spot, but given how he's performed when given the chance over the past several years, he's worth a shot as a late-round pick.
3 weeks ago
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 225. Will Smith C
Smith was among the biggest surprises last season, knocking 15 homers and 42 RBIs in just 170 at-bats. That's a full-season pace of 40 homers and a 120 RBIs. Granted, that won't happen, but the upside is clearly there for a special season. You'll have to decide if the hefty ADP is worth the risk.
13 weeks ago
Joc Pederson Note
Joc Pederson photo 228. Joc Pederson 1B,LF,RF
Joc has always had power but last year he kicked it up a notch, reaching 36 bombs in just 450 at-bats. He is one to monitor in the upcoming weeks as his playing time could spike if the Dodgers deal him to Boston in the possible Mookie Betts deal.
13 weeks ago
AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 236. AJ Pollock LF,CF
Pollock hasn't reached 450 at-bats in any of the past four seasons but while he is on the field, fantasy owners are still getting both power and speed. Should he finally stay healthy for the full year, 25 homers and 15 steals is a realistic possibility.
13 weeks ago
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 247. Dustin May SP,RP
May has solid raw stuff and did well in a 34-inning cameo with the Dodgers last year. With David Price opting out of the season, May has a chance to slide into the fifth spot in the rotation and contribute. He's a late-round pick with upside.
3 weeks ago
Alex Wood Note
Alex Wood photo 274. Alex Wood SP
Wood will be in the Dodgers' rotation to start the year, and there's some reason for optimism. After an offseason spent with Driveline Baseball, Wood saw a velocity bump in the spring, and that usually portends better things for the veteran throughout his career. Don't go crazy with Wood, but he's fine as a late-round pick with upside.
10 weeks ago
Blake Treinen Note
Blake Treinen photo 350. Blake Treinen RP
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 425. Chris Taylor 2B,SS,LF,CF
Taylor's at-bats dropped 200 last season but he was every bit as efficient as we've seen. 20 homers, 15 steals and a quality batting average is within reach to go with his multi-position eligibility.
13 weeks ago
Pedro Baez Note
Pedro Baez photo 437. Pedro Baez RP
Tony Gonsolin Note
Tony Gonsolin photo 490. Tony Gonsolin SP,RP
Kike Hernandez Note
Kike Hernandez photo 492. Kike Hernandez 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF
The Dodgers' depth chart always makes it seem like Kike will have trouble finding playing time but they will again carve out 400 at-bats for him one way or another and fantasy owners can expect 15+ homers, 60+ RBIs and 55+ runs.
13 weeks ago
Joe Kelly Note
Joe Kelly photo 559. Joe Kelly RP
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 580. Brusdar Graterol SP,RP
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 606. Tyler White 1B
Jimmy Nelson Note
Jimmy Nelson photo 610. Jimmy Nelson SP,RP
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 658. Edwin Rios 1B,3B
Adam Kolarek Note
Adam Kolarek photo 702. Adam Kolarek RP
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 703. Matt Beaty 1B,3B,LF
Beaty offered fantasy owners a jolt last season with both power and speed. It was a small sample-size and there is no guarantee for playing time but he may be worth a late-round investment.
13 weeks ago
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 773. Dylan Floro RP
Caleb Ferguson Note
Caleb Ferguson photo 858. Caleb Ferguson RP
Josiah Gray Note
Josiah Gray photo 860. Josiah Gray SP
Jake McGee Note
Jake McGee photo 901. Jake McGee RP
Dennis Santana Note
Dennis Santana photo 921. Dennis Santana SP,RP
Scott Alexander Note
Scott Alexander photo 952. Scott Alexander RP
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 970. Austin Barnes C
Josh Sborz Note
Josh Sborz photo 1086. Josh Sborz RP
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 1173. Keibert Ruiz C
Rocky Gale Note
Rocky Gale photo 1248. Rocky Gale C
AJ Ramos Note
AJ Ramos photo 1292. AJ Ramos RP
Terrance Gore Note
Terrance Gore photo 1429. Terrance Gore LF,RF
Edubray Ramos Note
Edubray Ramos photo 1440. Edubray Ramos RP
DJ Peters Note
DJ Peters photo 1458. DJ Peters CF
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 1476. Zach McKinstry 2B,SS
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 1529. Luke Raley LF,CF
Victor Gonzalez Note
Victor Gonzalez photo 1605. Victor Gonzalez RP
Marshall Kasowski Note
Marshall Kasowski photo 1618. Marshall Kasowski P