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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.
22 weeks ago
Mookie Betts Note
Mookie Betts photo 5. Mookie Betts 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.
22 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.
22 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.
22 weeks ago
Max Muncy Note
Max Muncy photo 83. Max Muncy 1B,2B,3B
Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 105. 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.
16 weeks ago
Corey Seager Note
Corey Seager photo 119. Corey Seager DH,SS
Julio Urias Note
Julio Urias photo 152. 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.
22 weeks ago
Gavin Lux Note
Gavin Lux photo 198. Gavin Lux 2B
Will Smith Note
Will Smith photo 225. Will Smith C
AJ Pollock Note
AJ Pollock photo 238. AJ Pollock CF
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 247. Dustin May 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.
16 weeks ago
Chris Taylor Note
Chris Taylor photo 430. Chris Taylor 2B,CF,LF,SS
Tony Gonsolin Note
Tony Gonsolin photo 475. Tony Gonsolin SP
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 538. Brusdar Graterol RP
Joe Kelly Note
Joe Kelly photo 552. Joe Kelly RP
Jimmy Nelson Note
Jimmy Nelson photo 553. Jimmy Nelson RP
Tyler White Note
Tyler White photo 575. Tyler White 1B
Edwin Rios Note
Edwin Rios photo 646. Edwin Rios 1B
Matt Beaty Note
Matt Beaty photo 705. Matt Beaty 1B,DH,LF
Adam Kolarek Note
Adam Kolarek photo 713. Adam Kolarek RP
Josiah Gray Note
Josiah Gray photo 829. Josiah Gray SP
Dylan Floro Note
Dylan Floro photo 854. Dylan Floro RP
Caleb Ferguson Note
Caleb Ferguson photo 890. Caleb Ferguson RP
Dennis Santana Note
Dennis Santana photo 903. Dennis Santana RP
Scott Alexander Note
Scott Alexander photo 944. Scott Alexander RP
Austin Barnes Note
Austin Barnes photo 959. Austin Barnes C
Josh Sborz Note
Josh Sborz photo 1061. Josh Sborz RP
Keibert Ruiz Note
Keibert Ruiz photo 1154. Keibert Ruiz C
Edubray Ramos Note
Edubray Ramos photo 1301. Edubray Ramos RP
Rocky Gale Note
Rocky Gale photo 1346. Rocky Gale C
Luke Raley Note
Luke Raley photo 1395. Luke Raley LF
DJ Peters Note
DJ Peters photo 1463. DJ Peters CF
Zach McKinstry Note
Zach McKinstry photo 1473. Zach McKinstry SS
Terrance Gore Note
Terrance Gore photo 1555. Terrance Gore RF