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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Christian Yelich Note
Christian Yelich photo 2. Christian Yelich LF,RF
Yelich followed up his preposterous 2018 season with an even better one in 2019, batting .329 with 44 home runs and 30 steals in just 130 games. His ridiculous 35% HR/FB rate regressed as expected, but only to a still nonsensical 32.8%, best in MLB. The issue with Yelich for 2020 has nothing to do with his talent, but is instead all about the fractured kneecap that prematurely ended his season. He's reportedly on track to be ready by Opening Day, but there's obviously a modicum of risk to factor in.
10 weeks ago
Keston Hiura Note
Keston Hiura photo 44. Keston Hiura 2B
In his first year with the big league club, Hiura was every bit as good as advertised, going for 19 homers, 9 steals and a .303 BA in just half a season. We could very well see him among the top three in the position by year's end, but he isn't quite as safe as any of the options above him.
13 weeks ago
Josh Hader Note
Josh Hader photo 65. Josh Hader RP
Hader throws his fastball about 83 percent of the time and batters just can't hit it. They bat .167 against with a miniscule .275 wOBA and there's just no reason to expect that to change. Thus, his nearly 50 percent strikeout rate is likely here to stay, and that makes Hader the top reliever to draft in fantasy, even if his occasional multi-inning role means he won't get every save chance.
10 weeks ago
Brandon Woodruff Note
Brandon Woodruff photo 101. Brandon Woodruff SP,RP
Woodruff earned his breakout 2019, relying on his elite fastball to limit hard contact and avoid big innings. His solid control allows him to keep the line moving, and the Brewers' strong lineup adds to his win potential. Although he missed a large chunk of the season due to injury, he should be ready to lead the Brewers rotation this year, and can and should be drafted as a strong second-tier starter.
10 weeks ago
Lorenzo Cain Note
Lorenzo Cain photo 138. Lorenzo Cain CF
If you get into the 14th round and need either steals or batting average, Cain will make for an excellent investment. He should again steal 15-20 bags and you can expect the batting average to jump back up closer to that .300 mark he sat at for 4 of the past 6 seasons.
13 weeks ago
Avisail Garcia Note
Avisail Garcia photo 191. Avisail Garcia CF,RF,DH
If you are scrambling to find a useful late-round outfielder, look no further. Garcia has an excellent bat, hiting 20 homers with a .282 batting average and incredible statcast data in just 125 games last year. The sizeable ballpark upgrade could drive that to 30, .290 this season and his price is the 21st round.
13 weeks ago
Ryan Braun Note
Ryan Braun photo 199. Ryan Braun LF
Braun doesn't have 500 at-bats in any of the last three seasons and isn't likely to reach that figure in 2020 but he still provides 20 homers, double-digit steals and a useful batting average year in and year out. His ADP is unbelievably outside the top 300 this season.
13 weeks ago
Adrian Houser Note
Adrian Houser photo 259. Adrian Houser SP,RP
Houser has an elite fastball, which he relies on heavily and against which batters hit just .203 last season. Whether he can continue to succeed with just one very good pitch is an open question, but considering his FIP and xFIP fully supported his 3.72 ERA, it's entirely possible. Overall, Houser should provide strikeouts without hurting you elsewhere, so he's an ideal late-round add.
10 weeks ago
Omar Narvaez Note
Omar Narvaez photo 278. Omar Narvaez C,DH
Narvaez was exceptional last year in a breakout campaign with 22 bombs and a .278 average. While he may be due for some regression, moving from Seattle's pitcher park to Milwaukee's hitter park and a much stronger lineup could help him have another very useful offensive season.
13 weeks ago
Justin Smoak Note
Justin Smoak photo 317. Justin Smoak 1B,DH
Smoak batted just .208 but underlying metrics suggest he may have been the most unlucky hitter in all of baseball. Expect .240 at least this year with another 25+ homers in Milwaukee.
13 weeks ago
Josh Lindblom Note
Josh Lindblom photo 345. Josh Lindblom SP,RP
Freddy Peralta Note
Freddy Peralta photo 347. Freddy Peralta SP,RP
Corey Knebel Note
Corey Knebel photo 351. Corey Knebel RP
Corbin Burnes Note
Corbin Burnes photo 363. Corbin Burnes SP,RP
Luis Urias Note
Luis Urias photo 371. Luis Urias 2B,SS
Urias tested positive for COVID-19, but is reportedly asymptomatic. Nevertheless, he remains in quarantine and can only rejoin the team after two positive tests. Urias has upside, but given his performance and current health situation, there's almost no reason to bother drafting him in anything but deep NL-only leagues.
3 weeks ago
Eric Lauer Note
Eric Lauer photo 468. Eric Lauer SP
Brent Suter Note
Brent Suter photo 495. Brent Suter SP,RP
Brett Anderson Note
Brett Anderson photo 591. Brett Anderson SP
Eric Sogard Note
Eric Sogard photo 594. Eric Sogard 2B,SS,RF
Orlando Arcia Note
Orlando Arcia photo 597. Orlando Arcia SS
Ray Black Note
Ray Black photo 639. Ray Black RP
Manny Pina Note
Manny Pina photo 650. Manny Pina C
Ryon Healy Note
Ryon Healy photo 719. Ryon Healy 1B,3B
Alex Claudio Note
Alex Claudio photo 732. Alex Claudio RP
David Phelps Note
David Phelps photo 774. David Phelps RP
Trey Supak Note
Trey Supak photo 834. Trey Supak SP
Zack Brown Note
Zack Brown photo 849. Zack Brown SP
Shelby Miller Note
Shelby Miller photo 911. Shelby Miller SP,RP
Angel Perdomo Note
Angel Perdomo photo 912. Angel Perdomo SP
Jedd Gyorko Note
Jedd Gyorko photo 950. Jedd Gyorko 3B
Bobby Wahl Note
Bobby Wahl photo 992. Bobby Wahl RP
Logan Morrison Note
Logan Morrison photo 1019. Logan Morrison 1B
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 1031. Brock Holt 1B,2B,SS,RF
Ben Gamel Note
Ben Gamel photo 1047. Ben Gamel LF,CF,RF
Jake Faria Note
Jake Faria photo 1068. Jake Faria SP,RP
J.P. Feyereisen Note
J.P. Feyereisen photo 1133. J.P. Feyereisen RP
Ronny Rodriguez Note
Ronny Rodriguez photo 1140. Ronny Rodriguez 1B,2B,SS
Devin Williams Note
Devin Williams photo 1177. Devin Williams SP,RP
David Freitas Note
David Freitas photo 1226. David Freitas C
Jacob Nottingham Note
Jacob Nottingham photo 1233. Jacob Nottingham C
Eric Yardley Note
Eric Yardley photo 1257. Eric Yardley RP
Justin Grimm Note
Justin Grimm photo 1371. Justin Grimm RP
Corey Ray Note
Corey Ray photo 1377. Corey Ray CF
Aaron Wilkerson Note
Aaron Wilkerson photo 1393. Aaron Wilkerson SP,RP
Keon Broxton Note
Keon Broxton photo 1398. Keon Broxton LF,CF
Jace Peterson Note
Jace Peterson photo 1402. Jace Peterson 3B,LF
Tyrone Taylor Note
Tyrone Taylor photo 1456. Tyrone Taylor CF,RF
Mark Mathias Note
Mark Mathias photo 1463. Mark Mathias 2B