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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 12. Jacob deGrom SP
After winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, deGrom has an obvious case to be the top pitcher taken in the game. Back-to-back season with a sub-2.50 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 200 strikeouts makes deGrom perhaps the safest pitcher in the game, especially after three straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched. The bugaboo for deGrom is his lack of wins - just 21 over the last two seasons despite historic numbers. But with the improved Mets bullpen, there's every reason to think deGrom can get back to the 15-win total he put up in 2017. It's him or Gerrit Cole for the top pitcher off the board and you can't go wrong.
27 weeks ago
Pete Alonso Note
Pete Alonso photo 31. Pete Alonso 1B
Jeff McNeil Note
Jeff McNeil photo 102. Jeff McNeil 2B,3B,LF,RF
Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 108. Edwin Diaz RP
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
27 weeks ago
Michael Conforto Note
Michael Conforto photo 109. Michael Conforto LF,CF,RF
Amed Rosario Note
Amed Rosario photo 140. Amed Rosario SS
Mallex Smith Note
Mallex Smith photo 157. Mallex Smith CF,RF
Stolen bases throughout the game are at an all-time low, and yet Smith, who has stolen 86 bases over the past two seasons, doesn't get a whiff until late in drafts. Yes, his average won't help you, he barely contributes any power, he'll likely bat ninth, and he could lose his job. But owners used to fall all over themselves to draft Billy Hamilton because he could single-handedly keep a fantasy team competitive in steals. Smith can do the same, and on a team with nothing to play for, he's likely to run at every possible opportunity.
27 weeks ago
J.D. Davis Note
J.D. Davis photo 180. J.D. Davis 3B,LF
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 207. Marcus Stroman SP
Stroman had an excellent 2019 season, though he struggled somewhat after his trade to the Mets. The one thing missing, however, finally arrived, as his strikeout rate popped to over one per inning when he got to New York. After spending all offseason strengthening his core and now in a contract year, Stroman should be in a position to provide plenty of value pitching with a full year in the National League.
27 weeks ago
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 235. Steven Matz SP
Matz is what is he is at this point. He'll likely give you around a 4.00 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and short of a strikeout per inning. With the Mets' addition of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, Matz's rotation spot could be in jeopardy unless he gets traded. For now, assume he'll get a starting spot, and draft him in NL-only formats.
27 weeks ago
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 258. Seth Lugo RP
Lugo has been a quality reliever for two seasons now, and he found his way into the closer's role late last year. Edwin Diaz should have the ninth-inning role for the Mets to start, but if he struggles again, Lugo could sneak back into the job. Lugo is worth drafting for his ratios alone, but the potential for saves makes him an ideal candidate for a late-round selection.
27 weeks ago
Robinson Cano Note
Robinson Cano photo 289. Robinson Cano 2B
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 303. Dellin Betances RP
Brandon Nimmo Note
Brandon Nimmo photo 314. Brandon Nimmo LF,CF,RF
Jose Peraza Note
Jose Peraza photo 372. Jose Peraza 2B,SS,LF
Trevor May Note
Trevor May photo 417. Trevor May RP
Arodys Vizcaino Note
Arodys Vizcaino photo 507. Arodys Vizcaino RP
Dominic Smith Note
Dominic Smith photo 532. Dominic Smith 1B,LF
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 558. Jeurys Familia RP
Hunter Strickland Note
Hunter Strickland photo 566. Hunter Strickland RP
Guillermo Heredia Note
Guillermo Heredia photo 784. Guillermo Heredia LF,CF,RF
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 834. Brad Brach RP
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 837. Franklyn Kilome SP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 850. Miguel Castro RP
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 851. Robert Gsellman RP
Robel Garcia Note
Robel Garcia photo 861. Robel Garcia 2B,3B
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 864. David Peterson SP,RP
Tomas Nido Note
Tomas Nido photo 931. Tomas Nido C
Luis Guillorme Note
Luis Guillorme photo 990. Luis Guillorme 3B,SS
Sam McWilliams Note
Sam McWilliams photo 1002. Sam McWilliams SP
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 1020. Corey Oswalt SP,RP
Ariel Jurado Note
Ariel Jurado photo 1065. Ariel Jurado SP,RP
Paul Sewald Note
Paul Sewald photo 1137. Paul Sewald RP
Daniel Zamora Note
Daniel Zamora photo 1155. Daniel Zamora RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 1204. Drew Smith RP
Chasen Shreve Note
Chasen Shreve photo 1211. Chasen Shreve RP
Nick Tropeano Note
Nick Tropeano photo 1276. Nick Tropeano SP,RP
Jacob Barnes Note
Jacob Barnes photo 1284. Jacob Barnes RP
Steve Nogosek Note
Steve Nogosek photo 1287. Steve Nogosek RP
Ali Sanchez Note
Ali Sanchez photo 1349. Ali Sanchez C
Andres Gimenez Note
Andres Gimenez photo 1450. Andres Gimenez SS