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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 55. Matt Olson 1B
After two years of a low BABIP, Olson's BA finally jumped to .267. It isn't probable he will offer more than that but fantasy owners know 50 HRs and 120 RBIs is truly within reach if he doesn't miss a full month this season.
4 weeks ago
Marcus Semien Note
Marcus Semien photo 73. Marcus Semien SS
Semien is currently being drafted outside the top 12 fantasy shortstops around the 7th round but did you know that he finished among the top five last year and ahead of Lindor, Turner and Torres. Semien knocked 33 bombs with double-digit steals, a good .285 batting average and 123 runs.
4 weeks ago
Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 77. Ramon Laureano CF,RF
Laureano was never a big-time prospect but he certainly put on a show in just 123 games last year, knocking 24 homers with 13 steals and a .286 batting average. Over a full season, he could potentially end up around 30/20 but he does come with some risk.
4 weeks ago
Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 80. Matt Chapman 3B
If fantasy were real life, Chapman might be the second best third basemen in the league but fantasy accounts for average instead of OBP and his 1 steal won't help much. Rather, he is big power guy with runs, homers and not much else to help your fantasy team.
4 weeks ago
Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 100. Liam Hendriks RP
If Hendriks' 2019 performance doesn't convince you to wait on closers, nothing will. An afterthought in drafts pitching behind Blake Treinen, Hendriks not only took the closer's role for the A's but also developed into one of the best relievers in the game. A velocity bump made his fastball nearly unhittable and he rarely gave up home runs. He'll be given the chance to repeat his performance, but whether he can is an entirely open question.
1 week ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 121. Frankie Montas SP
Montas was one of the best starters in baseball until his season ended prematurely thanks to a PED suspension. Before then, he had used added velocity and improved control to lower is ERA to 2.63 and tally nine wins in just 16 starts. There's always a question of how a player coming off a PED suspension will perform the following year but, for the most part, they are often able to maintain much of their performance. Draft Montas expecting solid overall numbers, though expect an ERA in the 3.00s, rather than the 2.00s.
1 week ago
Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 137. Jesus Luzardo SP,RP
It's going to be difficult to find a fantasy player who isn't salivating to draft Luzardo, particularly after an expected breakout season was derailed by injuries last year. Now, purportedly without an innings restriction, Luzardo looks ready to fulfill the potential he has oozed throughout his career. Armed with four elite pitches and the ability to sit at 96 miles per hour, the only thing that looks to be able to hold Luzardo down is health. Absent injury concerns, he should be a monster.
1 week ago
Khris Davis Note
Khris Davis photo 145. Khris Davis DH
Davis had a terrible 2019 but looked pretty much like his usual self until he ran into a wall in the outfield and injured his hip. After that, he was largely useless as a fantasy player, resulting in one of the worst seasons of his career. Still just 32 years old, there's little reason to doubt Davis' ability to return to his former skills, and go back to his 40-homer ways.
1 week ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 161. Sean Manaea SP
After various delays, Manaea made a successful return from shoulder surgery, winning four of his five starts and pitching to a sterling 1.21 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with solid strikeout numbers. The sample is too small to know if Manaea really took a step forward, particularly given his significantly higher FIP and xFIP. But it should give fantasy owners confidence that Manaea can contribute all year long to a fantasy rotation.
1 week ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 229. Mark Canha 1B,LF,CF,RF
Nobody seems to want to give Canha credit for the changes in his approach last year, but you're selling yourself short if you don't. Canha cut his swing percentage on pitches outside the zone way down last year, and the results were impressive, with 26 home runs and a .273 batting average in just 126 games. Slated to bat fifth for the A's, there's every reason for Canha to put up solid all-around numbers, and he's essentially forgotten in fantasy drafts.
1 week ago
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 230. A.J. Puk SP,RP
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 295. Chris Bassitt SP
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 319. Sean Murphy C
Murphy didn't show much in his September debut but he was a top prospect for a reason, hitting .293 with 20 extra-base hits in just 41 minor league games. Murphy should be in the lineup almost every day and can be expected to contribute in four categories.
4 weeks ago
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 341. Mike Fiers SP
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 360. Yusmeiro Petit RP
Stephen Piscotty Note
Stephen Piscotty photo 367. Stephen Piscotty RF
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 447. Joakim Soria RP
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 535. Seth Brown LF,RF
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 575. Jake Diekman RP
Franklin Barreto Note
Franklin Barreto photo 580. Franklin Barreto 2B
Barreto may not be the favorite to start on opening day, but he has legitimate five-tool talent and should be owned everywhere from the moment he takes his spot in the starting lineup.
4 weeks ago
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 619. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 630. Lou Trivino RP
Jorge Mateo Note
Jorge Mateo photo 641. Jorge Mateo SS
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 693. J.B. Wendelken RP
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 745. Daniel Mengden SP
Tony Kemp Note
Tony Kemp photo 756. Tony Kemp 2B,LF,CF
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 793. T.J. McFarland RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 802. Grant Holmes SP
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 803. Chad Pinder 2B,3B,LF,RF
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 833. Austin Allen C
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 842. Daulton Jefferies SP
Daniel Gossett Note
Daniel Gossett photo 918. Daniel Gossett SP
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 922. Parker Dunshee P
Vimael Machin Note
Vimael Machin photo 930. Vimael Machin SS
Tanner Anderson Note
Tanner Anderson photo 940. Tanner Anderson SP,RP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 955. James Kaprielian SP
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 956. Paul Blackburn SP,RP
Dustin Fowler Note
Dustin Fowler photo 995. Dustin Fowler CF
Jaime Schultz Note
Jaime Schultz photo 1178. Jaime Schultz RP
Donnie Hart Note
Donnie Hart photo 1233. Donnie Hart RP
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 1305. Burch Smith SP,RP
Marco Estrada Note
Marco Estrada photo 1308. Marco Estrada SP
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 1369. Jonah Heim C
Sheldon Neuse Note
Sheldon Neuse photo 1422. Sheldon Neuse 2B,3B
Greg Deichmann Note
Greg Deichmann photo 1459. Greg Deichmann RF
Ryan Goins Note
Ryan Goins photo 1469. Ryan Goins 2B,3B,SS
Ryan Court Note
Ryan Court photo 1524. Ryan Court 1B,SS
Skye Bolt Note
Skye Bolt photo 1532. Skye Bolt CF
Buddy Reed Note
Buddy Reed photo 1556. Buddy Reed LF,CF
Boog Powell Note
Boog Powell photo 1559. Boog Powell CF
Nick Allen Note
Nick Allen photo 1615. Nick Allen SS
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