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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 58. Matt Olson 1B
Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 78. Matt Chapman 3B
Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 80. Ramon Laureano CF,RF
Marcus Semien Note
Marcus Semien photo 81. Marcus Semien SS
Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 97. 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.
18 weeks ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 114. 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.
18 weeks ago
Mike Minor Note
Mike Minor photo 143. Mike Minor SP
The Rangers pushed Minor to reach 200 strikeouts and, although his 3.59 ERA shows he surpassed expectations, there was really fairly little to get excited about. Minor's FIP and xFIP were substantially higher than his ERA, his WHIP was mediocre, and his strikeout rate hardly impressed. He's a pitcher you draft to solidify the back end of your rotation, but nothing more.
18 weeks ago
Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 150. Jesus Luzardo SP,RP
Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19, though there have been few details as to his reported symptoms (or lack thereof). A prime breakout candidate, especially given the delay and the lack of an innings limit, Luzardo's fantasy stock is now in a bit of a grey area. Monitor the reports but be prepared to knock him down a few pegs in your draft absent positive reports on his health.
11 weeks ago
Khris Davis Note
Khris Davis photo 153. 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.
18 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 170. 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.
18 weeks ago
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 236. 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.
18 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 276. Chris Bassitt SP
Tommy La Stella Note
Tommy La Stella photo 278. Tommy La Stella 2B,3B
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 283. A.J. Puk SP,RP
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 309. Sean Murphy C
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 364. Mike Fiers SP
Stephen Piscotty Note
Stephen Piscotty photo 370. Stephen Piscotty RF
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 380. Yusmeiro Petit RP
Joakim Soria Note
Joakim Soria photo 439. Joakim Soria RP
Jake Lamb Note
Jake Lamb photo 482. Jake Lamb 1B,3B
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 564. Jake Diekman RP
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 603. Lou Trivino RP
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 609. Seth Brown LF,RF
Robbie Grossman Note
Robbie Grossman photo 697. Robbie Grossman LF,RF
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 734. Daniel Mengden SP
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 741. J.B. Wendelken RP
Sheldon Neuse Note
Sheldon Neuse photo 746. Sheldon Neuse 2B,3B
Tony Kemp Note
Tony Kemp photo 751. Tony Kemp 2B,LF,CF
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 785. Grant Holmes SP
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 790. Austin Allen C
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 819. Chad Pinder 2B,3B,LF,RF
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 846. Daulton Jefferies SP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 883. James Kaprielian SP
Vimael Machin Note
Vimael Machin photo 901. Vimael Machin SS
T.J. McFarland Note
T.J. McFarland photo 905. T.J. McFarland RP
Tanner Anderson Note
Tanner Anderson photo 928. Tanner Anderson SP,RP
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 937. Paul Blackburn SP,RP
Dustin Fowler Note
Dustin Fowler photo 968. Dustin Fowler CF
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 1000. Burch Smith SP,RP
Lucas Luetge Note
Lucas Luetge photo 1228. Lucas Luetge RP
Donnie Hart Note
Donnie Hart photo 1254. Donnie Hart RP
Jordan Weems Note
Jordan Weems photo 1281. Jordan Weems C
Marco Estrada Note
Marco Estrada photo 1292. Marco Estrada SP
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 1327. Jonah Heim C
Buddy Reed Note
Buddy Reed photo 1420. Buddy Reed LF,CF
Luis Barrera Note
Luis Barrera photo 1445. Luis Barrera CF
Skye Bolt Note
Skye Bolt photo 1470. Skye Bolt CF
Ryan Court Note
Ryan Court photo 1539. Ryan Court 1B,SS
Greg Deichmann Note
Greg Deichmann photo 1563. Greg Deichmann RF
Nick Allen Note
Nick Allen photo 1567. Nick Allen SS