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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 79. Matt Olson 1B
Olson again hit for a ton of power last year, and ranked in the top nine percent of the league in average exit velocity for the third straight season. But he struck out 31.4% of the time, which contributed to a massive average drop to just .195. Olson had a bit of bad luck, as his xBA was .224, but still, it was by far his worst career mark. Although he'll never be a high average hitter, it's a good bet that he'll return something this year closer to his .245 career mark. Combine that with his likely near-40 home run season, and he'll make a fine mid-round selection and starting first baseman for any fantasy team.
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Matt Chapman Note
Matt Chapman photo 91. Matt Chapman 3B
Chapman lost a significant chunk of his 2020 season to a torn labrum in his hip, and had surgery to repair the injury. It seems obvious that the injury was bothering him all year, as evidenced by his massive jump in strikeout rate (35.5%) and corresponding drop in walk rate. There's little reason to give Chapman's 2020 season any credence given what he'd shown the previous two years. Expect him to bounce back to the 30-homer bat with decent all-around production that we had come to expect, and enjoy the discount that his numbers from last year provide.
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Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 126. Ramon Laureano CF
Laureano had a down 2020, which included a .213 batting average and a sharp decline in his Statcast data, as well as his steal attempts. But he had provided a fairly solid baseline over the two prior seasons, with a .288 batting average, 29 home runs, and 20 steals while being caught just three times over 171 games. Laureano doesn't excel anywhere, but he'll chip in almost everywhere, and you can get him beyond the 12th round in most drafts. He's an ideal fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
37 weeks ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 144. Frankie Montas SP
Montas had a terrible 2020 season, but it was more than likely due to a back injury he suffered early on which probably bothered him throughout the year. He started off with four excellent starts (four runs and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings) before he was scratched with back tightness and returned with lower velocity. Yes, he had the PED suspension in 2019, but Montas's splitter was, and should continue to be when a healthy, a dominant pitch, and a healthy season should mean a return to being a starter you can "set and forget." If he can ever get away from throwing his sinker so much, and incorporate more of his splitter and/or four-seam fastball, he could be a monster. Montas was diagnosed with COVID-19 right at the start of spring training, but he has returned healthy and looked good in the spring, so he's an ideal sleeper.
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Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 183. Chris Bassitt SP
Bassitt doesn't wow you with his raw stuff, and is never going to be a high-strikeout pitcher. But he has above-average command and is able to generally limit hard contact and home runs. If he were being drafted on the basis of his 2.29 ERA last year then he would be someone to avoid, but the fact is he is never going to be drafted on the basis of his actual numbers given his sub-par strikeout rate and his significantly higher FIP and xFIP (versus his ERA). He can add plenty of value on the back end of a fantasy rotation, so long as you have strikeouts covered elsewhere.
37 weeks ago
Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 216. Sean Murphy C
Murphy has pretty quietly put together two quality seasons in a row, albeit in limited samples. Over his past 63 games, he's put up 11 home runs, 35 runs scored, and 22 RBI, a pace that is more than respectable, even if it comes with a sub-par batting average. Murphy is dealing with a collapsed lung and may not be ready for the start of the season, but it doesn't sound like it will keep him out of action for long. He's a borderline starter in most mixed leagues, but he offers a decent floor if you miss our on more quality options.
37 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 223. Sean Manaea SP
Elvis Andrus Note
Elvis Andrus photo 280. Elvis Andrus SS
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 369. A.J. Puk RP
Stephen Piscotty Note
Stephen Piscotty photo 394. Stephen Piscotty RF
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 424. Daulton Jefferies RP
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 500. Chad Pinder 2B
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 519. Lou Trivino RP
Adam Kolarek Note
Adam Kolarek photo 539. Adam Kolarek RP
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 694. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP
Tony Kemp Note
Tony Kemp photo 699. Tony Kemp 2B,LF
Trey Supak Note
Trey Supak photo 783. Trey Supak SP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 876. Grant Holmes SP
Brian Howard Note
Brian Howard photo 881. Brian Howard SP
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 915. Parker Dunshee SP
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 954. Paul Blackburn SP
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 985. Seth Brown 1B,LF,RF
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 1058. Austin Allen C
Deolis Guerra Note
Deolis Guerra photo 1091. Deolis Guerra RP
Ryan Castellani Note
Ryan Castellani photo 1181. Ryan Castellani SP
Wandisson Charles Note
Wandisson Charles photo 1213. Wandisson Charles RP
Dany Jimenez Note
Dany Jimenez photo 1221. Dany Jimenez RP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 1223. James Kaprielian SP
Vimael Machin Note
Vimael Machin photo 1228. Vimael Machin 3B
Luis Barrera Note
Luis Barrera photo 1269. Luis Barrera RF
Cole Irvin Note
Cole Irvin photo 1313. Cole Irvin SP
Miguel Romero Note
Miguel Romero photo 1321. Miguel Romero RP
Christian Bethancourt Note
Christian Bethancourt photo 1419. Christian Bethancourt C
Skye Bolt Note
Skye Bolt photo 1495. Skye Bolt CF
Buddy Reed Note
Buddy Reed photo 1530. Buddy Reed CF