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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Matt Olson Note
Matt Olson photo 83. 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 100. 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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Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 103. Jesus Luzardo SP
Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
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Ramon Laureano Note
Ramon Laureano photo 131. 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.
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Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 146. 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. Montas 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, so monitor his recovery as you move closer to draft day.
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Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 177. Chris Bassitt SP
Trevor Rosenthal Note
Trevor Rosenthal photo 189. Trevor Rosenthal RP
After missing the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season, Rosenthal bounced back in a huge way last year. He stepped in as the Royals' closer, notching seven saves, and then was unhittable with the Padres after a mid-year trade. He parlayed his success into a one-year contract with the A's, where all signs point to him being the undisputed closer. Rosenthal was an outstanding reliever in his prime and once had back-to-back 45-save (or better) seasons. And his raw stuff looked excellent last year, as he totaled the best strikeout rate of his career. If he stays healthy, he has a shot at being a top-5 closer, but you can draft him a little later than that and likely make a profit.
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Sean Murphy Note
Sean Murphy photo 206. Sean Murphy C
Mark Canha Note
Mark Canha photo 217. Mark Canha LF,RF,DH
Fantasy managers seem to have declared Canha's 2019 season as a fluke after he hit just five home run last year, but much of his 2020 seems to suggest 2019 was fairly legitimate. Canha built on his massive gains in walk rate in 2019 (13.5%) and increased it to 15.2%, and his quality of contact largely remained the same. He's got 20-homer power still, and he'll likely lead off or bat second for the A's. You won't need to pay much for him and given his average draft position, there's a high probability of a profit.
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Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 234. Sean Manaea SP
Elvis Andrus Note
Elvis Andrus photo 308. Elvis Andrus SS
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 339. Jake Diekman RP
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 365. A.J. Puk RP
Stephen Piscotty Note
Stephen Piscotty photo 397. Stephen Piscotty RF
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 455. J.B. Wendelken RP
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 485. Yusmeiro Petit RP
Mitch Moreland Note
Mitch Moreland photo 499. Mitch Moreland 1B
Chad Pinder Note
Chad Pinder photo 501. Chad Pinder 2B
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 512. Daulton Jefferies SP
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 572. Mike Fiers SP
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 577. Sergio Romo RP
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 608. Lou Trivino RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 634. Grant Holmes SP
Tony Kemp Note
Tony Kemp photo 720. Tony Kemp 2B
Trey Supak Note
Trey Supak photo 727. Trey Supak SP
Brian Howard Note
Brian Howard photo 756. Brian Howard SP
Seth Brown Note
Seth Brown photo 758. Seth Brown 1B
Adam Kolarek Note
Adam Kolarek photo 778. Adam Kolarek RP
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 786. Parker Dunshee SP
Jed Lowrie Note
Jed Lowrie photo 882. Jed Lowrie DH
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 905. Paul Blackburn SP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 917. James Kaprielian RP
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 975. Burch Smith RP
Nik Turley Note
Nik Turley photo 1059. Nik Turley RP
Deolis Guerra Note
Deolis Guerra photo 1072. Deolis Guerra RP
Cole Irvin Note
Cole Irvin photo 1083. Cole Irvin RP
Miguel Romero Note
Miguel Romero photo 1114. Miguel Romero RP
Wandisson Charles Note
Wandisson Charles photo 1128. Wandisson Charles RP
Dany Jimenez Note
Dany Jimenez photo 1161. Dany Jimenez RP
Jordan Weems Note
Jordan Weems photo 1228. Jordan Weems RP
Aramis Garcia Note
Aramis Garcia photo 1290. Aramis Garcia C
Austin Allen Note
Austin Allen photo 1311. Austin Allen C
Vimael Machin Note
Vimael Machin photo 1354. Vimael Machin 3B
Ka'ai Tom Note
Ka'ai Tom photo 1361. Ka'ai Tom RF
Luis Barrera Note
Luis Barrera photo 1425. Luis Barrera CF
Greg Deichmann Note
Greg Deichmann photo 1452. Greg Deichmann RF
Skye Bolt Note
Skye Bolt photo 1464. Skye Bolt CF
Nick Allen Note
Nick Allen photo 1491. Nick Allen SS
Pete Kozma Note
Pete Kozma photo 1518. Pete Kozma 2B