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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Joey Gallo Note
Joey Gallo photo 127. Joey Gallo RF
Gallo went from a big-time power hitter who would drain your batting average in 2017-2018, to a big-time power hitter who wouldn't crush your average in 2019, to a complete disaster in 2020. Gallo has actually been consistent against righties over the last several years, and the difference in his performance has been that he somehow destroyed lefties in 2019 (.333/.427/.747) and was worse than ever in 2020 (.143/.241/.386). The best bet is he's more like the 2017-2018 version of himself, and he'll likely put up a season where he hits around 40 home runs and bats in the low .200s. That's plenty valuable, and his ADP seems to be giving a ton of credit to his 2020 season. That leaves a lot of room for Gallo to outperform his draft position.
8 weeks ago
Nick Solak Note
Nick Solak photo 177. Nick Solak 2B,LF,CF
Solak hasn't shown a ton of power in the majors so far (just seven home runs in 91 career games), but he makes consistently strong contact and always had pop in the minors. His more than reasonable strikeout rate should generally keep his batting average in check, and his stolen base acuity (nine stolen bases in the majors, 91% in sprint speed) makes him a potential five-category player. Add to that multi-position eligibility, especially at the thin second base position, and he's an excellent mid-to-late round draft pick that should fill up the stat sheet without costing you as much as his numbers say he should.
8 weeks ago
Leody Taveras Note
Leody Taveras photo 226. Leody Taveras CF
Taveras should be a cheap source of speed for fantasy managers this year, as he's set to lead off for the Rangers. He stole 32 bases across 131 minor league games in 2019 and eight last year in 33 games. He won't do a ton else for your fantasy team, but given that he ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed last year, his contributions in the stolen base category should more than make up for his lack of production in others.
8 weeks ago
David Dahl Note
David Dahl photo 300. David Dahl CF,LF,DH
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Note
Isiah Kiner-Falefa photo 309. Isiah Kiner-Falefa 3B,SS
Dane Dunning Note
Dane Dunning photo 310. Dane Dunning SP
Dunning had an interesting seven-start run in 2020. He started out relying heavily on his outstanding slider and his fastball, which led to a strong swinging strike rate and plenty of punchouts in his first few starts. He then abandoned that approach to focus more on his changeup, which led to him missing fewer bats and being less successful. Now with the Rangers, Dunning should get a chance to compete for a rotation spot right out of the gate. He has the tools and skills necessary to be successful, and the draft capital necessary to acquire him should be minimal. He's worth a late-round pick in nearly all formats.
8 weeks ago
Nate Lowe Note
Nate Lowe photo 331. Nate Lowe 1B
Willie Calhoun Note
Willie Calhoun photo 350. Willie Calhoun DH
Calhoun was set to build on his breakout 2019 season when an errant pitch fractured his jaw in spring training. Even with the delayed season, he was never able to fully recover, at least not mentally, and he had a lost campaign. He's now back and focused, particularly after working with a hitting coach in the offseason. He will likely earn everyday at-bats splitting time between DH and the outfield, but a low grade groin strain is going to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. His draft price is negligible, so feel free to stash him with one of your last picks, and hopefully reap the rewards after the first week or two of the season.
8 weeks ago
Ian Kennedy Note
Ian Kennedy photo 409. Ian Kennedy RP
Khris Davis Note
Khris Davis photo 464. Khris Davis DH
Joely Rodriguez Note
Joely Rodriguez photo 471. Joely Rodriguez RP
Kyle Gibson Note
Kyle Gibson photo 491. Kyle Gibson SP
Sam Huff Note
Sam Huff photo 496. Sam Huff C
Jonathan Hernandez Note
Jonathan Hernandez photo 503. Jonathan Hernandez RP
Matt Bush Note
Matt Bush photo 508. Matt Bush RP
Mike Foltynewicz Note
Mike Foltynewicz photo 513. Mike Foltynewicz SP
Ronald Guzman Note
Ronald Guzman photo 543. Ronald Guzman 1B
Jose Trevino Note
Jose Trevino photo 561. Jose Trevino C
Taylor Hearn Note
Taylor Hearn photo 581. Taylor Hearn RP
Kohei Arihara Note
Kohei Arihara photo 582. Kohei Arihara SP
Brett Martin Note
Brett Martin photo 641. Brett Martin RP
Hunter Wood Note
Hunter Wood photo 668. Hunter Wood RP
Kyle Cody Note
Kyle Cody photo 689. Kyle Cody SP,RP
Jonah Heim Note
Jonah Heim photo 699. Jonah Heim C
Kolby Allard Note
Kolby Allard photo 729. Kolby Allard SP,RP
Anderson Tejeda Note
Anderson Tejeda photo 751. Anderson Tejeda SS
Tyler Phillips Note
Tyler Phillips photo 807. Tyler Phillips SP
Jordan Lyles Note
Jordan Lyles photo 815. Jordan Lyles SP
Brock Burke Note
Brock Burke photo 877. Brock Burke SP
Josh Sborz Note
Josh Sborz photo 882. Josh Sborz RP
Demarcus Evans Note
Demarcus Evans photo 940. Demarcus Evans RP
Wes Benjamin Note
Wes Benjamin photo 960. Wes Benjamin RP
Hyeon-jong Yang Note
Hyeon-jong Yang photo 987. Hyeon-jong Yang SP
Tyson Ross Note
Tyson Ross photo 999. Tyson Ross SP
Joe Palumbo Note
Joe Palumbo photo 1005. Joe Palumbo RP
John King Note
John King photo 1030. John King RP
Delino DeShields Note
Delino DeShields photo 1054. Delino DeShields CF
Edubray Ramos Note
Edubray Ramos photo 1113. Edubray Ramos RP
Charlie Culberson Note
Charlie Culberson photo 1161. Charlie Culberson 1B,3B
Eli White Note
Eli White photo 1169. Eli White LF,CF
Brock Holt Note
Brock Holt photo 1210. Brock Holt 3B
Josh Jung Note
Josh Jung photo 1258. Josh Jung 3B
Spencer Patton Note
Spencer Patton photo 1285. Spencer Patton RP
Sam Gaviglio Note
Sam Gaviglio photo 1306. Sam Gaviglio RP
Jimmy Herget Note
Jimmy Herget photo 1372. Jimmy Herget RP
Brett de Geus Note
Brett de Geus photo 1377. Brett de Geus RP
Joe Gatto Note
Joe Gatto photo 1380. Joe Gatto RP
John Hicks Note
John Hicks photo 1423. John Hicks C
Adolis Garcia Note
Adolis Garcia photo 1442. Adolis Garcia LF,CF
Andy Ibanez Note
Andy Ibanez photo 1450. Andy Ibanez 3B
Jason Martin Note
Jason Martin photo 1514. Jason Martin CF
Sherten Apostel Note
Sherten Apostel photo 1527. Sherten Apostel 1B