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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Trea Turner Note
Trea Turner photo 9. Trea Turner SS
It just feels like there's a 60-steal season waiting in Turner's future, and you simply can't say that about too many other players in the game at this point. With stolen bases as a whole on the decline, Turner has an absolute floor of 40 (barring injury) and a much higher ceiling. Add to that the fact that he should help fantasy owners in three other categories and be neutral in the fourth (RBI), and he should be taken in the first round of all rotisserie leagues.
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Juan Soto Note
Juan Soto photo 12. Juan Soto LF
It seemed impossible that Soto could be even better than his rookie year but that is just what we got with 34 homers, 110 RBIs, 110 runs and a .282 batting average to go with 12 steals. Considering how young he is, we may see even more in 2020 which would make his second round ADP a steal.
2 weeks ago
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 13. Max Scherzer SP
Scherzer struggled a bit through the first month of the season, but went on a patented run in May and June that made him look like the Scherzer of old. Unfortunately, a back injury largely derailed his second half, as he was limited to just over 20 innings over July and August. Scherzer is entering his age-36 season and is a max effort pitcher, so the fact that we finally saw a bit of a breakdown (Scherzer has reached at least 200 innings in his six previous seasons) is concerning. But his numbers are still elite and he should be taken as one of the first pitchers off the board despite the back scare.
2 weeks ago
Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 26. Stephen Strasburg SP
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
2 weeks ago
Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 51. Patrick Corbin SP
Corbin largely followed up on his breakout 2018 season with the Nationals last year, again reaching the 200-inning plateau and pitching to a low-3.00 ERA. He continued to lean heavily on his outstanding slider, against which batters hit just .158. His walk rate and strikeout rate rose and fell just a tad from his peak, a trend that fantasy owners can expect to continue. But Corbin's baseline is excellent and even with further slow decline in skills, he should be an outstanding starter for a fantasy rotation.
2 weeks ago
Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 76. Victor Robles CF,RF
Robles did not help from a batting average standpoint but he is still young enough that progress can be expected. Where he did help, however, was on the basepaths with nearly 30 steals to go with 86 runs. He has sufficient power and should grow into more so his seventh-round ADP seems perfect.
2 weeks ago
Adam Eaton Note
Adam Eaton photo 165. Adam Eaton LF,RF
Eaton missed a lot of time in 2017 and 2018 but has played three complete seasons in the last five years and gave fantasy owners 15/15, .280 with 90+ runs in all of them. With his ADP still sitting outside the top 200, he makes for an excellent fifth fantasy outfielder.
2 weeks ago
Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 175. Sean Doolittle RP
Doolittle should likely close for the Nationals again in 2020, though Daniel Hudson's emergence in the late- and post-season last year could throw a wrench in Davey Martinez's plans. More concerning is Doolittle's dip in performance, as his ERA and WHIP were by far the worst of his career. A free agent next year, Doolittle's job security should be minimal, so don't target him as a closer in your fantasy drafts.
2 weeks ago
Starlin Castro Note
Starlin Castro photo 259. Starlin Castro 2B,3B
Castro never developed into the fantasy stud he looked like he might become earlier in his career, but he quietly set a career high in home runs and RBI last year with the Marlins. Now with the Nationals, where he'll bat anywhere from third to fifth, there are going to be RBI opportunities aplenty for the veteran. A career .336/.358/.513 hitter in Nationals Park, Castro makes a fine middle infield option in mixed leagues.
2 weeks ago
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 287. Anibal Sanchez SP
Sanchez couldn't repeat on his surprisingly good 2018 season, but he provided serviceable numbers in 2019, at least on the surface. But his strikeout rate dipped to the lowest it has been in a decade, and the rest of his numbers aren't good enough to make up for it. He's an NL-only filler at this stage.
2 weeks ago
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 310. Daniel Hudson RP
Howie Kendrick Note
Howie Kendrick photo 343. Howie Kendrick 1B,2B,3B
At-bat for at-bat, Kendrick was one of the best hitters in the MLB last season despite his old age. He somehow went from a 4 home run hitter to 17 bombs with a .344 batting average. It is hard to tell if it will stick around for a full year but he is well worth a late-round investment.
2 weeks ago
Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 344. Carter Kieboom SS
While Kieboom may not be the phenom Gavin Lux is considered to be, this is still a very polished young bat who went .303/.409/.493 in Triple-A last season. Much like Andrew Benintendi, though, he should be more useful in real-life than the bigs where his advanced eye is Kieboom's top calling card.
2 weeks ago
Eric Thames Note
Eric Thames photo 368. Eric Thames 1B,RF
Thames probably won't play every day for Washington but even with just 396 at-bats last year, he managed 25 homers, 67 runs and 61 RBIs. Fantasy owners would love that production repeated out of a last round pick.
2 weeks ago
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 377. Kurt Suzuki C
Suzuki's bat took off last year with 17 homers, 63 RBIs and a .264 BA in just 280 at-bats. It seems likely that Gomes will take more of a back seat this year which would make Suzuki a plenty useful offensive catcher for fantasy owners.
2 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 401. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B,3B,SS
Cabrera never feels exciting to draft but there is much to be said for someone who you can count on for 15 homers, 80 RBIs, 65 runs and a batting average that won't kill you late in drafts.
2 weeks ago
Will Harris Note
Will Harris photo 414. Will Harris RP
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 482. Austin Voth SP
Kyle Finnegan Note
Kyle Finnegan photo 484. Kyle Finnegan RP
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 501. Yan Gomes C
It was Kurt Suzuki who took the bull by the horns last year among the Nationals catchers, but Gomes still had more playing time. If that continues, he'll be a useful C2 source of RBIs and runs.
2 weeks ago
Ryan Zimmerman Note
Ryan Zimmerman photo 534. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 588. Roenis Elias RP
Tanner Rainey Note
Tanner Rainey photo 639. Tanner Rainey RP
Wander Suero Note
Wander Suero photo 679. Wander Suero RP
Joe Ross Note
Joe Ross photo 682. Joe Ross SP,RP
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 909. Michael A. Taylor CF
Welington Castillo Note
Welington Castillo photo 1008. Welington Castillo C,DH
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 1080. Erick Fedde SP,RP
Ryne Harper Note
Ryne Harper photo 1088. Ryne Harper RP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 1099. Fernando Abad RP
Tony Sipp Note
Tony Sipp photo 1137. Tony Sipp RP
James Bourque Note
James Bourque photo 1224. James Bourque RP
Kyle McGowin Note
Kyle McGowin photo 1229. Kyle McGowin SP,RP
Josh Lucas Note
Josh Lucas photo 1243. Josh Lucas RP
Javy Guerra Note
Javy Guerra photo 1262. Javy Guerra RP
Austen Williams Note
Austen Williams photo 1269. Austen Williams RP
Aaron Barrett Note
Aaron Barrett photo 1312. Aaron Barrett RP
Sam Freeman Note
Sam Freeman photo 1361. Sam Freeman RP
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 1426. Tres Barrera C
Raudy Read Note
Raudy Read photo 1429. Raudy Read C
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 1466. Wilmer Difo 2B,SS
Jake Noll Note
Jake Noll photo 1507. Jake Noll 1B,2B
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 1520. Andrew Stevenson LF,RF
Adrian Sanchez Note
Adrian Sanchez photo 1521. Adrian Sanchez 2B,3B
Mac Williamson Note
Mac Williamson photo 1527. Mac Williamson LF
Yadiel Hernandez Note
Yadiel Hernandez photo 1623. Yadiel Hernandez OF
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