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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 11. 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.
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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.
4 days ago
Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 27. 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.
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Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 50. 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.
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Victor Robles Note
Victor Robles photo 75. Victor Robles CF
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.
4 weeks ago
Adam Eaton Note
Adam Eaton photo 167. Adam Eaton 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.
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Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 172. 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.
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Starlin Castro Note
Starlin Castro photo 262. 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.
4 days ago
Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 289. Anibal Sanchez SP
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 311. Daniel Hudson RP
Howie Kendrick Note
Howie Kendrick photo 323. Howie Kendrick 1B,2B
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.
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Carter Kieboom Note
Carter Kieboom photo 340. 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.
4 weeks ago
Eric Thames Note
Eric Thames photo 374. Eric Thames 1B
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.
4 weeks ago
Kurt Suzuki Note
Kurt Suzuki photo 380. 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.
4 weeks ago
Asdrubal Cabrera Note
Asdrubal Cabrera photo 409. Asdrubal Cabrera 2B,3B
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.
4 weeks ago
Will Harris Note
Will Harris photo 423. Will Harris RP
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 457. Austin Voth SP
Kyle Finnegan Note
Kyle Finnegan photo 490. Kyle Finnegan RP
Yan Gomes Note
Yan Gomes photo 514. 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.
4 weeks ago
Ryan Zimmerman Note
Ryan Zimmerman photo 534. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 584. Roenis Elias RP
Tanner Rainey Note
Tanner Rainey photo 634. Tanner Rainey RP
Joe Ross Note
Joe Ross photo 647. Joe Ross SP,RP
Wander Suero Note
Wander Suero photo 683. Wander Suero RP
Michael A. Taylor Note
Michael A. Taylor photo 875. Michael A. Taylor CF
Welington Castillo Note
Welington Castillo photo 918. Welington Castillo C,DH
Ryne Harper Note
Ryne Harper photo 1077. Ryne Harper RP
Fernando Abad Note
Fernando Abad photo 1099. Fernando Abad RP
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 1102. Erick Fedde SP
Tony Sipp Note
Tony Sipp photo 1114. Tony Sipp RP
James Bourque Note
James Bourque photo 1203. James Bourque RP
Kyle McGowin Note
Kyle McGowin photo 1215. Kyle McGowin RP
Austen Williams Note
Austen Williams photo 1220. Austen Williams RP
Aaron Barrett Note
Aaron Barrett photo 1240. Aaron Barrett RP
Javy Guerra Note
Javy Guerra photo 1283. Javy Guerra RP
Sam Freeman Note
Sam Freeman photo 1308. Sam Freeman RP
Tres Barrera Note
Tres Barrera photo 1373. Tres Barrera C
Raudy Read Note
Raudy Read photo 1379. Raudy Read C
Wilmer Difo Note
Wilmer Difo photo 1413. Wilmer Difo SS
Jake Noll Note
Jake Noll photo 1466. Jake Noll 1B
Andrew Stevenson Note
Andrew Stevenson photo 1477. Andrew Stevenson LF
Adrian Sanchez Note
Adrian Sanchez photo 1482. Adrian Sanchez 3B
Mac Williamson Note
Mac Williamson photo 1488. Mac Williamson LF
Yadiel Hernandez Note
Yadiel Hernandez photo 1524. Yadiel Hernandez LF
JB Shuck Note
JB Shuck photo 1581. JB Shuck RF
Emilio Bonifacio Note
Emilio Bonifacio photo 1582. Emilio Bonifacio LF
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