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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 24. Kyle Hendricks SP
Hendricks is the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy pitchers in that he never gets the respect he deserves. He's had an ERA above 3.46 once in his career and he's never had a WHIP higher than 1.19. Yes, his strikeout rate is never going to help fantasy managers, but Dave Ross let him go deeper into games last year (Hendricks' 81 innings pitched were among the most in MLB), so he should make up for his lack of strikeout rate with some additional innings. The Cubs probably won't be a great team but the NL Central has mostly weak offenses, so Hendricks should find his way to enough wins to make a difference. Ignore the fact that he outperforms his expected metrics every year. Hendricks is a reliable, high-end SP3 for a fantasy team. Just be sure to take care of strikeouts elsewhere.
18 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel Note
Craig Kimbrel photo 61. Craig Kimbrel RP
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
18 weeks ago
Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 101. Zach Davies SP
Davies has quietly put together two quality seasons, with a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2019, and a 2.73 ERA and 1.07 WHIP last year. Notably, he started throwing more changeups in 2020, which led both to an increased swinging strike rate and strikeout rate. But his xERA was still 5.01, and although he routinely outperforms his expected stats, it's a reminder not to get too high on a pitcher who amounts to a command specialist. The upside is that after a trade to the Cubs, he'll face mostly weak offenses, which should help to boost his floor a bit.
18 weeks ago
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 148. Adbert Alzolay SP
Rowan Wick Note
Rowan Wick photo 215. Rowan Wick RP
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 218. Alec Mills SP,RP
Jake Arrieta Note
Jake Arrieta photo 279. Jake Arrieta SP
Ryan Tepera Note
Ryan Tepera photo 304. Ryan Tepera RP
Jason Adam Note
Jason Adam photo 361. Jason Adam RP
Brailyn Marquez Note
Brailyn Marquez photo 381. Brailyn Marquez RP
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 435. Trevor Williams SP
Dan Winkler Note
Dan Winkler photo 485. Dan Winkler RP
Brad Wieck Note
Brad Wieck photo 544. Brad Wieck RP
Justin Steele Note
Justin Steele photo 556. Justin Steele SP
Jonathan Holder Note
Jonathan Holder photo 570. Jonathan Holder RP
Kyle Ryan Note
Kyle Ryan photo 580. Kyle Ryan RP
Keegan Thompson Note
Keegan Thompson photo 588. Keegan Thompson SP
Cory Abbott Note
Cory Abbott photo 601. Cory Abbott SP
Dakota Chalmers Note
Dakota Chalmers photo 629. Dakota Chalmers SP
Tony Cingrani Note
Tony Cingrani photo 673. Tony Cingrani RP
Dillon Maples Note
Dillon Maples photo 675. Dillon Maples RP
Adam Morgan Note
Adam Morgan photo 694. Adam Morgan RP
Trevor Megill Note
Trevor Megill photo 710. Trevor Megill RP
Manuel Rodriguez Note
Manuel Rodriguez photo 790. Manuel Rodriguez RP
Rex Brothers Note
Rex Brothers photo 838. Rex Brothers RP
Kohl Stewart Note
Kohl Stewart photo 839. Kohl Stewart RP
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 865. Joe Biagini RP
James Bourque Note
James Bourque photo 908. James Bourque RP
CD Pelham Note
CD Pelham photo 909. CD Pelham RP