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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Lucas Giolito Note
Lucas Giolito photo 6. Lucas Giolito SP
Giolito followed up his breakout 2019 season with a nearly identical 2020 season. His ERA was within .07, his WHIP within .02, and his strikeout percentage within a point and a half. Despite pitching in a homer-friendly park, Giolito has managed to limit home runs, which is a key to his continued success with the White Sox. He won't face quite an easy schedule this year (AL and NL Central pitchers had plenty of sub-par offenses to feast on in 2019), but entering his age-27 season, he should only continue to improve from a skills standpoint. Draft him as an SP1, albeit a low-end one.
13 weeks ago
Lance Lynn Note
Lance Lynn photo 17. Lance Lynn SP
Lynn turned in another stellar year in 2020, leading MLB with 84 innings pitched, striking out plenty of batters, and keeping his walk rate and overall numbers in check. But there are a few warning signs under the hood, including his 4.19 FIP, his 4.34 xFIP, and his career-high 79.4% LOB rate. Of bigger concern is his trade to the White Sox and hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field, particularly because Lynn had a 38.3% fly-ball rate in 2019 and a 42.3% fly-ball rate last year. That led to the worst HR/9 rate of his career and second-worst HR/FB rate (13.8%) in 2020. Countering those troublesome warning signs, however, is the fact that he'll be caught by perhaps the best pitch framer in baseball in Yasmani Grandal, and that will generally help with his numbers which, again, were excellent last year. Add it all up and Lynn's ERA should likely increase simply because of the additional home runs he'll allow if he can't turn around his trend in fly-ball rate, but Grandal's presence and Lynn's general aptitude on the mound should allow for another strong season and make him worthy of a selection as an SP2.
13 weeks ago
Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 19. Liam Hendriks RP
Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
13 weeks ago
Dallas Keuchel Note
Dallas Keuchel photo 86. Dallas Keuchel SP
Keuchel pitched to a remarkable 1.99 ERA last year, though that's hardly to be expected to repeat in 2021. His xFIP was nearly two runs higher, his BABIP against was nearly 40 points below his career average, and his already low strikeout rate dipped to just 16.3%. Having Yasmani Grandal as a catcher certainly helps a pitcher outperform his expected stats, but even if Keuchel were to repeat his 2020 performance, his strikeout rate is such a drain that it keeps his value in check. If your staff is dominant in strikeouts, then you can roll with Keuchel at the very back end of your rotation. But if not, just ignore him on draft day.
13 weeks ago
Dylan Cease Note
Dylan Cease photo 141. Dylan Cease SP
Michael Kopech Note
Michael Kopech photo 142. Michael Kopech SP,RP
Kopech remains one of the top pitching prospects in the game, but he hasn't pitched competitively in about two-and-a-half year at this point. His fastball and slider are more than MLB caliber, and he had a 31.2% strikeout rate in the minors. But after missing all of 2019 with Tommy John surgery and opting out last year, it wouldn't be wise to just expect Kopech to step right back into a rotation without any growing pains. The White Sox also have depth in their rotation after trading for Lance Lynn and signing Carlos Rodon, so Chicago can, and likely will, stick Kopech in the minors to start the year to continue his development. But given their championship aspirations, he should crack the rotation at some point during the season if he show he is back to form.
13 weeks ago
Aaron Bummer Note
Aaron Bummer photo 167. Aaron Bummer RP
Carlos Rodon Note
Carlos Rodon photo 175. Carlos Rodon SP
Garrett Crochet Note
Garrett Crochet photo 201. Garrett Crochet RP
Evan Marshall Note
Evan Marshall photo 257. Evan Marshall RP
Codi Heuer Note
Codi Heuer photo 262. Codi Heuer RP
Matt Foster Note
Matt Foster photo 281. Matt Foster RP
Jace Fry Note
Jace Fry photo 408. Jace Fry RP
Jared Kelley Note
Jared Kelley photo 426. Jared Kelley
Reynaldo Lopez Note
Reynaldo Lopez photo 459. Reynaldo Lopez SP
Jimmy Cordero Note
Jimmy Cordero photo 478. Jimmy Cordero RP
Jared Kelley Note
Jared Kelley photo 497. Jared Kelley
Nik Turley Note
Nik Turley photo 578. Nik Turley RP
Jonathan Stiever Note
Jonathan Stiever photo 630. Jonathan Stiever SP
Jimmy Lambert Note
Jimmy Lambert photo 813. Jimmy Lambert RP
Jose Ruiz Note
Jose Ruiz photo 824. Jose Ruiz RP
Zack Burdi Note
Zack Burdi photo 850. Zack Burdi RP
Tayron Guerrero Note
Tayron Guerrero photo 897. Tayron Guerrero RP