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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 4. Justin Verlander SP
Verlander had groin surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. But given the postponement of the season, it seems unlikely to threaten Verlander's availability for Opening Day, whenever that may be. Although surgery is never a good sign, in the end, it's better for Verlander that he could get this out of the way now rather than have it linger. For now, keep him high on your draft boards.
17 weeks ago
Zack Greinke Note
Zack Greinke photo 18. Zack Greinke SP
Greinke didn't see the patented Astros bump after a mid-season trade, as his overall numbers actually declined a bit after his move from the Diamondbacks. His ERA and WHIP remain outstanding, but his strikeout rate continues to decline, such that it now actively does not help fantasy owners. Still, he's nearly a lock for 200 innings, plenty of wins, and solid peripherals, making him a fine addition to any fantasy staff. But with his advancing age, don't bank on him necessarily being a top-20 pitcher.
17 weeks ago
Roberto Osuna Note
Roberto Osuna photo 26. Roberto Osuna RP
Osuna may not be quite the pitcher he was in his absolute prime, but he's not far off. He has yet to have a season in the majors with a WHIP above 1.00, and his strikeout rate has rebounded to above-average, if not elite, levels. He has immense job security on an excellent team and should once again provide all the numbers you could want from a closer. Draft him with confidence.
17 weeks ago
Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 61. Lance McCullers Jr. SP
McCullers missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but he should be ready to go this year. His devastating curveball keeps hitters off balance, and his ability to mix pitches is elite. There's risk from the injury and he may be rusty, but McCullers offers rare upside. He'll likely be on an innings limit this year, but that shouldn't come into play with the postponement of the season.
17 weeks ago
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 90. Jose Urquidy SP,RP
Urquidy seemingly has the fourth starter's role locked down, and he offers and intriguing pitch mix, with an above-average fastball and changeup, with a decent slider.It's unlikely that the soon to be 25-year-old will develop into a consistent fantasy starter given his inconsistency, but he certainly has enough upside, as he showed in the playoffs, to warrant rostering in all fantasy leagues.
17 weeks ago
Ryan Pressly Note
Ryan Pressly photo 105. Ryan Pressly RP
Pressly has developed into one of the best relievers in baseball. His strikeout rate is pristine, he rarely walks batters, and he limits the damage as well as any pitcher. He won't see saves absent an injury to Roberto Osuna, but his number make him worth owning regardless.
17 weeks ago
Josh James Note
Josh James photo 107. Josh James SP,RP
Forrest Whitley Note
Forrest Whitley photo 183. Forrest Whitley SP
Brad Peacock Note
Brad Peacock photo 201. Brad Peacock SP,RP
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 224. Framber Valdez SP,RP
Bryan Abreu Note
Bryan Abreu photo 261. Bryan Abreu SP,RP
Chris Devenski Note
Chris Devenski photo 278. Chris Devenski RP
Rogelio Armenteros Note
Rogelio Armenteros photo 322. Rogelio Armenteros SP,RP
Austin Pruitt Note
Austin Pruitt photo 323. Austin Pruitt RP
Joe Smith Note
Joe Smith photo 358. Joe Smith RP
Hector Velazquez Note
Hector Velazquez photo 369. Hector Velazquez SP,RP
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 384. Cristian Javier SP
Brandon Bailey Note
Brandon Bailey photo 464. Brandon Bailey RP
Blake Taylor Note
Blake Taylor photo 478. Blake Taylor SP,RP
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 504. Brandon Bielak SP
Cionel Perez Note
Cionel Perez photo 514. Cionel Perez RP
Joe Biagini Note
Joe Biagini photo 588. Joe Biagini RP
Kent Emanuel Note
Kent Emanuel photo 626. Kent Emanuel RP
Cy Sneed Note
Cy Sneed photo 646. Cy Sneed SP,RP
Jon Edwards Note
Jon Edwards photo 822. Jon Edwards RP
Chase De Jong Note
Chase De Jong photo 867. Chase De Jong SP
Tyler Ivey Note
Tyler Ivey photo 868. Tyler Ivey SP