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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Brandon Woodruff Note
Brandon Woodruff photo 13. Brandon Woodruff SP
There were some skeptics after Woodruff succeeded in 2019 based largely on one pitch - his devastating fastball - but he put those concerns to rest in 2020. His ERA (3.05) and WHIP (0.99) were incredibly strong, particularly when you consider that he struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. Woodruff's fastball hits rests at 96 MPH and is one of the better pitches in baseball, but his slider and changeup both made strides last year. The Brewers are reportedly planning to add about 100 innings to their starter's workloads last season, so pencil Woodruff in for roughly 175 extremely strong frames. You can survive with him as your fantasy ace, though he's best as an incredibly strong number 2.
18 weeks ago
Josh Hader Note
Josh Hader photo 18. Josh Hader RP
Hader wasn't quite as dominant as he had been the previous two years, largely due to a spike in walk rate and the slightest of declines in strikeout rate. But he still tallied 13 saves, third-best in baseball, and had a miniscule 0.95 WHIP. If you parse it closely, it was just a bizarre season for Hader, who didn't give up a run through his first nine appearances, but subsequently allowed four runs in an inning. He walked five batters in a game, but didn't allow a single walk in any game after that, a span of 11 appearances. In other words, there seems to be a lot of noise in Hader's "decline," which likely would have been ironed out over the course of a full season. Draft him as the top closer off the board with few concerns.
18 weeks ago
Corbin Burnes Note
Corbin Burnes photo 20. Corbin Burnes SP,RP
Burnes's raw stuff was apparent to anyone who saw him pitch in 2019, but he simply couldn't stop giving up home runs (17 in 49 innings). The culprit was largely his four-seam fastball, which he threw more than half of the time and against which batters hit .425 with an .823 slugging percentage. In 2020, however, Corbin cut his four-seam fastball usage from 52.5% to just 2.5%. In its place, he relied heavily on a sinker and cutter, both of which worked better for the natural action on his pitches and which were highly effective. Considering that his slider, changeup, and curveball are also huge swing and miss pitches, Burnes's 36.7% strikeout rate from last year shouldn't be considered fluky. Even coming off a Cy Young-caliber season, there's still upside for the 26-year-old, and you should ignore entirely his 2019 disaster.
18 weeks ago
Devin Williams Note
Devin Williams photo 65. Devin Williams RP
You have to hand it to the Brewers - they produce relievers who put up historically great seasons. Williams wasn't just good in 2020 - he was truly beyond belief. A 0.33 ERA. One run and eight hits allowed in 27 innings. A 44% K-BB%. Williams has battled injuries for much of his career, but given what he did last year, he should be drafted among the elite fantasy relievers in the game. Even if he never gets a save chance with Josh Hader in front of him, his ratios make him more than worth it.
18 weeks ago
Freddy Peralta Note
Freddy Peralta photo 94. Freddy Peralta SP,RP
Josh Lindblom Note
Josh Lindblom photo 139. Josh Lindblom SP,RP
Brent Suter Note
Brent Suter photo 182. Brent Suter SP,RP
Adrian Houser Note
Adrian Houser photo 193. Adrian Houser SP,RP
Brett Anderson Note
Brett Anderson photo 280. Brett Anderson SP
Justin Topa Note
Justin Topa photo 321. Justin Topa RP
Eric Yardley Note
Eric Yardley photo 352. Eric Yardley RP
Ray Black Note
Ray Black photo 404. Ray Black RP
Eric Lauer Note
Eric Lauer photo 441. Eric Lauer SP
Angel Perdomo Note
Angel Perdomo photo 456. Angel Perdomo RP
Dylan File Note
Dylan File photo 467. Dylan File SP
Ethan Small Note
Ethan Small photo 489. Ethan Small SP
Zack Brown Note
Zack Brown photo 575. Zack Brown SP
Aaron Ashby Note
Aaron Ashby photo 616. Aaron Ashby SP
Brad Boxberger Note
Brad Boxberger photo 689. Brad Boxberger RP
Blaine Hardy Note
Blaine Hardy photo 691. Blaine Hardy RP
Alec Bettinger Note
Alec Bettinger photo 693. Alec Bettinger SP
Hoby Milner Note
Hoby Milner photo 736. Hoby Milner RP
Hunter Strickland Note
Hunter Strickland photo 757. Hunter Strickland RP
Jandel Gustave Note
Jandel Gustave photo 794. Jandel Gustave RP
Chad Sobotka Note
Chad Sobotka photo 796. Chad Sobotka RP
Patrick Weigel Note
Patrick Weigel photo 820. Patrick Weigel RP