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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 2. Jacob deGrom SP
After winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award, deGrom has an obvious case to be the top pitcher taken in the game. Back-to-back season with a sub-2.50 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP with at least 200 strikeouts makes deGrom perhaps the safest pitcher in the game, especially after three straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched. The bugaboo for deGrom is his lack of wins - just 21 over the last two seasons despite historic numbers. But with the improved Mets bullpen, there's every reason to think deGrom can get back to the 15-win total he put up in 2017. It's him or Gerrit Cole for the top pitcher off the board and you can't go wrong.
17 weeks ago
Edwin Diaz Note
Edwin Diaz photo 34. Edwin Diaz RP
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
17 weeks ago
Marcus Stroman Note
Marcus Stroman photo 78. Marcus Stroman SP
Stroman had an excellent 2019 season, though he struggled somewhat after his trade to the Mets. The one thing missing, however, finally arrived, as his strikeout rate popped to over one per inning when he got to New York. After spending all offseason strengthening his core and now in a contract year, Stroman should be in a position to provide plenty of value pitching with a full year in the National League.
17 weeks ago
Steven Matz Note
Steven Matz photo 96. Steven Matz SP
Matz is what is he is at this point. He'll likely give you around a 4.00 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and short of a strikeout per inning. With the Mets' addition of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, Matz's rotation spot could be in jeopardy unless he gets traded. For now, assume he'll get a starting spot, and draft him in NL-only formats.
17 weeks ago
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 103. Seth Lugo RP
Lugo has been a quality reliever for two seasons now, and he found his way into the closer's role late last year. Edwin Diaz should have the ninth-inning role for the Mets to start, but if he struggles again, Lugo could sneak back into the job. Lugo is worth drafting for his ratios alone, but the potential for saves makes him an ideal candidate for a late-round selection.
17 weeks ago
Rick Porcello Note
Rick Porcello photo 117. Rick Porcello SP
Porcello's move to the National League makes him somewhat intriguing. His middling strikeout rate (17.4% career) will likely take a jump, and his overall numbers should improve with a move out of the AL East. Even with improvement, however, there's a long way to go before Porcello is contributing to a fantasy team. His biggest asset - his ability to consistently throw innings - will be far less useful with the postponement of Opening Day. He's a late-round filler for a deep pitching staff but little more.
17 weeks ago
Dellin Betances Note
Dellin Betances photo 127. Dellin Betances RP
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 229. Justin Wilson RP
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 247. Michael Wacha SP
Jeurys Familia Note
Jeurys Familia photo 252. Jeurys Familia RP
Hunter Strickland Note
Hunter Strickland photo 311. Hunter Strickland RP
Miguel Castro Note
Miguel Castro photo 433. Miguel Castro RP
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 434. Robert Gsellman RP
Brad Brach Note
Brad Brach photo 449. Brad Brach RP
Franklyn Kilome Note
Franklyn Kilome photo 470. Franklyn Kilome SP
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 491. David Peterson SP
Corey Oswalt Note
Corey Oswalt photo 578. Corey Oswalt RP
Jared Hughes Note
Jared Hughes photo 641. Jared Hughes RP
Ariel Jurado Note
Ariel Jurado photo 643. Ariel Jurado SP,RP
Paul Sewald Note
Paul Sewald photo 657. Paul Sewald RP
Daniel Zamora Note
Daniel Zamora photo 700. Daniel Zamora RP
Drew Smith Note
Drew Smith photo 719. Drew Smith RP
Chasen Shreve Note
Chasen Shreve photo 760. Chasen Shreve RP
Steve Nogosek Note
Steve Nogosek photo 827. Steve Nogosek RP
Erasmo Ramirez Note
Erasmo Ramirez photo 892. Erasmo Ramirez RP