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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 2. Gerrit Cole SP
Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
6 weeks ago
Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 22. Aroldis Chapman RP
Chapman missed time last year because he was diagnosed with COVID-19, but he was largely the same pitcher as always when he was on the mount. He struck out 22 batters in his 11 2/3 innings pitched and allowed just six hits. His velocity may be slightly below what it was at its peak, but it's still elite, and he appears to have plenty left in the tank heading into his age-33 season. He'll again close for one of the best teams in baseball, and although he's never had a 40-save season, he should easily surpass 30 and be one of the top closers drafted in fantasy.
6 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 57. Corey Kluber SP
Kluber has pitched 36 2/3 innings combined over the last two years, and will now join the Yankees on a one-year deal. There's nothing to be gained from looking at his numbers since 2018, as the sample size is too small, and prior to that, he was a perennial Cy Young contender. There was a bit of a velocity drop at the end of his last healthy season, but he was also finishing up his fifth straight 200-inning season. In other words, his lack of innings over the last two years (due to injury) may wind up being a blessing in disguise for Kluber. His ADP has some helium based on how quickly the Yankees signed him, but so long as you bake in some pretty substantial injury risk, he's certainly worth drafting as an SP5 with upside.
6 weeks ago
Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 79. Jordan Montgomery SP
Jameson Taillon Note
Jameson Taillon photo 83. Jameson Taillon SP
Taillon has undergone Tommy John surgery twice, and has totaled just 37 1/3 innings over the last two years. And really, he's had only one truly notable year, which was in 2018. But what separated Taillon that year was his outstanding slider, which not only performed exceedingly well, but also buoyed the effectiveness of the rest of his pitches. Now with the Yankees, Taillon has plenty of upside. But, as always, health remains the concern, and is the reason you shouldn't draft him until you've filled out most of your staff.
6 weeks ago
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 115. Domingo German SP
German has won the fifth starter's job after a torrid spring, during which he didn't allow a run over nine innings pitched while walking one and striking out 13. German's off-the-field issues aside, he was a quality MLB pitcher in 2019, and he should be a decent contributor in four categories, especially considering his low walk rate. He's not risk-free, as a downturn in his performance could lead to Deivi Garcia coming back in the rotation. But he's a fine, late-round selection.
6 weeks ago
Luis Severino Note
Luis Severino photo 125. Luis Severino SP
Severino is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the reports so far have been generally positive. He's already throwing off a mound in mid-March, and a June return isn't out of the question if he can avoid setbacks. Avoiding setbacks is the key, of course, and it's something that's rare in the world of returning from multiple serious issues, as Severino is trying to do. But, for now, draft him with one of your last picks and stash him in your IL spot, if you have the room.
6 weeks ago
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 155. Chad Green RP
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 164. Deivi Garcia SP
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 212. Zack Britton RP
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 235. Jonathan Loaisiga RP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 243. Darren O'Day RP
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 313. Justin Wilson RP
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 315. Michael King RP
Nick Nelson Note
Nick Nelson photo 400. Nick Nelson RP
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 426. Clarke Schmidt RP
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 479. Luis Cessa RP
Lucas Luetge Note
Lucas Luetge photo 545. Lucas Luetge RP
Wandy Peralta Note
Wandy Peralta photo 546. Wandy Peralta RP
Mike Montgomery Note
Mike Montgomery photo 562. Mike Montgomery RP
Alexander Vizcaino Note
Alexander Vizcaino photo 624. Alexander Vizcaino SP
Asher Wojciechowski Note
Asher Wojciechowski photo 633. Asher Wojciechowski SP
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 725. Josh Smith RP
Adam Warren Note
Adam Warren photo 745. Adam Warren RP
Reggie McClain Note
Reggie McClain photo 756. Reggie McClain RP
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 762. Brooks Kriske RP
Nick Goody Note
Nick Goody photo 775. Nick Goody RP
Tyler Lyons Note
Tyler Lyons photo 801. Tyler Lyons RP
Nestor Cortes Jr. Note
Nestor Cortes Jr. photo 832. Nestor Cortes Jr. RP
Kyle Barraclough Note
Kyle Barraclough photo 843. Kyle Barraclough RP
Albert Abreu Note
Albert Abreu photo 844. Albert Abreu RP