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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.
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Aroldis Chapman Note
Aroldis Chapman photo 25. 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.
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Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 64. Corey Kluber SP
Jameson Taillon Note
Jameson Taillon photo 88. 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.
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Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 94. Jordan Montgomery SP
Luis Severino Note
Luis Severino photo 123. Luis Severino SP
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 134. Domingo German SP
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 148. Deivi Garcia SP
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 157. Chad Green RP
Zack Britton Note
Zack Britton photo 169. Zack Britton RP
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 221. Jonathan Loaisiga RP
Darren O'Day Note
Darren O'Day photo 269. Darren O'Day RP
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 280. Clarke Schmidt RP
Justin Wilson Note
Justin Wilson photo 351. Justin Wilson RP
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 439. Michael King RP
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 444. Jhoulys Chacin RP
Luis Cessa Note
Luis Cessa photo 578. Luis Cessa RP
Adam Warren Note
Adam Warren photo 660. Adam Warren RP
Nick Nelson Note
Nick Nelson photo 661. Nick Nelson RP
Reggie McClain Note
Reggie McClain photo 684. Reggie McClain RP
Josh Smith Note
Josh Smith photo 687. Josh Smith RP
Brooks Kriske Note
Brooks Kriske photo 713. Brooks Kriske RP
Nestor Cortes Jr. Note
Nestor Cortes Jr. photo 743. Nestor Cortes Jr. RP
Tyler Lyons Note
Tyler Lyons photo 760. Tyler Lyons RP
Albert Abreu Note
Albert Abreu photo 762. Albert Abreu RP