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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 33. Jesus Luzardo SP
Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
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Trevor Rosenthal Note
Trevor Rosenthal photo 50. Trevor Rosenthal RP
After missing the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season, Rosenthal bounced back in a huge way last year. He stepped in as the Royals' closer, notching seven saves, and then was unhittable with the Padres after a mid-year trade. He parlayed his success into a one-year contract with the A's, where all signs point to him being the undisputed closer. Rosenthal was an outstanding reliever in his prime and once had back-to-back 45-save (or better) seasons. And his raw stuff looked excellent last year, as he totaled the best strikeout rate of his career. If he stays healthy, he has a shot at being a top-5 closer, but you can draft him a little later than that and likely make a profit.
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Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 51. Frankie Montas SP
Montas had a terrible 2020 season, but it was more than likely due to a back injury he suffered early on which probably bothered him throughout the year. He started off with four excellent starts (four runs and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings) before he was scratched with back tightness and returned with lower velocity. Yes, he had the PED suspension in 2019, but Montas's splitter was, and should continue to be when a healthy, a dominant pitch, and a healthy season should mean a return to being a starter you can "set and forget." If he can ever get away from throwing his sinker so much, and incorporate more of his splitter and/or four-seam fastball, he could be a monster. Montas was diagnosed with COVID-19 right at the start of spring training, but he has returned healthy and looked good in the spring, so he's an ideal sleeper.
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Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 67. Chris Bassitt SP
Bassitt doesn't wow you with his raw stuff, and is never going to be a high-strikeout pitcher. But he has above-average command and is able to generally limit hard contact and home runs. If he were being drafted on the basis of his 2.29 ERA last year then he would be someone to avoid, but the fact is he is never going to be drafted on the basis of his actual numbers given his sub-par strikeout rate and his significantly higher FIP and xFIP (versus his ERA). He can add plenty of value on the back end of a fantasy rotation, so long as you have strikeouts covered elsewhere.
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Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 85. Sean Manaea SP
Jake Diekman Note
Jake Diekman photo 143. Jake Diekman RP
A.J. Puk Note
A.J. Puk photo 153. A.J. Puk RP
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 179. Daulton Jefferies SP
J.B. Wendelken Note
J.B. Wendelken photo 198. J.B. Wendelken RP
Yusmeiro Petit Note
Yusmeiro Petit photo 224. Yusmeiro Petit RP
Lou Trivino Note
Lou Trivino photo 231. Lou Trivino RP
Sergio Romo Note
Sergio Romo photo 258. Sergio Romo RP
Adam Kolarek Note
Adam Kolarek photo 309. Adam Kolarek RP
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 365. Mike Fiers SP
Cole Irvin Note
Cole Irvin photo 422. Cole Irvin RP
Trey Supak Note
Trey Supak photo 459. Trey Supak SP
Burch Smith Note
Burch Smith photo 523. Burch Smith RP
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 535. Grant Holmes SP
Brian Howard Note
Brian Howard photo 540. Brian Howard SP
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 561. Parker Dunshee SP
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 593. Paul Blackburn SP
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 620. Daniel Mengden RP
Deolis Guerra Note
Deolis Guerra photo 663. Deolis Guerra RP
Reymin Guduan Note
Reymin Guduan photo 717. Reymin Guduan RP
Wandisson Charles Note
Wandisson Charles photo 743. Wandisson Charles RP
James Kaprielian Note
James Kaprielian photo 750. James Kaprielian RP
Jordan Weems Note
Jordan Weems photo 814. Jordan Weems
Miguel Romero Note
Miguel Romero photo 817. Miguel Romero RP