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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 15. Tyler Glasnow SP
Glasnow is really a fascinating case study. He followed up an incredible 60-inning stretch in 2019 (1.78 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 33% strikeout rate) with a bit of a step back last year (4.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP). But his xFIP in 2020 (2.75) was actually lower than in 2019 (2.94), and his strikeout rate jumped to a whopping 38.2%. The real issue for Glasnow is that he's a two-pitch pitcher, and although both his fastball and curveball are outstanding, they need to be superb at all times for him to have a dominant season. And last year, they were both just a bit worse than the season prior, particularly his fastball. With enormous strikeout upside and a spot in the rotation of one of the best and most pitching-savvy teams in the Rays, Glasnow makes a fine SP2 for a fantasy team. But his injury history, and his lack of a third pitch, make him a bit riskier than others going in his range.
8 weeks ago
Diego Castillo Note
Diego Castillo photo 91. Diego Castillo SP,RP
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 95. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP
Yarbrough doesn't get a ton of respect in the fantasy community because he doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he's quietly put together an excellent career. He's practically a wizard at limiting hard contact (he has allowed an average exit velocity of 84.8 MPH and an average hard hit rate of 26.3%, both remarkably low numbers), and he rarely issues free passes or home runs. In other words, it's really difficult to string together big innings against Yarbrough, especially as he's continued to use his excellent changeup more and more. The Rays will probably let him go a little more this year with their rotation, but even if they keep his usage the same, he'll be an excellent addition to the back end of a fantasy staff.
8 weeks ago
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 112. Pete Fairbanks RP
Nick Anderson Note
Nick Anderson photo 149. Nick Anderson RP
Anderson has a partial tear of his elbow ligament and, although he won't need surgery, he is likely out until after the All-Star Break. Although he can be dominant when healthy, there's no reason to draft and stash him at this point, given that he won't even be the sole closer for the Rays if and when he returns.
8 weeks ago
Rich Hill Note
Rich Hill photo 159. Rich Hill SP
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 171. Chris Archer SP
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 225. Luis Patino RP
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 229. Josh Fleming SP
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 256. Brendan McKay SP,DH
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 266. Michael Wacha SP,RP
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 267. Collin McHugh SP,RP
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 293. Brent Honeywell Jr. SP
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 311. Ryan Thompson RP
Cody Reed Note
Cody Reed photo 316. Cody Reed RP
Chaz Roe Note
Chaz Roe photo 343. Chaz Roe RP
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 381. Shane Baz SP
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 413. Shane McClanahan SP,RP
Nick Bitsko Note
Nick Bitsko photo 435. Nick Bitsko SP
Cole Wilcox Note
Cole Wilcox photo 445. Cole Wilcox RP,SP
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 450. Andrew Kittredge SP,RP
Ryan Sherriff Note
Ryan Sherriff photo 454. Ryan Sherriff RP
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 504. Joe Ryan SP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 549. Jeffrey Springs RP
Trevor Richards Note
Trevor Richards photo 550. Trevor Richards SP,RP
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 565. Chris Mazza SP,RP
Oliver Drake Note
Oliver Drake photo 650. Oliver Drake RP
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 701. Colin Poche RP
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 712. Jalen Beeks SP,RP
Yacksel Rios Note
Yacksel Rios photo 783. Yacksel Rios RP
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 798. David Hess SP,RP
Brian Moran Note
Brian Moran photo 896. Brian Moran RP