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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.
36 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 60. 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.
36 weeks ago
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 93. 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.
36 weeks ago
Pete Fairbanks Note
Pete Fairbanks photo 111. Pete Fairbanks RP
Nick Anderson Note
Nick Anderson photo 146. 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.
35 weeks ago
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 171. Chris Archer SP
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 206. Matt Wisler SP,RP
Luis Patino Note
Luis Patino photo 226. Luis Patino RP,SP
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 230. Josh Fleming RP,SP
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 256. Brendan McKay SP,DH
Drew Rasmussen Note
Drew Rasmussen photo 268. Drew Rasmussen RP,SP
Ryan Thompson Note
Ryan Thompson photo 311. Ryan Thompson RP
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 380. Shane Baz SP
J.P. Feyereisen Note
J.P. Feyereisen photo 400. J.P. Feyereisen RP
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 415. Shane McClanahan SP,RP
Nick Bitsko Note
Nick Bitsko photo 430. Nick Bitsko SP
Cole Wilcox Note
Cole Wilcox photo 445. Cole Wilcox RP,SP
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 449. Andrew Kittredge SP,RP
Aaron Slegers Note
Aaron Slegers photo 527. Aaron Slegers RP
Jeffrey Springs Note
Jeffrey Springs photo 549. Jeffrey Springs RP
Colin Poche Note
Colin Poche photo 701. Colin Poche RP
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 712. Jalen Beeks SP,RP
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 798. David Hess SP,RP