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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 3. Max Scherzer SP
Scherzer struggled a bit through the first month of the season, but went on a patented run in May and June that made him look like the Scherzer of old. Unfortunately, a back injury largely derailed his second half, as he was limited to just over 20 innings over July and August. Scherzer is entering his age-36 season and is a max effort pitcher, so the fact that we finally saw a bit of a breakdown (Scherzer has reached at least 200 innings in his six previous seasons) is concerning. But his numbers are still elite and he should be taken as one of the first pitchers off the board despite the back scare.
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Stephen Strasburg Note
Stephen Strasburg photo 8. Stephen Strasburg SP
Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
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Patrick Corbin Note
Patrick Corbin photo 14. Patrick Corbin SP
Corbin largely followed up on his breakout 2018 season with the Nationals last year, again reaching the 200-inning plateau and pitching to a low-3.00 ERA. He continued to lean heavily on his outstanding slider, against which batters hit just .158. His walk rate and strikeout rate rose and fell just a tad from his peak, a trend that fantasy owners can expect to continue. But Corbin's baseline is excellent and even with further slow decline in skills, he should be an outstanding starter for a fantasy rotation.
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Sean Doolittle Note
Sean Doolittle photo 60. Sean Doolittle RP
Doolittle should likely close for the Nationals again in 2020, though Daniel Hudson's emergence in the late- and post-season last year could throw a wrench in Davey Martinez's plans. More concerning is Doolittle's dip in performance, as his ERA and WHIP were by far the worst of his career. A free agent next year, Doolittle's job security should be minimal, so don't target him as a closer in your fantasy drafts.
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Anibal Sanchez Note
Anibal Sanchez photo 120. Anibal Sanchez SP
Daniel Hudson Note
Daniel Hudson photo 130. Daniel Hudson RP
Austin Voth Note
Austin Voth photo 186. Austin Voth SP
Will Harris Note
Will Harris photo 187. Will Harris RP
Tanner Rainey Note
Tanner Rainey photo 341. Tanner Rainey RP
Kyle Finnegan Note
Kyle Finnegan photo 346. Kyle Finnegan RP
Roenis Elias Note
Roenis Elias photo 361. Roenis Elias RP
Wander Suero Note
Wander Suero photo 406. Wander Suero RP
Ben Braymer Note
Ben Braymer photo 576. Ben Braymer SP
Erick Fedde Note
Erick Fedde photo 592. Erick Fedde SP
Wil Crowe Note
Wil Crowe photo 597. Wil Crowe SP
Ryne Harper Note
Ryne Harper photo 640. Ryne Harper RP
Aaron Barrett Note
Aaron Barrett photo 698. Aaron Barrett RP
Austen Williams Note
Austen Williams photo 704. Austen Williams RP
James Bourque Note
James Bourque photo 709. James Bourque RP
Tony Sipp Note
Tony Sipp photo 710. Tony Sipp RP
Kyle McGowin Note
Kyle McGowin photo 745. Kyle McGowin RP
Kevin Quackenbush Note
Kevin Quackenbush photo 748. Kevin Quackenbush RP
Javy Guerra Note
Javy Guerra photo 780. Javy Guerra RP
Josh Lucas Note
Josh Lucas photo 807. Josh Lucas RP
Sam Freeman Note
Sam Freeman photo 826. Sam Freeman RP