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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Liam Hendriks Note
Liam Hendriks photo 2. Liam Hendriks
Hendriks showed last year that his 2019 breakout season was not a fluke, as he improved on just about all of his numbers. Not only did he put up 14 saves in the shortened season, but he dropped his ERA to 1.78, his WHIP to 0.67, and his walk rate to just 3.3%. In short, there's nothing negative you can possibly take away from his 2020 season. Despite moving to a worse park with the White Sox, Hendriks is, without question one of the top closers in fantasy, and should be either the first or second (behind only Josh Hader) relief pitcher drafted.
37 weeks ago
Craig Kimbrel Note
Craig Kimbrel photo 13. Craig Kimbrel
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
37 weeks ago
Aaron Bummer Note
Aaron Bummer photo 61. Aaron Bummer
Garrett Crochet Note
Garrett Crochet photo 79. Garrett Crochet
Matt Foster Note
Matt Foster photo 142. Matt Foster
Kendall Graveman Note
Kendall Graveman photo 174. Kendall Graveman
Cam Hill Note
Cam Hill photo 357. Cam Hill
Jimmy Lambert Note
Jimmy Lambert photo 537. Jimmy Lambert
Jose Ruiz Note
Jose Ruiz photo 548. Jose Ruiz