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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenley Jansen Note
Kenley Jansen photo 7. Kenley Jansen
It feels like Jansen has been on the verge of losing his job at several points over the last two seasons, but he continues to receive nearly every save opportunity for the Dodgers. But Jansen is far from the dominant reliever he was in his prime, as his patented cutter has gone from 94 MPH in 2016 to just 90.9 MPH last year. The Dodgers have plenty of depth behind Jansen, including Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Corey Knebel, so Jansen's leash probably won't be all that long. At the same time, Jansen will certainly be the closer coming into the season and has a lengthy track record and a large contract. In today's day and age, that makes him a fairly desirable fantasy closer, despite the concerns.
13 weeks ago
Julio Urias Note
Julio Urias photo 21. Julio Urias
Urias had an interesting season (other than his postseason, which was dominant). His numbers overall were very solid, with a 3.27 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. But his strikeout rate dipped dramatically as a full-time starter, and his SIERA (4.88) and xFIP (5.06) suggest he got lucky. But the bottom line is that Urias is excellent at limiting hard contact, and he's allowed just a .257 BABIP over the last two seasons, which should keep his ERA in check. The Dodgers' rotation is overflowing, so it's possible they continue to limit Urias's innings. But for now, he should be considered an SP3, and as his playoffs showed, there's plenty of room for growth with his strikeout numbers.
13 weeks ago
Dustin May Note
Dustin May photo 33. Dustin May
May has been named the Dodgers' fifth starter by Dave Roberts, a surprising twist given the presence of David Price and Tony Gonsolin. Given the Dodgers' depth and their history, it's unlikely that he'll remain in the rotation from start to finish, but if you haven't drafted yet, move him significantly higher on your board.
12 weeks ago
Tony Gonsolin Note
Tony Gonsolin photo 44. Tony Gonsolin
Gonsolin doesn't have a guaranteed spot in the Dodgers' rotation to start the season, and with the team signing Trevor Bauer, it's unclear just how much he'll start this season. His stuff doesn't blow you away, but he's got a 2.60 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 86.2 big league innings. And there were gains last year, as he cut his walk rate down and upped his strikeout rate. Gonsolin is an ideal candidate to have on your bench, because if he does get a spot in the rotation, he'll be a popular waiver wire add, and he can add value as a reliever in the meantime. So draft him late, and likely reap the rewards.
13 weeks ago
Blake Treinen Note
Blake Treinen photo 65. Blake Treinen
Brusdar Graterol Note
Brusdar Graterol photo 80. Brusdar Graterol
Victor Gonzalez Note
Victor Gonzalez photo 105. Victor Gonzalez
Corey Knebel Note
Corey Knebel photo 119. Corey Knebel
Tommy Kahnle Note
Tommy Kahnle photo 164. Tommy Kahnle
Joe Kelly Note
Joe Kelly photo 187. Joe Kelly
Jimmy Nelson Note
Jimmy Nelson photo 321. Jimmy Nelson
Mitch White Note
Mitch White photo 353. Mitch White
Scott Alexander Note
Scott Alexander photo 357. Scott Alexander
Alex Vesia Note
Alex Vesia photo 393. Alex Vesia
Brandon Morrow Note
Brandon Morrow photo 408. Brandon Morrow
Garrett Cleavinger Note
Garrett Cleavinger photo 448. Garrett Cleavinger
Mike Kickham Note
Mike Kickham photo 530. Mike Kickham
Phil Bickford Note
Phil Bickford photo 541. Phil Bickford
James Pazos Note
James Pazos photo 578. James Pazos