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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kyle Hendricks Note
Kyle Hendricks photo 21. Kyle Hendricks
Hendricks is the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy pitchers in that he never gets the respect he deserves. He's had an ERA above 3.46 once in his career and he's never had a WHIP higher than 1.19. Yes, his strikeout rate is never going to help fantasy managers, but Dave Ross let him go deeper into games last year (Hendricks' 81 innings pitched were among the most in MLB), so he should make up for his lack of strikeout rate with some additional innings. The Cubs probably won't be a great team but the NL Central has mostly weak offenses, so Hendricks should find his way to enough wins to make a difference. Ignore the fact that he outperforms his expected metrics every year. Hendricks is a reliable, high-end SP3 for a fantasy team. Just be sure to take care of strikeouts elsewhere.
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Zach Davies Note
Zach Davies photo 80. Zach Davies
Davies has quietly put together two quality seasons, with a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2019, and a 2.73 ERA and 1.07 WHIP last year. Notably, he started throwing more changeups in 2020, which led both to an increased swinging strike rate and strikeout rate. But his xERA was still 5.01, and although he routinely outperforms his expected stats, it's a reminder not to get too high on a pitcher who amounts to a command specialist. The upside is that after a trade to the Cubs, he'll face mostly weak offenses, which should help to boost his floor a bit.
6 weeks ago
Adbert Alzolay Note
Adbert Alzolay photo 110. Adbert Alzolay
Alec Mills Note
Alec Mills photo 136. Alec Mills
Jake Arrieta Note
Jake Arrieta photo 186. Jake Arrieta
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 221. Trevor Williams
Justin Steele Note
Justin Steele photo 330. Justin Steele
Shelby Miller Note
Shelby Miller photo 357. Shelby Miller
Keegan Thompson Note
Keegan Thompson photo 358. Keegan Thompson
Cory Abbott Note
Cory Abbott photo 367. Cory Abbott
Tyson Miller Note
Tyson Miller photo 398. Tyson Miller