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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Lance McCullers Jr. Note
Lance McCullers Jr. photo 32. Lance McCullers Jr.
McCullers made a successful return from Tommy John surgery after missing the 2019 season and looked almost exactly like the 2018 version of himself. His ERA (3.93) and WHIP (1.16) were within seven-tenths of a point of his 2018 numbers, and his walk and strikeout rates fell just slightly. McCullers relied a bit more on his sinker and less on his curveball than in past years, but the two work well together and he continued to throw them in combination about 80% of the time. In short, what you thought of McCullers heading into 2018 is pretty much what you should think of him now. Unfortunately, that includes concerns about his innings, because after a missed year and 55 innings last year, the chances of him topping 150 innings this season are remote. Buy him at his production, but understand that there's likely a hard cap on his innings total.
37 weeks ago
Jose Urquidy Note
Jose Urquidy photo 56. Jose Urquidy
Cristian Javier Note
Cristian Javier photo 72. Cristian Javier
Jake Odorizzi Note
Jake Odorizzi photo 74. Jake Odorizzi
Framber Valdez Note
Framber Valdez photo 82. Framber Valdez
Valdez was shaping up to be a fine sleeper this year, after he had a highly successful stint in the Astros rotation last year. But he fractured his finger early in spring training and the expectation is that he'll miss significant time, though recent reports are far more optimistic than the initial season-ending variety. Drop him down a ton from where you initially had him ranked, but draft him toward the back end of your rotation where the risk/reward balance should equalize.
37 weeks ago
Justin Verlander Note
Justin Verlander photo 174. Justin Verlander
Ryne Stanek Note
Ryne Stanek photo 215. Ryne Stanek
Tyler Ivey Note
Tyler Ivey photo 240. Tyler Ivey
Brandon Bielak Note
Brandon Bielak photo 377. Brandon Bielak