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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Kenta Maeda Note
Kenta Maeda photo 16. Kenta Maeda
Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
18 weeks ago
Jose Berrios Note
Jose Berrios photo 22. Jose Berrios
Berrios may not ever become the dominant pitcher many projected him to be, but he offers a strong floor for fantasy managers. Ignoring his 2016 cup of coffee, Berrios has pitched to a 3.89 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a strikeout per inning in his career. And although his walk rate went up a tad and he gave up a bit harder contact in 2020's shortened season, his numbers didn't vary from his usual output significantly. Bank on around a 4.00 ERA, a WHIP somewhere around 1.25, and plenty of strikeouts. In today's fantasy game, that's more than adequate for a strong fantasy staff.
18 weeks ago
Michael Pineda Note
Michael Pineda photo 66. Michael Pineda
J.A. Happ Note
J.A. Happ photo 109. J.A. Happ
Randy Dobnak Note
Randy Dobnak photo 129. Randy Dobnak
Matt Shoemaker Note
Matt Shoemaker photo 138. Matt Shoemaker
Devin Smeltzer Note
Devin Smeltzer photo 208. Devin Smeltzer
Jordan Balazovic Note
Jordan Balazovic photo 262. Jordan Balazovic
Joe Ryan Note
Joe Ryan photo 299. Joe Ryan
Jhoan Duran Note
Jhoan Duran photo 321. Jhoan Duran
Derek Law Note
Derek Law photo 410. Derek Law