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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jacob deGrom Note
Jacob deGrom photo 1. Jacob deGrom
deGrom barely missed out on winning his third straight Cy Young Award last year, but it was yet another dominant season. For the third straight year, he came in with a WHIP under 1.00, an ERA under 2.50, and a strikeout percentage above 31%. deGrom is getting up there in age, but it's worth remembering that he has fewer miles on his arm than most pitcher entering their age-33 season, given that he didn't transition to pitching until late in his college career and missed significant time with injuries during his time in the minors. deGrom has shown no decline in his game, and should hopefully (finally) begin to pile on more wins this year pitching for a better team in front of an improved bullpen. He should be the first or second starting pitcher taken and is an obvious first-round pick.
36 weeks ago
Max Scherzer Note
Max Scherzer photo 9. Max Scherzer
Scherzer had a decent season for a mortal, but for someone with his career track record, it was a major disappointment. His 3.74 ERA was his highest since 2012, his 1.38 WHIP the highest of his career, and his 7.8% walk percentage his worst in a decade. Scherzer still struck out plenty of batters but entering his age-37 season and with a ton of mileage on his arm, it's only fair to accept that the old Scherzer is gone for good. But though he may not be a consensus top-three starter anymore, he's still perfectly capable of being a fantasy ace. After all, Scherzer's velocity hasn't declined much, and his 31.2% strikeout rate was tied for 10th among starters. Scherzer likely won't reach 200 innings pitched again and his ERA seems destined to remain above 3.00 going forward, but he's far from someone to avoid in fantasy drafts.
36 weeks ago
Carlos Carrasco Note
Carlos Carrasco photo 44. Carlos Carrasco
Carrasco suffered a serious hamstring strain in mid-March which is likely to keep him out 6-8 weeks. It's a devastating blow to the veteran who returned strong from his battle with leukemia in 2019 to post a 2.91 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2020. There was plenty to like about Carrasco in New York, including that the Mets will provide him with a better chance at wins, their infield defense should be above average, and Carrasco will play in a more favorable park. But at this point, he's nothing more than a bench starter for your fantasy team given his injury.
36 weeks ago
Taijuan Walker Note
Taijuan Walker photo 85. Taijuan Walker
Seth Lugo Note
Seth Lugo photo 119. Seth Lugo
David Peterson Note
David Peterson photo 136. David Peterson
Joey Lucchesi Note
Joey Lucchesi photo 146. Joey Lucchesi
Trevor Williams Note
Trevor Williams photo 223. Trevor Williams
Jordan Yamamoto Note
Jordan Yamamoto photo 265. Jordan Yamamoto
Matt Allan Note
Matt Allan photo 321. Matt Allan
Dedniel Nunez Note
Dedniel Nunez photo 323. Dedniel Nunez
Thomas Szapucki Note
Thomas Szapucki photo 327. Thomas Szapucki
Sean Reid-Foley Note
Sean Reid-Foley photo 342. Sean Reid-Foley
Robert Gsellman Note
Robert Gsellman photo 350. Robert Gsellman
Yennsy Diaz Note
Yennsy Diaz photo 407. Yennsy Diaz
Antonio Santos Note
Antonio Santos photo 433. Antonio Santos