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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Gerrit Cole Note
Gerrit Cole photo 2. Gerrit Cole
Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
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Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 50. Corey Kluber
Jameson Taillon Note
Jameson Taillon photo 66. Jameson Taillon
Taillon has undergone Tommy John surgery twice, and has totaled just 37 1/3 innings over the last two years. And really, he's had only one truly notable year, which was in 2018. But what separated Taillon that year was his outstanding slider, which not only performed exceedingly well, but also buoyed the effectiveness of the rest of his pitches. Now with the Yankees, Taillon has plenty of upside. But, as always, health remains the concern, and is the reason you shouldn't draft him until you've filled out most of your staff.
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Jordan Montgomery Note
Jordan Montgomery photo 71. Jordan Montgomery
Luis Severino Note
Luis Severino photo 89. Luis Severino
Domingo German Note
Domingo German photo 90. Domingo German
Deivi Garcia Note
Deivi Garcia photo 96. Deivi Garcia
Chad Green Note
Chad Green photo 127. Chad Green
Jonathan Loaisiga Note
Jonathan Loaisiga photo 167. Jonathan Loaisiga
Clarke Schmidt Note
Clarke Schmidt photo 193. Clarke Schmidt
Michael King Note
Michael King photo 280. Michael King
Asher Wojciechowski Note
Asher Wojciechowski photo 285. Asher Wojciechowski
Jhoulys Chacin Note
Jhoulys Chacin photo 307. Jhoulys Chacin