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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Jesus Luzardo Note
Jesus Luzardo photo 28. Jesus Luzardo
Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
18 weeks ago
Frankie Montas Note
Frankie Montas photo 42. Frankie Montas
Montas had a terrible 2020 season, but it was more than likely due to a back injury he suffered early on which probably bothered him throughout the year. He started off with four excellent starts (four runs and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings) before he was scratched with back tightness and returned with lower velocity. Yes, he had the PED suspension in 2019, but Montas's splitter was, and should continue to be when a healthy, a dominant pitch, and a healthy season should mean a return to being a starter you can "set and forget." If he can ever get away from throwing his sinker so much, and incorporate more of his splitter and/or four-seam fastball, he could be a monster. Montas was diagnosed with COVID-19 right at the start of spring training, but he has returned healthy and looked good in the spring, so he's an ideal sleeper.
18 weeks ago
Chris Bassitt Note
Chris Bassitt photo 55. Chris Bassitt
Bassitt doesn't wow you with his raw stuff, and is never going to be a high-strikeout pitcher. But he has above-average command and is able to generally limit hard contact and home runs. If he were being drafted on the basis of his 2.29 ERA last year then he would be someone to avoid, but the fact is he is never going to be drafted on the basis of his actual numbers given his sub-par strikeout rate and his significantly higher FIP and xFIP (versus his ERA). He can add plenty of value on the back end of a fantasy rotation, so long as you have strikeouts covered elsewhere.
18 weeks ago
Sean Manaea Note
Sean Manaea photo 67. Sean Manaea
Daulton Jefferies Note
Daulton Jefferies photo 131. Daulton Jefferies
Mike Fiers Note
Mike Fiers photo 199. Mike Fiers
Cole Irvin Note
Cole Irvin photo 243. Cole Irvin
Homer Bailey Note
Homer Bailey photo 244. Homer Bailey
Trey Supak Note
Trey Supak photo 255. Trey Supak
Grant Holmes Note
Grant Holmes photo 314. Grant Holmes
Brian Howard Note
Brian Howard photo 318. Brian Howard
Parker Dunshee Note
Parker Dunshee photo 336. Parker Dunshee
Paul Blackburn Note
Paul Blackburn photo 361. Paul Blackburn
Daniel Mengden Note
Daniel Mengden photo 379. Daniel Mengden