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Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Notes

Tyler Glasnow Note
Tyler Glasnow photo 15. Tyler Glasnow
Glasnow is really a fascinating case study. He followed up an incredible 60-inning stretch in 2019 (1.78 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 33% strikeout rate) with a bit of a step back last year (4.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP). But his xFIP in 2020 (2.75) was actually lower than in 2019 (2.94), and his strikeout rate jumped to a whopping 38.2%. The real issue for Glasnow is that he's a two-pitch pitcher, and although both his fastball and curveball are outstanding, they need to be superb at all times for him to have a dominant season. And last year, they were both just a bit worse than the season prior, particularly his fastball. With enormous strikeout upside and a spot in the rotation of one of the best and most pitching-savvy teams in the Rays, Glasnow makes a fine SP2 for a fantasy team. But his injury history, and his lack of a third pitch, make him a bit riskier than others going in his range.
36 weeks ago
Corey Kluber Note
Corey Kluber photo 50. Corey Kluber
Kluber has pitched 36 2/3 innings combined over the last two years, and will now join the Yankees on a one-year deal. There's nothing to be gained from looking at his numbers since 2018, as the sample size is too small, and prior to that, he was a perennial Cy Young contender. There was a bit of a velocity drop at the end of his last healthy season, but he was also finishing up his fifth straight 200-inning season. In other words, his lack of innings over the last two years (due to injury) may wind up being a blessing in disguise for Kluber. His ADP has some helium based on how quickly the Yankees signed him, but so long as you bake in some pretty substantial injury risk, he's certainly worth drafting as an SP5 with upside.
36 weeks ago
Ryan Yarbrough Note
Ryan Yarbrough photo 70. Ryan Yarbrough
Yarbrough doesn't get a ton of respect in the fantasy community because he doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he's quietly put together an excellent career. He's practically a wizard at limiting hard contact (he has allowed an average exit velocity of 84.8 MPH and an average hard hit rate of 26.3%, both remarkably low numbers), and he rarely issues free passes or home runs. In other words, it's really difficult to string together big innings against Yarbrough, especially as he's continued to use his excellent changeup more and more. The Rays will probably let him go a little more this year with their rotation, but even if they keep his usage the same, he'll be an excellent addition to the back end of a fantasy staff.
36 weeks ago
Chris Archer Note
Chris Archer photo 118. Chris Archer
Matt Wisler Note
Matt Wisler photo 150. Matt Wisler
Brendan McKay Note
Brendan McKay photo 156. Brendan McKay
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 162. Josh Fleming
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 198. Shane McClanahan
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 213. Andrew Kittredge
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 255. Shane Baz
Nick Bitsko Note
Nick Bitsko photo 299. Nick Bitsko
Cole Wilcox Note
Cole Wilcox photo 308. Cole Wilcox
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 401. Jalen Beeks
David Hess Note
David Hess photo 418. David Hess