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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.
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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.
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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
Michael Wacha Note
Michael Wacha photo 158. Michael Wacha
Josh Fleming Note
Josh Fleming photo 162. Josh Fleming
Collin McHugh Note
Collin McHugh photo 173. Collin McHugh
Brent Honeywell Jr. Note
Brent Honeywell Jr. photo 175. Brent Honeywell Jr.
Shane McClanahan Note
Shane McClanahan photo 198. Shane McClanahan
Andrew Kittredge Note
Andrew Kittredge photo 214. Andrew Kittredge
Shane Baz Note
Shane Baz photo 257. Shane Baz
Nick Bitsko Note
Nick Bitsko photo 301. Nick Bitsko
Cole Wilcox Note
Cole Wilcox photo 310. Cole Wilcox
Chris Mazza Note
Chris Mazza photo 339. Chris Mazza
Jalen Beeks Note
Jalen Beeks photo 404. Jalen Beeks