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Friday, February 26, 2021

2021 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: FLY BALL PITCHERS PRESENT DECENT VALUE

 Hear us out.  The notion of investing in fly ball pitchers during this insane home run binge the last few seasons would seem to be a strategy to ensure your team finishes in the basement of your fantasy baseball league but 2021 will bring some change on what became a very frustrating development for everyone attached to the game.  So while fans no doubt love the long ball, we had reached a point of overkill the last few seasons as the "juiced" baseball fly out left and right all game long.  Thus, pitchers who were of the fly ball variety saw their ERA's and WHIP's inflate a bit unfairly as one or two bad pitches in an otherwise dominant game did tremendous damage to bottom line numbers.  Alas, MLB came out a few weeks ago and not only admitted to the juiced ball in not so many words but that they were deadening it for 2021 with  the expectation that home run totals would drop sharply.  So what does this mean for 2021 fantasy baseball?  That means those fly ball pitchers who avoided before are not set up to see the biggest boost to their values this season as their ERA's and WHIP's will settle this season more than those who get most of their outs on the ground.  

Taking this a step further, here are the more notable fly ball pitchers who should earn an extra look or a few extra draft dollars this spring:

1.  Julio Urias

2.  Lance Lynn

3.  Gerrit Cole

4.  Tyler Glasnow

5.  Chris Bassitt

6.  Kyle Hendricks

7.  Marco Gonzales

8.  Mike Fiers

9.  Andrew Heaney

10. Jon Lester

11. Trevor Bauer

12. Zack Greinke

13. Johnny Cueto

14. Martin Perez

15. Aaron Civale

16. Mike Minor

17. Zach Davies

18. Clayton Kershaw

19. Jose Berrios

20. Lucas Giolito


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