2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Kris Bryant

by Nick Zaniboni
2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Kris Bryant

Welcome back to the 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week series. This week, I break down a player who could be characterized as an elder statesman in a dynasty league, Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant. Last week I covered the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow.

I'm incredibly excited to give some insight on Bryant this week. The age of 30 is a dangerous number when it comes to dynasty assets. It is looked at as a negative thing that a player is 30. It is crazy to think a 30-year-old athlete is being put into question simply because he is 30. Lucky for us Kris Bryant is not the dreaded 30 and is going into his age 29 season.

This week, the blog will look different than my previous posts. We will not be talking about Bryant's rise through the prospect ranks or his rookie season. We will be focusing on the brutal 2020 season for Bryant and what the future could hold. And most of all, I will touch on what you, a dynasty general manager, should do with our 2021 dynasty baseball player of the week: Kris Bryant. 

Kris Bryant is ranked #78 overall in our latest dynasty rankings.

2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Kris Bryant

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Good, Great, Meh, or bad?

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We are going to play a game for the first section this week. I will be going through Bryants seasons and tell you if they were good, great, meh, or bad.

2015: Good - Rookie of the year, All-Star

2016: Great-MVP, All-Star

2017: Good

2018: Meh

2019: Good, All-Star

2020: Bad

Not really a mixed bag; Bryant has been good or excellent for the majority of his career. For some context, here are Bryant's numbers for those six seasons.

Among active players, Bryant has the eighth-best OBP, standing at an elite .380. Paired with Bryant's great power, it is easy to see why fantasy owners were salivating over Bryant. So now begs the question, what happened?

Is 2020 over yet?

In short, yes, yes, it is over! The former all-star and NL MVP was a replaceable player in 2020. Bryant was plagued by injury after injury, and he never found himself in any type of groove. He slashed a horrible .205/.289/.331 in a forgettable season.

Bryant was asked if he hears the chatter from fans in his post-season presser that he performed below expectations. Bryant did not mix any words and replied, "I don't give a sh**. I really don't. That's a good answer. I'm over it. Sometimes I go out there and go 4 for 4, and it's not good enough for some people, so I DON'T GIVE A SH**."

Last year Bryant was bad, ice-cold, a lot like all of the blue you can see in his percentile rankings courtesy of baseball savant.

As I mentioned, Bryant was battling injuries all season; recently, more information about his injures came to light. He played most of the season with a broken left wrist and torn ligaments in his ring finger. These injuries could very well be the difference between Bryant being a top 30 player drafted in dynasty instead of 75-100.

The Cub's offseason was pretty busy; the pieces of the dynasty that never was were on the move with both Kyle Schwaber and Jon Lester joining the Nats. Many wondered if Bryant would be the next to go. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw this tweet from Jeff Passon.

Unfortunately for me, Kris Bryant will not be smashing balls over the green monster this season. So for now Bryant will be a member of this Cubs team.

2021 and Beyond

I am fully confident that if healthy, Bryant can and will return to form. I am not, however, optimistic that Bryant can stay healthy for a prolonged period. But in the end, the guy is just too talented and has the track record of being an elite hitter with elite discipline.

As of this writing, Bryant is not exactly setting the world on fire in Spring training. He is Slashing .214/.371/.357 through 12 games thus far. I would treat Bryant closer to his season-long ADP around pick 100-120 instead of his usual dynasty ranking inside the top 100.

As always, this week, I tried to start a trade discussion for Bryant in one of my leagues. The owner replied to my inquiry with, "Probably not going to move him, he is a strong bounce-back candidate, and I would rather not sell low."

I tend to agree. I would wait and see with Bryant. He could quickly bounce back or quickly fizzle out; it will undoubtedly be an exciting ride. I root for the guy though he has been fun to watch grow from billboards outside of Wrigley before he even took an at-bat until now.

It would definitely be a gamble, but that's why we are dynasty managers. We like to think that we know more than other people in our league. And if you are reading this and saying, " I don't do that," then you, my friend are doing it wrong. Until next time.

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