Bobby Sylvester’s 10 Hitters to Avoid (Fantasy Baseball 2020)
To help you prepare for your fantasy baseball draft, we are providing Bobby Sylvester’s 10 hitters to avoid entering the 2020 season. Below the players to avoid, you’ll find Bobby’s top-300 fantasy baseball rankings.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS – SD)
Tatis was sensational in his half of season with 22 homers, 16 steals and a .317 batting average but every underlying metric available to us screams significant regression. He is a strong source of power and speed but expect the BA to plummet.
Austin Meadows (OF – TB)
Although we haven’t seen it for an extended stretch, what Meadows did last year, hitting 33 homers with a .291 average and 12 steals makes him well worth considering if he lasts into the fifth round of your drafts. There may be room for more upside as well.
Kris Bryant (3B/OF – CHC)
Bryant is an excellent player, of course, but his fourth-round ADP is a classic case of the name driving the price. He should hit .275 with 30 homers if he stays healthy, but you can find that out of Eddie Rosario and several others a few rounds later.
Yoan Moncada (2B/3B – CWS)
The former top overall prospect had a heck of a season in 2019 but his .400 BABIP is almost certainly not going to repeat in 2020. Even still, this young stud has room for more growth and could provide 30 homers plus 10 steals for fantasy owners.
Tim Anderson (SS – CWS)
Anderson missed 40 games last year but still nearly went 20/20 with 81 runs. If that was all, it would have been a killer season but he also happened to bat .335 for the Sox. We can expect that to drop to near or even below .300 this year but that is still a great buy around the 8th round.
D.J. LeMahieu (1B/2B/3B – NYY)
LeMahieu may have been the most shocking breakout last year, moving from a .276 hitter with limited power at Coors to all of a sudden 26 HRs, 102 RBIs and a .327 BA away from Coors. You can expect some regression but his 2019 campaign was just too great to discount him in the 6th or 7th round.
Bo Bichette (SS – TOR)
Like his father, the young Bichette is one heck of a hitter and he proved that by batting .311 with 11 homers in just 46 games last year. Over a full season, it would be no surprise if he morphed into a 30 homer threat with a quality batting average and all the runs and RBIs to accompany it.
Josh Donaldson (3B – MIN)
Yes, Donaldson hit 37 homers last year with 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs but this is a player who missed 160 games over the prior two seasons and won’t offer average or steals to counteract the injury risk. With that said, his upside looks nice in the 9th round.
Andrew Benintendi (OF – BOS)
Benintendi had a disappointing offensive season in 2019, hitting just 13 homers with 10 steals and a .266 batting average. There is upside, sure, but if he repeats that production, he is barely worth drafting, let alone all the way up in the top 100 picks where his ADP currently is.
Oscar Mercado (OF – CLE)
Mercado impressed as a rookie, hitting 15 homers, stealing 15 bags and scoring 70 runs in just 115 games. His production slowed at the end of the year, though, and the overall batting average will likely dip so don’t expect the same useful pace for all of 2020.
Bobby’s Top-300 Fantasy Baseball Rankings
ADP – Average Draft Position