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Michael Waterloo’s Fantasy Baseball Rankings: February Update

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Feb 18, 2020

With teams reporting to Spring Training, it was time to revisit my initial set of rankings that I put together at the turn of the new year.

I’ll be updating them at least one more time before Opening Day, but also consistently throughout the year.

With each update, I’ll highlight a riser and faller from each position.

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Catcher

Riser

Christian Vazquez (C – BOS) +5
I think I was too quick to dismiss Vazquez’ 2019 season. By volume alone, he has a chance to repeat.

Faller

Sean Murphy (C – OAK) -4
It’s no fault of Murphy’s, honestly. I think he profiles more as a better real life option than fantasy option, and I had some other guys to move above him.

First Base

Riser

Eric Hosmer (1B – SD) +4
Let’s be clear, I moved Hosmer up to 25th overall, so it’s not exactly an endorsement. He’s just a fine guy to end up with as a CI if you wait until your last pick.

Faller

Nate Lowe (1B – TB) -15
This one is totally on the Rays for not giving Lowe a shot at everyday at-bats.

Second Base

Riser

Luis Arraez (2B – MIN) +18
I left Arraez off my first rankings, and that was my mistake. He’s a safe bet for a great average late, but has the potential to be more than just an empty average guy.

Faller

Luis Urias (2B – MIL) -10
Urias is the perfect post-hype sleeper guy, but his hamate injury and questionable status for Opening Day forces me to downgrade him for now.

Third Base

Riser

Travis Shaw (2B/3B – TOR) +7
Shaw is becoming one of my favorite late-round targets — especially in that ballpark.

Faller

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B – TOR) -3
I still love Gurrero, and I expect him to put up MVP-type numbers, but I was jumping the gun a bit by having him third overall at the position.

Shortstop

Riser

Trevor Story (SS – COL) +3
With the all-around game that Story brings in Colorado, I’ve moved him up to my No. 1 player at the position.

Faller

Nico Hoerner (SS – CHC) -8
I like Hoerner still as a Ben Zobrist-type player, but with Jason Kipnis and David Bote around, he’s not guaranteed a starting spot.

Outfield

Riser

Kole Calhoun (OF – ARI) +18
He’s boring, but he’ll volume his way into value in Arizona as an OF5.

Faller

Aristides Aquino (OF – CIN) -45
There are just too many cooks in the kitchen, and Aquino seems like the most likely outfielder to bomb and lose playing time with his finish to the year and dismal winter league showing.

Starting Pitcher

Riser

A.J. Puk (SP/RP – OAK) +9
No, I’m not buying the no innings limit for him or Jesus Luzardo. Yes, I’m still interested and want shares.

Faller

Mike Clevinger (SP – CLE) -15
He’s going to be the singular name that will be the most tracked player as we lead up to drafts as his value falls after knee surgery.

Relief Pitcher

Riser

Nick Anderson (RP – TB) +34
He had sleeper status and standalone value before the Emilio Pagan trade. He’s unlikely to get all of the saves in Tampa, but he has the best stuff of the group.

Faller

Sean Doolittle (RP – WAS) -4
There are too many alternatives to count on Doolittle as your RP1.

 

 

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