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Cleveland Indians 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview

by Carmen Maiorano | @carmsclubhouse | Featured Writer
Mar 27, 2020

Jose Ramirez could perform better than his ADP this season in fantasy

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Cleveland Indians from a fantasy perspective:

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Starting Lineup

1 Francisco Lindor SS
2 Cesar Hernandez 2B
3 Jose Ramirez 3B
4 Carlos Santana 1B
5 Franmil Reyes DH
6 Domingo Santana LF
7 Oscar Mercado CF
8 Roberto Perez C
9 Greg Allen RF


  • Better in OBP formats: C. Santana, Hernandez, D. Santana
  • Worse in OBP formats: Mercado
  • Better than his ADP: Ramirez, C. Santana, Hernandez, Reyes, D. Santana, Mercado, Allen
  • Worse than his ADP: Perez
  • Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Allen

Bench bat(s) worth rostering: None in 12-team leagues. Jordan Luplow and Delino Deshields can find themselves on 15-team leagues or deeper, pending roster construction. Also keep an eye out for Tyler Naquin and Bradley Zimmer, two oft-injured guys who have flashed potential.

Pitching Rotation

1 Mike Clevinger R
2 Shane Bieber R
3 Carlos Carrasco R
4 Aaron Civale R
5 Zach Plesac R


  • Better than his ADP: Clevinger
  • Worse than his ADP: Civale, Plesac
  • Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Plesac
  • Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Logan Allen



Other Helpful Fantasy Info

  • Park Factor: 102 (league average is 100)
  • Green Light Rating: HIGH

Likeliest 2020 roster moves: Logan Allen and Adam Plutko will be shuffled in and out of the starting rotation for injuries or ineffectiveness. Delino Deshields, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, and Bradley Zimmer will battle for at-bats in right field against righties, with Jordan Luplow getting most of the at-bats against lefties.

Bold Fantasy Prediction: Jose Ramirez bounces back from his awkward 2019 season to finish as a top-seven hitter in 2020. He will get there by going 33/25 with 200 combined runs and RBI (in a normal season), and will also help in batting average by hitting at least .280.

Bland Fantasy Prediction: Cesar Hernandez finishes easily inside the top-20 second basemen, chipping in with double-digit homers and steals while combining for 125 runs and RBI (in a normal season), while also hitting .275.

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Carmen Maiorano is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Carmen, check out his archive and personal fantasy blog and follow him @carmsclubhouse.

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