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Toronto Blue Jays 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview

by Carmen Maiorano | @carmsclubhouse | Featured Writer
Mar 26, 2020

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays from a fantasy perspective.

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Starting Lineup

1 Bo Bichette SS
2 Cavan Biggio 2B
3 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B
5 Randal Grichuk CF
6 Teoscar Hernandez RF
7 Travis Shaw 1B
8 Danny Jansen C
9 Derek Fisher DH

  • Better in OBP formats: Biggio, Shaw, Hernandez, Fisher, Rowdy Tellez
  • Worse in OBP formats: Guerrero Jr., Bichette, Gurriel Jr., Grichuk
  • Better than his ADP: Guerrero Jr., Shaw, Fisher, Tellez
  • Worse than his ADP: Biggio, Jansen
  • Bench bat(s) worth rostering: Tellez, Reese McGuire
  • Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Fisher, Shaw

Pitching Rotation

1 Hyun-Jin Ryu L
2 Chase Anderson R
3 Tanner Roark R
4 Matt Shoemaker R
5 Trent Thornton R

  • Better than his ADP: Anderson, Roark
  • Worse than his ADP: Shoemaker
  • Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Shoemaker
  • Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Nate Pearson



Other Helpful Fantasy Info

  • Park Factor: 105 (league average is 100)
  • Green Light Rating: LOW
  • Scheduling, the good: While we don’t know what will happen with scheduling, any time the Blue Jays play the Orioles is good. The Blue Jays also have a stretch in what is now June that features the Mariners, Tigers, Pirates, Brewers, and end at home against the Angels and White Sox.
  • Scheduling, the bad: A stretch in August (at least currently) features four on the road against the Astros sandwiched between series against the Rays, and then interleague games against the Cubs and Cardinals. After that, they get the Yankees and Royals on the road.
  • Likeliest 2020 roster moves: Nate Pearson will likely be in the rotation within a month of the season starting. I’m also expecting Rowdy Tellez to replace Travis Shaw or Derek Fisher in the lineup due to ineffectiveness by one or both of those players.
  • Bold Fantasy Prediction: Nate Pearson comes up within a month of the season starting and is the best AL rookie pitcher. He will finish with a sub-3.75 ERA, sub-1.25 WHIP, and strike out nearly a batter per inning.
  • Bland Fantasy Prediction: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. breaks out one year later than expected, posting 30+ HR and a .300 average with a combined 190 runs and RBI, making him a top-20 hitter.

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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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