Colorado Rockies 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview
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As part of our 2020 season preparations, we are going digging into the fantasy options for every Major League Baseball team.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Colorado Rockies from a fantasy perspective.
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- Better in OBP formats: Ryan McMahon
- Worse in OBP formats: Daniel Murphy
- Better than his ADP: David Dahl (140)
- Worse than his ADP: Trevor Story (9)
- Bench bat(s) worth rostering: Garrett Hampson
- Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Most likely none if everyone stays healthy
Quick Thoughts: There’s no denying that the Colorado Rockies can hit, although we could debate how much of the Rockies’ offense is inflated because of the thin atmosphere at Coors Field. Regardless of the cause, Colorado’s lineup is full of fantasy potential from top-to-bottom.
- Better than his ADP: Jon Gray (239)
- Worse than his ADP: German Marquez (179)
- Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Antonio Senzatela
- Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Chi Chi Gonzalez
Quick Thoughts: There’s a yin to every yang. If we’re able to look for offense from the Colorado Rockies in a given year, then we have to approach the pitching staff cautiously. There is undeniable talent in some of the arms, but the same overall net is cast on the team. Offense reigns supreme in Colorado, and it limits the upside of all Rockies pitchers.
- Projected closer: Wade Davis (Job Security: LOW)
- Top backup: Scott Oberg
- Premier holds option: Jairo Diaz, Carlos Estevez
- Sneaky holds option: Jake McGee
Quick Thoughts: As potential fantasy owners, we’re allowed to be upset. So, let’s collectively groan as we hear manager Bud Black announce that Wade Davis will be the team’s closer. It’s not that Davis isn’t good enough; it’s that we can’t trust Black will believe in Davis for the majority of the season. If we’re using numbers, then Scott Oberg is the clear choice over Davis. That Black disagrees is enough for us to worry. For now, draft Davis as the team’s closer, but make sure you have depth at the position.
- Relevant in 2020: Brendan Rodgers, Ryan Castellani
- Worth a look for 2021 and beyond: Ryan Rolison, Michael Toglia, Colton Welker
- Don’t believe the hype: Grant Lavigne
Quick Thoughts: Surgery for Brendan Rodgers has derailed his easy route to a starting role with the Major League squad, but a delayed season might help him become more fantasy relevant in 2020 than he would have been originally. Elsewhere, Grant Lavigne is arguably the most hyped prospect that still has a lot to prove in the Minor Leagues. He’s slated for long-term development that has not started off as well as it should. Lavigne might meet expectations, but likely not before others in the Rockies’ pipeline.
Other Helpful Fantasy Info
- Park Factor: There’s no hiding or denying that Coors Field is a hitter-haven. It ranks first in every single offensive category except home runs by right-handed bats — where it ranks third.
- Green Light Rating: MEDIUM — Manager Bud Black was well above-average in terms of aggressiveness in his previous stint with the San Diego Padres, but he has lessened his need for speed with the Colorado Rockies. His team still runs, but closer to league average now.
- Likeliest 2020 roster moves: We can’t rule out a potential trade of superstar Nolan Arenado, although it’s not exactly “likely.” What’s more likely is a reshuffling of the bullpen that probably includes a trade for help at the back-end.
- Bold Fantasy Prediction: David Dahl finally stays healthy and finishes the season as a top-ten fantasy hitter.
- Bland Fantasy Prediction: Nolan Arenado finishes the season as the top fantasy third baseman and a top-three overall fantasy hitter, outperforming his slightly decreased ADP.