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San Diego Padres 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Apr 15, 2020

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Welcome back to our 2020 team-by-team previews. Today we will be checking out one of the teams with the most star-studded talent in fantasy this year, the San Diego Padres.

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Starting Lineup

1 Fernando Tatis SS
2 Tommy Pham LF
3 Manny Machado 3B
4 Eric Hosmer 1B
5 Trent Grisham CF
6 Wil Myers RF
7 Jurickson Profar 2B
8 Francisco Mejia C


Quick notes: This team is loaded with talent. Fernando Tatis is a risk/reward pick in the early rounds, but he could be a top-5 pick in 2021. Eric Hosmer is boring, but it’s nice to see him finally coming around on analytics and trying to elevate the ball. He’s an accumulator. Trent Grisham is a guy that you should target and grab in every draft at his current price. There’s nothing but value there.

Pitching Rotation

1 Chris Paddack R
2 Garrett Richards R
3 Dinelson Lamet R
4 Joey Lucchesi L
5 Zach Davies R


Quick notes: Chris Paddack is a bonafide ace. Don’t overthink it. Speaking of aces, just wait until you see MacKenzie Gore when he gets called up, as he has top-10 overall upside at SP. The Padres have no reason not to let Garrett Richards throw as many innings as he possibly can since he’s a pending free agent. The strikeouts will be nice, but Dinelson Lamet is a two-pitch pitcher (with one elite pitch), who gets hit hard when the batters make contact, and he struggles with walks. He’s a reliever long-term, and this year, if you want his production, just wait a few rounds and take Robbie Ray instead.


Quick notes: Kirby Yates has a strong hold on the closer’s role, but if he slips up at all, there are many guys in the wings that the Padres — who are feeling the pressure to compete this year — can turn to in a moment’s notice.


Other Helpful Fantasy Info

  • Park Factor: 90.4 for runs, 87 for homers, 95.7 for singles, 94.6 for doubles, 87.1 for triples.
  • Green Light Rating: Unknown (new manager).
  • Likeliest 2020 roster moves: Acquiring a bullpen arm and bench bats.
  • Bold Fantasy Prediction: Trent Grisham posts a 27/18 homer/steals line.
  • Bland Fantasy Prediction: Manny Machado finishes outside of the top-12 at 3B and SS.

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Michael Waterloo is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Michael, check out his archive and follow him @MichaelWaterloo.

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