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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview

by Carmen Maiorano | @carmsclubhouse | Featured Writer
Apr 10, 2020

If Yandy Diaz can stay healthy and play 85% of the season, he will finish the season as a top-100 hitter.

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Starting Lineup

1 Austin Meadows LF
2 Brandon Lowe 2B
3 Yandy Diaz 3B
4 Ji-Man Choi 1B
5 Hunter Renfroe RF
6 Yoshi Tsutsugo DH
7 Kevin Kiermaier CF
8 Mike Zunino C
9 Willy Adames SS
  • Better in OBP formats: Choi, Nate Lowe
  • Worse in OBP formats: Meadows, Tsutsugo
  • Better than his ADP: Meadows (45), N. Lowe (386), Choi (518), Zunino (436), Adames (338)
  • Worse than his ADP: Renfroe (227), Tsutsugo (316)
  • Bench bat(s) worth rostering: N. Lowe, Manuel Margot, Jose Martinez in 15-team leagues and deeper.
  • Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Choi, Tsutsugo, Kiermaier

Pitching Rotation

1 Blake Snell L
2 Charlie Morton R
3 Tyler Glasnow R
4 Ryan Yarbrough L
5 Yonny Chirinos R
  • Better than his ADP: Chirinos
  • Worse than his ADP: None
  • Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Chirinos
  • Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Brendan McKay



Other Helpful Fantasy Info

  • Park Factor: 91 (league average is 100)
  • Green Light Rating: HIGH

Likeliest 2020 roster moves: McKay will eventually come up, likely at the expense of an injury to a very injury-prone rotation. First base and DH will likely be a rotating cast of characters. Nate Lowe should eventually force his way into the lineup with his big power, despite his recent demotion to Triple A.

Bold Fantasy Prediction: If Yandy Diaz can stay healthy and play 85% of the season, he will finish the season as a top-100 hitter. His progressively higher lift in his swing should result in a HR/FB% rate of 17%-ish, and he will have plenty of run and RBI opportunities hitting in the top third of the lineup regularly.

Bland Fantasy Prediction: Three Rays (Anderson, Castillo, Alvarado) notch 90% of the team’s saves, but none of them accumulate more than 40% of the team’s saves individually. Anderson ends up being the highest-ranked reliever on the virtue of his elite ratios and dominant K-rate.

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

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