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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (39 of 47 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 13 12.0 -1.0
Altuve hit a career-high 31 homers last year but still only finished as the #10 fantasy second basemen because the steals have disappeared and his batting average has continued to drop. With that said, he has been so consistent for long enough that he may still be the top second basemen for 2020.
2 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 14 11.0 -3.0
As a 22-year-old, Gleyber managed 38 homers, 96 runs and 91 RBIs with a .280 batting average. There is still room for more growth and it would no surprise if he became an MVP candidate this year as a 23-year-old. There isn't enough speed to make him the top fantasy second basemen yet though.
3 Whit Merrifield (KC - 2B,CF,RF) 24 21.0 -3.0
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
4 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B) 32 25.0 -7.0
LeMahieu may have been the most shocking breakout last year, moving from a .276 hitter with limited power at Coors to all of a sudden 26 HRs, 102 RBIs and a .327 BA away from Coors. You can expect some regression but his 2019 campaign was just too great to discount him in the 6th or 7th round.
5 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B,3B) 22 31.0 +9.0
The former top overall prospect had a heck of a season in 2019 but his .400 BABIP is almost certainly not going to repeat in 2020. Even still, this young stud has room for more growth and could provide 30 homers plus 10 steals for fantasy owners.
6 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B,RF) 75 65.0 -10.0
Biggio might not help in batting average, as we saw last year, but there is no doubt about it that he is a source of both power and speed. 20/20 seems like a near-certainty and there is room for more which sounds great with his 12th round price tag.
7 Danny Santana (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 73 71.0 -2.0
Santana's breakout season was absolutely ridiculous on paper. He finished with 28 homers, 21 steals, a .283 BA and 80+ RBIs and runs in just 474 at-bats. He may not be as efficient this season but even if he takes a step back, he would be a steal in the 13th round.
8 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS,LF) 80 77.0 -3.0
After starting the season slow, Toronto sent Gurriel back to the minors but once he was called back up, he was one of the best hitters in baseball with a nearly 50-homer pace. That won't keep up, but 35 with a strong batting average is entirely possible.
9 Brandon Lowe (TB - 1B,2B) 103 100.0 -3.0
Lowe didn't have a high prospect pedigree nor did he perform in his rookie debut but he blew up last year for the Rays, hitting 17 homers and driving in 51 runs in just 296 at-bats. Don't be surprised if that grows to 25 and 10 with a solid batting average over a full year.
10 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B) 108 112.0 +4.0
We know by now that Odor is going to kill us in the batting average department but he once again swatted 30 homers with 93 RBIs and double-digit steals. You'll either need to target BA early or just punt the category altogether, but Odor is great for the other four categories.
11 Cesar Hernandez (CLE - 2B) 116 131.0 +15.0
There is nothing sexy about grabbing Hernandez in the 22nd round as your #3 middle infielder but he has been as consistent as you'll find over the last few years. He is a safe bet for 15 homers, 10 steals and useful batting average while playing just about every game.
12 Luis Arraez (MIN - 2B,3B,LF) 120 124.0 +4.0
13 Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,DH) 130 142.0 +12.0
Solak was never a big prospect but he always raked in the minors then continued that trend upon being called up for Texas. He finished the year with 32 combined homers, 91 RBIs and a .290 batting average. That seems unlikely in his full rookie season, but the kid can surely hit.
14 Jonathan Schoop (DET - 2B) 131 155.0 +24.0
Say what you want about Schoop's batting average risk but this is a middle infielder who has hit 76 homers in his last three seasons despite missing 80 games over the last two years. With a full bill of health, we could see 30 bombs with 100 RBIs out of a late-round second baseman.
15 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 138 134.0 -4.0
After hitting 1 homer in 123 games during the 2018 season, La Stella completely changed his game and caught fire in 2019. He swatted 16 of them in just 292 at-bats and prior to injury, he was batting .295 as well. There is a chance he continues that performance over a full season this year.
16 Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,3B) 146 118.0 -28.0
Chavis came out blazing after he made his MLB debut and many were calling him the next great star but he cooled off in a huge way and ended up only hitting .254 but with 18 homers in 347 at-bats. With multi-position eligibility, this is a premiere breakout candidate to target late in drafts.
17 Nick Madrigal (CWS - 2B,SS) NRI 142 140.0 -2.0
Madrigal is a talented prospect but probably not quite worth drafting and stashing in a standard-sized league. From the moment he is called up, though, Madrigal should be owned everywhere.
18 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B) 167 157.0 -10.0
Gordon only played half a season and fantasy owners still received 22 steals from him. With a full season, 40 and 100 runs is not out of the question. Although he won't help with homers or RBIs, steals are hard enough to get that he is worth a 20th round pick.
19 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 179 158.0 -21.0
Goodrum isn't going to hit even .250 but this a multi-position guy for your bench that will hit a dozen homers and steal a dozen bases.
20 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF) 188 146.0 -42.0
It is clear that Fletcher won't provide much in the way of homers or RBIs but this a guy who should boost your BA and provide 75+ runs in the final few rounds while playing multiple positions.
21 Hanser Alberto (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) 169 183.0 +14.0
Alberto doesn't walk much but fortunately for fantasy owners, all that matters is his .305 batting average. That might not stick around though and he certainly won't help you with power or speed.
22 Travis Shaw (TOR - 2B,3B) 187 182.0 -5.0
Shaw was awful last year, batting .157 and losing his job but he was playing through injuries. Don't forget that he hit 30+ homers in back to back seasons before last year's struggles.
23 Jose Peraza (BOS - 2B,SS,LF) 233 192.0 -41.0
Peraza is a long way removed from batting .234 as a rookie with 21 steals in half a season, but he is very young still and should start in Boston's great offense so don't be surprised if he breaks out in 2020.
24 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) 231 293.0 +62.0
Barreto may not be the favorite to start on opening day, but he has legitimate five-tool talent and should be owned everywhere from the moment he takes his spot in the starting lineup.
25 Shed Long (SEA - 2B,LF) 267 235.0 -32.0
26 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 435 326.0 -109.0
27 Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,SS) 330 245.0 -85.0
28 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 308 276.0 -32.0
29 Austin Nola (SEA - C,1B,2B) 315 290.0 -25.0
30 Tony Kemp (OAK - 2B,LF,CF) 362 340.0 -22.0
31 Joe Panik (TOR - 2B) 396 457.0 +61.0
32 Brandon Drury (TOR - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF) 417 348.0 -69.0
33 Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,SS) 449 249.0 -200.0
34 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 384 327.0 -57.0
35 Dawel Lugo (DET - 2B,3B) 458 258.0 -200.0
36 Thairo Estrada (NYY - 2B,SS) MiLB 455    
37 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B,LF) 456 429.0 -27.0
38 Sheldon Neuse (OAK - 2B,3B) MiLB   346.0  
39 Mike Brosseau (TB - 2B,3B) MiLB   436.0  
40 Eli White (TEX - 2B,SS) NRI 418 465.0 +47.0
41 Harold Castro (DET - 2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)   368.0  
42 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS)   270.0  
43 Jordy Mercer (DET - 1B,2B,SS) NRI 470 442.0 -28.0
44 Christian Arroyo (CLE - 2B,3B) 457 255.0 -202.0
45 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF) 459 341.0 -118.0
46 Andrew Velazquez (BAL - 2B,SS) 462    
47 Jonathan Arauz (BOS - 2B,SS) 463    
48 Tzu-Wei Lin (BOS - 2B,SS) 464    
49 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10      
50 Tim Lopes (SEA - 2B,LF) 468 440.0 -28.0
51 Dylan Moore (SEA - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)   375.0  
52 Stevie Wilkerson (BAL - 2B,LF,CF,RF) MiLB      
53 Vidal Brujan (TB - 2B) MiLB   353.0  
54 Richard Urena (BAL - 2B,SS) MiLB      
55 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) IL60   227.0  
56 Pat Valaika (BAL - 2B) MiLB      
57 Jack Mayfield (HOU - 2B,SS) MiLB      
58 Mike Freeman (CLE - 2B,3B,SS) NRI   370.0  
59 Jahmai Jones (LAA - 2B,CF) MiLB      
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