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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (36 of 37 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 14 14.0
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) 17 13.0 -4.0
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) 23 22.0 -1.0
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) 33 28.0 -5.0
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) 27 32.0 +5.0
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) 76 76.0
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) 79 74.0 -5.0
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) 81 88.0 +7.0
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) 98 103.0 +5.0
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) 113 120.0 +7.0
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) 124 137.0 +13.0
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) 135 124.0 -11.0
 
13 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 161 146.0 -15.0
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.
14 Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,3B) 159 129.0 -30.0
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.
15 Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,DH) 149 145.0 -4.0
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.
16 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B) 190 118.0 -72.0
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.
17 Jonathan Schoop (DET - 2B) 134 153.0 +19.0
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.
18 Nick Madrigal (CWS - 2B,SS) NRI 162 143.0 -19.0
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.
19 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF) 189 144.0 -45.0
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.
20 Travis Shaw (TOR - 2B,3B) 200 204.0 +4.0
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.
21 Hanser Alberto (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) 187 188.0 +1.0
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 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) 219 242.0 +23.0
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.
23 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 169 149.0 -20.0
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.
24 Jose Peraza (BOS - 2B,SS,LF) 213 180.0 -33.0
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.
25 Shed Long (SEA - 2B,LF) 236 219.0 -17.0
 
26 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 296 238.0 -58.0
 
27 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 326 285.0 -41.0
 
28 Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,SS) 253 265.0 +12.0
 
29 Austin Nola (SEA - C,1B,2B) 275 254.0 -21.0
 
30 Brandon Drury (TOR - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF)   325.0  
 
31 Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,SS) 338 349.0 +11.0
 
32 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 335 294.0 -41.0
 
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