2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (34 of 35 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS)||5||4.0||-1.0||
Thanks to his 122 runs and 41 homers, Bregman outperformed Story, Turner and Lindor last year so you might consider him at #6 overall once Bellinger is gone but his lack of steals makes his ceiling a bit lower than each of those other first rounders.
|2||Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B)||6||7.0||+1.0||
Ramirez is certainly an interesting case because he only finished 15th among fantasy third basemen in 2019 but finished the year so strong that many are remembering why he was a first round pick to begin with. Ramirez is a near-ock to go 20/20 again but with upside for that majestic 40/35 season with a strong average.
|3||Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B)||8||6.0||-2.0||
While Rendon may be the best overall third basemen in real life, walks and defense don't translate to fantasy. Rather, we are looking at a player without speed but one whose 4-category bat makes him a strong second round pick for the 2020 season.
|4||Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B)||9||8.0||-1.0||
Believe it or not, Devers managed to finish at the number one fantasy third basemen last year over Rendon, Arenado and Bregman. Batting in the middle of Boston's great lineup afforded him 129 runs and 115 RBIs which went a long way, but he contributed in all five categories and is young enough that he might do even better in 2020.
|5||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B,DH)||28||24.0||-4.0||
It wouldn't surprise anyone if Guerrero batted .330 with 40 homers this year but we are still talking about a kid who didn't outperform Brian Anderson, Renato Nunez or Todd Frazier last year in similar plate appearances. His upside is breathtaking but there is unquestionably some risk at his ADP.
|6||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.
|7||Josh Donaldson (MIN - 3B)||39||47.0||+8.0||
Yes, Donaldson hit 37 homers last year with 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs but this is a player who missed 160 games over the prior two seasons and won't offer average or steals to counteract the injury risk. With that said, his upside looks nice in the 9th round.
|8||Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B)||41||42.0||+1.0||
If fantasy were real life, Chapman might be the second best third basemen in the league but fantasy accounts for average instead of OBP and his 1 steal won't help much. Rather, he is big power guy with runs, homers and not much else to help your fantasy team.
|9||DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B)||32||29.0||-3.0||
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.
|10||Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B)||73||66.0||-7.0||
Sano missed over 50 games but still hit 34 homers and drove in 79 runs. With a full season, 50/110/110 is a real possibility but let's not pretend that he hasn't let fantasy owners down a number of times so there is most definitely some risk as well.
|11||Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B)||70||71.0||+1.0||
Gurriel was unbelievable last season going from 13 homers and 85 RBIs to 31 and 104. Even with the power spike, he maintained his .290 BA for the third straight season. Although he is older, it is clear that fantasy owners can still rely on him for plenty of production.
|12||Danny Santana (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||80||73.0||-7.0||
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.
|13||Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF)||101||92.0||-9.0||
Dozier had a strong 2019, batting .279 with 26 homers, 75 runs and 84 RBIs. He won't swipe any bags, but that was good enough to outproduce Rhys Hoskins and Edwin Encarnacion from a fantasy perspective and fantasy owners can expect more four category production this year.
|14||Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B)||112||110.0||-2.0||
Urshela was among the most surprising breakouts in 2019, batting .315 with 21 homers for the Yankees. Although that isn't going to keep up, he earned playing time in New York and may prove worth of that 20th round ADP.
|15||Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH)||116||123.0||+7.0||
Andujar virtually missed the entire season so there is some risk in relying on a bounceback or even a full year of stats, but if we get it, we've seen the upside to be a .300 average with 25+ homers. With an ADP above 300, you should be able to get him super late in drafts.
|16||Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B,DH)||121||137.0||+16.0||
Diaz finally received some playing time and the bat was strong as expected with 14 homers in just half a season. The batting average has room for growth too so don't be surprised if a full season gives fantasy owners 25 homers with a .280 average.
|17||Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,DH)||148||140.0||-8.0||
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.
|18||Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,3B)||139||119.0||-20.0||
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.
|19||Renato Nunez (BAL - 1B,3B,DH)||137||135.0||-2.0||
Nunez went from 8 homers and a .258 average in 2018 to a breakout performance with 31 homers and 90 RBIs. The batting average certainly won't help fantasy owners, however.
|20||Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B)||169||133.0||-36.0||
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.
|21||Luis Arraez (MIN - 2B,3B,LF)||142||125.0||-17.0|
|22||Maikel Franco (KC - 3B)||179||236.0||+57.0||
Franco again played just 123 games but still hit 17 homers. With a change of scenery, we may finally get a chance to see Franco's upside which could be in the tune of 30 homers and a .275 average.
|23||Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B)||149||144.0||-5.0||
Seager hasn't hit for batting average in any of the last three seasons, but he did manage to swat 20+ homers for the seventh straight season and he did it last year in just 106 games. This might be a cheap way to grab 30 homers in 2020.
|24||Travis Shaw (TOR - 2B,3B)||193||221.0||+28.0||
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.
|25||David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF)||185||139.0||-46.0||
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.
|26||Hanser Alberto (BAL - 2B,3B,SS)||158||194.0||+36.0||
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.
|27||Todd Frazier (TEX - 3B)||144||282.0||+138.0|
|28||Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,3B,SS)||282||245.0||-37.0|
|29||Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||256||197.0||-59.0||
Marwin is a long way removed from batting .303 with 90 RBIs for the Astros in the now infamous 2017 Astros' season, but he still has 20 homer power if he can stay on the field and the batting average shouldn't hurt.
|30||Rio Ruiz (BAL - 1B,3B)||250||328.0||+78.0|
|31||Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,3B,SS)||244||215.0||-29.0|
|32||Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,1B,3B)||253||186.0||-67.0||
If Astudillo gets more playing time this year, fantasy owners can expect a useful batting average but not much in the way of power or speed.
|33||Jeimer Candelario (DET - 1B,3B)||235||292.0||+57.0|
|34||Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,SS)||306.0|
|35||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||299||314.0||+15.0|
|36||Brandon Drury (TOR - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF)||341.0|
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|Saquon Barkley (NYG)||RB|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||RB|
|Michael Thomas (NO)||WR|
|Dalvin Cook (MIN)||RB|
|Derrick Henry (TEN)||RB|
|Alvin Kamara (NO)||RB|
|Tyreek Hill (KC)||WR|
|DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)||WR|
|Aaron Jones (GB)||RB|
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|Joe Mixon (CIN)||RB|
|Nick Chubb (CLE)||RB|
|Davante Adams (GB)||WR|
|Julio Jones (ATL)||WR|
|Chris Godwin (TB)||WR|
|Mike Evans (TB)||WR|
|George Kittle (SF)||TE|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||TE|
|Leonard Fournette (JAC)||RB|
|Lamar Jackson (BAL)||QB|
|Josh Jacobs (OAK)||RB|
|Kenny Golladay (DET)||WR|
|Amari Cooper (DAL)||WR|
|D.J. Moore (CAR)||WR|
|Todd Gurley (LAR)||RB|
|Chris Carson (SEA)||RB|
|Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)||WR|
|Allen Robinson (CHI)||WR|
|Miles Sanders (PHI)||RB|
|Mark Andrews (BAL)||TE|
|Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)||LF,CF|
|Mike Trout (LAA)||CF|
|Christian Yelich (MIL)||LF,RF|
|Cody Bellinger (LAD)||1B,CF|
|Mookie Betts (LAD)||CF,RF|
|Francisco Lindor (CLE)||SS|
|Trevor Story (COL)||SS|
|Gerrit Cole (NYY)||SP|
|Trea Turner (WSH)||SS|
|Nolan Arenado (COL)||3B|
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|Jacob deGrom (NYM)||SP|
|Juan Soto (WSH)||LF|
|Justin Verlander (HOU)||SP|
|Alex Bregman (HOU)||3B,SS|
|Freddie Freeman (ATL)||1B|
|Max Scherzer (WSH)||SP|
|Jose Ramirez (CLE)||3B|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||LF,RF|
|Walker Buehler (LAD)||SP|
|Anthony Rendon (LAA)||3B|
|Rafael Devers (BOS)||3B|
|Bryce Harper (PHI)||RF|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)||SS|
|Aaron Judge (NYY)||RF|
|Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||SS|
|Stephen Strasburg (WSH)||SP|
|Javier Baez (CHC)||SS|
|Jack Flaherty (STL)||SP|
|Starling Marte (ARI)||CF|
|Yordan Alvarez (HOU)||LF,DH|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||PF,C|
|James Harden (HOU)||PG,SG|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)||SF,PF|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||C|
|Kevin Durant (BKN)||SF,PF|
|LeBron James (LAL)||SF,PF|
|Stephen Curry (GSW)||PG,SG|
|Nikola Jokic (DEN)||PF,C|
|Damian Lillard (POR)||PG|
|Russell Westbrook (HOU)||PG|
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|Victor Oladipo (IND)||PG,SG|
|Paul George (LAC)||SF,PF|
|Joel Embiid (PHI)||PF,C|
|Kawhi Leonard (LAC)||SG,SF|
|Chris Paul (OKC)||PG|
|Jimmy Butler (MIA)||SG,SF|
|Kemba Walker (BOS)||PG|
|Ben Simmons (PHI)||PG,SF|
|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||PG,SG|
|Jrue Holiday (NOR)||PG,SG|
|Rudy Gobert (UTH)||C|
|Andre Drummond (CLE)||PF,C|
|John Wall (WAS)||PG|
|Kyle Lowry (TOR)||PG|
|Donovan Mitchell (UTH)||PG,SG|
|Khris Middleton (MIL)||SG,SF|
|Bradley Beal (WAS)||SG|
|Kevin Love (CLE)||PF,C|
|Draymond Green (GSW)||PF,C|
|LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)||PF,C|