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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (37 of 47 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C) 59 36.0 -23.0
Yes, Sanchez did manage to swat 34 homers and has historical power potential for the position, but you are definitely going to take a hit at batting average if you draft him. With that said, hitting in the middle of the Yankees lineup should afford fantasy owners loads of RBIs and runs too.
2 Yasmani Grandal (CWS - C,1B) 67 48.0 -19.0
In terms of overall game, Grandal may be the best catcher in all of baseball, as his OBP will hover just south of .400 and he plays excellent defense but the BA will be closer to that .240 mark and his HRs, RBIs and runs should dip in the ballpark and lineup moves from MIL to CWS.
3 Mitch Garver (MIN - C) 84 59.0 -25.0
Garver may be the most difficult catcher to peg this season because his breakout was so extreme and such a surprise. He hit 31 homers in just 311 at-bats. Surely that rate will regress but he should also get more trips to the plate too so 35 HRs, .260 BA is not out of the question by any means.
4 Salvador Perez (KC - C) 98 86.0 -12.0
Perez missed the entire season but is still just 30 years old and let's not forget that he was an all-star for six consecutive seasons. There is no more consistent source of power at the position but his BA has dipped into danger territory two times in three seasons. Perez ends the top teir of reliable catchers.
5 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C,1B) 138 103.0 -35.0
Vasquez is being drafted as the ninth catcher off the board this season but finished 2019 as the #4 catcher in fantasy with 23 homers and a solid .276 average. Playing in Boston's treacherous lineup certainly dosn't hurt either. His upside isn't as sexy but this is a good bat well worth using as a top 12 catcher.
6 Sean Murphy (OAK - C) 155 119.0 -36.0
Murphy didn't show much in his September debut but he was a top prospect for a reason, hitting .293 with 20 extra-base hits in just 41 minor league games. Murphy should be in the lineup almost every day and can be expected to contribute in four categories.
7 Tom Murphy (SEA - C) 189 125.0 -64.0
Murphy was quietly exceptional for the Mariners in just 260 at-bats, knocking 18 homers with 40 RBIs and a .269 BA. Now that Narvaez is out of his way and in Milwaukee, Murphy should add 200 trips to the plate and could approach 25 or perhaps even 30 homers for fantasy owners.
8 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 181 141.0 -40.0
Among the C2 options, no one has more upside, perhaps, than Jansen. He did only bat .208 last year but this was a very strong minor league hitter plus he has some pop.
9 Robinson Chirinos (TEX - C) 205 151.0 -54.0
Chirinos may be older and a batting average liability, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he'll provide 15+ homers and 50+ RBIs for fantasy owners as a strong C2 option.
10 Roberto Perez (CLE - C) 257 137.0 -120.0
Perez managed to finish among the top 12 fantasy catchers last season, driving in 63 runs on 24 homers. The batting average ended up below .240 but with a low-end C2, that is just par for the course.
11 Jason Castro (LAA - C) 248 202.0 -46.0
Castro knocked 13 homers in just 237 at-bats last year and may end up with more playing time this year, but if he does, fantasy owners can expect a lackluster batting average.
12 Mike Zunino (TB - C) 223 241.0 +18.0
Zunino's but was so bad last year with a .165 BA that he may end up losing his job altogether, but we know there is no other C3 with this kind of upside. It wouldn't surprise anyone if he knocked 30 homers this year.
13 James McCann (CWS - C) 286 164.0 -122.0
McCann was the #7 fantasy catcher in 2019, swatting 18 homers with a solid .276 average but Chicago went and acquired Grandal so you'd expect McCann sees less playing time this season.
14 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,1B,3B) 365 207.0 -158.0
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.
15 Austin Romine (DET - C) 274 215.0 -59.0
Romine is expected to start for Detroit and should once again provide a solid batting average but he doesn't offer enough in terms of power to even be a C2 for fantasy teams.
16 Chance Sisco (BAL - C) 310 250.0 -60.0
If you are in a deeper league that starts two catchers and are looking for a potential breakout option, Sisco is a former top prospect who has flashed a great bat in stretches.
17 Martin Maldonado (HOU - C) 422 242.0 -180.0
18 Austin Nola (SEA - C,1B,2B) 315 290.0 -25.0
19 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,3B) 412 200.0 -212.0
20 Pedro Severino (BAL - C) 377 243.0 -134.0
21 Reese McGuire (TOR - C) 277 246.0 -31.0
22 Garrett Stubbs (HOU - C) MiLB   389.0  
23 Alex Avila (MIN - C) 282 339.0 +57.0
24 Josh Phegley (CWS - C) NRI   351.0  
25 Chris Iannetta (NYY - C) NRI 425    
26 Austin Allen (OAK - C) 400 236.0 -164.0
27 Jonathan Lucroy (BOS - C) NRI 442 347.0 -95.0
28 Dustin Garneau (HOU - C) 312 426.0 +114.0
29 Kevan Smith (TB - C) NRI   376.0  
30 Zack Collins (CWS - C,DH) MiLB 460 393.0 -67.0
31 Chris Herrmann (TB - C) NRI      
32 Kevin Plawecki (BOS - C) 314 409.0 +95.0
33 Cam Gallagher (KC - C) 346 453.0 +107.0
34 Michael Perez (TB - C) 388 450.0 +62.0
35 Grayson Greiner (DET - C) 406 427.0 +21.0
36 Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C) 376 233.0 -143.0
37 Max Stassi (LAA - C) 380 422.0 +42.0
38 Jose Trevino (TEX - C)      
39 Sandy Leon (CLE - C) 393 444.0 +51.0
40 Jeff Mathis (TEX - C) 403    
41 Jake Rogers (DET - C) MiLB      
42 Meibrys Viloria (KC - C) MiLB      
43 Austin Wynns (BAL - C)      
44 Juan Centeno (BOS - C) MiLB      
45 Bryan Holaday (BAL - C) MiLB      
46 Jett Bandy (BOS - C) NRI      
47 Anthony Bemboom (LAA - C) MiLB   319.0  
48 Caleb Joseph (TOR - C) NRI   473.0  
49 Erik Kratz (NYY - C) NRI      
50 Beau Taylor (CLE - C) NRI      
51 Blake Swihart (TEX - C,LF,RF) NRI      
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7Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
8Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
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12Juan Soto (WSH)LF
13Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
14Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
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16Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
17J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
18Walker Buehler (LAD)SP
19Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)SS
20Anthony Rendon (LAA)3B
21Rafael Devers (BOS)3B
22Bryce Harper (PHI)RF
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24Starling Marte (ARI)CF
25Jack Flaherty (STL)SP
26Javier Baez (CHC)SS
27Stephen Strasburg (WSH)SP
28Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
29Shane Bieber (CLE)SP
30Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
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18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (CLE)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C