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2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (37 of 38 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF) 1 1.0
Although Mike Trout has missed some time, they've mostly been flukey injuries. Had he stayed healthy, we may have been talking about 55 homers with 15 steals and a .300 average. His consistency alone makes him the number one overall pick just ahead of Acuna.
2 J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH) 7 8.0 +1.0
Martinez won't steal any bases but with 40 homers, 100+ RBIs and a .300 batting average every year, fantasy owners are getting an absolute steal at any point in the second round of drafts. Don't be scared off by his dip in production, as underlying metrics suggest he was among the most unlucky hitters in baseball.
3 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF) 10 10.0
Judge again missed 50+ games in 2019. While he is healthy, we are still looking at a 40+ homer pace with tons of runs and a batting average that won't kill fantasy owners, but with a second round ADP, the risk may be a little bit too much.
4 Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH) 12 18.0 +6.0
It was just an 87 game sample size but in that time, Yordan was clearly one of the top five hitters in baseball. He won't steal any bags, but 50 homers, 140 RBIs and a .320 batting average is within the realm of realistic possibilities. He comes with some risk, however, since we haven't seen it for an extended time.
5 George Springer (HOU - CF,RF) 19 19.0
If not for the 40 games missed, we might be talking about Springer as the reigning AL MVP. He was on pace for over 50 homers, 125 RBIs and 125 runs. There isn't much speed but the upside for the other four categories makes him an amazing value in the fourth round of drafts.
6 Austin Meadows (TB - LF,RF,DH) 18 20.0 +2.0
Although we haven't seen it for an extended stretch, what Meadows did last year, hitting 33 homers with a .291 average and 12 steals makes him well worth considering if he lasts into the fifth round of your drafts. There may be room for more upside as well.
7 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF) 20 26.0 +6.0
Stanton missed virtually the entire season but let's not forget that he only missed 7 games in the prior two years and combined for 97 homers, 232 RBIs and 225 runs scored. Don't be mistaken, this is still one of the best hitters in baseball.
8 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.
9 Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF) 28 31.0 +3.0
Eloy started out rough for the White Sox last year but he turned it on to close the season, displaying the legitimate 45 homer power that he was thought to eventually morph into in the MLB. Don't be shocked if that batting average jumps 20 more points to .290 as well.
10 Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF,RF) 34 44.0 +10.0
Even despite missing 25 games, Rosario still drove in 109 runs thanks to 32 homers. With a full season and his steady .280 batting average, drafting him at his eighth-round ADP is pure thievery. He won't steal any bags but there is certainly something to be said for his consistent bat.
11 Joey Gallo (TEX - LF,CF) 39 43.0 +4.0
Gallo only played 70 games but still managed 22 homers, 54 runs scored and 49 RBIs. With a full season, you'd have to expect him to return to 40+ homers, but the big question is whether the batting average is worth the risk in the seventh round of drafts.
12 Ramon Laureano (OAK - CF,RF) 38 45.0 +7.0
Laureano was never a big-time prospect but he certainly put on a show in just 123 games last year, knocking 24 homers with 13 steals and a .286 batting average. Over a full season, he could potentially end up around 30/20 but he does come with some risk.
13 Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH) 41 39.0 -2.0
Soler did swat a ridiculous 48 homers with 117 RBIs and a decent batting average last year but let's not forget that he has missed considerable time due to injury every season prior. If he can stay healthy, that eighth round ADP will be a bargain, but it's a big if.
14 Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,RF,DH) 43 63.0 +20.0
Brantley had injury troubles for a while but has now played virtually every day for two straight years. In that time, he has returned to the steal .310 hitter with 20 homers. Although the steals are long gone, that profile still works great with a tenth-round pick.
15 Luis Robert (CWS - CF) 46 50.0 +4.0
Don't look now, but Robert was better than even Fernando Tatis in the minors. Much better. He does have holes in his swing but in 200 games, has still managed to bat .312. He has future 40/40 potential and could be a superstar even as a rookie this year.
16 Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF) 51 54.0 +3.0
Benintendi had a disappointing offensive season in 2019, hitting just 13 homers with 10 steals and a .266 batting average. There is upside, sure, but if he repeats that production, he is barely worth drafting, let alone all the way up in the top 100 picks where his ADP currently is.
17 Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF,RF) 54 55.0 +1.0
The Orioles had a dismal season but Mancini took his performance to another level with 35 homers, 106 R, 97 RBIs and a .291 BA. He is among the top regression candidates but even with a dip, we are still looking at a potential value in the 10th round because name-value is driving his ADP down.
18 Oscar Mercado (CLE - LF,CF,RF) 58 65.0 +7.0
Mercado impressed as a rookie, hitting 15 homers, stealing 15 bags and scoring 70 runs in just 115 games. His production slowed at the end of the year, though, and the overall batting average will likely dip so don't expect the same useful pace for all of 2020.
19 Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF) 64 73.0 +9.0
Most seem to recall Kepler knocking 36 homers but did you realize he did it while missing 30 games. The batting average will almost definitely be under .260 but if he plays the full season, you can bet on 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs this season.
20 Franmil Reyes (CLE - RF,DH) 70 78.0 +8.0
Franmil played most of his season with San Diego's pitcher-friendly park as his home venue but still managed 37 homers in just 494 total at-bats. The batting average will likely end up south of .270 but 50 homers is a possibility out of the 13th round, so you know what to do.
21 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.
22 Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF,RF) 82 85.0 +3.0
Tucker hasn't lived up to the hype in his first 130 big league at-bats but don't sour on him quite yet. This is a legitimate five-category asset who could go 40/25 HR/SB with a .280 batting average within the next few years. It is tough to tell how quickly it will come but he has to get playing time first.
23 Mallex Smith (SEA - CF,RF) 80 84.0 +4.0
There is virtually no chance Mallex will hit double-digit homers or even drive in 50 runs. In fact, he batted just .228 last year but steals are steals and Mallex should tally 50 of them for you if he plays the entire season. This is the equivalent of a fantasy asset who hits 80 homers but hurts you in three categories.
24 Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF) 88 90.0 +2.0
Calhoun has a smaller frame but his bat is loud, as evidenced by the 21 homers he hit in just half a season. In fact, he batted .272 with 99 RBIs + runs as well so don't be shocked if it jumps to 35/90/90 over the course of a full season. Calhoun is a serious breakout candidate.
25 Byron Buxton (MIN - CF) 87 92.0 +5.0
Buxton has never managed to stay healthy for a full season but while he is healthy, fantasy owners get a source of power and great speed. Should he finally stay on the field all year, fantasy owners could receive 20 homers, 25 steals and a decent batting average out of the 14th round.
26 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.
27 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.
28 Justin Upton (LAA - LF) 94 109.0 +15.0
Upton missed 100 games last year but has otherwise been extremely durable his entire career, hitting 30+ homers with 80+ runs and 80+ RBIs in three consecutive seasons. Thre is a chance he struggles again, but more than likely, he'll return value in the 17th round of drafts.
29 Alex Verdugo (BOS - LF,CF,RF) 101 110.0 +9.0
30 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH) 106 117.0 +11.0
It never feels exciting to draft Choo, but he now has 20+ homers with a .260+ average and 80+ runs in each of the past three seasons. In fact, he stole 15 bases last year even despite his older age. This is a killer value in the 21st round of drafts.
31 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 105 93.0 -12.0
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.
32 Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,RF) 110 106.0 -4.0
Prior to last year's injury, Haniger batted .285 with 26 homers, 90+ runs and 90+ RBIs. There is a chance he returns to that level of production in 2020 but he only batted .220 last season so drafting him even in the middle of your draft comes with considerable risk.
33 Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 119 134.0 +15.0
Canha took a big a big step forward last year, improving his batting average 25 points while he managed 26 homers in just 126 games. That number could become nearly 40 with a full season but the batting average is more than likely going to regress a bit.
34 Jo Adell (LAA - LF,CF,RF) NRI 126 107.0 -19.0
Adell might just have the brightest future of any prospect in baseball, but he is nowhere near as polished as someone like Luis Robert. Rather, the power may take some time to develop and he'll never be a source of steals. You can stash him, but he isn't expected to be a star right away.
35 Hunter Renfroe (TB - LF,RF) 122 123.0 +1.0
36 Nomar Mazara (CWS - RF) 158 128.0 -30.0
37 Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,RF) 148 136.0 -12.0
38 Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF) 154 159.0 +5.0
39 Luis Arraez (MIN - 2B,3B,LF) 136 124.0 -12.0
40 Kevin Pillar (BOS - CF,RF) 191 155.0 -36.0
41 Austin Hays (BAL - CF,RF) 138 142.0 +4.0
42 Domingo Santana (CLE - LF,RF) 153 139.0 -14.0
43 Victor Reyes (DET - LF,CF,RF) 176 207.0 +31.0
44 Jose Martinez (TB - 1B,RF) 184 185.0 +1.0
Martinez was only given 334 at-bats last year even though he batted .305 in 2018. His batting average dipped but all of the underlying metrics suggest that was a fluke. If he plays the full season in Tampa, he could prove to be one of the great steals in 2020.
45 Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF) 146 269.0 +123.0
46 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.
47 Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF) 198 194.0 -4.0
48 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.
49 Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,CF) 145 165.0 +20.0
50 Mike Tauchman (NYY - LF,CF,RF) 216 192.0 -24.0
51 Anthony Santander (BAL - LF,CF,RF) 165 187.0 +22.0
52 Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS - CF) 183 173.0 -10.0
53 Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF) 188 190.0 +2.0
54 Alex Gordon (KC - LF) 209 273.0 +64.0
55 Kyle Lewis (SEA - CF,RF) 222 198.0 -24.0
56 Delino DeShields (CLE - CF) 281 199.0 -82.0
57 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.
58 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (TB - 3B,LF) 244 152.0 -92.0
59 Brian Goodwin (LAA - LF,CF,RF) 258 237.0 -21.0
60 Shed Long (SEA - 2B,LF) 236 219.0 -17.0
61 Derek Fisher (TOR - LF,RF) 237 298.0 +61.0
62 Seth Brown (OAK - LF,RF) 211 281.0 +70.0
63 Manuel Margot (TB - CF) 226 181.0 -45.0
64 Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF,DH) 254 241.0 -13.0
Bauers has not produced at the level many prospect hounds expected but he does have upside to break out this year to a tune of 20 homers, 10 steals and a .250 batting average if he hangs onto the job.
65 Leury Garcia (CWS - SS,LF,CF,RF) 242 229.0 -13.0
Although Garcia should again end up south of 10 homers and 50 RBIs, we are talking about a consistent .270+ hitter who should have no trouble notching 15 steals.
66 Christin Stewart (DET - LF) 248 274.0 +26.0
67 Cameron Maybin (DET - LF,RF) 325 336.0 +11.0
68 Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,RF) NRI 316 262.0 -54.0
69 Clint Frazier (NYY - LF,RF) 264 240.0 -24.0
70 JaCoby Jones (DET - CF) 214 260.0 +46.0
71 DJ Stewart (BAL - LF,RF) 271 354.0 +83.0
72 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 239 178.0 -61.0
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.
73 Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,CF,RF) 221 272.0 +51.0
74 Greg Allen (CLE - LF,CF,RF) 305 342.0 +37.0
75 Brett Phillips (KC - CF) 283 398.0 +115.0
76 Jake Fraley (SEA - CF) 306 247.0 -59.0
77 Randy Arozarena (TB - RF) 319 296.0 -23.0
78 Bubba Starling (KC - CF,RF)   383.0  
79 Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL - LF) 280 323.0 +43.0
80 Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF) 314    
81 Bradley Zimmer (CLE - CF,RF) 310 303.0 -7.0
82 Daniel Palka (CWS - RF) NRI      
83 Travis Demeritte (DET - LF,RF) 295 352.0 +57.0
84 Tyler Naquin (CLE - LF,RF)   388.0  
85 Billy McKinney (TOR - LF,RF)      
86 Jarred Kelenic (SEA - CF) MiLB   292.0  
87 Jake Cave (MIN - LF,CF,RF) 339 378.0 +39.0
88 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 335 294.0 -41.0
89 Brandon Dixon (DET - 1B,LF,RF) NRI   308.0  
90 Jordan Luplow (CLE - LF,RF)   291.0  
91 Sam Travis (TEX - 1B,LF)   410.0  
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